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“A Haven Of Peace and Tranquillity Down By The Riverside.”
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Bitou River Lodge
Ranked #10 of 81 Plettenberg Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“A Haven Of Peace and Tranquillity Down By The Riverside.”
Reviewed 5 April 2011

A return visit confirms that secluded Bitou River Lodge is a very special place, richly deserving of all the accolades it receives. The rooms - light, airy and the most fully-equipped we have ever come across in terms of power point adaptors, hair driers etc - all look out over lawns sweeping down to the river just a few yards away from each very private patio. The abundant birdlife, encouraged by keen ornithologist Sue, is endlessly entertaining. And if you want to immerse yourself even more deeply into the beautifully tranquil surroundings you are more than welcome at any time to borrow one of the canoes that are provided for those who fancy paddling through the reeds and water lilies to observe the local wildlife at close quarters. Add in Sue's sumptuous breakfast spreads, the wonderfully relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the peaceful country location that is nevertheless perfectly placed for all the best attractions of the Plettenberg Bay area and what you get is one of the most enjoyable B&B experiences to be had anywhere in the world.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you for a perfect review - so much appreciated!
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2011

Sue is a delighted hostess and caters for all our needs. Even trimming shrubs so we had a perfect view of the river! We loved the canoeing followed by our own barbecue (provided by Sue)
We have been back many times and it just gets better.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Big thank you!
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North West England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2011

Here we are again - staying at Bitou River Lodge! And, once more, everything is just as fantastic as before. We were welcomed as 'old friends' this time, just over twelve months since our last visit. The accommodation and hospitality is First Class and we still think that Sue'sbreakfasts are to die for. Sue is ever there to sort out any problems and give advice, book restaurants and arrange viewing of the final games of the Six Nations Rugby on TV for a desperate husband! And all with a Big Smile. Many thanks again, Sue, and hope to see you next year.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Always wonderful to have you both here - many thanks!
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

We stayed at Sue's beautiful B&B for the last night of our Honeymoon. The rooms are decorated so beautifully and we loved the small flowers on the towels, homemade biscuits and the most delicious pancakes for breakfast I've ever eaten. Sue's warmth and personality is wonderful and wished we could stay longer. For those that visit will completely fall in love with Zinzi

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Our beloved Zinzi! Many thanks!
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

This place is fabulous if you like peace, nature and animals. Simple rooms next to a lovely small river with free use of a canoe for each room. The friendly alsation dog waited in the garden outside our room each morning to follow us down to the river. Our fault because we befriended him. The early morning sights and sounds on the river are magical. Very abundant birdlife, jumping fish and the occasional mammal ( we heard otters at night but did not see them). Breakfasts are superb and imaginative with lots of little extra homemade delicasies. The lovely owners cannot do too much to help without being in the slightest obtrusive. Plettenberg Bay is probably about a 5/6 km drive away but it is a great place. There is a very good restaurant about 3 km from the lodge but we enjoyed using the provided barbecue ( braie) by the riverside as darkness fell. The SA red wine went down very well here without a doubt!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Here's to you - and your great review!
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

A little late to write this review since we had visited South Africa for the FIFA in July. This place is a beautiful gem, charming and cozy, a slice of paradise, nature at its very best... Sue provided such attention to detail that we grieved to leave...Zinzi, the pet dog, fancied our family and stuck by us loyally throughout our short stay. We must return to Bitou some day since this is probably one of our best experiences in all our travels. I really can't say enough about Bitou River Lodge...

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you so much for a wonderful review!
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New York
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

We were travelling with our 22 year old daughter who invited us for a family vacation at a destination of her choice. (She has been on the road since October, 2009). Given that leeway, advance notice of itinerary, and wanting to splurge a bit on her behalf, I researched many places that would fit our mutual needs. Bitou River Lodge (which incidentally is attempting to change its profile to Plettenburg Bay Inn, but having no success on Trip Advisor and elsewhere) was what I thought "would do" for us, money wise and comfort wise.

Well, they went way beyond "would do" for us. First off, Sue was helpful in suggesting a second, separate room for our daughter, at a good discount rather than all being in the same room with a sleep sofa. That offer encouraged us to make Plett Bay our third night and our focus for the area. We couldn't have been more pleased than to put our collective selves in one place, in separate rooms, in order to explore the area.

Starting each day with a wonderful breakfast was really a treat. Now, indeed, I have read numerous breakfast reviews from other TA peeps, and many of you often focus on the variety of available choices. We are not that picky, however I believe any of you would be most certainly impressed with the efforts of Sue. She apparently cooks eggs to order every morning (!), had many fresh baked items (delictable and take them on your hike for refuelling if that is your agenda) and then switched up all the other want to haves: fruit, yogurt, breads, cereals, meats, etc.

To the lodging itself: We absolutely would not have wanted to be anywhere else. Comfortable enough for five stars (but there were thousands of stars in the clear sky over the river) and just right for us. You are on a farm, just a touch removed from Plett Bay itself, so probably one would need a vehicle for getting there. Our beds and linens were top notch. Rooms have refridgerators, tubs and showers. We were there during a drought so I didn't take advantage of the tub (and we shut down the shower to lather up) but it was seductively surrounded with candles. Open patios overlook the river. There is wireless in the main guest area, many books in the library, etc. which is open until one wants because Sue is accomodating that way.

Fun extras: dogs greeting you with tennis balls for tossing to them. Kayaks for going on to the river. (We did this but one can't go very far either direction due to growth, but finding birds is very nice) Chocolates on the pillow for turn down (ok, not special but I didn't expect it here when I booked), homemade lemonade for purchase in the fridge (a bit too expensive for us but I'm VERY particular about my lemonade since I also make my own), wine is available (we brought our own from Stellenbosch so didn't sample) and fresh water every day.

Sue was great in recommending restaurants and made a point in getting us a reservation at some place nearby, on a hill, that was totally slammed and you food peeps will know what it is. We were happy there, but also content at regular joints down in Plett that she suggested. A dinner scene wasn't our cool factor because we were busy out hiking 4-6 hours a day and exhausted early. But we loved the fact that Sue made the effort to get us to (Emily Moon's?) and felt back in the in crowd and fun, which who would have known was up in the hills over Plett?
Yes, we would return.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Thank you for this wonderful review!
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Property: Bitou River Lodge
Address: off R340, 4.2km from the N2, east of Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Watch the birds on the river from your bed... Explore the wetlands by canoe... Swim in the pool or at one of Plettenberg Bay's beautiful beaches... Enjoy traditional farmhouse breakfasts and hospitality... Bitou River Lodge is both a destination in its own right and a central base for exploring the area - golf courses, forests, beaches, game farms, shops and restaurants are all just a ten-minute drive away. Sue speaks English, Afrikaans, French and some German. We welcome children who are 7 years and older. ... more   less 
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