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“A bit chilly”
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Spionkop Lodge
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were here when a cold front hit and it was a bit chilly despite the room heater and hot water bottles.
There was a log fire in the bar in the evenings and Hester was a great host, she moved us into the bar for dinner on our second evening as we were the only ones eating, which was a nice touch.
Alistair is a genial host and made us very welcome.
On our last morning we did the tour of Spion Kop battlefield with his father Raymond who was a most informative guide on a very emotional tour, it was without doubt the highlight of our stay.

Room Tip: We were in room 5 which is the biggest and therefore the hardest to heat.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

After seeing Ray on Charlie Boormans TV series on South Africa, it was great to meet him in person and be taken to Mt Alice (British HQ) and Spion Kop and hear about the battle in depth, including background from centuries ago that impacted on the Boer War. Wonderful scenery too. A delightful five hour tour in a historic and beautiful part of the world.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We stayed at Spionkop Lodge from 22/05/2014 to 24/05/2014. We were utterly spoilt with a wonderful braai and an amazing bonfire whilst watching the sun go down. The Heron family are all lovely and warm people and go out of their way to make you feel at home and comfortable at all times.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

We did not stay at the lodge but went on one of their battlefield tours. It was fantastic. Raymond's "comprehensive history of SA from year dot to present" was brilliant and would give anyone (South Africans included) a very good understanding of how the country developed to the present day and the complexities of its history. He then did the tour of the battlefield which was very informative, and the context of the background history really helped (so much better than just learning about one battle in isolation). Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in South African history and the battle specifically.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

A warm welcome to your lovely hotel. So much to see and do we certainly learned a lot. Raymond's talk on the battle areas really brought things to life as did our trip with Alastair to the Zulu battle areas.
The staff were all so friendly and welcoming as were all the Heron family

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank mikejan_mcconville
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We visited the lodge at stayed at Aloe cottage. This is ideal accommodation for a family of 4 with all the basic facilities required. We only stayed for one night but would have liked to stay longer. There are more luxury rooms in the main building for couples.
The hosts are extremely knowledgeable and provide personal tours of the historical sites. We decided to visit Spion Kop alone. It is easy to get to but I would recommend a guided tour by the owner if you want to know all the detail. The grounds are beautiful and perfectly situated for visits to Spion Kop hill, the nature reserve and the reservoir. The highlight for me was a a visit to Spion Kop to see the Liverpool football flag flying in honour of those who died there in 1900.
There is a nice little bar where we met a couple of locals, some visitors and the owner who is great company to share a glass of wine with.
All in all a very nice place to stay and we hope to be back soon. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Aloe Cottage is basic but pleasant. If you want more luxury stay at the main building.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Well worth the visit for a Liverpool-mad fan. The lodge is perfectly situated for a visit to the Spionkop mountain. The father and son team that described in awesome detail the battle of Spionkop are highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Spionkop Lodge

Address: R600 | between Ladysmith and Winterton, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range: £97 - £249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Spionkop Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by low hills that slope up to the towering peaks of the Drakensberg and Free State Mountains. Spion Kop Lodge is the ideal place from where to explore the battlefields, set on an echo farm in Kwazulu-Natal. General Buller’s headquarters during the relief of the Ladysmith campaign, Mount Alice, is located on the farm. The beautifully restored, 8 bedroomed colonial-style farmhouse, is set in tranquil, secure grounds with superb views. Added to this there are two cottages, offering self-catering accommodation in an out-of-Africa setting. There is a library with an excellent collection of historical books, a dining room, cozy pub and a swimming pool. The owner and registered guide, Raymond Heron (F.R.G.S), guides guests to the many historic Battlefield sites, as does his son Alastair. We have 250 different bird species, hiking on the property and Sunset Boat Cruises and horse riding amongst the rhino, giraffe and various other animals. "Arrive as guests, leave as friends." ... more   less 
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