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Norman Carr Cottage
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

I stayed at Norman Carr Cottages last month and the levels of comfort and service that I experienced there was easily up to western standards. The rooms are so comfortable and every meal was like a banquet. Taffy and Erika made me feel so at home and really made sure that even the minutest detail was taken care of. I really couldn't have been more impressed with my stay and would definitely return to visit in a heartbeat. Easily in my top 3 places to stay in Malawi, especially with the sundown boat trip. What more does one need than Gin and Tonic at sunset on the lake?

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank matt L
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We really enjoyed our five nights here. Regular boat trips in the morning to feed fish eagles and snorkel, and in the evening to have a sundowner, enjoy the sunset, and swim in the middle of the lake if you feel inclined. Lovely beach on the property for swimming as well (very slightly murky water from plankton). We were also lucky that they had a catamaran rigged and sailing for the first time on over 25 years while we were there, so we were able to go for a sail one morning too. Also an amble up the hill behind for lovely views.

(No swimming pool as such, our rating below is for the beach)

Excellent food, very informal atmosphere (no keys), sorry to leave.
If you want night life, be aware that the cottages are quite a bit south of Monkey Bay in a small village.

Thanks Taffy, Erika and Alastair (sorry, not sure of spelling) and all the friendly staff.

No space in tripadvisor for car drivers, but a plus too for Jacob whose name we saw in another tripadvisor review. He is Lilongwe based and drove us between various parts of Malawi. For our itinerary it was cheaper than renting, and much more friendly and relaxing. Contact him at redrosetravel1@gmail.com to plan in advance, or see http://redrosetravelmalawi.blogspot.co.uk/ for more details.

Room Tip: all seaview rooms pretty much equal.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank reluctanttraveller47
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Taffy kindly upgraded us to the king size rooms, from the courtyard ones, when we were the only visitors. The rooms are tastefully appointed and very well equipped - all with their own character and numerous handicrafts and artefacts created by local artisans. The morning boat trip to feed the fish eagles was a real treat - sitting on an arm chair on a catamaran and then snorkelling in the crystal clear water of the lake. There are ample places to sit on the private beach, or on the deck. Our only regret was only staying 2 nights! High recommended and definitely hope to return.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank FrequentTravellerKV
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We spent a fabulous Christmas on the edge of Lake Malawi, were treated so well, had beautiful food and were treated to the fish eagles being called near Taffy's boat. The rooms were lovely, the staff were great - and the thing we really loved was that they were empowered.

Room Tip: The rooms at the from, beach side are the best.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Diana W
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Norman Carr Cottage was the best introduction to our honeymoon that we could have hoped for! Decorated intelligently and stylishly - the room felt luxurious without robbing us of the sense of being in Malawi. The service was impeccable. Taffy and Erics are very gracious and accommodating hosts.

We were fine-tuned into that perfect state of relaxation and ataraxia.

Fine food! And plenty :)

Rooms had a good supply decent coffee, regularly-refilled bottles of purifies water. Spacious bed with a proper mosquito-net that doesn't get into your personal space (the best design I've come across so far).

The outdoor shower is delightful and very tasteful.

Very impressive jetty with a great little space for chilling out at the end.

Again - AMAZING sunsets on the daily (complementary) sunset cruise.

They have a VISA card machine that actually worked.

I can't rave about NCC enough.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Juan J
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