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Mudlark River Front Lodge
Guildford, UK
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13 reviews
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“Wonderful hosts - like home from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2009

The setting is beautiful and well worth the drive on the dusty road. The hosts are lovely - it's more like visiting friends than staying at a hotel. The rooms are rustic and set individually in very pretty gardens. You can chill out on your own verandah... or join other for a chat and watch the day go by outside the lodge. You can swim, fish, take a trip up the river and generally take it easy. Meals were splendid and more than ample. Slimmers beware!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Swellendam, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2008

This rustic guesthouse hidden in the riverine bush,on the banks of the Breede River, protected from prevailing winds and with magnificent views over the river estuary, and amazing birdlife and small animals that come right up to the cabins, makes for a perfect stay for anyone wanting peace and quiet, especially if they are nature lovers or anglers, and enjoy superb homecooked meals. The cabins are well-fitted out to blend in with the scenery and super balconies to observe nature at its best. Hilary's food prepared by herself would be difficult to beat. Tim is a great character with amazing knowledge of the river and surrounding eco-systems. The boats available for hire, with or without a gillie and equipment, are very well maintained and ideal for fishing in the river. The gillies are well trained both as to where to catch the fish and conservation practices. Hilary is also a master photographer and happy to share her knowledge, especially when it comes to bird photography. Over and above these activities, there are footpaths along the river as far as the beach and river mouth. Well worth a 3-day stay. The road is gravel and can be a little rough and very dusty for those not used to this sort of road. There is, however, an alternative : one can drive to Witsands via Heidelberg on the N2 and arrange with Tim to be ferried across. There is safe parking in Witsands.

  • Liked — The laid back rustic charm and food
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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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 6 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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