We had a great trip through South Africa. And, the Ashbourne was the PERFECT ending to an EPIC adventure. My husband and I are in our 40s and were with another well-travelled couple.
We had an adventure filled 17-day trip through SA, and I wanted a quiet & relaxing spot for our last 2 nights. Plus, we wanted a base to drive the Panorama Route and see Blyde River Canyon. - This was the right place for us.
Location: A short drive outside Hazyview with KILLER views of Kruger and the surrounds from their property on top of a gorgeous hill. It is really lovey and really quiet.
Rooms: They have 4 PRETTY B&B rooms right behind their welcoming home (One of the owners, Dawne, is an artist and interior designer that has worked on many of the area luxury game lodges.) They have HUGE comfy beds with nice linens. The only drawback for us was the wacky eurpoean-style bathtub / hand-held shower. I'm guessing they want to limit water usage since they have to pump it up the big hill?? They also have a self-catering cottage overlooking the pond. It is fully equipped with kitchen, BBQ and a private plunge pool.
Rooms were really clean with the exception of one large visting lizard and a few stray bugs (that are impossible to avoid in this type of location).
Amenities/Grounds: Gorgeous grounds, local hiking trails, small on-site swimming pool. Their sweet dogs are really chill. So, even if you're not "dog people" (like the couple we were travelling with) you will love them. I personally wanted to pack them up and take them home with me.
Breakfast: Both our breakfasts were high-end gourmet restaurant quality. They offer fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt and a fully cooked meal as well. It was a great way to start each day. They made our second breakfast REALLY special since one of our guests was celebrating her birthday. They even sang us a local brithday song that brought my friend and myself to tears. It was a special experience.
Nearby: Drive the Pamorama Route! And, Summerfields Kitchen is a nice restaraunt that is close-by. It's a GREAT place for both lunch and dinner. We had two great meals there. The menu is small. But, the selections are yummy, the location is a stunner and the staff was professional.
Hosts: The facilities are great and the veiws are specatcular, but, what make this place really special are the owners Dawne and Rob. They went above and beyond the call of duty over and over. They are funny, interesting and kind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come - stay with us here at Ashbourne - and enjoy our beautifully comfy beds, our scrumptious breakfasts, and our stunning views stretching right across the lowveld to the hills deep within the Kruger National Park. Come - you will be so glad you did! ... more less
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