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Lavender Manor Guest Lodge
Ranked #6 of 89 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ascot, Berkshire
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188 reviews
107 hotel reviews
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“The nicest guesthouse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

It's taken a while to get around to writing a review of the Lavender Guest House, having stayed there some months back when we visited Hermanus as part of a tour of the Western Cape of South Africa. But I promised the staff that I would offer up a well-deserved review of praise, and so here it is.

When we visited, the owners themselves were out of town, but the couple that were looking after the guesthouse were wonderfully hospitable and had us checked in and up to the room within minutes, having offered to help with luggage and then offer advice on what to do and see while in the area. Having studied the guesthouse's website prior to making our booking, I chose the sea-facing room 1 and its spectacular view of the water. The room was magnificent and had everything you could want. The bathroom, too, was amazing with a deep bathtub which we used a few times during our stay, especially after some intense hiking we did along the coastline.

Come the evening, the hospitality bar in the sitting room area and terrace part of the hotel is a real boon. Simply help yourself to a pre-dinner cocktail or drink and mark off what you have consumed. Of course, it relies on guests and their honesty, but drinks are inexpensive and it would amaze me if folks didn't record what they had drunk. Many an evening saw us sat out on the terrace area with a cool beer or G&T in our hand. Plus, there are a number of books and games you can help yourself too which helps you relax fully.

The staff were amazingly helpful in making dinner reservations for us and we sampled a few of the delightful restaurants in Hermanus town itself. When we returned every evening and retired, we found the guesthouse wonderfully transformed into a sea of candles which was lovely.

Sleep comfort in the bed was great and we woke every morning to the best part of the hotel, the sumptuous breakfast buffet. Every day, we sat outside on the veranda over looking the sea again and were served truly scrumptious food and great coffee.

In total, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at the Lavender Manor Guesthouse - the establishment is lovely, the food and bar very good and the staff spectacular. We hope to return one day and enjoy the South African hospitality once more.

Room Tip: We chose room 1 because of the great views
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Lovely stay linen and towels superb, very clean and spacious with three large areas to sit and enjoy the views. Beach only a step away with a nice little bar near the beach. Hermanus great! Loved all of it. Breakfasts divine and very fresh.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the sea.all the rooms are very spacious and comfortable, there is no fitness centr...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Rooms were spacious, incredibly clean, attention to detail was spot on. The beds were so comfortable, we were very tired, however a great nights sleep sorted that. Staff were attentive and the breakfast was Devine! Telescope was a lovely touch, we watched the whales, perfect.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Tenterden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Lavender Manor was the last stop on a 2 week holiday on the Garden Route. It was the best accommodation we stayed in without doubt. The owners are friendly and helpful and have decorated the place to the highest standard, there is space to move and the finishing touches are superb, down to the sprig of lavender on each plate. One could not fault the place and it has a touch of class not seen elsewhere. Isabel and Kobus should be mighty proud of what they have achieved. We would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: We would image all rooms are immaculate but ones at the front have more light.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Just stayed 1 night but would have happily stayed longer. We were on a trip around the garden route and Lavender Manor was perfect for our night in Hermanus. Lovely hosts, great views from our suite (I believe Room 1, the honeymoon suite), very close to the fantastic Grotto Beach, I expect it would be an amazing place during whale season.

It will have be special place in our thoughts and would recommend with no reservations. A little bit away from Hermanus center but there is a lovely restaraunt (L'zettes) not so far from the manor.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

A beautifully decorated room with every possible need catered for.Bathrooms were spacious and again well equipped for the traveller.Lovely staff and quite superb breakfasts,particularly if you can eat it all!.
Nice balconies to sit out for an early evening drink and when the whales are there,you would get some lovely views.The Manor is not next to the beach but is only a few minutes away and Grotto Beach is beautiful .

Two things you need to be aware of.Firstly,you will need to drive into Hermanus for evening meals.Not far but too far to walk and secondly the rooms are not air conned.We had a excellent fan that kept you cool however and you could open the balcony windows in our room which was on the front of the building.Kobus and his team should be proud of this facility.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank iandavidknights
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a beautiful guest lodge that we stayed at as part of our drive on the Garden Route. Our bedroom was gorgeous and had some really lovely finishing touches. The views were fantastic. The owners were very helpful and gave us lots of tips for our onwards trip.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Thank LKane
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Property: Lavender Manor Guest Lodge
Address: 184 10th Street | Voelklip, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lavender Manor Guest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lavender Manor offers spectacular sea and mountain views and warm, relaxed hospitality. Overlooking famous Blue Flag Grotto Beach and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay, you are within two minutes walk of the magnificent beaches and the scenic cliff path. Relax next to the secluded pool and watch the incredible sunsets over the ocean from the upstairs patio. Ideally positioned for whale watching, walking trails, visiting the different wine routes, and near world-class golf courses. ... more   less 
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