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Lala Nathi Country Guesthouse
Ranked #2 of 20 Harrismith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 25, 2012

This guesthouse is located right on the fringe of the highway, so its quite noisy.

Rooms are ok, food very average and all in all, its a place that youd probably forget pretty quickly.

We used this to break up the drive from Johannesburg to Durban and although this place would be good in a more quiet location and with a better restaurant it just doesnt hit the mark.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed at Lala Nathi in Harrismith - April 2012 - over the busy long weekend, We stopped over on our road trip to Durban. We stayed in the main house, the place was quaint and cozy. Absolutely loved the cottage feel.
Breakfast buffet was pretty good and I don't think we will ever drive right through from Jhb to Durban ever again without a stop over:)
I really wasn't expecting much when I saw that it is literally a drive way off the highway -I was expecting something a little less tranquil. You could hear the traffic from the highway but that is expected - when you are on a road trip you don't want to be too far off your main route.(the noise levels are not bad, remember you are staying maybe just over 600m from the N1, so I guess on cold days it might sound louder)
The room had underfloor heating and was warm and inviting - I expect that over the icy cold and possibly snowy season in August this place must really be great to stop over. The sparkling pool looked inviting and we did do a little exploring of the grounds even though the wind was rather nippy.
The price wasn't bad either... You get more than what you pay for.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank WarriorBunny
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The hotel entrance as well as all the buildings being part of the "resort" look very nice from outside. Unfortunately once you are indie it looks a little different.
- Electricity cut each evening around 10PM
- Breakfast buffet was extremely poor and not fresh
- the thatched roof of my bungalow was leaking and during a hail storm water was dripping from the roof on my desk and on other parts of the room
- In addition to this the busy highway is in earshot behind the bungalows and you need earplugs in order to sleep and not being afraid that the trucks run through your room.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Rob65_10
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

When we stayed at Lala Nathi, it was the middle of winter. It was pretty cold, but the rondawel's underfloor heating was great. The lodge was very quaint, and breakfast the next day was delicious.

My only complaint is the doorless bathroom. Because we went as friends (two couples) and hung out in one rondawel together a lot, it was a bit awkward to go to the bathroom without a door.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank PattiLain
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

Stayed 1 night on way back from Durban to Joburg. I was very impressed with this lovely property. Easy to find, close to the main road (but not noisy), lovely grounds and a super detached cottage room. Dinner was not bad and certainly a better bet than driving back into town which appeared to offer little. Only wish it had been summer so we could have enjoyed the grounds more and had a dip in the inviting pool

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank Mike48
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Reviewed June 21, 2009

We were looking for a stopover on the way from pretoria to Durban. Great lcation directly off the N3 (this may prove noisy if you stay for a period of time however). we stayed in the Jambulani suite consisting of lounge, bedroom, enormous en suite with spa bath and a separate toilet. Beautiful room. Dinner was sunning and they were very accommodating with breakfast as we needed to leave early. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank CHH-pretoria
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Reviewed March 15, 2009

Clean and nice place with good food and good service. Only complaint is some noise as the place is located right on the highway between Jo'burg and Durban. From the pictures online we had got the impression it was somewhat more in the countryside but I guess that was lack of research on our end. It's location makes it a great place for an overnight stay when you are on the road though.

Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
3  Thank elisaNorway
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Additional Information about Lala Nathi Country Guesthouse

Address: Harrismith, Harrismith 9880, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Free State > Harrismith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Harrismith
Price Range: $58 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La La Nathi Country Guesthouse is the ideal stopover choice, situated on the N3 just outside the historic town of Harrismith in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Set in magnificent country surroundings this thatched homestead is a haven of peace for the weary traveler. Whether unwinding in our delightful gardens or heated swimming pool during summer or relaxing in front of a roaring log fire in winter, our guests enjoy the intimate atmosphere and personal service and attention which we provide. Conveniently situated half way between Durban and Johannesburg on the N3 Highway, makes La La Nathi Country Guesthouse a perfect getaway venue for your next conference or romantic wedding. The Drakensberg mountains, Clarens and Golden Gate are within easy reach. ... more   less 
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