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“Pleasant place to stay”
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Willinga Lodge
Ranked #5 of 10 Magaliesburg B&B and Inns
Johannesburg
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“Pleasant place to stay”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

We had a most pleasant stay here for 2 nights to get away from the hustle of Joburg.
The lodge is built in a Bali style and the furnishings are rich, quite eclectic and reflect the hosts' love for travel. We stayed in the Palm suite and although we had a view of the dam, the palms restricted the view to a large extent. The braai facilities are situated at the communal kitchen or at the lapa at the swimming pool and the kitchen is really well equipped. It also has a lovely deck with views.
The Bali style room is probably great in summer, but the high ceilings and openings around the window next to the thatch roof, meant that it was really quite cold inside, even colder than outside most of the time and we had to run the fireplace and heater almost non-stop. The bathroom was a fridge.
The hosts are very attentive and breakfast was good. All in all, given the price, this is a great option when going to the dam but maybe wait for summer!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Designed with Bali in mind, this lodge has been most rewarding. We stayed ( 2 adults ) in the Yellow Grape Suite with a queen size bed, lovely bathroom with a shower and bath, and a bar fridge to keep necessities cold. The unit has a nice view but also situated adjacent to a deck area with an uninterrupted view of the Hartbeespoortdam. The facilities include a guest lounge with a kitchen that includes all the necessary items to prepare a meal. It also serves as a television room with full South African satellite channels (DSTV). We enjoyed a braai (BBQ) every evening and all dishes are washed by the lodge staff the next day.

We enjoyed the lovely garden where one could read a book and look over the dam. The rock pool was very inviting, but the outdoor Jacuzzi was one of the highlights of the stay. Situated at the bottom of the garden it was very peaceful and relaxing.

Will and Inga were excellent hosts and personally served breakfast in the breakfast room in the morning. Breakfast was fruit salads, yogurt and full English with an omelette served over the weekend. The hosts were always friendly and very approachable.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and I would recommend anyone wishing to stay in the Hartbeespoortdam area to look no further than Willinga Lodge!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

What a lovely place! We found it by lucky chance, and will go back whenever possible. Will and Ingrid gave us such a warm welcome to South Africa and to their beautiful lodge. The thatched bungalows, the views, the lakeside walk, all stunning, but the hospitality is outstanding. Thanks for making my first night in SA such a pleasant experience!

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Property: Willinga Lodge
Address: 130 Paul Kruger Street | Kosmos, Magaliesburg 0261, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Magaliesburg
Amenities:
Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Magaliesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Willinga Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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