We did a lot of research before booking our hotels in SA and were charmed by all the reviews we read about Blue Gum. Sadly these reviews are out of date and the nice little touches (like homemade cakes in the afternoon and port and cheese waiting for you in your room) no longer exist here. We've since noticed it's not made it into the new Greenwood Guide and after a little more research it's being sold which explains the lack of love in the place.
Although it's a very pretty little place it feels very un-loved and it's dreadfully managed. We were booked in for 8days but left after 4. Difficult to find any staff when you want them, the food is a set menu and is very average - not the gourmet delight we were expecting. The pool area is quite nice but the pool is dirty and it's uncomfortable sunbathing with gardeners lying about the garden. There were never clean towels by the pool, several times we had to go and find staff who grudgingly went and got clean ones.
There was not one major thing that happened just a series of small incidences that started to make us uncomfortable so we packed our bags and left on New Years Eve determined not to see the New Year in, in such a depressing place.
There are plenty of lovely places to stay in SA but this is definitely not one of them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Gum Country Estate is hidden in the valley that ascends towards the small town of Stanford, just outside Hermanus. The estate is a working wine farm and developing vineyard. This magnificent 130 acre piece of paradise is perfect for those seeking an alternative route and destination to the garden route or a relaxing break from the city. The delightful estate, nestled among ancient Blue Gum trees, overlooks the leafy banks of the Klein Rivier and encourages guests to relax in tranquil beauty and endless luxury. ... more less
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