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"Eagle view Guest House"
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The hosts are Lange and Shanka Von Brandis and according to their web page they can converse in German and Croatian as well as English and I presume Afrikaans but it does not say so.
We were shown to put rooms; ours had a lovely big double bed and ensuite bathroom with bath, shower toilet and basin. The boys’ room was similar except it had twin beds and no bath in the ensuite. Both our rooms had doors opening out onto the garden and with a view of the garden and pool and then further to the mountains in the distance. We also had nice fluffy towels in colours that complemented the rooms and they also lent us four large towels for the pool so that we could enjoy sitting on the loungers round the pool and a swim if we wanted too..
Inside the house was a large living area with sofas and a huge TV so the men could watch their football much to my delight of course! There was also an honesty bar where you could help yourself to drinks on offer and write these in a book so that your bill could be totalled before checking out and the prices were extremely reasonable although you didn’t know what price they were before as there was no price list. I think they were at cost really.
This was not self catering and we had not requested an evening meal or lunch so when we arrived we asked about where we could eat and were recommended the Ficksburg Hotel so off we walked to stretch our legs after a few days in the car for long periods. It was a few blocks away but not too long a walk even in the heat.
The hotel was very pleasant and we enjoyed a few drinks and an extremely good steak meal. We then found a supermarket for some sandwich stuff for our evening meal as we had had such a huge lunch. We found a very big box of lychees (about 2kg) for about £3.50 which we chomped our way through during the afternoon while sitting round the pool area reading. There was also a table and a few chairs on a mini patio outside our room, another set under a shaded area in the garden and yet another on a larger patio area just by the living room so there were plenty of places where we could sit and relax ore sit to eat our sandwiches later.
The owner said that we could use the kitchen and also told us to help ourselves to cold water from the fridge as their tap water was not good for drinking. They were most welcoming without being intrusive and explained that the downstairs living room was just for guests as they had their living area upstairs so just to make ourselves at home.
The setting was very pleasant and having negotiated the incredibly steep drive you did get a great view from the house and garden with views of the Maluti Mountains .It was in a very quiet residential area so we were not disturbed at all by any noise. In the evening as we were sitting outside eating the owner very kindly brought us some insect repellent she warned they had a lot of mosquitoes. We duly sprayed ourselves and then of course all our meal had a slight taste too but we were not bitten at least. We also sprayed both rooms with the strong Doom spray before shutting the windows and putting on the fans.
The next day we came into the living area for breakfast and were guided upstairs to a small dining area which had a buffet table at the back. It was beautifully laid out with fruit, yogurt, juices, tea, coffee and cereals, fresh toast was made and then a full South African breakfast with boerewors, pancakes, bacon, eggs as well as fried tomatoes and mushrooms. There was so much food it even over faced the boys who have very hearty appetites.
By: Susan humphries - Submitted 21st May 2010
|Travel Date:||February 2010||Best for:||Mature Couple|
|Travelled with:||Mature Couple||Recommend to a friend:||Not Specified|
|Also Reviewed:||Operator:||Planned ourselves|