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Mudlark River Front Lodge

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Breede River Mouth, Witsand 6666 South Africa
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#3 of 10 Speciality lodging in Witsand
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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.
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Breede River Mouth, Witsand 6666 South Africa
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andreabaxter wrote a review Mar 2020
London3 contributions1 helpful vote
What a special place. Fantastic food, really well looked after and the venue is truly stunning. Amazing views from my room and the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. If you love birds, you will love this place as the birds never stop singing.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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JBBest wrote a review Nov 2019
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So where do I begin in writing a review for such a MAGICAL place that, within the space of 3 days, left an indelible mark in my life...? Well, the first thing that struck me was the contrast between the golden fields on the 30 minute or so drive after turning off from the N1 and the LUSH GARDEN that meets you at the riverside over which mudlark lodge looks! The indigenous succulent garden is simply teeming with life - birds drink water and play around the bird feeders, bees buzz between the multitude of flowers and Hilary's lovely dogs are the first ones to come out and greet you on arrival! A fantastic way to ease right into your home away from home! The Mudlark lodge is positioned high up on the Brede River riverbank and the VIEW from the lodge and rooms is absolutely INCREDIBLE.Think beautiful SUNSETS glistening and gleaming over the river, fishermen strolling along the river bank, boats full of people chugging along as they go about their business, dogs running around and playing as they go, and the odd mudlark passing by with their own catch of the day! The lodge strikes a perfect balance between being LUXURIOUS yet HOMEY at the same time. The rooms are beautifully furnished and welcoming. The main living area has plenty of places to sit, relax, hang out and take in the multitude of interesting pieces of furniture and bits and bobs that Hilary and her parter have collected over the years.. Also make sure to check out the bookshelf for something interesting to read as you unwind and ease into a slower pace to that of the city! Hilary is simply an EXCEPTIONAL HOST and friendliest person ever! She went out of her way to make me feel at home and helped me tremendously to down-gear and settle in. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed our chats about life, the universe and everything! One of the things I loved about mudlark is that there's EVERYTHING you need to RELAX and have FUN, and that can vary depending on what you're keen for. I personally enjoyed walking along the river bank, fishing off the pier, picking fresh mussels off said pier, taking a short drive down to the beach for some shell foraging, and just hanging out in general. When I go back in a few weeks I'll make sure to go check out Witsand across the river, take a boat out for some proper fishing, kayak, and explore the numerous other ACTIVITIES on offer! One of the ABSOLUTE BEST parts of mudlark is the FOOD! I'd been to a "top 10" SA restaurant a few days before going to mudlark and can honestly, without a doubt say that Hilary and her head chef, Rodney, completely blew said restaurant out of the water! Dinners are a 3 course affair and breakfast consisted of some of the most beautiful spreads I've ever had the privilege of devouring! I would describe the culinary style as the absolute PINNACLE of HOME COOKING. Think steak with mushroom sauce, quiche, pan fried beans, apple crumble, and such.. AND Hilary's CHICKEN PIE is BY FAR the best I've ever had! I really can't speak more highly of the food at mudlark - it satisfied me somewhere deep in my soul, haha! Speaking of the food, Rodney is also excellent at preparing the local produce on offer. When presented with a freshly-caught stripe, he promptly filited and fried it to absolute PERFECTION. When presented with some FRESH MUSSELS which I collected from the pier near by, Rodney made a delicious, creamy mussel soup which was out of this world.. For anyone who LOVES food, it doesn't get much better than this and I honestly can't wait to go back for more! For those looking for a place to grab a couple of beers, listen to some music, hang out, or stock up on holiday supplies, look no further than the BENT HEAD! Less than 5 minutes away by car or a short walk along the riverbank, the Bent Head is an ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE. Marc has spent the last 5 years building and creating the place from scratch and the entire property is simply oozing with CHARACTER and INTRIGUE. In all my travels thus far, I don't think I've ever come across a bar more deserving of the title of "BURNER BAR" than the Bent Head! Every nook and cranny is filled with some kind of ODDITY. Everywhere you look is a STORY just waiting to be told. The GARDEN feels like something out of the MAD HATTER'S TEA PART. And the shop is filled with interesting items that Marc has created. Marc is also a seasoned TRAVELLER, having visited over 100 countries, and his WORLDLINESS shines through at the Bent Head! If you're feeling frisky, please do bring your odds and ends along for Marc to integrate into his constantly-evolving MASTERPIECE! Needless to say, mudlark, Hilary, Marc and Rodney made an impression on me and it was exactly the backdrop and they were exactly the people I needed to slow down, UNWIND, RELAX, REJUVENATE and REINVIGORATE my spirit. I can't reccomend Mudlark highly enough and can't wait to go back and visit Hilary, Marc and Rodney again ASAP!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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MrsEFrantz wrote a review May 2019
Somerset West, South Africa28 contributions2 helpful votes
So we decided to spend my Birthday the weekend at the Mudlark Riverfront Lodge, located at the mouth of the Breede River. The lodge is basically in the 'middle of nowhere'! So make sure you take all you need along, as it is not easy to just 'hop to the shop'! If nature is what you like, this is a suitable get-away place to stay! The weekend was fantastic, the setting is absolutely magnificent and it's the perfect breakaway for some quality time and tranquility. Included in your stay is a hearty fully catered breakfast, from homemade muesli, rusks, fresh fruits, eggs, bacon, sausages, roast potatoes etc. And in the evenings a delicious 3 course meal is served. They also offer a recreational fishing adventure, where a boat, skipper/ghillie including all fishing equipment can be hired for your enjoyment. Other activities include scenic nature walks or merely sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquility it has to offer. Hilary (owner) and staff (Rodney and Victor) are very friendly and excellent hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: best views, tranquility, quality time
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srwdca13 wrote a review May 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia22 contributions9 helpful votes
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Spent several days here recently while visiting the area, what an amazing place. I can't wait to return. The calm of the space, and the peacefulness of nature envelops you like a blanket and holds you until you leave. A hint of Swiss Family Robinson with the wooded construction and the gardens, filled with birds that gently wake you in the AM, or invite cool creatures you can view while having dinner. Food is excellent, breakfast with fresh eggs of you like. Family style with the guests at a long table, you feel at an old family home in your new place first bite. Couple times the mains could have had a tad less salt, but the otherwise the food is wonderful and just the right way to end the day. No TVs in rooms! Yay! You can unplug here, read and take a moment to become present with yourself and the world. Gaze at the river, or explore the area and its natural riches. This is not a Four Seasons, so those with pamper me attitudes may miss the point of the Mudlark, and its strength. This is a personal lodge, very comfortable and welcoming in a way I have not felt in many years of travel. Use the honor bar to pick a nice bottle of SA red, and release yourself into a place that is connected with the land and the history of Infanta, and that shares openly with you the hospitality of its owners. You'll get a visit from some very friendly and well behaved dogs, that will make you smile. Or wave at turtle crossing the path by your room. It is worth the drive over a long, 70, unpaved road to Infanta. For a weekend or longer. The rooms are perfect and very comfortable. You return from breakfast and they are already serviced for the night. Not one to go on a fishing trip but I hear they are popular. For me this was an escape into Being with nature, away from the noise of our modern world. I can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Scenic29613471912 wrote a review Nov 2018
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Wonderful view of the river, surrounding hills/mountains, & lovely grounds around the lodge, plenty of birds at the feeders & around otherwise, beautiful inside as well...& fantastic hospitality. Many thanks to Hilary & Tim!
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Date of stay: October 2018
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South AfricaWestern CapeOverberg DistrictWitsand
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mudlark River Front Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Mudlark River Front Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Mudlark River Front Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mudlark River Front Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.