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Granite Park Lodges
Paarl, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Our wildest expectations were exceeded, shattered !!!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This was quite simply the best B&B / Guest house I have ever visited, no if's, no buts.

The setting is wonderful, the furnishings way beyond what is required, the staff and owners wonderful, and the finished product ...... truly amazing.

This time we happened to be passing through Bulawayo so stayed there, next time in Zim we will work our trip around a few nights here.

If it weren't for Zim's troubles there would be a very long waiting list to stay at a place like this, with a price tag to match.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is a great place to rest and relax. We spent two nights here in June 2014 and wish we had booked more. The rondawels are a pleasure to be in, they are well equipped, comfortable and peaceful. It being winter the pool was green, but we didn't want to swim anyway. The views from the rocky outcrops are spectacular and the grounds are well maintained. If you love Bulawayo and you come here often you have to try this place. The road from the Plumtree Road is a bit Zimbabwe and needs maintenance, but Granite Park is a breathe of fresh air.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We did not plan on staying 3 nights but it’s so hard to leave Granite Park!

As soon as we arrived we were blown away by the peace and tranquil splendor of this lovely Park! And then we discovered our lodge, so spacious, so comfortable, so beautifully furnished and decorated in an elegant African style. Everything you need is there and even more!

We loved the atmosphere ... a little walk in the garden revealed a magnificent view of Bulawayo... and the swimming pool area complete with waterfall cascading over the rocks so nicely integrated in the well manicured gardens.

What we also really appreciated is that each lodge offers privacy and very soon our lodge began to feel like our home away from home. It was nice to have our own BBQ place where we enjoyed more than one good “braai” with our friends and have a drink on the verandah.

We were also very happy to simply relax in our lovely private garden but soon realized this could even be done from the comfort of our bed where we could listen to the birds, watch the squirrels playing in the trees and be entertained by the dassies (rock rabbits) running around, ...

We left with great memories of our time at Granite Park Lodge, the pleasant days, delightful evenings and we definitely recommend this Lodge.

Paul

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Graniteparklodges, Owner at Granite Park Lodges, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
When we receive comments like those you have given it is difficult to respond. Thank you so much for the kind words.

Hopefully we will have the pleasure of your company in the future. By then the boma we are building should be complete, you will then be able to entertain your guests in even more comfort.

Regards

Clive Moore
GRANITE PARK LODGES
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

we had the privilege of staying at Granite Park Lodges over Christmas 2013 and what a wonderful time it was......the lodges are extremely comfortable and well cared for, everything you need or could ask for in comfort and convenience. Hosts Gail and Clive, and their staff, made our stay and we could not have felt more welcome or at home or had better care and attention to everything, from comfy beds and accommodation to our laundry being taken care of. It was a time for relaxing and enjoying one of the best places we stayed at during our 2 month tour of Southern Africa and it was an experience we will never forget.......we would fully recommend it to everyone.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

After 2.5 months travelling throughout Southern Africa staying mainly in B&Bs, Granite Park Lodges are without doubt the "Jewel in the Crown" - an excellent place to stay, highly recommended. We (party of 8) spent 6 days over the Christmas 2013 period at Granite Park Lodges and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Set in a natural secluded bushland garden complete with sheep, tortoises and bird life, the lodges, each with own patio and private BBQ area, are beautifully appointed, comfortably furnished, well equipped with all mod cons (all in good working order!) and offer satellite TV, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, room safes and house alarms. The vista from the pool area as well as from the Boma is beautiful, both great places to relax at the end of the day and watch an African sunset.
The warm welcome and personal care shown to us by Clive, Gail and staff - Lamek, Sheila and Jenny - was exceptional, nothing was too much trouble, a real home from home. Thank you all for a truly memorable stay and great Christmas, and making us part of the family. We will be back!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We were in Bulawayo for Christmas in 2013. Had booked the lodges with our extended family, and we weren't disappointed! What a piece of paradise it was! Kids loved swimming in the gorgeous pool, exploring the land, finding the resident sheep and seeking out tortoises and giant African snails! The lodges are all excellently appointed, with EVERYTHING you could want - satellite TV, room safes, house alarm, ample parking, shaded patio, private BBQ, ceiling fans, supreme kitchens - fully equipped etc. Absolutely everything worked too - a distinction for Zimbabwe! Super clean, manicured gardens, excellent staff too.

Thank you to Clive and Gail for making our Bulawayo experience so great!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

We (party of 11 adults) stayed at Granite Park Lodges for one night, on our way home after a two week tour of Zimbabwe. The lodges are beautifully equipped, location is very convenient and the surroundings and nature very beautiful.
We booked through a travel agent, who failed to notify the lodge. Regardless, the friendly proprietors welcomed us and made sure that we were comfortable and had sufficient space for everyone.
In a country where we had really bad accommodation experiences, this property stands out as an example of what is still possible in Zimbabwe!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Granite Park Lodges
Address: 3 Laidlaw Close | Granite Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Bulawayo Province > Bulawayo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Bulawayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Granite Park Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Granite Park Lodges have a rural environment but are only ten minutes from the city center, nestled amongst granite rocks. There is a picturesque waterfall cascading into a natural swimming pool for your pleasure. It is here that the Dassies may show themselves whilst basking on one of the granite outcrops. The property is on eight acres and is on route to the magnificent Matopos. Thatched self-contained lodges, with teak fitted kitchen including fridge and stove, a separate double bedroom with the convenience of a sleeper couch in the lounge, are fully equipped and capable of accommodating four people with ease. ... more   less 
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