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Glenshiel Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Magoebaskloof
Reviewed 23 January 2014

The Glenshiel Hotel presents itself as a 'country lodge' and that's exactly what it is: a large, rambling farmhouse-style main building with rooms arranged in a courtyard around the back.

There aren't very many rooms but they are absolutely huge: a suite, rather than a room is what we had (#4). I suppose it is expensive in the context of South African hotels but for us as UK travellers it was about the same as we'd pay for an ordinary room in England - you get so much more for your money in SA.

On the day we arrived there was no electricity at all. This wasn't the hotel's fault - the whole region was out - and this lasted until about four the next morning. To the hotel's credit they gave us dinner for free - they have a generator, but it isn't powerful enough to run the whole place - and provided lots of candles on big candlestick in the rooms, which actually seemed very appropriate (and they'd obviously done this before).

The food and service was very good indeed. There didn't seem to be be very many staff on duty at all, but whenever we wanted a drink, or some help, someone popped up at a moment's notice. Maybe they're just trained to be invisible until you need them (in which case they're very good it it!)

The countryside around is very popular with South Africans visiting the forests in the region with its attendant rivers and dams - spectacular trout fishing is one of the area's attractions.

We were there for a family wedding so I probably won't have reason to return but if I ever do, I will definitely stay at the Glenshiel Hotel again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We stayed at the Glenshiel in October for our anniversary weekend. Hotel OK. Definitely no longer 4star, maybe many years ago. Rooms large and clean, however all the rooms smelled like smoke because of the fire places in the rooms. However we were there during a summer month and it still had that smell. The food was totally average. The kitchen constantly had our orders incorrect especially with breakfast. The hotel also has minimum staff. The person running the reception is also your waiter etc. During dinner we had to ask for some soft music in the dining room (something small but its finer details that counts). We felt like we paid alot for a "not that great stay".

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Natasha V
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We had a wonderful getaway and cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. Yes the rooms are tastefully decorated, and the beds delightfully comfortable and the roaring fireplaces inviting BUT what makes the hotel are the staff. Warm, friendly and accommodating of your every need.
Meals are a delight and the chef goes out of his way to accommodate the "little" guests too. On our last night the menu was perhaps a little too much for a small boy. Before we could even begin with a request our charming waiter Ananais let us know that the chef had made a special dish of spaghetti bolognais for our small grandchild.
My husband and I needed to leave early in the morning, once again front of house was ready and waiting with a pot of hot tea and a packed breakfast (none of which we'd requested but it was so appreciated).
Rock on Glenshiel - you really do have the best hospitality in the business!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

What a stunning place! Huge open fire in beautifully decorated bedrooms, the best linen, incredibly comfortable beds. Staff were unbelievably good. Food delightful, epic breakfast. We will be returning soon-we dropped in on the off chance they would have availability and they were so accommodating! Great price-I would have happily paid double! See you soon and big thank you!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank cathwath
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

If traveling from Pretoria to the Kruger Park area, the Glenshiel Hotel is a nice accommodation along the way. The staff is warm and welcoming. If there is a chill in the air, you will find a roaring fire in your room along with a comfortable bed. There is a nice variety of food and they will even prepare special requests with a little notice (the chef prepared Mopane worms for me). The grounds are set in the rolling hills and are perfect for a short walk.

If the opportunity arises, you will not be disappointed if you choose to spend a day or two at Glenshiel Hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Stephan H
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

I have stayed at Glenshiel twice in the last six months and my only disappointment is that it was for only one night each time as I used it as a stop on the way to the Kruger Park. the Hotel is located on a hill with magnificent views over the valley. and it's gorgeous when the mist rolls in. There are also gorgeous walks to be taken through the forest.
The service is impeccable - in fact the staff easily remembered us and we were given the same room we had previously stayed in, which is huge, lovely and quiet. On our second stay we were a large group, arriving at different times and the staff were so friendly and accommodating, waiting patiently until everyone had arrived before serving dinner.
The food is delicious with very generous portions. In fact be careful that you don't burst from all the food you get for breakfast.
I will certainly be back and this time I will stay for much longer.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jean-Leigh K
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Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Glenshiel for one night on our way to the bush and what a treat. We were arriving late but the staff were extremely accommodating. A delicious 4 course dinner was served on arrival in front of a roaring fire. Service was spot on at all times. Comfortable beds with devine log fires. In the morning a delicious breakfast was served overlooking the mountains. I highly recommend!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Jennifer L
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Additional Information about Glenshiel Hotel

Address: R71 | PO Box 285, 0730, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Magoebaskloof
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Magoebaskloof
Price Range: £82 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxurious 4 star all-inclusive country Getaway. Relax in style in the heart of the misty Magoebaskloof Mountains. 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg or 30 minutes from Polokwane. 14 luxury rooms each with a romantic log fireplace and upmarket amenities. 4-course dinners and English breakfast included. Mountain and forest views. Outdoor activities include mountain biking, walking & hiking trails, a canopy tour over the Letaba River Gorge, birding, fly fishing, golfing, picnicking, quad-biking and horseback riding. ... more   less 

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