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Lakeside Lodge & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sedgefield
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

You arrive to the most beautiful lawns, with massive trees overlooking a shiny lake. The kids go wild at all this space and water. We go wild at all this peaceful quiet beauty.
The lodge is well done, comfortably furnished and 10 minutes from Sedgefield.
Sedgefield was crazy busy over Christmas, and as soon as we had had enough it was easy to escape back to the tranquility of the lodge.
The lake was warm. Great for swimming and water sports. Very safe for the kids.
I would have to say that we have travelled extensively and found many beautiful places to stay, but the Lakeside Lodge is now at the top of our list.
We will definitely be back!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Lovely location overlooking lagoon Very peaceful Would recommend based on location and price but we were unhappy with our room

We booked a SC apartment with patio which inc separate bedroom for our 16 month old this room was being refurbished and we were instead given the only room yet to be refurbished at the lodge cot was squeezed into bedroom so we had to put cot into tiny kitchenette. There was no patio. Did query this. There was another sc apartment available with patio but we weren't offered this despite being the only guests on one night and the other sc apartment not used. With a young child we wanted him to be able to play outside the room where we could watch over him plus have his own bedroom so this was disappointing

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Lusaka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2013

We were lucky. Having booked early we still got our lodge stay at the old rates, as the new ones are out of this world: R1800 for an ordinary room, R2200 for a luxury one, we were told. The renovations to bathrooms simply don't warrant such a jump in price. And it's not clear who allocates 4 stars to a B&B where the bedroom is so small that there's no place for a suitcase, and where info brochures in the rooms get nicked and not replaced (each room has a bird name with a beautiful info map to match - maybe they're too beautiful to last?!).
The location of Lakeside is certainly true to its name: it really does lie on a quiet and scenic lake, and is indeed conveniently located off the N2 for outings into the surrounding countryside (Knysna, Oudshoorn, Wilderness, some passes and ocean shores). The grounds are nicely landscaped, and the flowers a great attraction for birds (there are also bird-feeders in trees). The swimming pool is tucked away and not intrusive, and a reference library (with TV) invites readers.
Sadly, friendly and helpful manager Jean went on leave after we arrived, and her replacement was not seen till the last evening when he offered us a sundowner cruise on the lake (for only the price of wine), maybe to make up for his absence?
I fear, even though the lodge's PR person believes differently, Lakeside is not competitive any longer. We certainly won't be back, but good luck to them.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Propatrea, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Thank you for your comments - we're glad that you've enjoyed your visits overall as we understand you've stayed before.
It is a constant balancing act for hospitality services to meet all the needs of guests at a competitive price.
Regarding your disappointment at the increase in room rates, this is because of rising operational costs; also the demands of guests for improved facilities has meant that the Lodge had to make major investments in 2013.
We've noted fully your comments on the bathroom; the guest information in the room; and the absence of our Guest Manager -- we are completing the upgrades and your feedback is taken on board
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Gordon's Bay
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Lakeside Lodge has always been one of my favourite places to stay with tourists. Thanks again to Jean my guests had a wonderful time. Comments from the group.
Paula Oldham and Ann Wyatt - Superb view, hospitality excellent and the birds, just gorgeous. It was so lovely I could stay forever!! Jean is an excellent hostess, so pleasant and friendly.
Linda Faultless - Wonderful welcome by Jean, friendly, helpful second to none. A truly remarkable stay one of our best whilst touring around South Africa. Jean runs a good house.
Heather Richards - Wow! What a gorgeous place and staff to match

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Propatrea, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments about Lakeside Lodge and the views & hospitality that you so enjoyed. It is so gratifying to hear your and your guests' comments and we hope to welcome you all back very soon
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Lakeside Lodge is such a beautiful holiday spot, right on the water's edge, with wonderful views. Travelling from Cape Town on the Garden Route, it was the perfect stop off point at the end of the first day's drive, and easy to find as it is so close to the N2.

There is so much to do there. I tried the watersports which were great fun, and it was lovely in the evening, cooking over the Boma fire pit. It's very comfortable in the lodges, you can see that they have been recently upgraded. Everyone was very friendly, and it was a relief to have Wi-Fi on site.

I will certainly be back again - for longer next time!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Propatrea, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Thank you! We are so pleased you enjoyed all the on-site facilities and hope that you come back and see us again soon. We have holiday guests from the UK, USA, Germany and many other countries
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I had a great holiday at Lakeside and was so glad I found it on the internet when planning my trip from England. The private lakeside facilities at the Lodge are excellent. It is right on the water's edge with shallow launching on site and moorings. You can leave dinghies and kayaks on the water's edge. So it saves a lot of the hassle you otherwise get in having to launch and store boats safely every day.
What's great is the size of the Swartvlei too and that it is surrounded by such lovely countryside, and it's safe. So if you love your watersports then it's the perfect holiday spot. Highly recommended.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Propatrea, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you for your feedback: delighted you enjoyed your South African holiday with us. We hope to see you again very soon - please visit our Lakeside Lodge web to see updates on our watersports facilities and events, on Lake Swartvlei and in the Garden Route National Park
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Mkushi, Zambia
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We have spent our holiday once again at Lakeside Lodge. As always, the hospitality of Jean, the Manager is superb. Unfortunately, the calm and tranquility which we have come to enjoy, was completely spoilt by the renovations being made by new owners. We fear that the charm of the place will be changed forever but the views will always be wonderful. Due to all the changes, we notice that rates will be increased by a minimum of 100%. We will not be coming again. What a Shame

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Propatrea, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
The new owners carried out extensive upgrading of the facilities to bring Lakeside Lodge up to the highest standards of accommodation. We apologise for any disturbance by building works, which as far as possible were when the Lodge was unoccupied, to minimise noise or disturbance. Pricing reflects the new standard of accommodation & remains highly competitive with other destinations. Thank you for your feedback.
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Property: Lakeside Lodge & Spa
Address: 3 Lakeside Drive | Swartvlei, Sedgefield, Knysna 6573, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna > Sedgefield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sedgefield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lakeside Lodge & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within the magnificent Wilderness National Park amidst lush vegetation, Lakeside Lodge & Spa literally is situated on the banks of the beautiful Swartvlei Lake. The Lodge & Spa is unique and offers luxury accommodation. Lakeside Lodge & Spa is truly a wonderful place to escape from city life so simply kick back and enjoy. We offer the following facilities: We have the Benguela Brasserie at the lodge. The Brasserie is open 7 days a week from 8 am for breakfast right the way through the day until 9.00 pm. Serving a delicious local menu and wines at cellar door prices from The Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Lakeside Lodge & Spa is fully licensed for your enjoyment. The rooms are all luxurious and include full bathrooms, free standing baths and 2 of the rooms have spa baths. Every bedroom has a large walk in shower. Complimentary luxury toiletries and soft fluffy white towels fresh every day. The rooms all have king size beds, beautiful linen, flat screen TVs, minibar, safe, air conditioning, fans, Nespresso coffee, alarm clocks and music. The bedrooms are all beautifully decorated, with luxurious linen and every bedroom is Lake facing. The Lodge has its own spa so why not treat yourself to a massage? In addition to these facilities Lakeside Lodge & Spa being a water retreat has its own jetty and hotel guests are welcome to bring their own boats (sail, power, jet ski). The lodge has shallow water launch facilities and deep-water facilities close by. Secure boat parking. The lodge also have a number of mountain bikes for the complimentary use of our guests as well as canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, a pontoon boat, a speed boat and fishing facilities. ... more   less 
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