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Dongola Guest House
Ranked #1 of 40 Constantia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Our second visit to Dongola having been lucky enough to visit two years ago and the perfect ending to our trip this time - everything as good, if not better. Accommodation excellent and spacious with very comfortable beds, garden rooms with magnificant mountain views, delicious food and our hosts, Sally and Mike I think must be mind-readers - they always seemed to offer something or make suggestions (restaurants, activities etc) before you had even thought to ask. A lovely couple, very welcoming, who made the whole experience relaxed, effortless enjoyment on our part.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank 691Jan
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Jan, it was lovely seeing you both again and thank you for you lovely review, it's really nice to be appreciated. This is fine praise indeed considering this was your second visit. and the fact we no longer have Peter. hopefully we can look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Warm regards, Mike and Sally.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

What a fantastic stay we had in Dongola House during our 10 day Study trip to Cape Town and Constantia. It’s a compliment to Mike and Sally how they understand to make a visit perfect! To create a very nice place to work and relax for our group of 5 during our project. I have seen also other great lodges in the neighbourhood where our other college’s where staying, but de Dongola House has got a great view of the mountains, great rooms, a great garden area, a perfect breakfast and for me beat the others. No doubt about my next visit!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Richard, thank you for you stunning review, it is fine praise indeed because the other lodges you mention are also great places to stay. We are pleased you and you colleagues enjoyed your stay enough for you to contemplate coming back. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Mike and Sally have created a completely unique place to stay. Fantastically decorated, beautiful views and great service. Its been a while since I visited Cape Town and regret I never went back sooner, after this experience, it won't be long before I return to stay at Dongola once again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Guido, thank you so much for taking the time to review our guest house. We are not really unique but we are the only GOLD classified Responsible Tourism business in Africa on the Heritage program. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future, don't leave it so long next time. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

after grey England, this was like walking into paradise.. lush greenery and mountain views, pure peace warm sun, delicious local wine and a pool. Mike and Sally could not have been better hosts.. They arranged a night time puck up from Cape Town Airport, and waved me off two days later when my friends whisked me away to other parts. Excellent breakfast (with that view, I might not have noticed..) They certainly don't make bacon like that in England. In a lush and expensive area, you would need a car to get to town or the sea. Nearby is the fabulous Kirstenbosch botanical garden, like no other I've seen, a day trip in its own right. Oh and they have a family of guinea fowls in the garden,

Room Tip: My room was fine and very private, but apparently I missed out on the larger bed-rooms with picture...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Judy, we think you should take up travel writing! Glad you could tear yourself away from the view long enough to notice our bacon, which is from an artisan butcher nearby. You are right when you say you need a car but with a car you are literally 20 minutes from all of the Cape's best offerings. The Guinea fowl have now got 10 chicks in tow and despite the Crows and Sparrow Hawk are doing well. Thank you for taking the time to write this review, it is lovely. Warm regards, Mike and Sally.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Mike and Sally have created paradise in the centre of Constantia. From the moment when you are welcomed until the time you sadly leave, they ensure that your stay exceeds all your expectations. They have to be the most friendly, informative, helpful and accommodating couple (absolutely nothing was too much trouble) that I encountered in our month-long stay in South Africa. My daughter and I stayed here for 10 days in October and felt like royalty where our every whim was catered for (even those that we hadn't thought of yet!). The rooms and bathrooms are very well appointed, extremely comfortable and scrupulously clean - a haven for rest at the end of a long day. With the exception of the room in the main house, all rooms have a private patio with table and chairs. The breakfast each morning was a treat and after more than a week back home, we are still missing them. They are also more than willing to satisfy any dietary challenges that their guests may have as long as they know about them before the time. One night we wished we were staying in because the dinner that they were preparing for another guest (on request) smelt heavenly. If you have the time, it is worth indulging in some quiet time on the sun loungers in the spectacular garden with amazing mountain views while they serve you tea or coffee. There is even an honesty bar in the guests' lounge where you can help yourself to sundowners. Free wifi is available, as too a computer and colour printer on the desk in the guests' lounge. We honestly can't think of a single thing that needed changing or improving upon and that is not easily said by someone who is such critical traveller with extremely high expectations. We left with heavy hearts, feeling as if we had made friends with an amazing couple, knowing that it would probably be at least 18 months before we return. We can't recommend Dongela House highly enough. Thank you Mike and Sally for helping to make our holiday so wonderfully memorable.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Wow what can we say this must be longest and most comprehensive review we have ever recieved , thank you so much. We have just completed one more patio so ,as you say, 6 our of the seven rooms have an outside space. It was intimidating providing meals for a cooking teacher so it is fine praise indeed that you enjoyed your breakfasts. We must say when you left it felt like family were leaving, glad you had a memorable holiday and hope to see you again when you come "home" again. Warm regards, Mike and Sally.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

The very first impression are the gardens and the pool, beautiful and peaceful! You can have drinks from the living room fridge and take a note of what you had, to be charged later. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and have beautiful dogs. The wi-fi is very good. The room was very nice and comfortable, with a great bed and room facilities for a tea or coffee, hair-drier, extra blanquet and pillows. The bathroom wasn't big, but full of details. Breakfast was delicious!

Room Tip: All the apartments I could see seemed very good!!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review and congratulations on being our first guests from Brazil and thank you for complimenting the gardens. We do work hard at trying to keep them looking good so that they can frame our beautiful mountain views. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

What's not to like.? Beautiful location. Lovely suite. It was better than staying with friends. Such a lovely couple. Five star in every way.

It is really the attention to detail and the determination to make guests feel at home that makes this such an exceptional destination.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to right a review. We love your compliment that " It was better than staying with friends" we do try to be a little bit hotel and a little bit home. So sorry we are already full and cannot accommodate you in February, hopefully next time. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Additional Information about Dongola Guest House

Address: 30 Airlie Place, Constantia 7806, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Constantia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Constantia
Price Range: $74 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dongola Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated in the tranquil Constantia Valley (Cape Town's vineyard) and bordering onto the Grootboschkloof River Walk, a small managed nature reserve with stunning views of Constantiaberg mountain, part of Table Mountain National park. Surrounded by 9 vineyards including the 330 year old Groot Constantia, friendly pubs, superb restaurants, from easy eating to fine dining, golf courses and the magnificent Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. With the M3 Highway only three kilometres away you are minutes, by car, from the V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, The International Convention Centre both Greenpoint and Newlands stadia or the spectacular beaches of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean seaboards with their quaint quirky villages and hip and happening restaurants; as well as the Central Business Districts of Cape Town, Tokai and Retreat. We are a very convenient base for the American Consulate. We can offer King size, Queen size or Twin, extra length beds with fine percale linen, en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms with bathrobes and eco friendly complimentary bath products, in eight comfortable rooms. Our scrumptious a la carte breakfast menu, can be taken in the tranquil landscaped gardens next to the 9m long solar heated pool or in the cosy dining room both with views of Table Mountain National Park .Graded 4 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, 2015 Readers Choice Award by Tripadvisor, 2015 Best 4 Star Guesthouse, Western Cape South African Tourism "Lilizela" Awards. The first guest house in Africa to be Classified "Gold" by Greenline Responsible Tourism Rating Programme a Member of Cape Town Tourism and the Constantia Valley Association. ... more   less 
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