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“Beautiful house and furnishings, but didn't feel welcome”

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Ambleside Country House
Ranked #50 of 62 George B&B and Inns
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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44 reviews
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“Beautiful house and furnishings, but didn't feel welcome”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Ambleside is a beautiful little spot just outside of George. The house is gorgeous and well maintained, with stunning gardens and decor inside. Everything is spotless and very modern fittings throughout. Comfy bed and a really excellent shower.

If Ambleside was a self catering place, and the only interactions with the staff that you were expecting was picking up keys and dropping them off - we would have rated Ambleside as 5 star. However, it's a B&B and maybe our expectations were a bit high, but after a long drive we were a bit disappointed that we ended up feeling quite unwelcome and rushed on our arrival. We arrived just after noon, so we were not late to check in.

We were briskly shown to our room, asked what time we'd like breakfast (any time from 7.30am - 8.30am being our only option), and then the owner disappeared after saying if we had any problems to ring the front door bell outside the house. I thought perhaps we had interrupted her lunch, and didn't think much more of it at that point.

But the following morning going down for breakfast was more of the same attitude, we seated ourselves in an empty dining room at 8am (the time we'd asked for the day before). I nearly landed on the floor the first time, as my chairs leg was coming apart. But since there was no one else there, I just swapped my chair for a new one (I'm sorry if you have been there since and ended up with the broken chair, hope your bum is ok ;) ).

Muesli, fruit and yoghurt had already been dished up for us and were on the table in front of each of our seats (no one asked if we wanted it, though luckily we're not fussy eaters and at this point with little to no information from the owner we weren't even sure if that was the entire breakfast - designed to be eaten as fast as possible so you could leave her alone again, so we dug in).

We were more than halfway through when she came in and asked if anyone would like coffee, again making you feel a bit bad to say yes because it felt like you were putting her out. On her return with the coffee, she asked what we'd like for breakfast (no menu at all) and then started listing the ways eggs could be prepared. We said omelettes and she said 'ok i'll just put something together' and disappeared again shouting something about making your own toast over her shoulder as she went.

She brought our omelettes back, and I asked if she knew of any place we could have our laundry done in town. She then said it was a pity we hadn't let her know sooner as she could have done it (erm... when were we meant to ask?). She then also spotted our empty flask and offered to fill it, which was great.

On her return with the flask she told us that she wouldn't be seeing us again, and when we had packed up to just leave the keys on a hook in the reception and show ourselves out.

It was a really, really surreal experience. The food was good though, and the rooms are amazing. So if you are ok with the owner being a bit like a mother-in-law who's only tolerating you - Ambleside is the place for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend finding another B&B in the area. There are loads :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ambleside Country House
Address: Maitland Street, George, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > George
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Ranked #50 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in George
Number of rooms: 14

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