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Lyell's B&B
Ranked #42 of 83 Plettenberg Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 September 2010

We stayed at Lyell's for two nights and generally have no complaints - but for how noise travels through the house.

The rooms are beautiful, exceptionally clean and well appointed.

The only problem we encountered was how noise travels in the building. Three of the four rooms are on the same floor, and two of them share bathrooms. Due to the tiling in the passageways, every noise that any guest makes - from placing keys in door locks to running water for a shower or bath, to flushing of the toilets, is heard by other guests. If none of the guests make use of these facilities while you're resting or sleeping, or operate their locks and doors considerately, then you won't be bothered.

If you are looking for a stay that is free of day to day noise, this aspect of Lyell's may bother you.

One last point is that the 180' ocean views are magnificent, but only available from the top floor where the lounge and the kitchen are. None of the rooms have views of the bay or ocean.

We would thus happily recommend Lyell's but not if you are a light sleeper.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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tchap, Manager at Lyell's B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2010

Thank you for the review and comments regarding the noise. The persons in question came to the Guest House at 09H00am in the morning and asked us if they could occupy the room earlier as they were very tired after traveling a far distance by car. This we agreed to despite telling them when making the booking that occupation was taken from 12H00 am in the morning. Fortunately the Main Suite was unoccupied the previous night as thus available.
The Standard Rooms 1 and 2 which are adjacent the Main suite and the two bathrooms which are not shared but for sole use were then in the process of being prepared for Guest occupation later that day. You will appreciate that there is much noise involved in this process.
Later that morning after sleeping in the the Main Suite for a couple of hours they requested that they be moved downstairs to a Ground level room. We said no as that would have entailed redoing the Main suite for other guests. The cleaning staff had also gone home for the day.
After 12h00 in the morning there is no further noise.
The Standard Rooms1 and 2 were occupied over the two days in question without any complaints from the other Guests regarding noise.
We have run the Guest house for ten years and in this period have had no complaints regarding noise.
We advertise that we overlook the Lagoon and Ocean with a 180 degree sea view.
It is correct the view is not from the bedrooms but from the Guest House lounge and TV Room
for use by all of our Guest.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2016
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2015
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 November 2014 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lyell's B&B

Address: 59 Beacon Way, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 83 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range: £49 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lyell's B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You'd have to restrain yourself not to pay a follow-up visit. Chandeliers, gilt and crisp finishes are but a few elements to evoke this wonderful sense of grandeur and calm. Lyell's B&B is pristinely nestled in the heart of Formosa Bay overlooking the lagoon and ocean with a 180 degree sea view. ... more   less 
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