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Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage
Ranked #2 of 8 Winterton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Durban, South Africa
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42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Most memorable getaway”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We needed a get-away-from-everything destination to relax and unwind. Rose Cottage gave us exactly that and more. Rooms are spike n span, nice decor and homely. The food is above expected with personalised service from management. The staff is friendly and excel in making you feel at home. Absolute gem in the middle of nowhere. Would highly recommend and would definitely visit again. Well done guys, you deserve the accolades!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

It’s difficult to articulate exactly, what it was that the owners and staff at Winterton Country Lodge did to make our stay so special; but if forced I would say it was the sincere desire and willingness to make our stay memorable.

I suppose a good place to start is by providing some context; I had decided to treat my girlfriend to a weekend away in the Drakensberg, during which I planned to propose to her.

During my search for accommodation, Winterton Country Lodge caught my eye I and I sent an email to Brian Masters (the gentleman that runs the establishment) asking if they had any accommodation available; also outlining the purposes of the weekend and how I intended to make my proposal. The response was quick and in the form of a phone call in which he confirmed the accommodation and his commitment to making the event a memorable one for us.

In the build-up to the weekend away we spoke several times regarding the details; ranging from his input in a ruse we told my fiancée-to-be, unaware of the surprise which awaited her, suggestions on other elements to add to the occasion, and even the menu for the dinner to be served that evening – at the end of each conversation leaving me impressed with his sincerely helpful attitude.

We arrived rather late on the Friday night, and were impressed with the warm welcoming we received from Brian and Isabel, and the homely feel to the well designed and clean room – Brian also gave us a several suggestions regarding our entertainment for the evening. We were blown away by the beauty of the setting on the Saturday morning, and began the day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast; during which Brian played a critical part in convincing my girlfriend that the opportunity to have a “free” helicopter trip to one of the peaks in the Drakensberg had arisen. To say his execution was perfect would not do it justice – but again it was an illustration of their uncompromising commitment to their customers. After spending the day in the town and ending with the helicopter trip, during which I proposed to my now fiancée, we returned to Winterton Country Lodge and were met with a picnic with all the trimmings along the dam – this too was a distraction; while the room was turned down with candles and rose petals, a bubble bath run, champagne put on ice, and a dinner table prepared for us. Dinner, the menu which I had chosen, was served at our request and exceeded the high standards we had begun to expect from Winterton Country Lodge. Finally, on the Sunday morning, we were treated to another wholesome breakfast and headed home after a very special weekend.

As mentioned so many times in the body of this recommendation, throughout the weekend there was a consistent and sincere approach to take every effort in making the occasion special; many places offer a number of services with best of intentions but are often let down in the execution – often missing the magic touch, the commitment, attitude, and care that makes for a truly memorable stay; one I will gladly return to Winterton Country Lodge to experience again.

Thank you Brian and Isabel for assisting in creating an experience we will remember for a lifetime.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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dancingqueen98, Owner at Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Hi Mark,
We would like to thank you for this positive and helpful review on Tripadvisor! Really appreciate the feedback. To please our guests is why we are in the business and if we are successful it means the ultimate in satisfaction for everyone involved in this mission. We would like to wish you the very best for you and your future wife and would love to be of service again!
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Owners were very friendly. Roomd very nicely decorated and clean - attention to detail.
The food was also fantastic very good Chef made every meal worth the wait. Loved the
beautiful trees and garden very relaxing peaceful. Also very close to various main attractions
in the Berg. Will be back again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We only stayed for 1 night, the accommodation was very nice and the staff vey kind and helpful. But for us it was a little bit far from where the action is. Winterton does not have a lot to offer, so if you plan to go out for dinner you may be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Modimolle (Nylstroom), South Africa
1 review
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The staff, particularly Brian, was extremely helpfull from the onset in welcoming and to let us feel at home
He is also brewing an excellent cup of coffee!
The room was excellent
The overall experience was excellent


  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

60 minute drive from Central Drakensberg.
Nice accommodations, great hospitality.
Ideal for mountain trips.
Car can be parked at secured terrain,
Great beds, and very nice garden to have drink after a long day.


  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stangvik Norway
1 review
Reviewed July 25, 2013

A very warm welcome. Excellent service and one of the top 5 dinners we had for 4 weeks in SA. Location was good, And the honesty bar was just too good to be true! I would definitely stay there again!.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage

Property: Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage
Address: 2 km from Winterton | R600 towards Ladysmith, Winterton, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Winterton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Winterton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best B&B X The Berg! Ultimate in peace and tranquility with abundant birdlife! We offer comfortable stays in our 4 stylish rooms with a touch of luxury and space, or book into one of our Thatched Rondavels for a real African experience with a fireplace, or try a cottage for a small family of 4 with selfcatering options, where you can do your own barbeque or some cooking if you are tired of eating out! We also do wholesome home cooking dinners on request and on pre arrangement only. Enjoy our paradise like establishment with lovely garden, small dam for leisure canoeing and fishing, sparkling rock pool to cool down and have a lazy afternoon in the sun after a active day in the Berg! We are close to all berg resorts and activities/amenities for you to explore and to experience! Free WI-FI!Children 3-11 pay only 50% of adult rate. Your Leisure is our Pleasure!! An experience not to be missed! ... more   less 
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