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Battlefields Country Lodge
Ashby de la Zouch, null, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

As part of a tour of South Africa with Riviera travel we stayed at the Battlefields Lodge for two nights in November.
The Lodge is set in beautiful grounds that open out onto the plains and foothills of Kwa Zulu Natal.
We stayed in a delux block which were fairly simply furnished but nice and comfortable. We heard some criticism that the round buildings - silos - were a bit dark and cramped but can't vouch for that.
The restaurant and bar area is spacious. The food was very good and the staff very helpful and friendly.
Because of the Lodge's setting the early mornings and nightfall are beautiful to see. There are a number of wild animals roaming the plains outside the fence-springbok, ostriches, zebras-and standing on the balcony of the accommodation block gives you great views of them.
It's very well placed for visiting the Battlefields. I loved the place.

Room Tip: The delux block seems to offer better accommodation than the silos.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

I stayed in one of the round silos, and enjoyed the experience, though the shower rroom was a bit cramped. The bed was very comfortable, and my room had a fridge, kettle, air con. etc. The dining room is large, and catered for tour groups, with pretty basic food and breakfasts, but hey, there was plenty for all. Lovely to sit out on the terrace at dusk with our drinks, though watch out for the midgies!
Yes, the swimming pool was small, but I enjoyed the opportunity for a refreshing swim after a long trip on a hot day.
Staff were very pleasant,and the young employees manning the reception were very helpful when I was trying to get Wifi. (very random internet reception)
A good average comfortable hotel, and I would stay here again. Very convenient for the tours of the battlefields.

Room Tip: Ask for a silo, or a room upstairs in the block facing the gardens.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

The setting is lovely with interesting thatched buildings. The rooms are either in standard blocks or in converted grain silos.

The room, a silo, was comfortable with a large bath.

Note the pool is very small.

The restaurant is large and the dinner is buffet format and of average quality, we don't want to eat lasagne and apple sponge! Prices were high at 130 rand for the meal and 125 rand for the wine which was very average, a shame for such a wine rich country. The whole service is based on coach parties who won't pay those rates. The service was indifferent and they gave a half-hearted recital after dinner. Breakfast was also expensive and average.

The reception is small and unwelcoming.

The site is nicely landscaped and the location just outside Dundee is fine being about 30 minutes from the Zulu Battlefields.

Room Tip: Try a silo but aske for upstairs
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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surrey uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

We had a 2 night say here recently and our room was very comfortable and even had a small kitchen area. The restaurant offered a limited choice but the prices were very reasonable and the food and wine were good.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

I stayled at the Battlefield Lodge for two night early in October on an organised tour of South Africa.

It was a great place to stay the staff were friendly and very helpful. Food was good especially breakfast. When we were there a wedding took place in the grounds and it was lovely to see a different culture wedding.

I stayed in a silo. So often we were today about people being in silos but I never thought I would live in one! It was fantastic. The room was round of course but there was a king size bed and fridge in the room. It was very comfortable and quite quirky really.

The gardens around the hotel are beautiful and there was so much colour. The guineafowl who roam around will give you a wake-up call!

It's well situated if you are travelling to the battlefield area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Stayed here for two nights as part of an organised tour.
Nice hotel, good location, lovely staff and good food.
It was our Wedding Anniversary whilst here and there was a complimentary bottle of champagne and flower arrangement in our room upon arrival. Many thanks to Shane who organised it. Another high on what was a fantastic holiday in a fantastic country!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed here 2 nights for Zulu battlefields visit. Unusual place with 'silos' to stay in as well as main hotel building. We stayed in a silo, similar in external style to the Kent oast houses but with straw roof. Found it very interesting, although note loo and shower area are integral part of room with wall but no roof. Birds also found the roof interesting for nest-making material
Food average but noted that some on tour seemed to get ill after visit, but may be a coincidence.

Room Tip: Would advise a 'silo' for a more interesting stay.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Battlefields Country Lodge
Address: Route 33 - Dundee to | Springfield Farm, Dundee 3000, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Dundee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Dundee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Battlefields Country Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
South Africa's Premier Battlefields, Conferencing,Wedding,Rugby Resort & Events Destination Battlefields Country Lodge is half way between Durban & Johannesburg and situated in the heartbeat of the well known historic Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal. Accommodation comprising of 70 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms surrounded by immaculate lawns, gardens & game. We are in close proximity to the famous battle sites Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Blood River monument and Talana Museum, rated as one of the best in South Africa. ... more   less 
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