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Cranberry Cottage
Ranked #1 of 15 Ladybrand B&B and Inns
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“Lovely place and people”
Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

The food is very well presented and prepared. Breakfast is awesome and fresh . The staff is very friendly an generous. Rooms are neat, comfortable and cozy. I will recommend Cranberry to anyone. Love this place. Will definitely come again

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

I dropped in for lunch when my original destination, Living Life, was closed as it was Sunday. The staff was lovely, the beer was cold, the pizza a bit greasy but the veggies and herbs were fresh and the taste was excellent. The gardens were a great reprieve. I certainly will return for an evening meal.

Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2012

This is not a bad place to stay. Rooms are comfortable.....nothing to rave about. The guesthouse is slightly outside the centra of the town and location is quite good. A bonus is that it has a coffee shop, bat and restaurant. Restaurant is fine with a relatively simple range of things like steaks and pizzas etc. my only real complaint was that there is dry walling between rooms and the people next dot could be heard arguing and farting. The breakfast was about average for such an establishment.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2012

The dinner served, was the best steak I have had in SA, a very nice meal. Very friendly and caring staff both at dinner and breadfast. The room was a bit cold (heater not working properly and light entered the room early though a plexiglass skylight which was quite dirty). It took changing 3 different rooms at 9pm to get one that was functioning properly. Stay was nice once we got settled in but not enough heating for the room. Bed was ok. Staff however was good and kept trying to accomodate inspite of their problems with various rooms.

Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Southampton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We planned to stay here for a week...and ended up staying for nearly 4 months! Cranberry Cottage became our "home away from home." Our room was actually a small apartment with a beautiful kitchen, well styled living and bedroom and an enormous bathroom with a whirlpool tub! The grounds are unbelievable...it's like you're living in a botanical garden! You never feel as if you're staying at a hotel - it's more like your own little. There is a coffee shop, a bar, restaurant, spa and much more. VERY BEST of all are the people - the front desk staff (Sheri-Lee, CS and Johanne) and grounds crew (Simon), the cleaning team (Anneke), and all of the staff in the spa are kind, accomodating, helpful, happy and simply delightful to be around. They are your "family" when you stay there.

Thanks Cranberry for an amazing experience!

Endless appreciation,
Ian & Elizabeth Alderson

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Roseville, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Absolutely lovely grounds and very friendly staff. Very safe, guarded premises at the edge of a small, quaint town - made us wonder if over-zealous protection was truly necessary. Rooms were situated far apart with quite a walking distance and somewhat scary route to the dining room. Paths are poorly lit. Our friend seemed to have decent rooms, but ours was in the very private older section, but the small wall heater barely worked because it was next to a poorly fitted, leaky patio door. The room was consistently freezing, and when the heater occasionally kicked on, it was disturbingly loud. The small double bed was lumpy, and the tiny room had little space to open our luggage. We had to watch our step to move around each other. The bathroom was nice with a jacuzzi tub that didn't work, and a rust covered tin roof, plus a small window opening onto nothing.. Even the good, hot shower was a disappointment because once done, you stepped out into the pervasive chill. We requested a room change, but all they did was give us a portable gas heater that we used with trepidation.

For this Cottage's price, we felt we were cheated. The breakfast is a la carte, abundant, and very good. The dinners the group had arranged were, fresh, plentiful, and well-prepared -especially the excellent beef fillets that are almost fresh off the hoof. South African free-ranging, grass-fed beef is not to be missed.

Check out your room before you settle in. The honeymoon suite is quite good with a fireplace, but even so, the portable heater needs to be on all night.

Room Tip: Try the honeymoon suite, but be very cautious because the steps up to the room are steep winding iro...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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N Reinach r, Owner at Cranberry Cottage, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Hi

I only listed as owner recently. I sincerely appologise for your discomfort.
I'm not 100% sure you've got the right Guest house, but would like to comment on the following:

We've never had " small wall heaters" . All our rooms are fitted with 12000 btu airconditioners, Which are serviced by an outside company twice a year.

We dont have double beds in our rooms. If there is only one bed in the room, its a queen or king bed.

All our rooms got one or other ceiling installed. There is not one room where the opinion can be " rust cover tin roof ".

We've got a 5 member maintenance team that follow an pro-active maintenance plan on our properties. We appologise yet again for your experience. Be assured of our best service possible.

Regards
Norman
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Claremont, California
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

The grounds of the compound are special, cool and inviting with flowers and ducks and lovely pools to sit by. Somehow we lucked out and got the honeymooner's room, upstairs with a balcony, quite spacious and nicely decorated. We also had a comfortable couch and fireplace which we used, as it was cool at night (no heat). Stairs up to the room were a bit of a challenge and morning noise of dogs and chickens a bit annoying. Meals were tasty but very SLOW to arrive to the table. Servers were friendly and staff generally very nice. Unfortunately couldn't explore the little town of Ladybrand which looked charming but was deemed unsafe for us.

Room Tip: Upstairs, although more difficult to drag luggage up, gave a nice view of flowering trees and birds.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Cranberry Cottage
Address: 37 Beeton Street, Ladybrand 9745, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Ladybrand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Ladybrand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Cranberry Cottage 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unwind in warm Free-State hospitality, while stretching out in our Spacious, Luxurious Suites. Set in a lovely Colonial-style retreat, Cranberry Cottage offers 13 Luxury Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms and 9 Self-Catering Rooms, each with crisp linen, sparkling bathrooms, and all the modern mod-cons you may need. Cranberry Cottage features a wellness centre, gym facilities and a swimming pool, all set in lush gardens with outdoor seating. The air-conditioned rooms all come with terrace and garden views, as well as a sofa and satellite TV. They also include a fridge, microwave and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The en- suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the guest house's fireplace and BBQ facilities. Cranberry's Restaurant has an a la carte menu, offering an infusion of modern and traditional cuisine. Guests and the public alike, can enjoy our menu, with a wide variety to choose from....Charming to say the least! ... more   less 
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