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20 Nqutu Road Albany, Hillcrest 3610 South Africa
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#11 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Hillcrest
At the Brackens, we aim to provide comfortable accommodation in individually styled rooms in relaxing surroundings. Unwind by relaxing around the pool or take stroll or run around the leafy neighbourhood. Your hosts, James and Barbara, will assist you in selecting restaurants and other attractions from the excellent range of shops, and activities in the area. We have a number of great natural attractions such as Krantzkloof and Shongweni Nature Reserves as well as Inanda Dam. The popular Saturday's Shongweni Market and the "1000 Hills Experience" with its Zulu culture, arts and crafts are always a great drawcard to visitors . Brackens is within walking distance of the Old Main Road, the route used by the thousands of Comrades runners and Amashova Shova cyclists. With easy access to both N3 and M13 and situated midway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, it is the ideal stop-over for business and holiday travellers alike.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Golf course
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Zulu


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56Somewhat walkable
Grade: 56 out of 100
26Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
1Attractionwithin 0.75 miles
10Reviews0Q+A2Room tips
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sonja_nie wrote a review Apr 2015
Krugersdorp, South Africa1 contribution
We needed a place to stay for 3 nights close to Kearsney College, and found "The Brackens", where we had a lovely, homely stay. James, is a very kind and accommodating host, that will go the extra mile for his guests. The staff is friendly. The rooms, bedding and towels were clean, and the bathroom facilities a pleasure to use. The breakfast was excellent and very well priced.
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Date of stay: April 2015
Sarah W wrote a review Apr 2015
Johannesburg2 contributions1 helpful vote
My family and I have just stayed at Brackens as we had a wedding in the area. We were also stuck at the last minute for accommodation and James at Brackens helped us straight away. After a long drive from Joburg, what lovely warm welcome with drinks and sandwiches offered and everyone was so warm and friendly - we really did feel very at home straight away. Brackens is a little gem in Hillcrest - and James the perfect host. thank you!!!
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Date of stay: March 2015
YallaYallaHotel wrote a review Jan 2015
Emalahleni, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
Very friendly owner , James. We were greeted at the gate all smiles. Felt at home right away. Easy accessible and central located only few minutes drive form south and east coast... Will visit again..
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Date of stay: December 2014
Sharon W wrote a review Nov 2014
Durban, South Africa4 contributions8 helpful votes
We had booked at a nearby bed and breakfast and our room w as double booked, and Brackens assisted us immediately. We were greeted warmly and the rooms were beautiful, and had snacks available which were most welcome after our drive. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2014
Response from JamesMcCall, Owner at Brackens
Responded 3 Nov 2014
Thank you guys, we are always happy to help out when one is out in the cold. Enjoy the balancee of the year. James and Barbara
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Valerie C wrote a review Jun 2014
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Warm hospitality in the heart of Hillcrest. Owners go out of the way to make you feel at home. Lovely serene setting. Robbie Kempson, DJ KB, the staff of the Chief of the airforce, have stayed at this B&B. Hawaii feel.
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Date of stay: June 2014
US$38 - US$66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalHillcrest
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