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Ryneveld Country Lodge
Ranked #92 of 113 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
England
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98 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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“Be very careful!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2008

Stellenbosch was our last stop on our holiday. We chose the Ryneveld Country Lodge because it billed itself as a gracious country guesthouse, registered national monument, late 1800's.

See its website. It also asks for a 50% deposit, the only B&B ever to ask for that. What it does not tell you is that a lot of the accommodation is not on site.

When we arrived, the guy on reception said he would show our friends their room first, and disappeared out of the front door! It transpired they were across the road, down an alley, in a side door, up stairs to the attic of an old slave cottage.

Ours was even better! We were shown down the road, through some gates, down the side of old cottages into a car park and shown into a converted garage! They had even left the garage doors on the back to preserve the look! The room itself was passable but it had a tin roof. We were there when they had a severe weather warning. Torrential rain for two nights on a tin roof. Sleep was impossible. We complained the next morning but the female manageress said there was nothing she could do; they were full.

The following morning she said she had spoken to the owner and in view of our complaint, they would only retain the deposit and not request the balance.

This was supposed to be the highlight of our holiday! Their website is extremely misleading. None of the rooms seem to be actually in the guesthouse. Guests disappeared up steps at the back, down the garden and next door. It would appear the owner is buying any accommodation in Ryneveld Street and billing it as part of his guesthouse. Misrepresentation?

I would say breakfast was OK. Because it was served on a large table with silver cutlery and they gave you the menu each morning (the same one) it was supposed to be special. I have had equally good, if not better, in SA.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Location of room, and room itself
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank HighAird
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2008

Chose this guesthouse for its lower prices, as Stellenbosch is a pretty expensive place to stay. Also wanted a guesthouse in the heart of the city where we could walk to attractions. Had a nice room with a double bed for my two married friends, with a loft with two single beds upstairs for the single person.

Was very clean, charming, and comfortable. The bathtub was amazing. Security was good, and we were able to walk to the city center in about 8 minutes, even after dark. Very friendly staff, who gave me the low season rate even though it was past 1 Sept.

  • Liked — The comfort and huge, sparkling clean bathroom
  • Disliked — The stairs to the loft were very very steep, and one could easily fall down and be injured.
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank prontopup
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2008

pay no attention to the lovely images in this hotel's website. The rooms bore no resemblance to this, and depsite being described as "award winning" in every guidebook, the award turned out to have been won almost 20 years ago - and the place has gone down a lot since then.

The room we had was not "filled with antiques" but with crappy bits of bashed second hand furniture, the TV and hairdryer didn't work, the sheets on the bed were so old they were frayed, and in one place torn.

The much vaunted cosy lounge with coal fire was locked at 8pm when the receptionist went home, and despite raining solidly for the three days we were there, the fire was never lit.

It was also extremely noisy, the owner - a genuine frosty Afrikaaner matron, was extremly unhospitable, and presided over a staff of downtrodden looking black waitresses/domestics.

I wouldn't give this hotel your money - it has no interest in making your visit comfortable or pleasant - the owner is only out for your money.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ryneveld Country Lodge

Property: Ryneveld Country Lodge
Address: 67 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #92 of 113 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ryneveld Country Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ryneveld Country Lodge is situated opposite the University in the heart of the beautiful Cape wine-lands. The building, Victorian style, embraces the history of Stellenbosch as an historical monument. Breakfast is served in our gracious dinning room with high ceilings and tastefully furnished with Antiques or outside next to the pool with the sound of the fountain in the background. Rooms are en-suite, mini-bar, air-con, DSTV satellite, tea/coffee, cottages have kitchenettes , most rooms have LCD screens and wireless Internet access in all rooms. ... more   less 
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