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“Great Location but Disappointing”

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Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 75 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Great Location but Disappointing”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Beautiful location with friendly staff. Though the accommodation was clean it was disappointing and very basic. Good breakfast with freshly made koeksisters which were delicious.

Food at the restaurant though was not to the standard that we have been used to in South Africa.

This place could be a real gem if it was substantially upgraded.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Stayed one night, excited too stay on an ostrich lodge, alas they had all gone! That aside ( and no TV reception) the room was fantastic, lovely grounds and an excellent breakfast. Ideal location to tackle the passes first thing the next morning. Would stay again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Uitenhage, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

The location ot the Lodge could not be better if you like nature and a peacefull stay, yet close to all attractions. There is a very nice Restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of meals - highly recommended. The apartment was very clean and nicely decorated with everything we needed. We had a lovely stay at the Lodge.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

The hotel is situated at 10 minutes from the Cango Caves and 20 minutes from Oudtshoorn.

We booked three rooms and upon arrival we noticed they were not adjacent, the management immediately re-arranged everything to ensure our wish for three adjacent rooms.

The rooms (with kitchen) were decent and clean, just as the bathroom. If you are looking for luxury this won't match your needs. If you are looking for a clean, decent and honest place with a good restaurant for a short stay: this is a very good choice.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Arrived here after a long drive from Cape Town and a visit to Cango Caves en route!
The grounds are lovely as you drive in, and we were pleasantly surprised with the family room, in that is was actually a 2 bedroom cottage/apartment.
Everything was very clean, but parts were looking a little tired and in need of some TLC.
We ate in the restaurant in the evening which was an experience, not unpleasant, but also nothing to wow about.
Breakfast was included which was a bit of a bonus, but as we arrived after the "crowds" there was little left on offer.
The owner came and sat with us for a chat at breakfast which is a really nice touch, and quite useful information for our journey ahead.
I would definitely stay here again, so thank you for what was a brief but enjoyable visit for us.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

We stayed in a family room at the Old Mill for 1 night on our way to see the Cango Caves. The hotel is in a beautiful valley so we really enjoyed the views all around. The staff were friendly. The food was fine, though nothing remarkable. The children were well catered for with use of a playground with trampoline etc. and a (cold) swimming pool to splash in. The family suite was just what we needed, though the kids' room didn't really have a window (just a very high window up in the roof). This might have bothered us had we stayed there longer than one night, but it wasn't an issue for such a short stay. It was fun to see the ostriches running back to their enclosure at the end of the day, and the kids also discovered a couple of rabbits in a hutch at the back of the building we were staying in.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We are a family and enjoyed our stay very much! lots of playground, fishing and hiking for the children. Friendly staff throughout our stay. We had very good meals at the Restaurant. very calm and relaxing at the swimmingpool area with wonderful views. Will recommend it as a romantic getaway as well!!

Room Tip: family units next to the restaurant good choice
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant
Address: Schoemanshoek Valley | Oudtshoorn, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a working ostrich farm in season & 4 Star Guest Lodge. Situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains,14 km from Oudtshoorn , exactly halfway between Oudtshoorn and the World Famous Cango Caves.We offer hiking, fishing, two swimming pools , horse riding and we are nearby the Cango Ostrich Farm.Enjoy lunch or dinner in our a la carte Restaurant , with a view of the Grobelaarsriver that crosses our farm. Restaurant open everyday with specials! It is a historic building with the Old Watermill still inside the Restaurant. Approx. 150 Years old. The farm obtained its name from the old mill. All the wheat from the valley was milled on the farm. At that stage there were hundreds of mills all over the country. In Oct. 2003 Christo and his wife Doret Spies, changed the old building into an a la carte Restaurant, with 12 x 4 star rooms next to the Restaurant. We are situated in an area called Schoemanshoek / Schoemanspoort, Cango Valley / Cango Road. We specialize in Venison and Ostrich dishes. We also have lamb, beef fillet, chicken, pasta and many more to choose from. It is a peaceful farm atmosphere and you will have an unforgettable stay with us.Also the perfect location for WEDDINGS , FUNCTIONS & CONFERENCES. Hosts up to 300 people with a spacious dance floor, undercover BBQ facilities, swimming pool area & garden gazebo for your perfect ceremony. Gazebo seats up to 200 people. The venue has a spectacular view of our farm and the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. We supply internet service, screens, telephone & fax service, sound systems, a slide and photocopying service and full secretarial and administrative support for your conference. We have 40, 4-star rooms to accommodate the guests and also two Restaurants: an la carte Restaurant or Buffet Restaurant to choose from to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. ... more   less 
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