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Benmore Lodge
Vancouver Island, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Tranquil location - but.....”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

We stayed at Benmore Lodge for two nights while traveling with Sunway Safaris. The lodge we shared with another couple, featured two bedrooms, a large open area for kitchen and eating area in addition to a sitting area. It has a nice rural setting, and some game and birds can be observed from the large veranda. The night that we arrived, there was storm and heavy rain, which blew right through a hole in the front door where a piece of glass should have been. After going back to the manager's cottage in the driving rain, and having to convince him that repairs really could not wait until the morning, did he come out, and fixed it with some cardboard, promising to fix it the next day which did not happen. Only two towels were given out, and when we asked for more, as well as some dish cloths, they were given reluctantly, because, as we were told "people steal them anyway".
The water is not potable, so you should bring your own drinking water. The water that is available is very murky, and leaves brown residue on the towel. Also, the TV does not work, because "it needs a box".
Benmore Lodge has a lot of potential, but it need some serious commitments from the owner to make it work.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pennington, South Africa
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

Benmore Lodge is located just outside of Kei Mouth on a game sanctuary. It has two bedroom chalets with a well equipped kitchen and dining area overlooking the valley. Furnishings are in a simple country style with good quality soft furnishings and fittings. It has a restaurant and bar which is only opened at limited times out of season and a trading store that provides most necessities. Housekeeping is good. The friendly owners always seem to be around when needed and are very willing to accommodate to their guests needs. No Wi Fi or 3G coverage but the trading store has internet. Very simple and relaxing. Good walks but a drive to the nearby beaches

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Benmore Lodge

Property: Benmore Lodge
Address: Benmore Farm, Kei Mouth 5260, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Kei Mouth
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Kei Mouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benmore Lodge is situated 4kms from Kei Mouth and 6kms from Morgan Bay, 95kms from East London. Each chalet has an enclosed deck overlooking the Great Kei Game reserve and Transkei. Chalets are fully equiped for 4 people. Open plan kitchen has fridge/freezer, microwave, stove and breakfast nook, cutlery supplied. Dining room seats 4 people. Main bedroom has a king size bed or 2 singles, includes built in cupboards, dressing table and full length mirror. Second room had two single beds and built in cupboards. Linen supplied must bring own towels. Bathroom has bath and shower. Laundry facilities available. Non-smoking indoors. Each chalet has a braai. ... more   less 

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