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Royston Hall Guesthouse

Royston Lane Umtentweni, Port Shepstone 4235 South Africa
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#1 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Port Shepstone
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Royston Hall Guesthouse - circa 1897 - is a stately Victorian Manor House that is deemed Superior and listed with the Historical Council. We have two resident Great Danes and a little girl sausage dog who will welcome you effusively and add to the homeliness of Royston Hall. Nestling in its own small Private Nature Reserve it overlooks the Umzimkulu Estuary with the Indian Ocean twinkling in the near distance. This romantic property lends itself to quiet rest. We offer 7 spacious double rooms en suite and one tiny single en suite for the single traveler who is just passing through. Regret no children. This YOUR time! Our breakfasts are well-liked and prepared according to your preference. We serve beautiful dinners by appointment on arrival. Picnic baskets for couples may be arranged too. We can arrange for a Sundowner cruise up and down the Umimkulu River - or in the morning, of course. Its just more fun with a drink and snacks you may provide for yourselves. You could do river fishing from the 1km frontage we own or beach fishing at the famous Sand Spit where the whales have been seen to come and birth their calves. Deep-Sea fishing/or Scuba Diving can be arranged by prior notice.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gem
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu
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Carrera wrote a review 09 Feb
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Incredible owners and staff, old worldly accommodation that takes you back in time. Phenomenal views and history surrounds. Very comfortable and welcoming. Delicious food, friendly animals. Peaceful and tranquil.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Room five has the best views
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tee564 wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
We almost turned back when we saw the deserted house. Overall it was nice, was just scared of the dogs. They must offer boat rides to the river or fishing experience. Breakfast was nice even the piano
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Date of stay: September 2020
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HertsJosh wrote a review Aug 2020
Much Hadham, United Kingdom121 contributions19 helpful votes
Be enthraled by the enigmatic owners, Ria and Roderick, who's tales of a bygone era will be enjoyed by discerning history buffs and nature lovers. The house is a living museum, and it's walls hold so many secrets that have been wonderfully collected and chronicled by the present owners. The property has been restored sympathetically and deserves much more than the one night stay that we afforded it. Do yourself a favour and visit this mansion which has views to diie for and dates back to the second world war. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: August 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Take Breakfast on the terrace and be wowed by one of the best views on the South Coast
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Rosie wrote a review Aug 2020
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Welcomed very warmly by Ria and the friendly dogs. Accommodation was excellent - room well appointed with a veranda amongst the trees, another veranda with a view for the suberb breakfast, and a wonderful setting - in a forest with abundant birdlife. Thank you to Ria and Rod. Stayed here during a work trip, and left feeling relaxed and rested. Looking forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: The executive queen suite was wonderful, at canopy level, you wake up to the trees
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Response from Ria Hackland, Owner at Royston Hall Guesthouse
Responded 27 Aug 2020
Thank you, Rosie. It will be so nice to receive you as our guest again! Warm regards, Roderick and Ria.
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MOSL wrote a review Mar 2020
Port Elizabeth, South Africa655 contributions37 helpful votes
You arrive in a beautiful forest and receive a friendly welcome. Everything changed when we got to our room. I felt that the female guest house owner is judgemental and insulting. The guesthouse’s standards of hygiene are very bad. Upon arrival our room was not ready and dirty. When I discovered dirty linen with different types of hair on I was told that I had to change my own sheets as she had back problems! She showed me another room and when I complained about the bird droppings, she said they are gecko droppings and there is nothing wrong with it being there. I felt peronally attacked by the further response she gave me. Upon further inspection we discovered that the linen not only had hair on but was smeared blood! We felt that this is not acceptable. The room was so dusty and the bath dirty. We didn’t receive any soap. When we requested a form of soap, we were handed an old guest amenity bottle filled with water! The room is also in need of maintenance. In the end we made our own bed. R1600 a night for a dirty room and bad service! In the end we really felt unwelcome and unwanted. The lady that served breakfast was friendly and breakfast was good!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Ria Hackland, Owner at Royston Hall Guesthouse
Responded 30 Mar 2020
I am pleased that you acknowledge that the breakfast was good and the service friendly - as always. This is not something we turn on and off, we love people and are happy to have them have a good experience at Royston Hall. The rest of your negative review is subjective and I trust readers will explore all the other happy guests' reviews and make up their own minds when they come to spend time with us. I will not lower myself by arguing with a guest who clearly is impossible to please. This was a singularly unpleasant experience, which I hope never to have repeated.
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPort Shepstone
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royston Hall Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include The Port Shepstone Country Club (3.4 km), Tweni Beach (7.4 km), and Oribi Plaza (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jaxx Restaurant, Schooners Galley Seafood Restaurant, and The Cellar Boutique Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Royston Hall Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Does Royston Hall Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Royston Hall Guesthouse accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.