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Golmangtae
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

I really enjoy this place. The views were splendid, it was just a stone's throw away from the green tea plantation and very near a bus stop which takes you into the town of Boseong one way and to the green tea plantation the other way. The owner is very hospitable and welcomed me and other guests with complimentary tea and treats. I also had dinner at the pension's restaurant which was truly lovely. Grilled duck with side dishes all home-made by the owner. The rooms are Korean style, so be prepared to sleep on the floor. But the floor mattresses were comfortable enough and the rooms very clean with modern bathrooms. A really really great stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Roxanne H
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We arrived at this hotel late in the evening without a reservation and the very gracious owner took us in and gave us a room. He then whisked us into the dinning area for a home cooked meal. The rustic dinning area had a camp mess hall feel. Afterwards we were all escorted to a living area where there was free internet, TV and green tea. Overall, we're very thankful to have had a safe roof over our heads but this definitely wasn't the most pleasant experience. The bed was rock hard. The bathroom was constantly wet EVERYWHERE because the shower was not enclosed at all. The worst part of it all.. the "green tea" fields pictured for the region are non-existent... or whatever is there is definitely not worth the 3.5 hour train ride from Seoul. Save yourself the time and avoid the region altogether.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Heather K
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

It is not worth the price (113$ US) for two people, 1 night. The surroundings are spectacular, but the building is shabby, and the decoration is odd (stucco everywhere, and papier mâché lamps). In the bathroom, there wasn't any washbasin, and the toilet paper distributor was very inconveniently placed in the bedroom. To get wifi, you have to go into a deep, creepy, not well lighted grotto. Communication is not easy with the owner because his english is very limited. His son helped by calling a taxi for us. We knew from the other comments on this site that Golmangtae was not within walking distance of restaurants or stores, therefore we brought some food, knowing that there was a kitchen. Well, we managed to boil some water, but that's it. No utensils, no plates, just a few bowls and old frying pans. The owner offered to cook Korean breakfast and dinner, but we declined. During our 2 weeks stay in Korea, we slept in many different wonderful places, but this place was the most expensive, and the least satisfying.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Gisele C
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Located in the heart of Korea’s green tea plantations. Only a short drive to town center, the coast, and tea fields. Very friendly and gracious hosts. Unique exposure to green tea variants of Korean traditional spices. A worthwhile stopover on the way to exploring other areas of the Jeolla province.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Onceuponatimeinagala
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

The plantation is nice and the green tea and green tea biscuits (for sale there and elsewhere) were delicious.
This place is very far from town and left us feeling stranded without a car. We were reliant on the owner to either drive us in or call a taxi for us--there is no phone in the room so if there was nobody around we had to wait until someone came back to help us.
Apart from the odd sort of toadstool appearance of the buildings, I'm not sure if this place is supposed to be eco-friendly. The room did not seem to retain heat very well (or it all went up to the top of the peaked ceiling) so it took a lot of electric heating to keep it warm.
The room had an old-style TV (only a few local channels), A/C, and a kitchenette with the loudest fridge I'd ever heard. It rattled so noisily whenever it kicked in that we had to unplug it to get some sleep.
The bathroom was a "wet room" (the shower was not screened off at all) so the entire room got wet during a shower and the floor was always wet--it never dried out.
There was one small corner shelf for the shower, and no shelf space near the sink at all except the top of the toilet. There was one small towel rail in the room, which was fine as there were only small towels, about 4 hand-towel-sized ones.
The bed was the most hardest one that we slept in in Korea, and I actually woke up with back pain. It might be ok for those who like their beds hard.
There were no nightstands and no closet: a set of pegs on the wall was all that was available.
Cleanliness did not seem to be a priority: the top of the fridge was covered in a thick layer of dust and the were various hairs on the soap and pillows when we arrived.
It seemed expensive for the area.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CoastalBreaks
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