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Reviewed 25 June 2015

We camped at Dedza Pottery Lodge en route from Chipata (Zambia) to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi. We arrived in the late afternoon, the staff at reception was not very friendly and helpful. We had to collect the key for the ablution block at the bar, find our own way to the campsite and received no information regarding the restaurant, bar and other facilities. Not a problem - but us campers also appreciate being welcomed. The campsite is a smaller open area a short distance away from the accommodation - therefore enough privacy . There is not much shade, but a lovely lawn. Seperate ablution facilities for ladies and gents, they were reasonably clean, hot water and everything was functioning. We used what we assume was the laundry area for washing dishes, hot water had to be fetched from a nearby firewood heated geyser. No fireplace or barbeque area.
We were the only campers and really enjoyed our first night's stay in Malawi. We visited the pottery shop before departure the next morning which is really a must do.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Nesi M
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Reviewed 17 December 2014

I stayed here on business, and really liked it. The rooms are charming, very peaceful and with a beautiful view out over the garden and then hills. They're spacious, with a good working area, very nice bathroom (piping hot water and - of course - tiled in Dedza pottery tiles), and even a little kitchenette-y room at the back. The food is good and the eating area's nice. Service is ... well ... rather slow and doesn't always deliver what you ask for. But this is a small hotel in Dedza, not a 5-star resort in London. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled on business
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Thank frequenttraveller63
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Reviewed 19 September 2014

Big room, good bathroom, peaceful place. Looking out to the mountains, a big garden. Pottery shop nearby, very nice to have a look there, you see them work and the pottery is very beautiful! The staff is very friendly and helpful. Nice food, not the standard food you get in Malawi most of the times. Possibly had a food poison here, but still don't mind having stayed here. One of the staffmembers made a mistake by entering my room when she shouldn't. Not everyone responded good when I complained about it, but the lady at the reception did and I did get an excuse and promise that they will change things. So would go back another time. Dida mountain walk (is a hike actually). Very heavy, but very beautiful!
Get warm clothes! I was here in the coldest month of Malawi and was very cold during the evenings, bcause the restaurant is outside.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Mariëlle N L
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Reviewed 16 September 2014

We stopped here one night en route from Lilongwe to Mulanje. As we arrived late and left fairly early, we didn't really experience the pottery shop. Did though buy some of the delicious coffee. The bedroom was simple but spacious enough and we could have used more hot water. Food (cold) and service (slow) were disappointing - not offered any cheesecake! No-one knew how the internet facility worked. The whole place needs a bit of a boost but broadly ok. Lighting between the restaurant and sleeping quarters would be a step forward.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank hlglobetrotter
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Stayed here for 6 nights while on a mission trip to Malawi in August 2014. It was a very tranquil and relaxing place to retreat to after being out in the rural villages all day. We ate breakfast and dinner here every day and the food was good. The cheesecake was excellent as other reviewers have noted.
We knew ahead of time that the service was slow so we ordered our meals ahead of time. So for instance, we'd order breakfast the night before and ask that it be ready by 7 AM the following day. It was nice to be able to sit down and have it ready when we arrived. I understand other reviewer's concerns about slow service but it's helpful to know that this is a local lodge in one of the poorer African countries where punctuality and speediness are not part of the cultural norm. So I wasn't too bothered by the slow service...when in Rome, right?
The grounds were beautiful and well kept. The pottery also had some very interesting pieces. I bought some hand made coffee mugs for gifts and souvenirs. The rooms were clean and tidy. It certainly wasn't "high end" by any means but it's what I would expect for a comfortable ecolodge. Hot water for showering is stored in a tank that is heated by a wood burning furnace so it would run out when several people were showering at once. Call me crazy but I actually thought it added to the charm of the place.
Overall, this was an enjoyable place to stay. Some of the other negative reviewers might have enjoyed it more if they understood that Four Seasons Hotel type service and accommodations aren't readily found in countries like Malawi.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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2  Thank sjo23
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