We highly recommend Westlodge B&B. Although it rained cats and dogs during our three night stay in July, our reception here couldn't have been warmer or sunnier. Martin and Frances go all out to make your stay comfortable, from heaters and electric blankets on crisp sheets (to take away the winter chill) to recommending restaurants, driving routes and activities. Martin even offered to take us hiking on a unmarked trail in Blyde River Canyon. Note that although it may be pouring in Graskop, the rest of Blyde River Canyon is probably clear, so plan on driving the panorama route no matter what the weather. (You can always come back to God's Window in the afternoon, as it is often in fog and clouds in the morning.)
We had two large, comfortable rooms next to the street (one for our teen daughter) and initially I was afraid they would be noisy as the B&B is on a busy road. However, there is virtually no traffic at night and we all slept very soundly (and I am a light sleeper). Breakfast was excellent and plentiful. In addition to the cold buffet of cereals, fruit and freshly baked muffins, Martin and Frances will cook up a full English breakfast for you: eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled tomato, potatoes -- whatever you'd like.
There is free WiFi in the dining room and a lovely living room where you can just relax after a day of touring or hiking. Martin and Frances will also cook dinner for you if you give them a heads up in the morning. There are free cookies and port in your room which makes for a nice late afternoon snack.
If you are a dog lover and you're missing your pooch, you're in luck. Westlodge B&B has three resident dogs, but the one who won our hearts is Misty, a large, friendly, white Swiss Shepard who loves to play. (The dogs don't have the run of the place, so you may barely see them most days.)
Westlodge B&B is immaculately clean and charming and the hosts are hard to beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victorian-styled Bed & Breakfast accommodation along the famous Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Six En-Suite bedrooms and FREE WiFi. Wonderful attention to detail throughout. HOT & COLD Breakfast selection. Sumptuous and hearty dinners by candle-light. Excellent location to explore 3 - 4 days of Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, 11 different Waterfalls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Sudwala & Echo Caves, Gold Pioneering History and diverse and breathtaking scenery. Fantastic Hiking opportunities. Day trips to Cheetah Breeding Farm, Wild-life Rehab Center, Reptile Park, Adventure - Rafting, Quad Biking, The Big Swing, Abseiling - and much more. RUSH or REST - Westlodge is perfectly situated to start or end your SA holiday. Only 4 1/2 hours from Oliver Thambo Int Airport (JHB) and 1 hour from Kruger M I Airport (Nelspruit). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westlodge Bed & Breakfast Graskop, Mpumalanga, South Africa