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“Heavenly Retreat”

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Mudlark River Front Lodge
Bury, United Kingdom
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“Heavenly Retreat”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Mudlark is truly Cape Infanta's best kept secret, a mere 3hr drive from Cape Town. Don't be put off by the gravel road that links Cape Infanta to the N2 (Swellendam) because at the end of your journey a piece of paradise awaits you. Bodger, the resident dog will escort you to the main house where your hosts Tim and Hilary greet you with a warmth that is normally reserved for long time friends or family. From the initial welcome we knew the recipe of their success. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed and this extends to their staff compliment as well. Our room was luxurious to say the least. Clean, modern and comfortable. The view of the river - priceless. Being city slickers from Cape Town, we found the silence quite deafening at first but soon relaxed to the calls of the resident weaver birds which nest in the beautiful gardens that surround the property. These avians are quite spoilt really, as they receive their daily rations of fresh fruit, seeds and sweet drinking water! Mudlark is a social place and pre dinner drinks are served at the bar by Tim who is welcoming, charming, witty and full of good advice. Supper is truly a splendid affair which is taken at a communal dining table (what a great way to meet your fellow travellers). To say that Hilary is a good cook is an understatement. Night after night we were served a delicious 3 course home cooked meal which would put many restaurants to shame. Hilary is a skilled cook who is always willing to accomodate even the fussiest of eaters. Breakfast is also taken at the communal dining table and one is treated to the most amazing fresh farm eggs, muffins and muesli to die for and lots lots more. We fished, walked and took in the natural beauty of all the Breede River has to offer. Will be back - Monique and Glenn (Cape Town)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

A long way down a never-ending dirt road, Mudlark is well worth the effort to find it. Perched above the Breede River are beautiful log cabins with their own private and comfortable patios, perfect for enjoying a sundowner. Meals are cooked and served in the main lodge by Hilary, and Tim is a great barman. Drinks are very reasonablely priced, well below restaurant prices, which is just as well because they go down easily. It's a short drive to the end of the road to the river mouth where we spent a whole day enjoying the whales: a cliff path takes you high enough to see them really well. I would say this is a better place for whale watching than Hermanus and much quieter.

Room Tip: We stayed in a cabin away from teh lodge which was very private and on its own - the others are in p...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We have been visiting south Africa for several years now and it seems we have finally found a place where we can indulge in our respective obsession's, fishing and sun worshiping.
We were a little apprehensive as the drive is a bit of a commitment and the missus is quiet fussy when it comes to where she will lay her pretty little head for the night, but my need to get a proper crack at some fish was weighing heavily and won out this time.
The dirt track is dirty but just keep the windows up and you will be there before you know it. That grit in your teeth is the perfect excuse for a beer (or 2) when you arrive, no matter what time of day! Tim the proprietor and supplier of beers and fine local wines will be more than happy to take care of this department. He is also a supplier of entertaining stories of his many adventures and the telling of these can go on til all hours! Might be an idea to perfect some stories of your own for the nightly after dinner drinks...
Bird life abounds, we were kept entertained by the constant stream of feathered visitors to the feeders.
There's a beautiful little beach just a few minutes away and more spectacular waters further out where the mighty Breede meets the sea.
I did quiet a bit of fishing, twice from the lodge boats and managed a few grunter and a small steenbras on prawn. I had fly gear with me but had no luck, I'm a novice to salt water on the fly but the potential there is definitely huge. Next time...
The smell of the fynbos while we drifted across the river is a memory that will long stay with me.
Hilary is a wonderful hostess and runs an excellent kitchen. The food was plentiful varied and damn tasty!
We had one of the smaller older rooms which was ok, there are bigger newer ones so we have reserved one of these for our next visit which is only a few months away. Last time we stayed for two nights, next time we are staying for four. I think that prob says it all really!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Thank you Hilary and Tim for a wonderful stay. Mudlark was exactly what we were looking for, for a relaxed and romantic getaway. Mudlark has such a warm, friendly and homely feel to it without compromising on luxuary. Hilary and Tim are so welcoming and we felt right at home. Food was great, home-cooked meals of fish that Hilary's son had caught and dessert was always increadible. Beautiful private rooms and balcony gave it a gloriously romanitic feel and my boyfriend and I enjoyed the sunsets and sunrises from the jetty over-looking the lucious Breede River.

Hope to be back again soon!

Room Tip: Room 5! Best View
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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swellendam
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed at Mudlark as a welcome break from running our own B and B. We absolutely loved it - no frills and fuss, but stunning views, a great atmosphere, and a warm, hearty welcome from Tim and Hilary. We spent a morning on the river with no success with the fish but it was of no consequence at all, as the peace, the beauty and the kind support of our fishing guide more than made up for it. Dinner was amazing, due to others' success with a rod and Hilary's skill as a chef. Excellent value for money. (Oh and Bodger the dog - what a star!)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Wow... What a wonderful place to visit, unwind and relax. The setting is magnificent and we loved every moment of our stay... Our only regret, that we didn't stay longer. Tim and Hillary are excellent hosts. The food, the atmosphere, the quality linen all ads to what makes this "a must visit spot"

  • Stayed March 2013
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Having read the reviews thought we had found a small piece of heaven but what a shame the weather was awful and we were confined to barracks. We booked three nights but left after one partly due to the weather but also because the place which offered so much potential but in reality even though the hosts were very friendly the accommodation did not live up to the web advert. We were in hut 1, which was a small, damp, compact and rustic shell with micro thin walls. The shower had a unique rusted brown caddy/organiser. I found the eating arrangements left much to be desired as you eat communally with the other guests. All in all if you want to share your holiday with others and have great views the place is great but do not expect any comfort or value for money.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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mudlark2, Owner at Mudlark River Front Lodge, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay at the Mudlark Riverfront Lodge, we have taken note of your complaints. The offending shower caddy has been removed., and our builder has been summonsed to inspect and rectify the sound proofing.This room is due to be upgraded during the off season. The communal dinner has always proved popular, especially with overseas guests, they find it stimulating to ineract with other travellers and find out more about South African life style, and opinions. I shall in future inform guests before they arrive of this catering arrangement. On inspecting the room we could find no traces of damp.
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Additional Information about Mudlark River Front Lodge

Property: Mudlark River Front Lodge
Address: Breede River Mouth, Witsand 6666, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Witsand
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Witsand
Hotel Class:3 star — Mudlark River Front Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mudlark River Front Lodge is situated on the bank of the Breede River. 5 double en-suite rooms with private decks and magnificent views over 5 kms of river. The lodge offers guided fishing, river cruises, 205 bird species, whale watching the best in SA, easy walks through the fynbos and along the coast. Lots of peace and tranquility. ... more   less 

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