We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (66)
Filter reviews
66 results
Traveller rating
19
29
14
4
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
19
29
14
4
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewscheesecakebook in advancerock paintingsblantyremalawilodgekettlesleeping
Filter
Updating list...
1 - 6 of 66 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm more of a budget traveller but treated myself to a nicer place for the start of my trip to Malawi. The bed was comfortable, the room was large and the water is heated using wood so you can get a hot shower even if there's no electricity.

I stayed in one of their pricier rooms because that was all that was available - this gets you a TV and kettle, I think, so not really worth the extra money for me (especially as two of the three nights there were power cuts so those things wouldn't have worked anyway). It was busy when I stayed so I would definitely book in advance if coming at this time of year. The generator doesn't power everything; if the main power is out the "heater" also won't work, but this is literally a bar mounted on the wall that heats a tiny section of the room, so it's kind of useless. I came from somewhere hot and stayed around mid-July, and was very glad of the thick fleece top I'd brought for sleeping in. Thick socks would also be good as the ceramic tiles are very cold in winter.

The restaurant is very good, and on evenings with no mains electricity they lit a fire. But on arrival just agree to the room and don't add breakfast, because they add the most expensive breakfast to your bill without any discount. There are actually lots of different options so just order what you want each day.

A tour of the pottery is cheap and interesting, although the products weren't really to my taste. Trips to the rock paintings are not cheap but the sites are very much worth visiting. Private taxis organised through them are also rather overpriced so you may want to organise something in town if you want to go a longer distance.

  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled solo
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Service
Thank occhiolist
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Always a welcome stop (and also the only good stop) coming back to Lilongwe from Blantyre or Zomba. The restaurant serves some delicious meals - my favourites are the chicken lasagne, the cheesecake and the coconut custard tart, but also does fresh coffee and tea, all served in/on lovely pottery. The guesthouse rooms are very nicely presented, very spacious, with balconies looking out over mountains. The prices are a not above average for that quality in Malawi, the superior rooms come with a television and tea and coffee, probably not worth the extra money. The lodge is the perfect place to set off for a climb up Dedza Mountain - which is a must if you have a whole day there. The pottery shop is great for gifts.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank James B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The staff here are very friendly and Samuel, the manager , is always smiling and happy.He is diligent in his duties and always makes sure the guests are ok. The Bursar , Gertrude is very professional and presents a wonderful impression when you check in. The rooms are very clean with mosquito nets provided and the bedding is warm and new. The rooms are ensuite and the shower is good, don’t spend too long in it as it is heated by a fire stoked by the workers and gets cold quite quickly if all the six rooms use it at once. There have been modest improvements in the last year, security lights, removal of trees and new bedding. Make sure you take a head torch as the electricity can be off and on. This did not hamper the staff when cooking dinner . The menu was great , Malawian stew , chicken curry and beef stroganoff among the favourites and of course the cheesecake. Well tended grounds and the staff were happy to do our laundry ( very clean and ironed on return).

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
Thank Gill L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 February 2018

We didn't stay here we only went to do a tour of the pottery factory which is amazing. They break down huge rocks into dust which they mix with quartz and velspar to make clay. Every thing is hand made and hand painted and the finished product is excellent quality and stunning to look at. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
    • Location
Thank ExplorerNam
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Loved it. very accommodating [ put in an extra bed for us - beautiful tile work through out. Definitely a place to stay and visit and shop! great food also....we got there real late and they kept the kitchen open just for us - we called ahead.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank donbon1997
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews