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Laurie R
Port Alfred, South Africa

Close to the Lake

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 Aug 2014
The unit we stayed in was a little colder than expected (we were there in winter, though) as the wind can blow down the valley. The facilities are a little run down (the BBQ is not working 100%). The unit is quiet, and it is a nice weekend breakaway. However is are no mobile signal, unless you walk up the hill. There is a cute little beach in front of the units.
Date of stay: July 2014
Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 14 July 2014

    I am not a cleanliness nut but our unit could only be described as grubby and because of that it was hard to enjoy our one night stay. The actual building looks attractive from the outside but leaves a lot to be desired. Cooking is difficult in the little galley kitchen provided. We also found it difficult to locate as directional signage was virtually non existent.

    Date of stay: July 2014
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

    I don't give 1 star often but this was one of kind. We wanted to stay at the resort, but there was a wedding on the weekend so we decided to stay this place. Upon arrival, we got bed linen at the reception due to we have an extra person, they could have put in the room but they just gave them to me. The room is enough space but not clean. Bath room was dusty and mouldy...But we tried to make a best out of it.

    They have very basic kitchen equipment. They know will have 5 people yet, they only kept 4 sets of plates and cutlery. There was no extra toilet paper do each tune we had to go to the reception to get one. No paid/non paid wifi. Our room can't even get mobile network.

    I don't think I will stay again.

    Date of stay: June 2014
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 22 April 2014

    Stayed in a two bed unit. The location is beautiful, right on the lake and great swimming pool. The units are fine - although the lounge area is a bit small, there is a great balcony. Everything is in working order and the manager/owners are lovely. My only comment would be that the units need a good spring clean and possibly some updating - everything was clean, but obviously unused for awhile so there was dust on plates, and cooking equipment. The decor is old and outdated. But it is functional and we had a lovely night here.

    Date of stay: April 2014
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 11 June 2013

    We stayed here over the Queens Birthday long weekend. Checked in early, the room was lovely and clean. Managers were most friendly and even gave us some sauce from their own kitchen for our lunch. Nothing was a problem and Barry honoured the 50% off 2nd night deal for the long weekend. Even thought the weather was horrible (nothing anyone can do about that), we enjoyed ourselves.

    Date of stay: June 2013
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    Reviewed 2 October 2012

    Stayed 3 nights October Long Weekend 2012, and loved it. A genuinely relaxed, and relaxing, place. My only criticism is that the pool did not look like it was correctly pH balanced, but that didn't worry me much because I had 15 square kilometres of freshwater pool in the form of Lake Tinaroo in front of me; what a view to wake up to! Lovely to swim in, too - not cold at all. One word of caution: if you have tricky knees like I do, ask for one of the units near the carpark. All units have a lovely view and breeze exposure, and while my lakefront unit was unbeatable in those terms, it was hard on my joints getting up the steps to the carpark. The kitchen was well-appointed, even if it was small, and everything worked. One more clue: you don't have to bring a lot of food with you. If you don't get lucky with the fishing, the Super IGA in Atherton will look after you. It's like a culinary Disneyland; better stocked than any supermarket I've ever seen in Australia. If you've been to New Zealand, think of Foodtown/Countdown stores. The drinking water is better than in most Australian capitals, but not as good as at our home in Townsville, so we used bottled water only for making tea. Tapwater was fine for everything else including coffee.

    Room tip: If you have tricky knees, ask for one of the units near the carpark.
    Date of stay: October 2012
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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