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A37.1 Magoebaskloof, 0730 South Africa
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#29 of 206 guest houses in Limpopo Province
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At Bramasole, you can do as much or as little as you like. If you feel like unwinding, you can curl up next to a crackling fireplace and lose yourself in a novel. Explore the magnificent forest or try out the many hikes in the area. If you feel like tussling with 'the big one', trout fishing is also an option. Situated at the very edge of a lake, Bramasole cuts an imposing figure complete with an indigenous forest halo. The precarious approach along the narrow dam wall adds to the drama of the approach as the full extent of the building reveals itself. The interior has a surprise of its own, as this fairly simple shed exterior makes way for a luxurious interior with an enormous double volume space bathed in natural sunlight from the skylights. No attempt was made to hide the trusses which form part of this very unusual interior space which is dominated by a central fireplace. The rooms are themed from regions around the world from the luxurious Paris apartment to the cosy "Delft" room spinning around the world to Venice, Morocco, Egypt, Africa and the east - Jade. The Paris apartment is a luxurious room with views into the forest and over the lake with an open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area and a braai patio. The views into the forest are awesome with trees overhead lapping at the eaves. We tried to be extremely subtle with the décor, avoiding corny memorabilia. Bramasole has used colour and texture to blend an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture and décor in the house, as well as the guesthouse. Reclaimed parquet flooring (from the old Schul in Polokwane) has been re-used as wall cladding and counter surfaces giving a warm textured look to most of the rooms.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Photo copier / fax In business centre
Non-smoking hotel
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Fishing
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Annelies V wrote a review Nov 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Bramasole was recommended to us by a friend who lives locally because of the beautiful setting. We were not disappointed and the access road from the R71 is an easy drive. The hotel building and setting is wonderful and the staff is friendly but the overall impression is that this beautiful location needs some TLC. Some examples: - The towel rail in my room clattered to the ground when I removed a towel. When I mentioned this I was promised it would be fixed. Sure enough, it was up on the wall again, but the minute I touched it it fell down once more. - The shower in another room floods the bathroom floor when used. - missing curtain hooks on the bedroom curtains - garden chair tore when one of us sat on it - empty soap dispensers in the bathrooms Please! Look after this beautiful place so that it can be enjoyed by future guests.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Great places to eat just down the road: the Pot & Plow on the R71 and Habiba in Haenertsburg
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review - this will be taken up with the relevant departments. I apologize for any inconvenience experienced.
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Kirsty A wrote a review Jan 2023
Vuyo our host was so helpful, warm and welcoming. As were the two chefs who made us the most delicious roast dinner and breakfast. Our kids had never stayed in such luxury before and were completely blown away by their gorgeously spacious and lavish room. Everything provided in the rooms was so carefully selected, decorated and chosen for exceptional comfort. The kids loved the dam and being able to help themselves to kayaks to paddle around. The gardens were immaculate. We were completely blown away by Magoebaskloof in general too. There is such beauty in this town and so much to do and see and eat!!!! Cannot wait to come back and spend more time there. We are avid birders so this area was great too.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, birders, hikers, families wanting to get away from city life.
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Response from Melanie McIntosh, Owner at Bramasole Luxury Guest House
Responded 16 Jan 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely review, it is always wonderful to hear when someone has enjoyed our property. We love hosting birders - and for the first time this week my husband saw a few Cape Parrots flying across our lake and settling in the trees just above the lake. Anyone sitting at the Lake House would have had a good view of them.
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Panthera2013 wrote a review Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom99 contributions95 helpful votes
We have just returned from another weekend in what has become our favourite place to get away from Johannesburg. The Magoebaskloof area is beautiful but Bramasole guesthouse offers a magical setting. The rooms are individually designed so visit their website to take your pick. It is a 3.5-4 hour drive from Jo'burg, transporting you to a natural and idyllic world. It has its own forests to walk in and beautifully maintained gardens and ponds/lakes. Once you park up you can spend the entire time without needing to drive again. If you are interested in birds it is an absolute find! Over our visits we have seen so many special birds- wood owl, crowned eagles, bat hawk, fish eagle catching fish as we ate our breakfast, malachite, pied & giant kingfishers fishing as well, Drakensberg prinea & many more birds. The area around the guesthouse is easy and safe to walk on your own. The wi-fi is really good so we plan to take up the mid-week offers and work remotely from here. The work day would be so much more relaxing with a morning forest walk, watch stunning scenery as you work & relax in the garden/ lake when you finish. The breakfast, the cheese rosti's are so delicious. Friendly staff have a happy, smiley demeanour. Robyn & Melanie McIntosh, are a wonderful couple who host you in their home. With prior arrangement they would cater for vegetarians, vegans etc. I guess you have to just go & find out for yourself if this place will work its magic on you as it has on my husband & I.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 04 Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we love having you visit our home, you are amazing guests, we hope to see you again soon.
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Samantha N wrote a review Apr 2022
Sandton, South Africa83 contributions3 helpful votes
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Bramasole Guest House **** in the Magoebaskloof Mountains is an incredibly beautiful and supremely comfortable stop to or from the Kruger Park. Start your Kruger holiday with a touch of luxury or wash off the Kruger dust on your way home. Vuyi, the manager, Katy the chef and all the other staff are so friendly, helpful and willing to please. Right from the first greeting, by a gentle dappled dachshund to the final farewell, we loved our stay. Everything is beautiful. Each room thoughtfully designed to fit it’s theme. And not only beautiful but every possible need is addressed. Breakfast was delicious and although dinner is not usually served, Katy whipped up a yummy meal for us so that we did not have to brave the pea-soup-mist to go out again. Of course the mist only added to the charm of a beautiful setting. We can’t wait to come back.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 28 Apr 2022
Thank you for your lovely review, and we hope to see you and your family back at Bramasole very soon!!
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Veronique wrote a review Mar 2022
Cape Town, South Africa659 contributions104 helpful votes
Unfortunately, the long drive to come and an early race in the morning shortened my stay in this very peaceful place... Very comfortable room, nice walks in the forests, relaxing time at the dam, cuddling the horses... As I couldn't have the breakfast due to my early departure, they organised a breakfast box for me. Good service...
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 24 Mar 2022
We hope to host you again at Bramasole in the near future, and hope you can stay a bit longer.
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Enjoyinglifesfun wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom12 contributions19 helpful votes
We booked to stay at Bramasole for a wedding that had shifted from the previous year due to Covid-19. We booked the best room, but unfortunately never made the stay due to the wedding being cancelled a second time. Throughout this period we had been in touch with Booking.com to request a refund as the trip to SA couldn't be made. As the Guesthouse was slow to respond to Booking.com we agreed to contact Bramasole directly. We had to make multiple calls, and send multiple emails before Bramasole would even respond. Eventually we got in-touch where they assured us our refund would be paid, however to please bear with them due to revenue recovery due to Covid-19. Whilst nigh on 2yrs in the booking, fair enough as keen to support businesses where possible. However, they have taken advantage of this good nature as over 3 months on, and 1 month post the actual booking date, we have still received nothing. The worst of this being after speaking with Vuyo on the phone being told that we would 100% receive our refund in full this week as she agreed 3 months was too long since agreement, and other refunds had since been made to other customers. Constant excuses being made to let me speak with my colleague, I believe Melanie in Finance, but again nothing! I'm sure Bramasole is located in a lovely part of SA, but please save your money, and look to book elsewhere with a more reputable guesthouse, one that actually communicates and doesn't make broken promises as it could clearly ruin your holiday / wedding day! We are now going through our Bank and Booking.com to highlight these failed assurances to the booking.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Heather Griesse wrote a review Jul 2021
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From the moment you step into beautiful Bramasole, you are welcomed by the friendliest staff who are willing to go above and beyond every request without any hesitation. Each room with a unique theme and feel, allowing a very comfortable escape. We were a big group and from breakfast to braaiing at the boathouse, we were incredibly happy with the way that our guests were treated throughout the stay. Definitely a place that I would recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy the magic of Magoebaskloof.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded 14 Jul 2021
Thank you for your lovely review, and we hope to host you and your family again.
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Dawid F wrote a review Sept 2020
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa118 contributions6 helpful votes
Superb guesthouse in beautiful surroundings. The azalea garden is something to behold and the sundowner platform is a winner in the late afternoon. The rooms are excellent, especially the Praque Room where we stayed. Great stoep that looks over the garden and the fireplace made for wonderful evenings. We had dinner delivered to our room and without exception it was excellent. The staff was friendly and provided great service. For us however the best was the wonderful birdlife in the garden and also the well-marked forest walk. All in all a great experience, which convinced us to go back in summer.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: Garden rooms were excellent for birding and it seems as if the two new chalets out in the bush...
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Responded 18 Sept 2020
Dear Dawid, thank you for your lovely review, and we hope to welcome you to Bramasole again, soon!
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Idotourism wrote a review Jan 2020
Polokwane, South Africa72 contributions9 helpful votes
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From the road you are welcomed by the beauty of the natural surroundings. The attention to detail and high quality of furnishings. The rooms are decorated with personal items of the owners and giving you insight into the life of them as family. Comfort, modern convenience and true hospitality. This is a must on your bucket list
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 14 Jan 2020
Thank you very much for your lovely comments about our home. We hope to be able to host you again in the not too distant future.
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Si-lest wrote a review Oct 2019
Pretoria, South Africa49 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in the new Hanoi room. The room was comfortable, though small. What we loved most about this room, is that it is one of few rooms with a bathroom that is completely closed off and has a door. We don't like open plan bathroom-bedrooms. The lake house is great. Also enjoyed kayaking and fly fishing. (There is a mix of tilapia and trout for those who want to fly fish). We went for a late afternoon walk around the property and heard turaco calling. Great area for bird watching. Breakfast had plenty options. I specifically mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday that day and that I wanted a table set apart from the other guests outside. It was raining so I understand that this could not be done, but would have liked a bit of attention to detail. We didn't really have a place to sit (the other tables were set and occupied). So we had to set our own table... The coffee plunger in our room was also left dirty. We were disappointed as we were looking forward to having good coffee in the morning. Wasn't a good start to our day, but we enjoyed the stay overall.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$74 - US$76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bramasole Luxury Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Bramasole Luxury Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Blueberry Heights Farm (3.0 km), Maboesbaskloof Farmstall (3.0 km), and Sequoia Garden Retreat (7.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bramasole Luxury Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Bramasole Luxury Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bramasole Luxury Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bramasole Luxury Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Iron Crown Pub & Bistro, The Pot n' Plow, and Lekwar Restaurant.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bramasole Luxury Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Bramasole Luxury Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.