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The Colonial on Arundel

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As the name suggests, "Colonial Africa" is the theme in architecture, decor, setting and atmosphere of The Colonial on Arundel. Nestling in citrus orchards on a working farm, only 10 minutes from the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, this 4 star 2-suite facility offers understated luxury, coupled with relaxed, friendly attention, and is enhanced by highly acclaimed cuisine. Each suite has private entrance, its own private lounge and private swimming pool. Attention to detail in the suites is a trademark of Molly's personality...luxury guest amenities, toweling gowns, tea & coffee facilities, safes, swimming towels, coffee table books and magazines, alarm clock. In-house safaris with Conor, the owner and a registered guide, to the Addo Elephant National Park, will enhance your African adventure. These tours are undertaken in a air-conditioned vehicle and offer the visitor an experience in wildlife, culture and unforgettable scenery. Conor and Molly have created a truly special place that goes to the very heart of relaxation and comfort. Within easy reach are mountain walks, horse-riding, elephant back safaris, farm excursions, cheetah breeding farm tours and visits into nearby private reserves. The Colonial is truly a place where our guests leave as friends, to return time and time again. The warm welcome feeling extends right down to our Head of Public Relations, Marley the Labrador, who successfully creeps into everyone's heart. Within a 45-minute drive of Port Elizabeth Airport and the beaches, and also the gateway to the Karoo, as well as to the Garden Route to Cape Town, The Colonial on Arundel is truly the desirable Eastern Cape place to be in every respect. Welcome to the real Africa.
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Thanks to Molly and Conor for the perfect experience in AENP and the surrounding. We couldn't have expected such a heartfull place. Every details were just perfect. The location is in the middle of Oranges trees and near the AENP. The surrounding has so much to offer and you
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Response from coerney, Owner at The Colonial on Arundel
Responded 27 Feb 2017
Hello Florent and Bernadett Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review of The Colonial on Arundel on Tripadvisor. We were so pleased to hear that you felt so at home in our home and that you so enjoyed your special private game drive with Conor. We both always hope that our guests will arrive as guests but leave feeling as if they have been, for a short while, part of The Colonial family. We wish you many happy memories of your SA trip and especially your Addo ones and hope that one day your feet will be drawn back to this very special place in Africa. Take care and keep well. Kind regards Molly and Conor and Marley.
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Another wonderful stay - just seen the review from Wayne and agree with eveything he said. Had a wonderful game drive with Conor. Very sad to leave the tranquil surroundings of the Colonial and Molly, Conor and Marley.
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Response from coerney, Owner at The Colonial on Arundel
Responded 25 Feb 2017
Hello Marian and Brendan Lovely to see you both again and to have the chance to say "au revoir". We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that The Colonial will always bring back happy memories for you when you think back to your Addo days. We wish you many happy days in Knysna before your return to the UK and hope that one day our paths will cross again. We are going to take the opportunity of this review, if it wil lbe kindly post by Tripadvisor, to post our final response to all our wonderful guests who have supported us over the years, with Conor's, as always, last words!!!!!!!! THE COLONIAL ON ARUNDEL – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE To all our guests who have supported us over our twelve years of trading, especially those who have returned time and time again, retaliating with a fierce loyalty and a strong bond of friendship, a great big THANK YOU. Your support and resultant friendship has been a treasure way beyond monetary gain and be assured such associations will remain with Molly and I forever. The Colonial started under very humble circumstances. This 1930 period home endured no small amount of neglect over the eighty seven years of its existence. It was certainly both a labor of love and of hope restoring her to her former glory. We tried to maintain the ‘period’ atmosphere in our décor and furnishings using our own family pieces in 90% of the house. It was with great pride that on so many occasions guests likened the home to that of Karen von Blixen’s of ‘Out of Africa’ fame. Some guests half expected to see Meryl Streep and Robert Redford sitting on the veranda listening to Mozart played on an old gramophone. The garden, which had deteriorated to something so unkempt that one could hardly gaze at it with any measure of enjoyment, was transformed, not to some organized ‘Kew Gardens’ look alike, but to a place of wild serenity that attracts an enormous selection of wild birds. For those who enjoyed adventures with me into the Addo Elephant National Park, I do hope that you were enlightened and informed. For many, these adventures were emotional experiences. I shall miss these excursions, where every day offered something new and unique. It was with great pride that over the years as a result of so many of your positive reviews, The Colonial has consistently maintained a 9,5 out of 10 on Booking.com and has always ridden high on Tripadvisor, on occasion achieving levels within the top three B&B’s in the Eastern Cape. These achievements could never have been possible without the efforts of our team, Sipho, Busi and Lonki. For those who remember, Zach our black Labrador, who played such an important ‘Public Relations’ role at the Colonial, and whose death was a heart-felt loss resulting in many months of deep emotion and sadness, we thought his place might never be filled. Marley, who arrived from a rescue centre, had large paw prints to fill, and he has done so admirably and with such love and gentleness. He is also taking ‘early’ retirement! We are retreating from active service to the tourism industry at the end of February 2017, in favor of the quiet life. The Colonial will close, but is expected to be reborn under a different name, THE SILO’S ON ARUNDEL sometime around September 2017. The new look and overall presentation will be, I am sure, refreshing and exciting so I urge you to keep an eye on the Web for more information as it unfolds. The Silo’s will be managed by our daughter-in-law, Ansa, who will be efficiently assisted by Siphogazi (Sipho), Busi and Lonki, our old team that served you before. I have little doubt that the future will be exciting and original so please keep your eyes open for news. Molly and I, as well as Marley, wish you farewell with good health and lashings of happiness for the future. Alles gut und wunderbar! Conor.
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This was our second visit, and as expected it just gets better each time. We had just travelled fron Natal where we had stayed at the Oyster Box, where every thing was superb. We met Moly and Connor on arrival, they really are remarkable hosts and settled us into our beautiful
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It's always the place we head to if we have visitors or family staying in SA, and plan a trip to Addo. It never disappoints - and if anything gets better every visit. Thanks to Molly and Connor. Great game drive as ever. Very good new local restaurant too!
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Response from coerney, Owner at The Colonial on Arundel
Responded 04 Feb 2017
Hello again Bridget and Ken ( and Sheila and David) It was so lovely to see you again and we really have appreciated your continued visits to us over the years. Thank you for your kind words. We have found your visits truly pleasurable ones. I am so glad that you had a another splendid drive with Conor. He never tires of giving our guests a taste of his passion for the wildlife in Addo. Enjoy the wedding and travel home safely. Fond love as always Molly and Conor and our special boy Marley!!!!!
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Excellent accommodation - spacious, comfortable, with much attention to detail and every need catered for. Beautifully located in lovely grounds amidst lemon orchards. The hosts were most friendly and welcoming and provided valuable advice in advance on a range of safari trips,
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Response from coerney, Owner at The Colonial on Arundel
Responded 04 Feb 2017
Hello Marie and John from a really very HOT Addo!!!!! And still no rain! Thank you for your very kind review which you posted this week. We are so pleased that you found everything to your liking and enjoyed the peace and quiet of our lovely gardens surrounded by citrus orchards. We always like to give our guests some advance information on Addo, as unlike when you are in a big city, there are always limited seats available for game excursions etc and it is good to know that you have them all in place. I guess it also takes some of the hassle out of your stay and certainly allows you to enjoy 'the stress free zone'!! Conor is always so pleased to hear that guests have enjoyed his drives. He, as you know, does the game drives daily into the park and yet guests tell me he always makes them as passionate as if it was his first one to visit his much loved elephant!!!! We hope that the warm memories of your SA stay will sustain you while you travel through the last days of your UK winter. Kind regards Molly & Conor and our special boy Marley!
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Dear Astrid and Rene Thank you for your message via Tripadvisor this week. We hope that you have had a good summer this year. With regard to the query about your jackets, it is with regret that we must inform you that we have in fact closed The Colonial on Arundel at the end of our summer season after 12 years in business and retired to Natal. At that stage all unclaimed guest items were donated to local charity as it was impossible for us to continue holding them and transferring them with us to this new location. I do not recall having heard back from you after the middle of January with regard to my sending these items on to you in Germany after your queried the cost for this process. We trust that you will understand these circumstances. Kind regards Molly & Conor O'Hagan Ward
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