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Beacon Vlei Guest Farm

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Beacon Vlei Farm b3 d144 Balgowan, Balgowan South Africa See on map
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Family Rooms
Wheelchair Access
Golf Course
Laundry Service
3.5 Star accommodation
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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days agovia mobile
What an awesome find on Google and Hotels.com! A quick decision for long weekend in Midlands Meander as a treat for my parents and really enjoyed this guest farmhouse. Stayed over extra tonight as I enjoyed the tranquility and the surroundings of the guest house as well as the beautiful Midlands. Beacon Vlei is near many of the attractions which makes it great for accessibility. A big thank you to Alex who not only was welcoming and engaging to my parents but also catered to dietary requirements for breakfast. It was a fantastic break and we are definitely returning. Also wanting to use the space for a business team engagement visit, so will update on how that goes in the near future. Really enjoyed these four days. Thank you Alex for all the extra efforts!
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Vanessa N
Reviewed 28 Mar 2018via mobile
Arrived late in the evening, but the view in the morning was breath taking, looking over the lake, the lodge was gorgeous, clean and comfortable, everything we needed including a cafetière....to my husbands joy.
Unfortunately didn’t get to look around, as the weather turned, Alex was a font of knowledge on places to visit, but watch the dirt tracks.
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Sarah A
Reviewed 15 Oct 2017via mobile
Absolutely loved our 2 night stay at Otter cottage. Great location, amazing view, tranquil and such fun fishing. Staff are exceptionally warm, hospitable and helpful! Had fun lying in the sun and reading, to fishing on the dam. Really recommend for a weekend away or a mid week break!
Thank Sarah A
Response from Alex D, Owner at Beacon Vlei Guest Farm
Responded 17 Oct 2017
Hi Sarah A Thank you very much for your review. My staff and I really do appreciate acknowledgement of the work we do here and we will continue to offer the best possible service and value for money accommodation that we possibly can. We hope we can accomdoate you again sometime in the not too distant future.
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 06 Feb 2017
I have read some of the other reviews and must admit that there is some truth about the interior not being as good as, for example, the Oyster Box. However, Beacon Vlei doesn't claim to be a 5 star hotel. It is countryside farm living with a "5 star experience".

My family and I stayed at the Otter cottage. It was very comfortable and cosy yet spacious enough for us to feel like we had a little home away from home. The cottage had an old world charm about it. My wife was also very impressed that kitchen was so well kitted out.

Although it is self-catering, there is still the comfort of your cottage being cleaned, tidied and linens changes like in a hotel. Toiletries and detergents were also provided, which is definitely a bonus for a self catering place. A point worth noting is that I didn't know this on the first day and left all my valuables out (digital camera, laptop etc) but nothing went missing.

The property may look, at first glance, as not being as well taken care of as the other properties, but it couldn't be further from the truth. It is just not as commercialised. It has been landscaped so that you feel as if you're in a very natural bush setting yet you still have the comfort and privacy of your own neat yard and stunning views to wake up to with a beautiful dam.

On the whole, it was the best getaway I have ever had. Alex was so warm and hospitable. He popped in to check on our stay and still, somehow, made me feel like he was visiting me in my own home. The staff were very friendly and cleaned the unit so efficiently. The view of the dam was lovely and canoeing on it was even lovelier. Boats and canoes were available for guests to use and life jackets (including one for my little one) were provided.

Alex must be one the nicest people I've ever met and it's fitting that he runs a place that's so serene and breathtaking. I had never understood why people would visit the same holiday destination more than once but after staying at Beacon Vlei I now do...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 14 Nov 2016
Fantastic place , beautiful dam full of big, healthy fish, ideal if you are a fisherman we had an amazing time! Peace and quiet with amazing scenery!! The staff were very friendly and the chalets were fantastic , heaters to keep you warm, DSTV to catch the rugby if you are on holiday. The rooms were very cosy and we loved every bit! Definitely a place that we will visit again, I cannot wait to go back !
1 Thank keeganhines
Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Beacon Vlei Guest Farm offers luxurious B&B and self-catering accommodation with a touch of history. Our 23 Hectare private dam, and the surrounding More wetland area, is home to hundreds of beautiful bird species, wildlife such as Duiker, Reed buck, Bush buck, Serval, Rooikat, porcupine and wild pigs to name a few.Beacon Vlei Guest Farm is a family friendly establishment centrally located on the famed Midlands Meander, and only 1 km from Michaelhouse School. The Midlands Meander offers visitors an abundance of art and craft shops. There are also many fine restaurants, delicatessens and cheese farms in the Balgowan district, within 3 to 5 km of Beacon Vlei.Fishing is one of the main activities at Beacon Vlei, the dam used to be one of Natals top Fly fishing dams, the Natal record (since been broken) Rainbow trout was caught in the dam in 1967 by a Michaelhouse boy. In 1987 the floods brought bass downstream which have since taken over. Bass up to the size of 3.5 kg’s have been caught in the dam. Fishing is free for guests provided you bring your own rods and tackle. We have numerous boats which are also free for guests to use for fishing or just for a row on the dam.We have 4 beautiful self catering cottages of varying size of which 3 have water frontage and amazing views across the valley; we also have two B&B rooms which are stunningly decorated. All cottages and rooms are equipped with the highest quality linen, bedding and mattresses to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay with us. All the self catering cottages have fully equipped kitchens and Dstv. Less
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Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Golf Course
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Refrigerator in room
Wheelchair Access
Room Service
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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US$70 - US$94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Balgowan
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$70 - US$94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Balgowan
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