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Resthaven Guest House
Ranked #1 of 8 Matatiele B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

I arrived in matatiele without having booked any accommodation prior to arriving and the first place I stopped was Resthaven. The receptionist was extremely helpful and he sorted me out with a self catering unit within minutes. I stayed there for two days and the accommodation was perfect, clean, comfortable room. Everything one would expect and more. The breakfasts were absolutely great and for the price it was real value for money

Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Philip R, Owner at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2014

Thank you for your positive feedback. At Resthaven Guesthouse we always endeavour to give our guests the best possible experience. It is guests like yourself that make our job pleasant and worthwhile. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Lovely accommodation. comfortable beds, decent showers and plenty of blankets (incl. electric) for the cold Eastern cape winters. Secure off street parking and very friendly staff.
Excellent home cooked food. A worth while stop over.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Juan T
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Philip R, Owner at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post something positive. We are pleased that you had a "haven of rest" and look forward to welcoming you back anytime

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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Resthaven for 1 night and it was just lovely! The rooms are of a good size, very clean, neat and the guesthouse is very comfortable an organized. Owners are very friendly!! If you need some tips about the drakensberg area, as Philip, he knows the area very well and is always happy to give some info. We definitely recommend the Resthaven!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank CarolinaMedeiros
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Philip R, Owner at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

Thank you for your positive review, it is good to hear that you had a comfortable stay and that the information Philip gave you was helpful. We look forward to welcoming you back

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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Om our way from the Drakensbergen to the Garden Coast, we were recommended by a South-African couple to stay here and what a pleasant surprise Nice accomodation and what a friendly people. They would do anything to make your stay pleasant. They also organise tours in the Southern part of the Drakensbergen. If the trip would be even half of what the pictures showed it would stil be perfect. Nice to have been there and I would recommend myself to go back there.
Taco and Tineke Tieken

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Philip R, Owner at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review, seeing that you had a pleasant stay makes our job worthwhile. We are pleased that you had a good trip to South Africa and thank you for making us a part of your journey.

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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Few things can go askew if you hear to the wisdom and passion of those that are not shy to display it. Phillip and his whole family welcomed us at Resthaven Guest House in Matatiele. From the day I met Phillip at Indaba I felt his passion for the southern Drakensberg. He is a true, proud ambassador of the region, only willing to show and share the raw beauty of this Cinderella corner of the berg. Every piece of advice was gold, and lead us to even greater and finer discoveries…most remarkable of them all were the Kwabhaliwe Cave Paintings. Resthaven itself was clean, comfortable, convenient, sterlingly and personally hosted and a true "must be back" property, awesomely positioned to explore more of Phillips southern berg.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank ChristianBoix
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Philip R, Manager at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2016

Thank you that is why we are in the hospitality industry we like to brag about our wonderful country and also like to make our guests stay pleasant.

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We stopped at Resthaven on recommendation from a friend and we weren't disappointed. We were on our way back to Umhlanga after a 3 week trip down the Garden Route to Langebaan to Darling, Stellenbosch, Hermanus, and George. We decided not to drive the Garden Route back to Umhlanga but to go inland. We drove from George via Cradock to Queenstown and then Matatiele. We booked into Resthaven on Sunday in the late afternoon. Our room was a suite consisting of a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Finding a restaurant open for dinner on a Sunday in a small town is difficult so when we asked the owner what he would recommend, he offered to cook us a steak dinner. We accepted and it was delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly and it was basically a very nice meal. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. Breakfast was self-help except for your egg order, which was fine with us. Breakfast was good and filling. Next time we are in South Africa we plan to come back to this part of the country because it is absolutely beautiful and we will definitely stay at Resthaven.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip R, Owner at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

Thank you for your great feedback, it makes us happy to know that you had an enjoyable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to our area as Matatiele has many Natural Wonders to experience.

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Reviewed 30 September 2011

I don't think Matatiele is a place where too many travellers find themselves. However, if all you want is a room for the night then you can save yourself a search around town and pick Resthaven Guest House easily enough.

Our room was clean, well-equipped and quiet. There was locked off-street parking too. I can't say there was very much character about the place, so it was just a bed for the night. The family owners were very friendly and helpful, lending us some crockery despite not being a self-catering establishment as we'd decided to eat in. Breakfast in the morning filled a hole but was not very inspiring - reminded me of cheap B&Bs back home in England.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Matthew S
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Philip R, Owner at Resthaven Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

Thank you for your feedback, as Management, to get feedback from guests, it helps us improve the experience for future guests. Resthaven Guesthouse does offer Self-Catering Accommodation as well as Luxury Rooms with great character, and being a busy establishment, we are sorry for not being able to offer you such a room. Breakfast is usually a Buffet Breakfast of Fruits, Cereals, Yogurt and Cooked Breakfast of Bacon, Sausage and Eggs, which is acceptable to most of our clients, and is designed as a Value-for-Money Breakfast. We are sorry we could not have offered you a more lavish breakfast. We would encourage you to come back again, perhaps over a weekend when we are quiet, so that we can offer you one of our best rooms and try to give you an experience and meals for which we have become known.

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Additional Information about Resthaven Guest House

Address: 77 Main Street, Matatiele 4730, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Matatiele
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Matatiele
Hotel Class:3 star — Resthaven Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 22

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