The Dunkeld Country Estate is a lovely location with 13 or more trout fishing dams, beautiful gardens, endless cycling\mountain biking trails, fantastic horse riding and tranquil game viewing.
I noticed that the hotel and the self-catering units are graded as four star by the South African tourism council however the self-catering unit we stayed in was 3 star at a push. The bathrooms are in need of refurbishment, with both the shower and bath leaking all over the floor, the units are poorly maintained, the sleeper couch and the microwave was broken and the house-keeping was non-existent on the Sunday we were there and generally very poor. The entire stay they did not replenish the toilet paper and bathroom amenities.
We stayed there for four nights and ate at the hotel restaurant for one breakfast and one dinner. The breakfast buffet is ordinary and for R100 per person we were disappointed that we did not see smoked salmon, swiss emmentaler cheese and some imported cold meat on the buffet. The dinner was slightly better albeit we ordered prawn curry and were surprised that the prawns were cooked in their shells with the head on in a coconut milk curry sauce. The flavour was good however this should not be listed a traditional prawn curry on the menu.
The horse riding was excellent and Fiona was fantastic. She took our 3 year old and his friend on numerous horse rides which they really enjoyed. Overall the trip was very good, Dunkeld is the ideal retreat in Dullstroom, when traveling with a three year old and a newborn. There is room for improvement (especially the house keeping) but we thoroughly enjoyed our time hence my rating very good as appose to average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunkeld Country Estate is a beautiful trout-and-game resort situated on over 1000 hectares only 3.7Kms from the popular village of Dullstroom. The area, renowned for its sub-alpine climate, high altitude and fly fishing waters, is favoured by city dwellers wanting to relax in the country and enjoy fresh air and panoramic views only 2.5 Hours from Johannesburg. The Resort consists of a central Lodge which offers 13 spacious Hotel rooms dotted around a fishing dam and near the main restaurant/ reception area. Our self-catering accommodation consists of 4 private self contained family suites and an additional 20 self-contained one bedroom chalets. Most of our rooms have an open fireplace to keep warm on those cold, and most popular, misty days. The heritage of the estate has been preserved with the conversion of the old farmhouse into a restaurant, which is more than a hundred years old. Our new reception, lounge and jazz bar was opened in August 2014 and compliments our banqueting facilities which cater to weddings, functions and conferences. We have a stone chapel, tea garden and can cater to your every need. Dunkeld is well known for its forest weddings. The resort boasts many well-stocked dams filled with Brown, Rainbow and Golden Trout, offering fly-fishing enthusiasts from novice to experienced the enjoyment of quality angling time in pursuit of that perfect catch. We are also passionate about introducing children to the art of fly fishing and one of our on-site guides holds a demo and teaching session every weekend. The estate also offers a host of family and child orientated activities. Our horse out rides are very popular as is our kiddies activity program. We are introducing new and fun activities every week. The Estate is located on the famous Panorama Route which takes visitors from Dullstroom all the way through remarkable landscapes to the Blyde River Canyon, Echo Caves and Pilgrims Rest. Dunkeld is also the perfect rest stop on the way to the Kruger National Park and the private reserves located in the Timbavati and Sabi Sands Reserves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunkeld Country Estate Hotel Dullstroom