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Glenconner Cottages
Reviewed April 24, 2014

Glenconner Cottages is one of our favourite places to stay when we go to Cape Town. Altho it is actually situated in the Jonkershoek Valley outside Stellenbosch, it is withing an easy 30-minute drive of central Cape Town. We have always managed to stay in the main gabled farmhouse, in a comfortable, light room overlooking a round, farm-style swimming pool with dam water, and we love it every time we go there. The Jonkershoek valley is extraordinary, and the beautifully cared-for garden sits comfortably under the magnificent mountain peaks. Horses and dogs adorn the landscape; breakfast on the stoep in the shade of a 300-year-old oak - nothing could be nicer.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

Following the excellent review in the Greenwood Guide for Handpicked Accommodation we booked one night in this B&B near Stellenbosch in May 2012. We have never had any disappointment with this guide book and were very surprised to find ourselves in a quite poorly, basically and unlovingly furnished cottage ("studio"). Admittedly the location is beautiful, in a valley in walking distance to a nature reserve with lovely mountain views, horses in front of the porch etc. We also take it from the guide that this establishment has a beautiful double room in the manor itself. But the 2-room cottage that we were put up in was furnished with the oldest furniture, very very basic, the bathroom reminded me more of my grandfather's home about 40 years ago (garage lamps at the wall, all appliances old and shabby almost) - nothing lovingly maintained or comfortable about this place at all. The mattresses were very old, the sheets and pillows smelled old and uninviting. The heating plate was so old and broken, it came off the wall in the middle of the night, the lamp on the nightstand did not work - very low maintenance, very little care in every detail.
All in all very unwelcoming and a total disappointment! We would have been ok with it knowing about the low standard of quality (and for maximum 50% of the price charged - R 420 per person excl. breakfast is ridiculous comparing what you get in other beautiful places for that price!) - but not after what there was to be expected for an establishment featuring in the Greenwood Guide! If you do book a room there, make sure to be aware of which room you are getting!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
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Ranked #33 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Stellenbosch
Number of rooms: 3

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