My partner, a family member and I stayed at Thornbay in Doringbaai recently. My partner and I love the simplicity of Doringbaai and although we do not usually stay over, we have been to this quaint, West Coast town on a few occasions. The view from the coastal road is simply magnificent and will keep us coming back time and again!
We stayed in the Marlin unit of Thornbay. The unit was clean. It is a two bedroom, one bathroom unit. The main bedroom has a double bed and a lovely sea view to wake up to. The second bedroom has two single beds. I found the bed, duvet and pillows to be very comfortable.
In the (very small) living room, one finds a sleeper couch and a cane chair - the cushions on both are covered with horrific vinyl! There is also a small plastic table which doubles as an outside table to be used on the patio.
The small patio which leads off the living room and the main bedroom has a built in braai (BBQ) and plastic chairs are provided for outside use. The view from the patio is amazing. Unfortunately, the patio is rather small and I doubt whether it will be able to accommodate 4 adults chairs and a table. That having been said, it is nice to have one's own patio on which to relax.
The kitchen is small and is equipped with very basic kitchen essentials. There is a two burner gas stove and a microwave, but no oven. It is adequate for a short stay, but I suspect it will be inadequate for a longer stay (particularly if you love to cook).
The bathroom is small and functional. Towels are provided.
Unfortunately, this brings me to the negatives of Thornbay...
Upon our arrival, we were met by a rather surly owner / manager. The greeting certainly did not live up to the lovely setting across the road. When the keys were returned after our stay, there was not so much as a "did you enjoy your stay".
When we walked up the stairs to the unit we were greeted by what I assume to be the owner / manager's washing line. Packed to the brim with underwear, socks and other washing - not a pretty sight.
But I think the thing that most bugs me about Thornbay is the insistence on over killing the marine theme! I tried to count everything with a nautical / marine theme, but lost count in the 50's. It is ALL OVER the place. From the bed linen, to the towels, the tiles, the decorations on the walls, the toilet seat and toilet brush - even the air freshener in the bathroom has a marine theme! I understand that it is a matter of taste, but when one has virtually uninterrupted sea views in a beautiful West Coast town, it is entirely unnecessary to over do a marine / nautical theme. All it does is to detract from the beauty outside!!!
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