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“Elands Valley - Stone Lodge” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elands Valley Private Bird & Game Sanctuary

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Elands Valley Private Bird & Game Sanctuary
Pretoria, South Africa
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110 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Elands Valley - Stone Lodge”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

Ou family stayed at Stone Lodge. Big house that sleeps 8. Dining room and kitchen tables to seat everyone. Lounge is comfortable by the fire place.

Was a miserable, rainy weekend outside, but inside was warm, beautifully decorated, enough space in the kitchen, lviving areas were comfortable & bedrooms were clean and pretty. (Not the perfect unit with small kids or elderly guests as the stairs are extrememly steep and narrow.)
The surrounding views are breathtakingly beautiful!
Staff are so helpful and friendly, they even lit the fireplace for us!

BUT... my husband, daughter and myself heard footsteps on the stairs whilst watching TV upstairs - and there was nobody else. We definately had this uneasy "feeling" that we weren't alone. (We are not superstitious or ghost hunters etc.)

During the night again my husband heard someone walking, thought it was our daughter (11). He called her and when she didnt respond he went to investigate just to find her sleeping.

Our 2-year old went to sleep also upstairs next to the TV-room, and within an hour she started screaming hysterically and just wanted to get out of the room. This is very unlike of her. She was extremely scared and clung onto me to get away from the room she was sleeping in. It took us over an hour to calm her down. When we went to bed she started crying again, and she kept hiding her face in the pillow but holding onto us for dear life. She sobbed the whole night through, she was terrified! (This hasnt happened to us before or after Elands Valley - we travel quite frequently).

We left the next day as the kids were reluctant to be on their own in any of the rooms. Dont know what it was we heard, or even if she "saw" something, but this experience was enough not to return here.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

This is a lovely farm with beautiful rooms, we staid at Flufftail, and is perfect for families. I would recommend 2 to 3 nights to have some time to enjoy the farm activities and surrounds. We would certainly visit them again when looking for something peacefull in the Dullstroom area. Well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Karlskrona, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

We stayed in Featherbrooke which was a beautiful restored farmhouse. It was warm and cosy, the perfect getaway for us. The staff were friendly and attentive. And we were delighted when they brought us warm fresh farm bread and home made scones. We will definately go back again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

We arrived with little expectation and found a little bit of heaven! We stayed in the one bedroomed cottage called 'Strawberry fields' which was just delightful. We had a lovely walk around the farm in the morning before going into the village of Dullstroom. When we arrived back we had freshly baked bread waiting for us which was such a surprise. It made for a delicious lunch with the cheeses and olives we had purched in Dullstroom! We were sad to leave but will definately return.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

We were fortunate enough to stay at both Flufftail and Featherbrook and what a glorious few days it was. Friendly and helpful staff, lovely quaint accommodation with a location that defies belief. Not only were we able to relax by the dam in the sun; my partner read and relaxed whilst I tried my arm at both rowing and fishing (the latter was the least successful) whilst accompanied by the farm hand Dotty the dog, but we also played tennis to bring a slightly more active element to our 4 days or pure relaxation. The crow black skies at night dotted with a million stars was utterly spell binding. If I had one small criticism then this would be the intermittent DSTV reception at Featherbrook but apart from this, we absolutely loved our time at Elands Valley.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris A
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Property: Elands Valley Private Bird & Game Sanctuary
Address: Dullstroom-Emnotweni, Off Machadodorp Road | Elands Kloof / Elands Valley Turnoff, Dullstroom, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Dullstroom
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