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Rawdons Hotel & Estate

R103 Nottingham Road Between Balgowan and Mooi River, Nottingham Road 3280 South Africa
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#5 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Nottingham Road
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Rawdons Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful KwaZulu Natal midlands meander. A family run hotel for the past 40 years - set on a stunning 240ha estate is a great place to unwind. We have a superb Micro Brewery on the property brewing some great ales and lagers. The pub is more English than most English hotels. The rooms have recently been upgraded and well appointed and an boardwalk alongside the main dam leads to various birding, cycling and walking trails. We look forward to welcoming you to our piece of heaven. And if having so many repeat guests over the years isn't testimony to our offerings, then come and see for yourself.
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Laundry service
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Hanni wrote a review Mar 2021
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I booked lunch for my 85th birthday on 24th December 2020. Even though I booked very far in advance, we were not given a seat in the restaurant itself but they could only find place for us in the Pub. The food and service were very disappointing. No effort at all was taken with presentation of the food. I was very disappointed as I had read such good reviews and was so looking forward to a special meal. I emailed Rawdon's directly after this but did not receive any response.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Steamy66 wrote a review Mar 2020
Grangemouth, United Kingdom118 contributions48 helpful votes
We booked on line for the mid-week special offer of pay for 2 nights, get 1 free. also in the deal was 10% off 1 evening meal and 2 drinks along with a free bottle of wine on arrival. The room was stunning and huge with a separate dressing room and bathroom. Moses at reception was helpful but we needed to go back and get coffee. Breakfast was in a huge room with just a few other tables in use but staff were attentive and friendly. Food was good and plentiful. We stayed here as were are huge fans of the Nottie's Brewery and this deal gives 10% off their shop too, that shares the site and the beer was, as usual, fabulous. We had our own table reserve each night and we had no quibbles with the food. However this hotel tries to be an English pub and the food reflects that. The staff thought we were nuts to want to swim at the beginning of March until we pointed out we are Scottish, we will swim in snow. Watching the monkeys was great fun. The staff were great at pointing us in the direction of the pharmacy when I had been awake all night with Arthritis. We would stay here again in a heart beat.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Use the offer in the review if you can, it so worth it. Ask for a lake view room.
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Response from Peter Dean, Owner at Rawdons Hotel & Estate
Responded 16 Sep 2020
Hi, thank you for the magnificent review, we really look forward to seeing you again in the near future
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747/400 wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin, Ireland1092 contributions163 helpful votes
I stayed one night in this lovely ‘cottage’ style hotel , my room was spacious and opened on to a little garden , which all offered old world charm. I most enjoyed the walk through the farmland to the restaurant nearby which surprisingly offered Austrian fare but also had other options. The walk with cattle in the nearby fields and views of small lakes was very charming. I enjoyed one of the craft beers also .. very nice ... interesting to see G+T on tap also , I restrained myself. Dinner in the bar of fish and chips was ok, breakfast was less inspiring with only a few options on the buffet but an adequate cooked option. Hotel is set in beautiful parkland and is very characterful .
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Peter Dean, Owner at Rawdons Hotel & Estate
Responded 21 Mar 2020
Thank you for the great review
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Ruth H wrote a review Feb 2020
Tarporley, United Kingdom50 contributions53 helpful votes
This hotel is in a lovely location but is definitely well on the way down. We arrived around 8 pm and when we asked about booking a table for dinner we were directed to the Pub (going past a kitchen where there was some serious argument in place) . The pub had great beer but very poor food, sticky tables and awful decor including dirty slippy red plastic seating. As we finished our meal at 9 pm staff were hovering to clear away and shut the bar! It is advertised as having a brewery and great beer, clearly trying to copy an English pub but failing miserably. The breakfast the next day was served in a huge dining room with just 2 other tables occupied and a hovering waiter again. It is a bit off putting when your partner's plate is whisked away whilst you are still eating. The dining room and corridors smelt extremely musty and I think this smell was coming from the large number of mismatched old brown sideboards and dressers that occupy every spare wall. I would advise against staying here despite the lovely setting, it needs some serious money spending on it. So glad it was only a one night stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Room 5 had a lovely bathroom
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Peter D, Owner at Rawdons Hotel & Estate
Responded 18 Feb 2020
Hi, thank you for the review and bringing your concerns to our attention, albeit on social media and not to us DIRECTLY. Firstly, allow me to apologise re the sticky tables, valid complaint that can be dealt with easily. I also agree that plates should not be whisked away while others are still eating, another issue i will have corrected immediately. Please can i ask you to drop me an email on manager@rawdons.co.za so that i can get in touch with byou
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Jamie C wrote a review Feb 2020
Durban, South Africa32 contributions1 helpful vote
A perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life , the lush green landscape eases the mind and soul. All staff where very friendly and accommodating, the rooms are very neat , bathrooms are modern and spotless (just the way I like it) Pub food was great , I’m now a fan of gin , we will be back
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Peter D, Owner at Rawdons Hotel & Estate
Responded 18 Feb 2020
Thank you for the awesome review, we hope to see you again soon
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US$89 - US$128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalNottingham Road
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rawdons Hotel & Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Rawdons Hotel & Estate?
Nearby attractions include Chocolate Heaven (2.4 km), The Wine Cellar (6.6 km), and Swissland Cheese (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rawdons Hotel & Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rawdons Hotel & Estate?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rawdons Hotel & Estate?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rawdons Hotel & Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Linga Lapa, Blueberry Cafe, and Bierfassl Pub and restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rawdons Hotel & Estate?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Rawdons Hotel & Estate accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.