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Kowie River Guest House
Ranked #1 of 26 Port Alfred B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Excellance”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Stayed for 3 nights at the end of April in room 1.
We had reserved for 2 nights but Ditte kindly allowed us to arrive a day early ( Sunday) as we had problems with our previous accommodation.
We were warmly welcomed with tea and cakes and shown to our pristine room. Everything here is light, spacious and spotless. The large balconies (equipped for outdoor coking) are only a short stones throw from the river and the views just keep one spell bound for ages. Yes, giraffes in the distance, the tides ebbing and flowing and an abundance of bird life. Just walk out of the property and saunter for about a mile along the river bank. Stop for a beer or just sit and watch the world go by.
The room and bathroom were spacious as was the very comfortable bed and pillows. Gowns, Safe, good storage space, fridge and pool. Also excellent TV with all sports channels. Good car parking.
Dale the barefoot chef is the perfect host. He also prepares an excellent breakfast, cooked to order with different pastries/bread each day. Nothing is too much trouble. All his support staff are friendly and keep the Guest house immaculate.
Lots to do in and around the town with good eating choices. We ate at the Links and Grazing by the River and enjoyed both. Walking on the vast, deserted beaches at Port Alfred and Kenton was wonderful.
We felt very comfortable, safe and happy in Port Alfred and will certainly visit again on our next trip to SA and of course stay at KRGH.

Room Tip: all river facing the same and excellent
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you for the lovely review you gave us.
It was our pleasure having you stay an extra night and hope you enjoyed the Eastern Cape and that it will become a regular area to visit in your future travels
Kind regards
KRGH
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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

Our stay at kowie river guest house was nothing short of fantastic. From check in to check out we were made to feel welcome and comfortable. The rooms are beautiful and functional, with every whim catered for and spectacular views! The breakfast was a real treat, prepared by the host, Dale. We only wish we could've stayed longer!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
We appreciate the fact that you took the time to give us such a nice review.
It was lovely having you stay and we hope to be able to welcome you back to our Guest House
Kind regards
KRGH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

What a treat to stay for 5 glorious days at the Kowie River Guest House. Dale is a darling, the service sublime , the breakfasts beautifully presented and the facilities really and truly first class. We would not hesitate to recommend. Thank you!

Stayed April 2014
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Thank Lisatonini
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
It was our pleasure having you stay with us.
Thank you for the lovely review you have given us.
We appreciate it
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KRGH
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Bingley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in our comfortable, tasteful designed and decorated room. Our host, Dale with his suburb breakfasts and his attention where much appreciated. This was one of the best stays we had on our seven week trip round South Africa.

Room Tip: There are four room which look out over the river. All are excellent.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Ahhhhh, I like the caption!!!
Thank you for the lovely review.
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KRGH
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Our family stayed at the Kowie River Guest House recently, using it as a base from which to explore the Port Alfred/Bathurst area. We were very impressed with our host Dale; not only was he really efficient as 'front desk manager', but he was also a true revelation in the kitchen, cooking up two very memorable breakfasts for our family. We enjoyed the well-appointed family room; although it did not face the Kowie River, this did not detract from the experience since the weather was not perfect, and we could still quite easily walk the river frontage area and enjoy the natural surroundings. We left feeling refreshed and contented. This establishment deserves the full 5 stars!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you for writing such a lovely review
It was lovely having you stay and we hope to be able to welcome you back
Kind regards
KRGH
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S E Kent,UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is a lovely guest house run by lovely, and very helpful people. We had a large, modern, well equipped and comfortable room with a great view over the Kowie River. Super breakfast and Port Alfred has some great, sandy beaches

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bill C
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you for the lovely review
It was lovely having you stay and that you were able to enjoy our Guest House
Catching -up on the Dutch was also great!
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KRGH
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2014

The Kowie River Guest House surpassed all our expectations. Situated beside the River Kowie, it enjoys wonderful views and makes a great base for exploring the area. The room was very comfortable and had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The piece de resistance had to be the breakfast - the best we had throughout our stay in South Africa.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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KowieRiverGH, Owner at Kowie River Guest House, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you for the lovely review.
It was our pleasure having you stay and we hope to be able to welcome you back when next you are traveling in our area
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KRGH
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Property: Kowie River Guest House
Address: 10 Colegate Road, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Alfred
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Port Alfred
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
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