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Dongola Guest House
Ranked #1 of 40 Constantia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hull, UK
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Look no further in Constancia”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Dongola House is a super place in a great location and Sally and Mike are perfect hosts. We could have not have picked a better place to stay for our last two nights of our first visit to this wonderful country. We stayed in a room with views over the gardens to the mountains....perfect. The pool area is a marvellous place to relax at the end of a day sightseeing. Breakfasts offered a massive choice and were wonderfully prepared and presented. We will be back for sure....there's so much to see nearby

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Thank you for taking the time out to write your review we really appreciate it. We are so glad you enjoyed your first visit to Cape Town and would like to come back. With our vineyards, mountains, beaches, restaurants and fauna and flora there is indeed lots to do and see, which is why people come back again, again year after year. We hope we can welcome you back one day so we can share our beautiful views with you once again . Warm regards, Mike and Sally
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Our second visit to Dongola House. Just as impressed as on our first visit. Dongola House is very easy to find, driving from the airport and Mike and Sally are wonderful hosts - very comfortable accommodation - great breakfasts - lovely views and a quiet location. The Constantia wineries and Kirstenbosch are all within easy driving distance.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Dear Tony, It was nice to have you back. Thank you for taking the time to once again write a review, we really do appreciate it and we look forward to your visit next year. Warm regards, Mike and Sally
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ayr, scotland
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

My wife, daughter and husband, and myself flew in to Capetown early on the morning of 16 February for our first visit to South Africa. The South African Tourist Board should give an award to Mike and Sally for creating the most wonderful first impression of this lovely country.
Although arriving much earlier than the recommended check in time, our rooms were quickly made available. Beautiful rooms with everything you might possibly need. The views from the rear of the house are truly spectacular and I knew then that this was going to be a very special holiday!
As reported by all others, breakfasts were wonderful. Mike and Sally could not have been more helpful...even driving us to a nearby restaurant and posting back to the UK some clothing left by my wife when we moved on to our next stopover.
My only regret is with all these great reports, we may never be able to get a booking in future at Dongola House!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Thank you for such a lovely review and the commendation to South African Tourism. We love our country, Cape Town and what we do and it gives us a buzz when people recognise that. We are getting busier but we will not get bigger as we do not want to lose that personal," little bit home, little bit hotel" touch we have created. We had 10 sets of returning guests in February and we look forward to you joining them next time. Once again thank you for taking the time out to review us. Warm regards, Mike and Sally
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

There is little to add to the well-deserved plaudits that have gone before except, perhaps to point out that kippers and smoked haddock are not only on the menu but are actually available for breakfast (a fellow-guest had rapidly to back-track on what he thought was a jocular request).

Sally and Mike are running an outstanding B&B. You shouldn't hesitate to stay there.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 24 February 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. Whilst we would never claim to be a restaurant we do try to offer a little more than the Good Old Traditional English Breakfast. We find guests appreciate a choice; from Smoke Salmon Trout and scrambled eggs one day to Flap jacks with real maple syrup and artisan smoked back bacon another, especially when staying for more than a week. Glad you had a good time with us and maybe we will see you again when you next venture into Africa. Warm regards,Mike and Sally
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Scottsdale
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

My friend and I stayed for six nights. After two we were moved into a suite and felt like queens! Our suite was bigger than friends flats in the UK! It really did feel like home in the city. We had trouble during our trip with directions prior to our stay here! Mike and Sally gave us spot on directions everyday and fabulous suggestions for our daily excursions. Breakfast was wonderful everyday by the pool with great views of the mountains. The gardens were lovely, the birds were even friendly and let us not forget Sasha that dog. We love you Sasha. It is a perfect getaway for friends, couples, even a staycation in the city for a few nights. Next time back to Cape Town we will definetely stay again and will recommend to all our friends. Staying here felt like making new friends and leaving family in the end!

Room Tip: Not sure about fitness center as we did not ask or have a need for one. We never used room service e...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 9 February 2013
Dear Cindy, thank you so much for the review. Sasha says hi!. Currently another guest has fallen in love with him and is taking hime for a walk every day. I am sure if you came back and your foot was healed you would do the same. We jokingly call him the head of the Guest walking Department a perfect antidote to those breakfasts you mentioned as we no longer have a fitness center (since 2009). You were both easy to make friends with and we hope to welcome you back as family next trip. Warm regards, Mike Sally and Rob.
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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

We have been to South Africa many times and stayed in Constantia when in Cape Town. This was our first visit to Dongola and we were certainly not disappointed. The location was perfect, the setting the same with beautiful views over the mountains. Th garden and the pool just added to the ideal setting. The room was spotless and the whole service outstanding my only worry will be that it becomes too popular and we will not be able to re-book if and when we return. Sally and Mike should be congratulated for what they have created. A perfect spot.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 9 February 2013
Dear Howard, thank you so much for taking the time to write not only this review but one on Booking.com, phew you are too kind. You maybe interested to know that you lovely review pushed us up to 2nd out of 1640 Guesthouses in the Western Cape on Tripadvisor's ratings. We do hope you choose us again and whilst we may become more popular we have no intention of getting bigger as we know the secret to our success is keeping it intimate. Warm regards, Mike and Sally
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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

For a lot of reasons the number one B&B spot in Constantia. Well and safely located with just 5 minutes away from the top vineyards. Superb setting within a big garden with beautiful mountain views. Very comfortable, clean and nicely decorated rooms. Excellent breakfast to start the day at the poolside. But maybe even more important our well humoured hosts, Sally and Mike who gave us good advice where to lunch and dine & wine in the area. Also good tips where to spend our afternoon time at the beaches only known by the locals. Will definitely revisit this B&B when we are back again for a holiday in the Western Cape.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this review, 9 February 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We enjoy what we do and even more so when we get a review like this. We are lucky our Guest house is blessed wuith such great views becuase it just means we have to cobncentrate our efforts on the business of Bed and Breakfast. Hope we see you again when you next vist Cape Town. Warm regards, Mike and sally
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Property: Dongola Guest House
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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