Tar road leading up to house needs fixing - uneven surface. We were the only people in this huge house. No lights were put on to create a welcoming ambiance (I put some on that was turned off again misteriously..by a ghost?) Erie to be there on our own. Paintings on walls are faded and bedding dated (I prefer white bedding of good quality to blankets and scatter cushions). They still have box-tv's. No on-suite bathrooms is a big dissappointment and surprise. Bathroom is shared and down a corridor. Corridors are dark. Bathroom needs to be updated. Everything is clean though. We only saw one person the whole time we were there. Couldn't wait to leave.
We were accommodated by the friendly Hosts - Dirk, Christo & Hester - in Room No.1, which we afterwards heard from a previous employee at a nearby Cellar was / is the Honeymoon suite. This a beautiful, spacious room with a "hemelbed", 2 large leather couches, etc. etc. The "larger than life" on-suite has double washbasins, a big bath + shower + a bidet. We also had the use of the large balcony with access from our room with the beautiful panorama of the gardens, the tree-lined entrance avenue and the mountains in the background. We really felt - and were treated - like Clarke Gable & Vivian Leigh in the film "Gone with the Wind" of which this mansion is a replica ! The friendly Sussie saw to it that we had four delectable breakfasts and al the other staff were always friendly & helpful. The location is perfect for wine "cellar hopping" with abundant in close proximity. We had lunch & supper in Rawsonville town, viz:- "Inihoek" & "Die Stalle", two lovely rustic-like places where the locals eat out. We also had lunch at "Die Eike" which is right opposite Goudini Spa. We also visited the Gin/Beer Bar restaurant just outside town on the old Rawssonville/Worcter road. To top it all, our Friend who was supposed to accompany us, fell & broke his hip and the Hosts were so generous to allow the Couple to utilize the full 4 days - at any time without penalties - in the future after recovery of his hip replacement. Good, genuine people like these are "dun gesaai" ! This was the most enjoyable 4 day stay in a long time. We say:- Go for it! We were " Blown away "with this "Gone with the Wind" experience.…
Long tree lined avenue opens out to impressive views of the house - based on the "Gone with the Wind" film. Foyer and lobby areas are also based on the same impressive theme - ideal wedding venue. Our bedrooms (with bathroom) was large, and opened out onto a large veranda. Room itself was somewhat dated and in need of upgrading. Manager and staff all very friendly and helpful.
My wife and myself and two other couples decided to take advantage of a Wikideal special. We had been there before and it is a great base from which to explore the surrounding wine farms in the Rawsonville and Slangrivier area. One cannot compare apples with pears and must judge a place on many different aspects, including the price one pays. This is an old manor house that was previously the home of the owners of the farm and the approach down the long driveway is quite impressive. It is not the Mount Nelson and does not pretend to be. However,the reception was very friendly and mine host could not have done more to make us comfortable. All the rooms are incredibly large, nicely furnished, spotlessly clean and our en-suite was quite adequate, with hot water on tap. Double doors led onto a balcony. The bed was comfortable and the small TV had a limited DSTV bouquet. The enormous pool was pristine and the large grounds surrounding the manor house are well maintained. The breakfast the next morning was more than adequate. Yes, here and there one noticed a little something that needs a little attention but, all in all, I cannot fault them. Very good value for money.…
serious contender for gone with the wind deep south American villa. great night's sleep. awesome gardens. pleasant breakfast and well worth the trip. We only stayed a night as we were going to Tout haven down the road for 2 nights camping. the wine farms around are excellent and have focussed on going all out on producing the very best wooded Chenin Blanc. worth the trot from Cape Town and a few nights away.
We were so excited to be going to visit "Tara" or rather Merwida , as the pictures are so stunning but were quite disappointed and spent a ( pretty much) sleepless night there. The setting is beautiful, the pool house and staircase out of this world but the rooms are looking shabby and need some TLC. Everything was fine and we had a warm welcome when we arrived. The room (4) was lovely and big and the bed was comfortable and king sized as promised. The problem came when the lights went off. All sorts of sounds started up- I heard a clicking sound and assumed it was the rain on the roof but later discovered it was not, even after the rain stopped the incessant clicking carried on and then even worse, a sound that made me think it was a barking dog, deep woof sound every few minutes, non stop! At 2 am we were both still awake and I complained about the poor dog thinking it was outside in the cold and rain so I got up and went to the bathroom. I heard the sound much clearer inside and realised its not a dog, its the plumbing! After flushing the sound went away for a while only to come back a few hours later. The plumbing obviously needs attention and there is definitely something electrical causing the clicking sound in the roof. We brought it to the owner's attention in the morning and he just said it was strange that no one else had ever mentioned it and said he'd investigate, and thanked us for telling him. He went to have a look but that's the last we heard from him. At check out we mentioned it again and all we got was "oh no, sorry about that!" The breakfast was not fantastic either, no choice of eggs, we were just told we were having " scrammled aches " beef sausage, tomato (raw) and mushrooms with strips of bacon that were not good at all. Why can't we be given a choice to have streaky bacon, pork sausages and fried /poached or boiled eggs??? All in all a very disappointing night and morning. Thank goodness it was just one night, Id have gone mad if we were subjected to that noise for longer.…
We where there on Saterday morning for a buffet breakfast.What I did not understand is that you where not given the option to go and help you with a second portion (although I do not think any person would have manage a second helping).But the biggest disappointment was that for this class of breakfast,served margarine and not real butter.That is unforgivable
Words to explain this venue? Beautiful, awesome, friendly, clean, welcoming, did I mention stunning? We receivced a warm welcome, were taken for a tour of the property and told to make ourselves at home. Everything was beautiful, spotlessly clean and five star quality. The huge balcony was a special treat. Breakfast was well-worth the price, the kitchen staff so friendly and efficient. We went for a long walk on the property enjoying the fresh air, early morning before breakfast. We will be back. To Dirk, a special thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.
My wife to be Chante Fletcher and I are set to get married on Merwida. Every time we visit it is an awesome experience. Thank you Hester you are awesome and each and every time we visit you give us the warmest welcome. The place leaves us breathless each time we visit it the most beautiful venue. I recommend it to everyone visiting Rawsonville.
stunning. thank you. will recommend to anyone who wants to explore the beautifull rawsonville and wine farms.. rooms were clean and enough warm bedding. showers however where luke warm..did not use the cold tap at all and was in the middle of the winter. only complaint i had. rest wonderfull