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The Green Tree Guest Cottages
Ranked #1 of 1 Nanaga B&B and Inns
Somerset West
2 reviews
“Adventure of lifetime!!”
Reviewed 19 February 2010

Wow what a wonderful time we had at Green Tree Farm - it exceeded our every expectation! The accommodation was beautiful and the service outstanding. The extra special touches were noted!! Our children had an experience of a lifetime - they even saw a baby calf being born! The food was excellent!! We enjoyed all the adventures of living on a farm as well as being able to explore the area and visit Addo! Lezel your hospitality was memorable and you can be sure that we will make a special trip in the future just to visit Green Tree Farm!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2010

The rooms were spacious but everything else was the worse we experienced in 4 weeks of travelling around SA.
We booked dinner in advance but on arrival we were told that this was not a full dinner but as a light evening meal (mince meat with a Greek salad and chocolate brownies for desert at £20 for 2) Easily the worse value we experinced in SA. Left over food had to be left in room overnight as landlady did not want to be disturbed after 7pm!!!
Breakfast was from 8am and consisted of 3 hot dishes ("please get up for breakfast on time as the food spoils if left too long on the hot plates"!!!) Breakfast was totally self service - make your own toast on toaster, pour your own coffee (very average) and the 3 hot dishes consisted of scambled eggs, awful sausages and an tomato and onion stew. No choice of eggs or anything else!!!
Rooms were facing main road with continual traffic noise.
As a 4 * guest house this was an insult to the great accommodation we experienced in the rest of SA
We were left with the impression that they just wanted our money with the least effort or interference with their lifestile

  • Liked — bathrooms
  • Disliked — attitude of owners
  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Lezl, Owner at The Green Tree Guest Cottages, responded to this review, 28 February 2010
Mr Miller I was really surprised when I saw this venomous attack that came from you. You never once mentioned how unhappy you where when here?? I still remember clearly, how I tried to be friendly to you and your friend, and you just made me feel I was in your way. I still thought this poor man must be so unhappy with life.
Let me just put the record straight for the other guest reading this review. As all our other guest will confirm, I try my best to give everyone information as to what there is to do in the area, helping you book game drives ect, like I did for you, arranging your Schotia trip – not trying to get rid of you like you make it. Not even that trip seemed to have excited you. Our supper you make off as mince meat, is the traditional South African dish Bobotie, every body else seems to enjoy. We also advertise our suppers as light suppers by prior arrangement that is served at the cottage in the evenings. Normally when you have supper in your room at a hotel, they would also only remove your dishes the next morning, same as we do, removing them when you come for Breakfast. We do have kitchens in all rooms, so it is not like you have stuff in your way. We try to give guest their own time to enjoy their meals, so they have privacy and time to eat in peace.
As I start at 5 am every morning, and I go home after supper is served to guest and sure everyone is happy, (not to lead my lifestyle), to see to my little boy en husband and see that they also get a meal, like all mothers and wifes do. My House is behind the Bed & Breakfasthouse, which has a bell should anybody ever need me.
Just as a bit of info to you - search the criteria for a 4 star B&B and then compare it to guesthouses, lodges and Hotels.
Our breakfast is done buffet style, (a hot breakfast, which is different every morning, fruit salad and yoghurt, cold meats, muffins, cereals, breads, juice, tea and coffee) - as it has been for the last six years running, with many happy guest. I am constantly in the dining room, seeing to my guest as I did with you. When you stay in a hotel, they normally pour you coffee, and make your toast for you. You have twisted every word we have in our information book to make us sound like awful people, and I can just feel sorry for you. As we are a respected guesthouse, and I love what I do, and this is the 1st time I had anyone NOT being complimentary, I encourage any future guest to let me know instantly if anything is not satisfactory.
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Ferwert, Friesland, NL
1 review
Reviewed 18 January 2010

This was the highlight of our 7 week stay in South Africa. Friendly, excellent food, classy and detail to excellence. Thank you to our landlady Lezl van Niekerk. We will be back.

  • Liked — It's got class.
  • Disliked — we couldt'n stay longer!
  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Northamptonshire
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

Need a car but no so remote after all you are in the Eastern Cape. Good location to Addo which was a complete joy. Lovely garden, good food. Lezl was a charming host and helped us enormously with local knowledge. Supper brought to your door cooked by Lezl and rooms cleared and beautifully cleaned by first class friendly staff. Felt totally safe and secure. Would recommend to friends

Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2009

we chose the cottages because they are very convenient for Addo Elephant Park and Schotia Safaris ( both of which we recommend )
Located on a dairy farm the cottages are large , spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated They are in a remote location and you need to drive to get to shops and restaaurants but don't let this put you off . There is a well stocked Spar supermarket about 25 mins away and the Nanaga farm stalls are a little closer , Nanga serves good lunches and is well known for its tasty pies (don't miss these ! ) If you stay at Green Tree on a B&B basis you can organise for supper to be delivered to your cottage each night . Supper is cooked by Lezi (the owner ) and we were very pleased with the quality of food she provided (especially the boboti !) Breakfasts are served in the dining room and are generous and well presented .
Lezi is a GREAT host She is very friendly caring and helpful I would recommend these cottages to anyone visiting this area

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Roßdorf
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1 review
Reviewed 7 June 2009

The Guesthouse is situated on a dairy farm, which belongs also to the owners Lezl and Datie. They have 4 different cottages, we had cottage No. 1 "Porcupine". As you can see on the pics, a very very nice, comfortable and huge room, almost an appartment as it had a small kitchen incl. a fridge with cold beverages.
Lezl welcomed us and showed us everything. Very friendly and helpful people. She also prepared the dinner for us, which you need to pre-book in advance. Was absolutely perfect with everything you need. She even prepared for us 2 different dishes, as one of us is a vegetarian.
Breakfast is also served in the dining room for everybody. She prepared some warm food here for breakfast like french toast or a tuna mushroom pie aswell; breakfast consisted of cereals, bread & toast, coffee, orange juice, fresh fruits, yoghurt, freshly baked muffins, etc. So a very good start into the day.
If you want to go to the Addo Elephant Park, Shamwari Game Reserve, Sunshine Coast at the Indian Ocean or Schotia Safari´s this is the perfect place to stay. But you must have a car here.
They also have a small swimming pool there and some playground toys for kids.
Their son has also started his own bizz with a small "zoo", but be aware of the small male goat :-).
We would definetely come back and stay there again, we enjoyed it very much.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank MattDAni
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Ireland/UK
1 review
Reviewed 4 April 2009

We really wanted to see some of the real South African countryside. Warm friendly welcome from the owner Lezl, who showed us our cottage, beautifully decorated and so cosy and clean. Dinner is great, Lezl's cooking is yummy do request the Bobotie! Breakfast has a huge choice of food.
We really enjoyed Addo Elephant Park (we drove through ourselves and saw loads of elephants, zebras and buffalo) and Schotia (Lezl even sorted out the booking the wildlife and guides were amazing) and the local sand dunes.
Very relaxed beautiful place, we have some lovely memories of seeing the farm with the red soil and dairy cows! It is a half an hour drive to the local town but this is a little gem and would be lovely for a romantic stay or for a group of friends. If your husband is going to the footie or rugby the wives could happily chill out here!!!

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Green Tree Guest Cottages
Address: Route 72, Wycombevale Farm, Nanaga 6185, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Nanaga
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Nanaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Green Tree Guest Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the life style of country living on this beautiful dairy farm while visiting The Addo Elephant Park, Schotia safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve and more within 10 - 15 min drive from The Green Tree Cottages. Spacious, tastefully decorated self-catering cottages will ensure you a comfortable stay. The Green Tree Cottages are Owner managed for personal attention and good service. We would love to welcome you here. ... more   less 
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