It is difficult to believe the other reviewers stayed at the same guest house. Perhaps our mistake was in selecting the self-catering apartment, which was the same price as the guest house rooms. As another reviewer suggested, the owners do not live on-site and apart from attending to let us in on the Saturday afternoon and process the payment of the balance, we never saw them or any other staff until we left on Monday morning, when we gave the maid the keys. The self-catering apartment is a converted garage/maid's room with a combined 'kitchen/bedroom' and a 'dressing room' with sofa, old wardrobe and dressing table, also containing a minuscule shower 'room' and separate loo. There was a large crack over the entrance door through which you could see daylight (see photo) and a matching one over the window on the opposite wall. The booking included breakfast, which was provided on a diy basis. Plenty of food and although unexpected, the arrangement suited us as we wanted to get out early on both days. However, the pans provided were old and dirty, so we resorted to making scrambled eggs in the wok (a new experience!).The safe was tiny and the door to the apartment could have been opened with a screwdrive. The only place in SA where we did not feel completely safe.
All in all the place looks neglected and we noticed that it is for sale, so it seems the owners have lost interest.
Harrismith itself is a one-horse town with many potholes in the main and suburban streets. Having said that it is surrounded by glorious scenery in the Royal Natal NP if you can stand the hair-raising drive along the R74 (roadworks abandoned, potholes and every man for himself)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Room 1: This is a 2 room unit with kitchen, bedroom with double bed and separate room that serves as a dressing room and second bedroom with sleeper couch. There is a private front entrance, carport in front of room and rear entrance to garden and braai area. Room 2: This room features a double bed, dedicated private bathroom (which means that your bathroom is not en-suite, but you do not share it with anybody else but yourself). We offer luxurious bathrobes in this room. Room 3: This room has a lovely view of Platberg mountain, a queen size bed and open en-suite bathroom with romantic Victorian bath. No shower. Room 4: An open plan room with kitchen, dining nook for enjoying meals, comfortable sleeper couch for families and queen size bed. There is a shower in the en-suite bathroom and a private entrance from private carport parking and rear entrance to garden and braai area. Room 5: A very spacious room with extra length, king size bed, lots of cupboard space and private entrance to garden. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a shower. Room 6: Honeymoon Room: Our most luxurious and romantic room, this room is our honeymoon nest.It is very spacious and has a queen size bed, flat screen television and romantic bathroom. The bathroom boasts a jet bath and multi nozzle shower. There is a double adjoining door to room 7 for families or groups. Room 7: Beautifully decorated and it has private entrance, with adjoining door to room 6. The bathroom has a shower. Our property is fully walled and entrance is provided by electric gates. We have safe carport parking inside the walls and a laser activated alarm system to keep your wheels safe. Braai facilities are available in our garden as well as tranquil spaces to breathe our clean mountain air. Our self-catering units are equipped with microwave, 2 plate stove and oven, cooking and eating utensils and larger refrigerator, comfortable sleeper couches for families or groups, as well as private entrance to rooms, carport parking in front of rooms and rear exit to braai facilities and back garden. ... more less
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