Our stay at Budmarsh was very peaceful and quiet, as we were only 1 of 2 couples at the hotel. The grounds are very pretty and once we’ve settled into our room, we had lunch underneath the big oak tree alone overlooking the gardens. The management actually gave us a complimentary bottle of bubbly for our anniversary, as this was part of our anniversary holiday. This was greatly appreciated.
The rooms are big, seeing as we stayed in the Luxury Room. The bedroom area has a fireplace, 2 chairs for lounging with coffee table and then the massive bed and cupboards and doors leading onto balcony overlooking gardens and trees. Very pretty. The bathrooms are also big, but they felt a bit void of any personality, and they were also a bit outdated with regards to the feeling of the room itself. Otherwise a decent room.
Service from everyone was good with lots of smiles, friendliness and helpfulness.
All previous reviews raved about the food, and as such we were very excited about the food. Our lunch that we had underneath the oak was good. We enjoyed the presentation, flavour and taste of the food. The evening’s dinner at the restaurant was also good. But, that is basically where it stopped. The food and taste-combinations were good and presented nicely, but nothing that I would rave about.
We were informed by the personnel that the water of the area went off at about 16:00 and as such we couldn't shower, which forced us to go for a swim prior to dinner, which we enjoyed immensely. We were assured that the lack of water will not deter with food, and that 2 x 5l of water has been left in the rooms for use. We obviously can’t hold the lodge responsible for this, as this was an issue in the area, but they handled it well and kept us informed of what is going on. Luckily after dinner the water was back on and everything back to normal.
There are also just a few things that we found a bit weird. The sound proofing between the passages and rooms are non-existent, as you can hear each person walking and talking in the passage. Being an architect. I realised that the walls between the passages and rooms don’t go up to the RC slab, and as such allows all the noise & evening lighting from the passage to filter into the room. There are no telephone in the room, which is also very funny for a 5* establishment, as you would need to walk down to reception or use your cellphone everytime you want something in the room. Also, there is no safe in the room, which is also very funny for a 5* establishment.
So a bit of hit and miss, and not quite the 5 star that we expected, but we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the heart of the magical Magaliesberg, Budmarsh Country Lodge awaits to welcome you to its world of understated elegance, tranquility and personalised attention. Escape through beautiful gardens to ramble amongst abundant bird life. After a sumptuous dinner, conjured by our Master Chef, relax in front of a roaring fire, engage in a game of snooker or simply escape to the quietness of the library to read and forget the stresses of your world. Retire to your bedroom with its antique furniture, underfloor heating, en-suite bathroom and sink into your king size bed for a sleep that is truly nature’s balm. With its lovely landscaped gardens, exquisite trees and alluring scenery, there is no better place than Budmarsh for an intimate wedding for special people. To enjoy your friendships in the peacefulness synonymous with Budmarsh, simply book for a High Tea, Picnic or Sunday Lunch. With enchanting views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, our state-of-the-art conference facilities are designed to inspire, motivate, develop and spoil your staff. Enjoy five star dining, service and accommodation. ... more less
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