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“A very nice stopover close to the Kruger Park”

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Ashbourne Country Escape
Ranked #4 of 26 Hazyview B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Dawne and Rob have done an amazing work! Their guest house is a very welcoming place with comfortable rooms, with a view -- very quiet, but close from everything.
Peaceful, relaxed and beautiful. I'll be back!

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice, evn though room 3 is maybe too close from the car park
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Beautiful rooms, a spectacular view, excellent service, delicious breakfast and the highlight was the amazing owners that was so friendly and accomodating. We feel like we made some new friends. It is close enough to everything with only a 10min drive to the Kruger National Park. It was realy an exceptional experience and we hope to return many more times. We highly recomend it for any type of trip.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

The moment we got out of the car and where greeted by the two hosts Dawne and Rob we immediately felt at home. Cold beers and a nice chat where waiting for us. Their approach is exceptionally warm and welcoming and gives this place that something extra you are hoping for when you travel.

The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated by Dawne who used to decorate lots of lodges in her working life as an interior designer. The rooms are very clean and serviced every day. The lovely porch provides an excellent spot to watch the beautiful surroundings and to have breakfast, dinner or just a drink and a chat.

Use of the kitchen is included and on request Rob lights the BBQ where you can enjoy a typical South-African braai. Also on request they'll make you a nice breakfast or lunch to take away. We did this when we went on a day long game drive.

The proximity of the Kruger Park (about 15 mins to the Phabeni Gate) and Blyde Rivier Canyon gives this guesthouse a nice starting point to explore the area.

Rob took a lot of time to give us detailed and very useful information on the area. We continued our trip to the southern part of SA and Rob was incredibly nice to plan the rest of our trip with us. Again very informative and useful.

It's worth mentioning that dogs are living on the property which can be bothersome for some people. We don't consider ourselves dog lovers but these guys are very friendly and were absolutely no bother to us at all. They are well trained and listen to their bosses straight away. And if you ask Rob about Baldrics' (one of the dogs) special features he'll tell you a story you won't forget ;)

To cut a long story short: Don't hesitate to book this lovely place with these incredibly nice and caring people, you will not regret it!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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lwabi, Owner at Ashbourne Country Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Thank you both for your kind words and recommendations.
The appreciation was mutual, and we really hope to, one day, sit down with you and find out all about the rest of your trip...by car...to Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Graaf Reneit, Port Elizerbeth, Jeffrey's Bay, Knysna, Addo, de Hoop, Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
You really had the most wonderful insight into the extremes of this beautiful country.
Sandy, if you had to write an article on "Malaria Pills, Yes Or No" I believe thousands of future travellers would benefit.
Mike, I enjoyed your adventurous spirit...driving out of here without any forward booking...prepared to just see how the mood moves you. I am sure that not having destination times to stick to frees you up and exposes you to the fun and adventure side of travel

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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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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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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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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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Address: Waterberry Road, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Hazyview
Price Range: £73 - £111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ashbourne Country Escape 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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