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The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge
Worcester, South Africa
1 review
“Nature at it's best”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

My wife and I spent one night here. It was clean and staff were friendly. It was too short and to much to do. The "on the river" experience is amazing. The peaceful and beauty of nature at it's best. Great for photographers and birders to spend time at this resort. We will have to make a second trip here!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Breathtaking views of the river and sea. Lovely fireplace and perfect little self catering cottage. The restaurant was not in use as it was being renovated, but restaurants in the village were good.

Units are serviced and the staff friendly.

Can't wait to go again, this time with the children.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Having recently stayed at the lodge I can only say that this is a place for fishermen,not tourists it is badly in need of refurbishment to come up to the 3 star rating it is trying to achieve.
The restaurant is closed at the moment and meals can be taken in the bar however when we ordered our meal the barman forgot to put the order into the kitchen.The bar is very busy in the evening and there are no facilities in the lounge to take a evening meal unless you don't mind eating of a low coffee table.

This place could be a gold mine in the right hands as the views are superb.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hannover, Germany
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

The only good thing to say about this guest house: staff is friendly. Also the location is very nice and you can still see the shadows of what this lodge used to be. We were completely disappointed. The website looks promising and for the price you pay, you just expect something different from what we experienced.

Everything from lobby to terrace, rooms and restaurant seems to be >15 years old. You can see, feel and smell it.

This guest house needs significant refurbishment even to get to a three star status.

Disappointing, will not book again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband, son and I went for supper at the restaurant. The fish cakes were great and the pork was very good. The service needs a lot of attention and the staff really needs some desperate training. There were only 3 tables to serve so one cannot understand what took so long to serve us our drinks and meal. the venue is wonderful and the restaurant is really very nice. I will eat there again but will inquire about the service time before sitting down.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The restaurant at the Breede River Lodge has a wonderful view overlooking the river. The decor is also attractive. But, unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the service and the attitude of the owner. It took fifty minutes to receive our starter dishes. Then a further hour to get our main meal. When we complained to the owner about how long is was taking to receive our food she refuted outright the time it had taken and stated that if we wanted quicker service we could go to Steers (a fast food outlet known throughout South Africa). The problem appeared to be that a television crew was filming at the premises and was receiving precedence over the diners in the restaurant. The cherry on the cake was when the owner sat down outside with the film crew in plain view of the diners and partook of the meal without any regard to the fact that her dinner guests were waiting ages for their food in the restaurant. Not once did she bother to explain to the diner's the cause for the lengthy delay. In fact she was outright rude and arrogant when approached. There was only one waitress on duty, who had only been working for one week. This young lady was on the receiving end of numerous complaints from the diners, but was absolutely charming and did her best under trying circumstances to appease the guests. We will not be returning to this restaurant despite the stunning setting.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

I had my wedding in Witsand in September 2012 and used the Breede River Lodge as our reception venue, it was very affordable, 500m from the water and overall the setting was amazing. All the staff were wonderful and friendly they all went out their way to make our wedding reception amazing.

I stayed their for 2 nights my room was great with amazing views of the river and river mouth our room for the night of our wedding was perfect, with underfloor heating, big shower and a balcony to sit and relax with a morning cup of tea are just some of the luxuries we had, 90% of our wedding guests stayed at the lodge for the weekend of our wedding and everyone had nothing but good things to say about the rooms, service provided the food and the great staff.

If you haven't been to Witsand and looking for a place to stay I would recommend the Breede River Lodge, it's peaceful, has a great lounge area to catch up on some reading, it's relaxing and a great place to sit back and just relax and add in a few sun-downers on their deck ;)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge

Property: The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge
Address: 1 Joseph Barry Drive | PO Box 27, Witsand 6666, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Witsand
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Witsand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated in Witsand / Port Beaufort "THE" Whale nursery of South Africa on the Garden Route midway between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay, on the unspoiled bank of the mighty Breede River. The water course is tidal and navigable for up to 40 km. The area is a mariner's dream both on the river and the sea. Angling features as the number one attraction with many record breaking catches over the years as will be seen on the Breede River Lodge Wall of Fame. Safe tranquil beaches for walking and swimming. Beautiful in the windless and mild winter days. The area is also renowned for all kinds of water sport, swimming, surfing, wind surfing, deep sea and river fishing, rock, boat and fly fishing, river cruises, canoeing, sailing, spear fishing and snorkeling. With all of this in mind the hotel endeavors to cater both for the local family traveler and the international traveler who would like to see a part of the real South Africa. Experience friendly village life that offers food for the soul and a place to simply relax and unwind. We are ideally situated on the Garden Route as a middle point and base from which to travel and experience the vast arrays of attractions available on this route. We look forward to welcoming you here at the Breede. ... more   less 
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