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Milkwood Manor on Sea
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Dinton, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Faded Charm”
Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

The weather didn't help but notwithstanding that, Milkwood Manor is no better than a very average establishment these days, but charging premium rates. Although the rooms are comfortable enough, you need to avoid ground floor rooms, especially room two which is very noisy, the breakfasts are poor, and while unusually it has a full service restaurant the food and atmosphere is once again nothing special. We shortened our stay by 3 days, mainly because of poor weather but there was nothing there to encourage us to stay.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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milkwoodmanorplett, Owner at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 1 May 2014
Thank you for drawing our attention to the noise outside room 2. It’s caused by people walking on the suspended wooden floor in the foyer. We have been reluctant to carpet it, because it’s such lovely wood, but it looks as if that will be the only solution.

Most guests appear to appreciate the Manor’s unique position of directly bordering the beach, sea and lagoon, and having no neighbours but nature! They also frequently remark about breakfast offering such an interesting variety of food from abundant fresh fruit, juices, meats and cheeses to eggs in any form wanted and delicacies such as smoked salmon.

Yes, if glass, steel and formality appeal to a person, the Manor will not be attractive. However, the Georgian style and relaxed friendly atmosphere has its own following, so much so that regularly guests want to extend their stay by 2-3 days and even longer- the record being 3 weeks! When this is impossible due to the Manor being fully booked, they reserve a longer stay for the following year, not wanting to be disappointed again.

That’s what makes life interesting - it gives all tastes!
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

We have had a pleasant 3-nights stay. Due to the work of Mother Nature there is now no outside sitting area as the Manor is surrounded by the sea. Each room has a lovely balcony but more comfy chairs would go some way to solving the problem. Sitting on the beach on the sand (no seats/sun beds) does not suit everyone. It could be paradise but it needs a little update. A fridge rather than a cool box would be a beneficial addition. That said, the staff were very receptive and we were made most welcome.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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milkwoodmanorplett, Manager at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 10 April 2014
Dear Buncha,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Milkwood Manor on Sea. We are truly pleased that you have enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for the advice. We hope that you would return to us in the future. Until then, Happy travels.
Kind regards,
Milkwood Manor on Sea
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

I dont normally give out 2's but reserved this specially for this occasion, If you want to stay on top of the beach, perfect. Don't expect much else though. On arrival, we had to drag our cases by ourselves up some narrow staircase, we didnt know who the staff was, as they wore no name tags, we asked 3 times for a restaurant booking and the only person that did it was a lady called margaret, who we dubbed 'the do-er' as none else knew or did anything we asked. Staff dont seem to have an office and one day the waiter from the restaurant next door was on the reception desk(bit wierd), they sit in foyer and Geust lounge doing their work (and accounting), noses buried in laptops. We had a surprise voucher for a bottle of bubbles, but they could've atleast make it a full bottle, not just half. However the glasses we drank out the first night was still there when we left 3 days later. The shower pressure was minimal at best, the shower seemed a bit dated. We thought it a nice touch when our car was washed the day of arrival, however the 3 rd consecutive day of our car being washed it was a bit weird. I'd say get in a better host, update the decor a bit and help Geust upstairs with the luggage and when you give stuff for free, atleast don't seem so Stingy. I would definitely not go back.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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milkwoodmanorplett, Owner at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Dear Mrvwyk,
This is a real wake-up call!
Very necessary it seems; that is the danger of receiving mostly high approvals, it can be easy to become complacent.
thank you for your assessment, and do return in the future...
Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised at the improvements.
Kind regards,
Kees (owner)
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Twelve of us stayed for three nights only complaint is that we were unable to stay longer. We were fortunate to draw room no.6. A spacious first floor room with the balcony overlooking the bay and ocean. Do not hesitate in booking the Manor, the staff , the rooms and the excellent breakfast are all first class along with the super Lemon Tree Restaurant. Just a short stroll on the beach will take you to the Look Out, a great bar again looking out to sea, they also have a great menu for that al fresco dining experience.
A very special experience, and one that will stay with me for a very long time.

Room Tip: ask for balcony with sea view
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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milkwoodmanorplett, Manager at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 18 March 2014
Dearest Tim c,
Thank you for a lovely review! You were a delightfully noisy and vibrant group, and we thoroughly enjoyed your presence in the Manor. It is seldom that we get a large flock of Englishmen to entertain us with such jovial savoir-faire; thus you are always welcome to return. The cool lagoon is waiting for you to take a refreshing dip, and the cocktails are ready when you dry off. Until next time, have a super adventure!
Regards,
Milkwood Manor on Sea
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Thame, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2014

This location is as close as we might ever get to paradise, situated as it is between a tranquil lagoon and the sea, so five days was too short for us. Everyone associated with the hotel and adjoining restaurant - the Lemon Grass - did everything possible to ensure we couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. We stayed in room 4 on the ground floor which was extremely spacious and comfortable, with views from the terrace onto a spectacular vista. Advice from Kees and Margaret, the owners, was invaluable and meant we enjoyed the surrounding area fully, we simply can't thank you enough for that and we will be back to further enjoy the breathtaking views and walks. Meanwhile, a highly recommended destination and suggest you share our enjoyment by staying here! Thank you Milkwood Manor.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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milkwoodmanorplett, Manager at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Thank you for your awesome review Ray H.
We are so pleased that you got to share in the full Milkwood Manor experience. There simply is none other like it, and as you say five days simply are not enough. But there's always next time, so please be sure to come back anytime. The beach awaits your footprints at sunset. Best wishes and have a happy journey.
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Milkwood Manor on Sea
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Merseyside England
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Situated right on the beach this is an excellent place to relax. Small hotel so you are not just a number. We had a ground floor room with patio and great ocean view. The owner is very keen to share his local knowledge and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Good spot for exploring the local area. It was a hot day when we arrived and we were concerned there was no air conditioning but with windows open there was a delightful sea breeze.

Attached is the Lemon Tree restaurant which has excellent food.

Room Tip: Sea view room with patio worth the extra
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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milkwoodmanorplett, Manager at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 9 February 2014
Dear ItsAllOne,
YES, YES, YES! We do have the best location in Plettenberg Bay and we are thrilled that you enjoyed it as much as we do. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. You are welcome to come and visit us again any time. Until then - safe travels and a happy journey. Best regards, Milkwood Manor on Sea
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

This place is on a lagoon, a stunning location. There is the convenience of a restaurant there, breakfast is really good, the manor itself is beautiful. I would highly recommend this place. ONLY negative was the dirty windows, which made seeing the beautiful views slightly more difficult!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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milkwoodmanorplett, Manager at Milkwood Manor on Sea, responded to this review, 9 February 2014
Dear Il8555,
Thank you for your review of Milkwood Manor on Sea. We are truly glad that you enjoyed your experience as much as we enjoyed having you. There is but one disadvantage of our beautiful position on the world famous Lookout Beach, and that is the amount of salt and sand that gets carried in the strong South winds that sullies the windows. The views however do not go anywhere and can be enjoyed from any outside area even your sun-drenched balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean, Lagoon or the beaches that stretch all the way to the Tsitsikamma Mountain range. We hope for you to return in the near future. Until then Enjoy the journey. Kind regards,
Milkwood Manor on Sea
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Property: Milkwood Manor on Sea
Address: Salmack Road | Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Milkwood Manor on Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location: The most enviable location on the Garden Route. At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, jutting into the ocean - any closer and you would be in it! - as well as the estuary of a large lagoon- no neighbours but nature! Exquisite, unimpeded 180 views (360 from the roof deck) of the vast blue ocean, golden beaches, large lagoon and the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Nature all'round, yet not isolated, but only a 2-minute drive from the town centre and its trendy shops.A pristine beach: accessible from the sheltered cove adjacent to the Manor - ideal for swimming in natural water – you may boat across to an unspoiled and usually deserted beach, far from built-up areas, traffic, crowds and noise. Blissful solitude and a complete immersion in nature, with only the sound of white-crested surf tumbling at one’s feet and the calls of a medley of seabirds – a veritable bird sanctuary. Becalming and rejuvenating - the perfect antidote for stress,. With luck you may even find the mysterious and sought-after pansy shell (sand dollar).The Manor: built in classic Georgian style, with an airy double-volume foyer and eleven double bedrooms, most with private patio or balcony. All rooms are decorated in crisp white and en-suite to a shower cubicle with/without bath, and a queen bed or twin beds, TV-hospitality package, free uncapped Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, fan, heater and hairdryer. The sash windows allow the fresh ocean air straight in. ... more   less 
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