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Toriwilkinson
Brisbane, Australia

Peaceful and beautiful

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 Jun 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Woodlands. I was worried about the 7km on dirt road to get in to the property but it is a very well maintained road with no potholes... and absolutely worth the drive for the peace and beauty of the place.
Date of stay: June 2021
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 29 Jun 2021
Hello Toriwilkinson,
Wow -- all the way from Brisbane Australia!
Thank you so much for the fabulous rating and the great review of us here at Woodlands Sop Over & Lodge.
We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience here at Woodlands right from the entry along the 7km dirt road. We do try to maintain it to the best of our ability but sometimes it does get the better of us in the rainy season.
We have strived over all the years of our existence to create and maintain the peace and quiet together with a "bush beauty experience" (whilst being so close to a city) for guests, like yourself, to appreciate and enjoy.
Perhaps your appetite for more trips through Botswana has been stimulated.
We trust that your whole experience of our beautiful Botswana has been good and that we will see you again soon-- especially here at Woodlands?
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Mrs)
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Reviewed 31 May 2021 via mobile

Was advised by mates to use Woodlands as a stop over when traveling to Maun. The accommodation was nice and quiet. The setting was beautiful and quiet - just what you wanted for your first night in Botswana.

The only downfall of the establishment, in my opinion, was the cost of their booze. We bought a six pack of beers and these were excessively over priced. My advice to visitors would be to bring their own food and drinks - a trip into Francistown prior to checking in would not go amiss.

I will be back though. Just better informed

Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2021

Hello brentm415
Thank you so much for taking the time to rate and review us and so highly!
So glad to hear that you accepted a recommendation from a friend and that you came and stayed and were not disappointed. Also very happy to hear that you will stop over again when passing through.
We have been running huge specials on the accommodation to try and capture some of the little business that is around and passing by.
Sorry to hear that the alcohol seems over priced in your opinion but as you are fully aware business has been extremely slow (if any) for over 18 months and the holding of stock through closures of bottle stores etc is quite a costly exercise for us. As our business improves, hopefully, we will look at all the costings again.
Thank you for your comments though - we do appreciate all of them.
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Mrs)

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Reviewed 30 May 2021

We stayed here for one night en route from Kasane back to Johannesburg. We booked a 2 bedroom chalet, expecting a somewhat basic type stopover room. We could not have been more wrong! We were taken to a beautiful home, tastefully decorated with everything and more that you could possibly need for a night on the road.

The care with which this property is managed is evident both in the accommodation and in the beautiful surrounding gardens.

I would not hesitate to recommend Woodlands to anyone in need of accommodation in the Francistown area.

Date of stay: May 2021
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2021

Good day LinvdW,
Wow! Thank you so very much for your high rating and wonderful review and comments about us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge in our Woodlands Cottage.
We are thrilled to hear about your expectations of us and then the finding of something a little of a surprise! We have worked very hard over the years to create and maintain what you see and have experienced. Thank you for appreciating everything and for taking the time to put your thoughts down in writing on this platform.
Very much appreciated. We trust you will be back again very soon in the future, and that your whole experience of our beautiful Botswana was to your expectations and that it was good?
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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Reviewed 29 May 2021

Thank you for accommodating us at such short notice. This is a well run place with attention to detail, friendly and efficient staff and cared for grounds. We appreciated lawn , hot showers and that it was well away from the light and noise of a town or road.

Date of stay: May 2021
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2021

Hello simone s,

Whew!
Thank you for your great rating and lovely kind review and comments about us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge.
The staff have all worked here for many years and love Woodlands as their own home.
Very happy to hear that you found them friendly and helpful and that you noticed all the areas in which they operate helping to maintain the property as you found it even though we have been through a most trying time with no guests or business for over a year (2020/21) and yet they carried on doing the good and right thing of maintenance!
We have all worked hard over the years to create and maintain the quiet, tranquil setting just a few kilometres from a busy city.
We trust that your experience of the rest of our beautiful country, Botswana, was a good and memorable one and that we will see you again in the near future again.
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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Reviewed 30 April 2021

You can really notice the care of the owners, Not a distant corporation, but real people who love their campsite and cottages. The pool is wonderful and the ablutions are clean. Would definetely recommend it.

Date of stay: April 2021
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2021

Good day V2618JKeric,
Thank you so much for your great rating and fabulous review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We're so thrilled that you enjoyed the ambience that we have worked so hard to create over the years. It has been so wonderful to see the return of happy appreciative guests, such as yourself, to our beautiful spot here and to Botswana as a whole. It feels like you have given the "sleeping beauty a kiss of life"! And thank you for being so willing to recommend us - we so value and appreciate that.
Hopefully you will return soon?
Kind regards,
Mike and Anne (Owners)

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Reviewed 22 April 2021

The spacious rooms where tastefully furnished, clean and comfortable. Outside view over the river under the deep shade trees was welcoming, after a long days drive, with a good amount of wild bird life around, stunning place

Date of stay: April 2021
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2021

Hello gpaul2021
Thank you so much for your high rating and very nice review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We so appreciate you taking the time to make such lovely comments which we highly value and with which we continue to motivate and encourage our staff. We trust you had a wonderful holiday in our beautiful country and that you will be back here soon?
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne (Owners)

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