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Dongola Guest House
Ranked #1 of 40 Constantia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Dongola House is perfectly located near Cape Town, but away from the the noise and frenzy of the city. The surrounding views of the mountains are stunning, and the gardens and rooms are beautifully designed and maintained. We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace served by the warm and friendly hosts Sally and Peter. Later that morning, I joined Sally for a very pretty walk with her sweet and perfectly behaved labs, which was a pleasure. We would love to return to this special place someday.

Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Dongola Guest H, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2012

Dear Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed the property, breakfast and our hospitality. It appears our Labs are becoming quite a feature and many guests now get "walked" by them on a regular basis. They are so well behaved because they are retired working dogs, Jessie and Paddy were guide dogs fo the Blind whilst Sacha was a companion dog.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Dongola House is fantastic. The building itself is comfy and welcoming. The bed and pillows were superb. The bathtub was spacious and clean... (the shower was a shower).

The people that run Dongola House Mike, Sally,and Peter become like family from the minute you check in. We stayed for 8 nights in Dongola House and explored Cape Town and the peninsula from there. Every morning we would wander pool side and have a bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt and pot of coffee and stare off into the fabulous view of Elephant's eye and the valley in between. Then we would set the day by having any choice of cooked hot breakfasts pool side, get advice of local places to eat and visit and off we'd go to explore.

We had never been to South Africa and planning the trip seemed a bit daunting from the UK. But Karen at the local Constantia tourist board recommended Dongola House and the worry started slipping away from then.

I would most definitely recommend Dongola House and miss seeing Mike and Sally and Peter each morning. They really make your travel enjoyable and stress free. When you need them they are available and go out of their way to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Room Tip: Re fitness centre- South Africa IS your fitness center and Mike, Sally and Peter will help you plan...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dongola Guest H, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2012

Wow Emily, what a fantastic review. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday so much and have thanked Karen at Constantia Valley Association for recommending us to you. I would also like to personally thank you for donating a tree on our Givengain site and assure you we will plant your tree in Zambia with extra care and again for taking the time to review us, warm regards, Mike

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Reviewed 21 March 2012

Truly beautiful B&B accommodation in an incredible setting. 5 star accommodation and 5 star care. The garden, the pool, the room and the breakfast were all perfect but I think what really made our stay memorable was that despite my boyfriend suddenly taking ill the evening we stayed there (we think a little poisoning from him dangling in a shark cage off the back of a boat in chum infested water earlier that day) was the care and concern given by Peter, Mike and Sally, who very kindly allowed us to keep the room much longer then we had planned that day so that my boyfriend, then bed ridden could rest and recover and would not accept any payment whatsoever for this. My only regret is that due to having to fly back we couldn't stay longer and explore this beautiful area longer and enjoy another night at this B&B - it is a definite must for wine lovers and dare I say (we liked Constantia more than Stellenbosch but its a must to do both! and if you are then stay at the beautiful Dongola House). We will return!

Room Tip: Our Room (almost like an individual chalet in the garden) was beautiful, spacious with its own priva...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dongola Guest H, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2012

Dear Susan, Thank you for taking the time out to write such a lovely review. It was such a shame that your young man was so sick glad we could leave him in peace for a few hours, we only had guests due in later that night so we had time to get the room ready once you had gone. We do hope his journey was not a nightmare. Well at least he now has to come back and go up Table Mountain, just let us know when you are ready! Warm regards, Mike, Sally and Peter.

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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Wonderful place, that has pitched perfectly the relaxed nature of a B&B, with the professionalism of a v. good hotel.
If you don't know Cape Town, Dongola is located in the suburb of Constantia, which is away from the wind and the crowds of the Atlantic Seaboard. You cant see the sea, but the views of the mountains are superb and you are a stones throw from Constantia Village and some great wine farms and their associated restaurants (La Colombe/The Green House etc etc etc).
Dongola itself is ideally located within Constantia (between Peddlars and Uitsig). Facilities cant be faulted, stunning private garden (must be even better, when the lavender is in flower), wonderful views, great pool, rooms and patio - all immaculately maintained. But better still are the staff - as mentioned, it's ran so well and you are really made to feel at home. There is a really nice balance between professionalism and the personal touch......I think there are few places where you know all the staff's first names after a couple of days. All there are worthy of commendation, but a special thanks to Peter for all his help. Loved it and will be actively recommending. I think in particular, if you have never been to Cape Town, this is a perfect place to stay....that said I plan to return (and I know many stay here each visit, if there is room). Keep up the good work.....

Room Tip: Garden rooms are a little more private....while still very safe and secure
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Dongola Guest H, Manager at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2012

Dear David, wow I think you should take up marketing copy writing as a proffesion! What a fantastic review thank you for taking the time to write it. You also summed up the essence of our place "a little bit home, a little bit hotel" great views and convenient for all the Cape has to offer. Thanks for the promise of a recommendation and hope to welcome you and the family back one day. Warm regards, Mike, Sally, Peter, Rochelle and of course Fiona.

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Reviewed 19 February 2012

A beautiful property, lovely rooms, magnificent views, tasty breakfasts and great hosts! All the sights of the Cape Peninsula are within easy reach. The guest rooms are nicely decorated and are fitted with all amenities. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the terrace with tranquil views of the Constantia Mountain. If you need advice on what to do, Sally, Mike or Peter will gladly help you. We will return on our next visit to Cape Town.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Manager at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2012

Dear Markus and Anna thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for the wonderful compliments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and please know that you are you are always welcome to visit again. Thank you also for purchasing the Greenpop trees which we will be planting in Zambia in July ,you have not only reduced your travel carbon impact but will help us restore a magnificent forest. Warm regards, MIke Sally and Peter.

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Reviewed 1 February 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at Dongola Guest house during January 2012. The accommodation facilities were spacious and of the highest standard with beautifully decorated rooms where all your needs have been anticipated. Breakfasts on the terrace was an absolute treat for us as a family due to the beautiful scenery & setting and the lovely food. The kids loved spending time in the pool and I enjoyed being able sit and watch them but still get on with work on the terrace as wireless facilities were readily available. The management and staff quietly go about making sure that you are well taken care of and made us feel right at home. The view is just amazing - from the property you look over the Constantia mountains and can watch the horses on neighbouring properties while relaxing on the property. I can HIGHLY recommend staying at Dongola House and I can assure you that you will experience a great stay and great hospitality!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2012

Dear Natasha, thankyou for taking the time to write such a desciptive review, I think you summed up what we are trying to be " alittle bit home , a little bit hotel" . The property wide free internet access has been very well received by both new and returning guests but as you noticed it is the mountain views we are best remembered for. Hope to see you and your family again sometime. Warm regards, Mike Sally and Peter.

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Reviewed 19 January 2012

On a recent trip back to South Africa I was lucky enough to have chosen Dongola Guest House in Constantia.
When staying in South Africa I look for Comfort, location, and safety and I found all of this at Dongola.
The hotel is nestled in the Constantia valley and offers breathtaking scenes of the mountains in the distance. The location is perfect if one wants to experience the excitement of the City plus the serenity of the near by vinyards.
The Main house is warm and welcoming and the rooms give a real sense of privacy coupled with tastefull furnishings.
The hosts have a good knowledge of the area, as well as tales from Bush camps that were usefull for our trip going forward.
The breakfast was superb. I'll be back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2012

Dear Cape Town Manager, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderfully indepth review. We sincerely hope our advice helps with your travel plans and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.Warm regards, Mike Sally and Peter.

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Address: 30 Airlie Place, Constantia 7806, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Constantia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Constantia
Price Range: £57 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dongola Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated in the tranquil Constantia Valley (Cape Town's vineyard) and bordering onto the Grootboschkloof River Walk, a small managed nature reserve with stunning views of Constantiaberg mountain, part of Table Mountain National park. Surrounded by 9 vineyards including the 330 year old Groot Constantia, friendly pubs, superb restaurants, from easy eating to fine dining, golf courses and the magnificent Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. With the M3 Highway only three kilometres away you are minutes, by car, from the V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, The International Convention Centre both Greenpoint and Newlands stadia or the spectacular beaches of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean seaboards with their quaint quirky villages and hip and happening restaurants; as well as the Central Business Districts of Cape Town, Tokai and Retreat. We are a very convenient base for the American Consulate. We can offer King size, Queen size or Twin, extra length beds with fine percale linen, en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms with bathrobes and eco friendly complimentary bath products, in eight comfortable rooms. Our scrumptious a la carte breakfast menu, can be taken in the tranquil landscaped gardens next to the 9m long solar heated pool or in the cosy dining room both with views of Table Mountain National Park .Graded 4 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, 2015 Readers Choice Award by Tripadvisor, 2015 Best 4 Star Guesthouse, Western Cape South African Tourism "Lilizela" Awards. The first guest house in Africa to be Classified "Gold" by Greenline Responsible Tourism Rating Programme a Member of Cape Town Tourism and the Constantia Valley Association. ... more   less 
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