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“Climbers haven”
Review of Boven Villa

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Boven Villa
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
“Climbers haven”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

If you are looking for a welcoming and comfortable place to lay your head and feed your tummy Boven Villa is the only place you should consider when visiting Boven.
The management are friendly and well equipped to make your stay a great experience.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Dalton91
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Good afternoon Dalton
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of Boven Villa.
Amos, my gardening assistant wishes to thank you for your very kind donation.
Any time you are in the area to climb our fabulous mountains please pop in.
Kind regards
Sean
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We went to Boven for a climbing weekend and stayed at the Villa! Sean was a gracious and amazing host not to mention a excellent cook!!

My advice if staying there definitely ask Sean to make dinners as well as breakfast you wont go wrong.

Rooms and entire setting was first class!

Room Tip: Elephant room was amazing!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank MarcoBrocc
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Good afternoon Marco
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to write such a lovely review.
The mountains around our picturesque town are world famous for their rock climbing routes. A little bit of heaven on our doorstep.
Enjoy the 'Lowveld Memories ' Book and anytime you are in the again please pop in.
Regards

Sean
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

We spent 3 nights at Boven Villa this December. Sean was a gracious host and was on hand at all times to sort out any issues. Sean and his support lady, Joyce, provided a professional service. We were given free reign to use the kitchen which is normally reserved for staff only. He made us feel completely at home. We had a very enjoyable stay.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Good morning to the Louw Family
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review.
I am so pleased to hear that your stay at Boven Villa was a good one and that you were looked after.
Have a great 2014 and look forward to welcoming you back to Boven Villa in the near future.
Regards
Sean
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Bruxelles
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We stayed at Boven Villa 2 nights on the way to and from Kruger NP.
Elephant room upstairs is lovely and very comfortable.
Beautiful and interesting garden : roses, trees, birds
Sean is very friendly and helpful.
Anne Marie & Jean Paul, Brussels

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 31 December 2013
Festive Greetings Anne Marie and Jean Paul
Thank you so much for this cheerful review. It restores my faith in TripAdvisor. I appreciate that one cannot please everyone all the time, however the previous reviewers nasty attacks were unjust and personal. So thank you for such positive feedback.
I am so glad that you enjoyed your trip to South Africa and welcome you back whenever you are planning your next trip to our lovely country.
With next years Great War Anniversary upon us I will have you in mind when the battles in Belgium are commemorated.
Have a healthy 2014 and Bon Chance.
Sean
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Alberton, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 December 2013

The stay and the accommodation was pleasant but the attitude of the owner was nothing but poor. Sean Larkin (Owner) is very facetious and pedantic and childish when we stayed there on the weekend from the 21st - 25th of November. We then booked for the weekend of 13 - 17 December and when we got a confirmation email on the 9th of December and had to, unfortunately, cancel he was most rude and accused us of keeping customers away from his guest house. I couldn't believe that a host could act in such a manner. We did keep the email as proof.
There was constant drunken loud noise from a shebeen across the property all night and the photo's on the website make you think there's a damn with fish at the guest house in the meantime it's at another property and no, he was NOT in the Garden & Home. He made the picture himself.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Good Morning
It is difficult to know how to respond to your review of Boven Villa.
You stayed at Boven Villa for 4 nights, then on departure booked another 4 nights bringing your family along as well. This would not have been done if you had been treated as terribly as you have indicated.
That is a complete contradiction.
The fact that TripAdvisor allows you to personally insult me is contrary to their very own guidelines. I have replayed the interactions that we had over the four days of your stay and cannot come up with a reason why you would feel it necessary to write such a vitriolic nasty review. It is as though there were two different sets of guests.
If your intention was to hurt my reputation because of a perceived slight then that has been achieved. This review is unkind, unnecessary, uncalled for and unjust.
Sean Larkin
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I recently stayed here and agree with all the other great reviews! Sean is indeed an excellent and charming host. He made us laugh and organized requested tours before we even arrived!
We made our reservations while driving there....
The guest lodge is clean, expansive, welcoming, spacious and very nicely appointed. The amenities are abundant and first class, so many fragrant cremes and shower gels to choose from.
The breakfasts were way more than I could finish and delicious.
Sean made every effort to ensure our comfort at his place and I will definitely stay there next time I'm in Waterval Boven.

Room Tip: I loved The Elephant Room upstairs though my friend was very comfortable downstairs in his room, for...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Ceslie
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Good morning Ceslie
Wow, thank you so much for those excellent words. We strive to deliver a good service to our guests and this type of feedback makes it all worthwhile.
Thank you for bringing your special kind of inner peace to Boven Villa.
Kind regards from Sunny South Africa
Sean
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Nelspruit, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 6 October 2013

One night at Boven Villa and our group felt as though we had been on a week long holiday!!! Peaceful, private, safe, secure and so beautiful! Sean is the perfect host, nothing is too much trouble for him. Dinner - bed - breakfast...EVERYTHING is just perfect. (Dinner was especially delicious - home baked bread to die for!) Boven Villa is conveniently situated en route to the Kruger National Park and Sean has an incredible knowledge of the area. Highly recommended! We will most certainly be back!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Cheryl v
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bovenvilla, Owner at Boven Villa, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Good morning Cheryl
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of Boven Villa.
I am so glad that your group had a good experience. Hopefully next time will be an extended stay, so that you are able to explore the nearby waterfalls and mountain bike trails.
See you soon on your travels.
Seanj
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Property: Boven Villa
Address: 8 End Avenue, Waterval Boven 1195, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Waterval Boven
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Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Waterval Boven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Boven Villa Hotel Waterval Boven
Boven Villa Waterval Boven, South Africa - Mpumalanga

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