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The Saffron House
Ranked #5 of 12 Salt Rock B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

The hosts were warm, friendly and approachable. The room was spacious and extremely comfortable with all the necessities in perfect working order. We enjoyed a well cooked dinner and breakfast, and the pool was a welcome retreat.

Will definitely be the first place I consider staying when I'm in the area again.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

The rooms are very clean and comfortable and well equipped. The swimming pool was lovely to cool down in after our long journey. Ian and Jenny are very welcoming and helpful. It was very useful to have Ian drive us to a local restaurant on our first evening. Breakfast was very good lots of choice. A really enjoyable stay thank you.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

STAY AWAY IF YOU ARE A SMOKER. Their website gives no indication that all rooms are non-smoking, and my booking requiring a smoking room elicited no response from them. When I arrived I realised that they very strictly enforce no-smoking everywhere inside the building.

FREE INTERNET; Wifi - strong signal

The location is perfect. The house overlooks the luscious green north coast, and the gardens is beautiful. The beach is a very short walk away. The house is however away from the main tourist attraction, and the area is peaceful an quiet. This will however mean that you have to use a car to travel to the shops and restaurants. The B&B offers a shuttle service, but because of the distance in holiday season travelling from the B&B to the main shopping area can take up to an hour or longer.

The rooms are immaculate and have a cottagey feeling without being too crowded. The pool is sparkling and the garden a pleasure. I did not have breakfast (my own choice), and therefor cannot comment on the quality of the food.

One thing you will NOT get at the B&B is a sleep in. The shrill voice of the son of the owner wakes you just after 7, and even though his dad quietened him every time; by the time he is quiet, you are guaranteed to be awake. He enjoys the pool, playing outside my room at 07:30 one day. Cute, if you did not intend sleeping in.

The workers arrive at approximately 08:00, and they discuss their day's work on the way in, with the result if you slumbered in after the son's wake-up call, you will be awake again.Coming back in the afternoon for a rest is also not a good option. The play area of the neighbours kids was right next to my room, so I had the pleasure of listening to the brother and sister argue on the trampoline.The front door, doorbell and phone was right next to my room. Anyone calling will wake you up.

This is a beautiful place and ideal holiday venue if you have noisy kids and are out of bed at 07:00 and do not like to have slow, quiet, peaceful days. I would suggest the place to non-smoking parents with kids. If you want to relax and wind down, stay away.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Jack0705, Owner at The Saffron House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2010

Dear Danie, thank you for your feedback. With regard to "smoking rooms" i have contacted the website that you booked through and all our rooms now show "non smoking" with designated smoking areas outside.

Very best regards
Ian Gumbley

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Reviewed 9 August 2010

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed it very much. A nice house and very friendly hosts. One evening we had dinner cooked by our host and it was very good, as was the wine. We hope to have a chance to come back some day.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

This bed and breakfast is an excellent find! The property is safe, beautiful, quiet and close to the beach! It is also close enough to Durban for extremely easy day trips. The breakfast (omlettes) are spectacular! Additionally, Ian and Jenny (hosts) are very helpful, yet not intrusive. We had an awesome World Cup, as well as wonderful bed and breakfast experience!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

5 of us stayed there and it was great. It is the a very beautiful, clean and large house. The breakfasts were great and we could walk to the beach in 5 min at the most. It was safe and located in a beautiful area of the coast. We would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

The great positive about The Saffron House are the very welcoming and hospitable owners. Ian was very helpful and willing to drive us around for a reasonable fee - we had no car.

Ask Ian for a ride or hire a car, which opens up opportunities and make use of the resources of the owners i.e. good information. The little information book, has a nice restaurant guide and could usefully be posted online or sent to guests prior to arrival so they know what opportunities are available. I also recommend a walk to the beach.

Very few downsides except the TVs are too small for watching the world cup and no internet in the room. I would have felt more comfortable with better quality doors and locks - probably no issue as this appears to be a good area, feels like a quiet suburb in California.

In summary recommended with a very nice breakfast.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Jack0705, Owner at The Saffron House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2010

Internet access is available in the rooms, just ask for the code. There is no charge.

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Additional Information about The Saffron House

Address: 15 Robbins Road, Salt Rock 4392, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Salt Rock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Salt Rock
Price Range: £65 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Saffron House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After traveling throughout Europe and Africa, we settled here in South Africa on the beautiful tropical Dolphin Coast. The Saffron House has all the best of our experiences, attention to detail and private gust areas. Our rooms each have private entrances, modern bathrooms, air-con, mini bar and satellite TV. Stroll back an easy 400m, from the beach and swim in our large pool or relax by our well stocked bar. Breakfast is served outside on our deck. Children welcome, Secure off road parking, close to local restaurants. ... more   less 
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