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Ashbourne Country Escape
Ranked #3 of 19 Hazyview B&B and Inns
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Clearwater, Florida
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“GREAT Stay & Great Hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

This was the best weekend we've had, its a beautiful place and the service we receive was awesome. Dawne and Rob are by far the bestest hosts and they went out of the way to make us feel at home. We will definately be coming back there as its home away from home.

Thank you so much and may God bless you abundently.
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Sediapelo, Nhlanhla, Millicent and Thabiso

P.S Thx for the wine.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

This was a 1 night stop-over on our way from Johannesburg to the Kruger Park. The guesthouse is off the beaten track and has amazing views stretching out to the Kruger Park. On arrival we were greeted by the 2 great danes and Baldrick the weimaraner. If we thought the greeting from the dogs was warm it was nothing compared to the welcome we received from Rob and Dawne. Within minutes we were settling down for relaxing drink. The rooms were in 2 buildings a few metres from the main house, they were very spacious and well equiped. As we were only staying 1 night Dawne and Rob had contacted us earlier and suggested they supply us with an evening meal instead of us having to go out. We accepted this offer and what a great meal we had. The meal was prepared in the mainhouse and Rob and Dawne retired upstairs and gave us the run of the house. When it came to the desert "Velvet Pudding" this went down so well we had to ask for the recipe the next morning. After a good nights sleep we arose to the sound of bird song and being early risers we sat beside the pool reading with the dogs for company. The breakfast was as good as the meal served the previous evening and set us up for the day. This is one of the most perfect and peaceful places I have ever stayed, with what can only be described as perfect hosts !!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

The place is stunning. Peaceful, relaxed and beautiful. We'll be back. Thank you Rob and Dawne for being available when we needed you and sensitive to our family time. Next time, I'll bring my paints and the good camera and stay a little longer.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our all too brief stay at Ashbourne. All of the rooms are large and beautifully decorated with attention to detail. Rob & Dawne are wonderful hosts and nothing was too much trouble. We take away happy memories of a wonderful breakfast with fantastic views,Olympic updates and cuddles with your gorgeous four legged friends. Thank you both - we hope to return soon.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

We loved our stay at Ashbourne; it was relaxing and peaceful. The rooms are beautifully decorated and are well equipped. Thank you to our wonderful hosts, Rob and Dawne, who went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. highly recommended. We hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

A wonderful guesthouse, up on a hill and with a spectacular view. Dawne and Rob are wonderful people, helpful, friendly and our children loved them. Preparing a Braai while we were visiting Blyde Canon - no problem; having a nice red wine during the night, no problem....we just felt like being home.

The rooms do have nice furniture, a lot of space and comfortable beds. Breakfast was excellent! So, we highly recommend this place,

Jürgen, Elena and our group from Barcelona (Spain)

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Ashbourne Country Escape
Address: Waterberry Road, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hazyview
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ashbourne Country Escape 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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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