The setting is beautiful, the architecture charming and the wine superb, but I must warn you about theTHREE BEDROOM COTTAGE. We booked it as the price was reasonable and it suited all the needs of the five adults in our party. Our first sign that something was amiss was when the very cheerful staff person mentioned the "the mosquitoes are terrible". Sadly, she was right. After a hot and miserable night, we all wondered why nothing had been done to make our stay more pleasant if the mossies were so evident and heat in December in Tulbagh is of no surprise. The cottage had three bedrooms, yet only one fan was provided in the 36C heat. Neither were there mosquito nets or plug-in insect repellant. After having been eaten alive during our first night, we requested two more fans and mosquito nets. Some effort was made-- one of the two requested fans arrived and one mosquito net was hung. Despite the effort, this simply was not good enough. The most disconcerting things were that when I diplomatically raised these matters, the response was excuses. Manley has many good things going for it, but still has a long way to go..... however, top quality down duvets, more suited to -36C rahter than +36C, were provided!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manley Winelodge – A little special. Just outside the historic and unspoilt town of Tulbagh, about one hour’s drive from Cape Town, lies Manley Wine Lodge, a wine farm, hotel, wedding and conference venue with a unique character. Manley is a working, award-winning wine farm offering guests the opportunity to stay, enjoy fine wines, eat well and relax all year round in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Western Cape. There is plenty to do and see. Come wine tasting - the Tulbagh valley has some of the best red wine in South Africa. Explore the surrounding mountains and abundant bird life on foot or on mountain bike. Or simply put your feet up with a good book. For weddings and conferences we offer a superb Cape mountain valley location, great facilities and a team of people who are exceptional at planning and management (they really can take care of just about everything). Manley is all about warmth, quality and good old-fashioned value. Come and visit us and discover how Manley Wine Lodge can make a weekend break, a wedding or your next conference just ‘a little special.’ ... more less
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