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Bitou River Lodge
Ranked #10 of 84 Plettenberg Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hermanus
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135 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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“back again and just as good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Helped by her 3 dogs and a cat, Sue does a great job at Bitou River Lodge to ensure guests are well looked after. Perched on the banks of the river, rooms are extremely comfortable, airy and light. Her breakfasts are great and plentiful. We have been there many times and wouldn't go anywhere else. Braai facilities for those who don't want to eat out. Bird watchers will enjoy the numerous species in and around the garden. Sue will always book golf and restaurants for you. Great staff (Leon will wash your car as well). Don't pass it by.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thanks for the awesome review, Mike! I LOVE your photo of the Knysna Turaco!
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Marlow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

An excellent B&B that was top class in all respects! Lovely setting, lovely rooms that clearly had been designed with much care. Overlooking the river, a perfect place to relax. We only stayed one night, but could have happily spent more time at the lodge -we will be back!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review - hope we see you again!
Sue
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

We had an amazing time at Bitou River Lodge. The breakfast was awesome with fresh farm eggs, fresh muffins/scones every morning. We stayed for 7 days and it was beautiful going back to the lodge daily to sit outside at the river, which is so relaxing. We did a lot of activities and the Lodge was a great location. It was a great experience in a magical setting. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Thank you for the great review - it was such fun having you to stay! All the best for your wedding!
Sue
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George, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Sue,the owner is a very friendly, helpful and just a pleasure to deal with. She knows the area well and has a passion for making her guests feel welcome.We like to come back and explore the Bitou river in one of the canoes available at this guesthouse and also bring our mountain bikes to ride on the many trails in this beautiful part of the country. Close enough to Plett and Keurboomstrand to enjoy beaches and restaurants but far enough to enjoy the tranquility.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael V
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thanks for the great review, much appreciated!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

The setting was beautiful right on the river, far enough to escape the busy crowds but close enough to pop into town.comfy rooms great hospitality from the hostess Sue. BTW the morning muffins are fantastic.

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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Big up to you - thanks for the review, James!
Sue
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

The setting is beautiful and the location is fantastic as it's out of the crazy busy main beach area of Plettenburg Bay - so you have the best of both worlds; a very tranquil, pretty, restful home away from home, yet you're only a 5 minute drive away from the beach if you want to go there and enjoy. The rooms are very well appointed and decorated and each one has its own patio that spills out onto the lawn down to the river with its ample bird life, and complimentary canoes if you want to take a gentle paddle down the waterway. The breakfasts are delicious (and plentiful) - don't miss the fresh baked bread, scones, muffins, that Sue makes each morning. Overall, excellent value for money. But what really makes Bitou River Lodge unique is Sue - she's such a fantastic host - friendly, efficient, informative and so helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. Can't recommend BRL highly enough.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Aaaah thanks, guys! I'm going to have to frame this one!
Sue
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Lovely and quiet location just a few kilometres outside Plettenburg Bay, and well placed for touring the Garden Route. Good size room with a nice view out over the gardens down to the river - the canoes are a nice touch and great for a relaxing trip along the Bitou. Plus the breakfast was the best out of all of our stops in South Africa! Sue is an excellent hostess! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brian S
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review!
Sue
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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
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 84 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 at this Provencal-style guest house. 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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