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“Disappointing - zero sound-proofing, cold reception”

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Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages
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1 review
“Disappointing - zero sound-proofing, cold reception”
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We arrived on the Saturday afternoon of a long weekend, when the wine tasting centre was extremely busy. Unfortunately that was where we had to wait to check in, with no evidence of a reception area for the cottages at all, and no signage to direct us to where the check-in was. After a good while, we were directed to cottage no. 5 just up the farm road. Cottages 5 and 6, amongst others, are semi-detached, but not sound-proofed at all. The neighbours' baby kept us awake with her screams for an hour the first night, and their every word was clearly audible from our side and no doubt vice versa. This is really not acceptable and is the reason I would not return there nor recommend it to anybody. This is unfortunate, because the setting is beautiful and the cottage has everything you'd need for a perfectly lovely weekend, including comfortable, warm beds.

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  • Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

I spent my birthday weekend on this breathtakingly beautiful wine estate. The cottage is well equipped and had everything I needed PLUS a king sized (I had the best sleep in a very long time). My morning coffee was had on the porch, while watching the cows graze and the calves chasing each other in the meadow. It was a bonus not having a TV around! The only disappointment I experienced was the fact that I could not go wine tasting on this award winning farm. It would have been fantastic savoring a bottle of RED in front of the fireplace.. Saronsberg, you will definitely see me again in summer..

Stayed August 2016
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Simon's Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

The tasting facility is breathtakingly beautiful with equally striking views as a backdrop. An array of art is on display in the tasting room and the art gallery above. The roaring fire place at the centre of the building created a warm and welcoming atmosphere on cold and wet winter’s day.

A large variety of wines are on offer catering for a vast pallet. We were fortunate to have the estate winemaker Dewaldt Heyns share his knowledge of the various wines with us. All the wine ambassadors were friendly and welcoming. Some were undergoing training but made a sterling effort to answer our questions.

This was truly an elegant wine tasting experience which I can highly recommend.

Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Lovely Cottages, shower was great, beds comfortable, kitchen had everything we needed. Nice touch to have the bottles of water in the fridge. Beautiful view of the mountains. Lovely friendly dogs running around. Fire place was in an odd place, more in the kitchen than the lounge area
Arrived after check in but was all organised. Also despite being closed, we were sold some delicious wine.
Negative- not quiet enough for me. 3 kids in cottage opposite who were noisy. Cottage was a sort of semi detached so not very sound proof so heard the neighbour at 2:30am who came home and proceeded to move furniture around for about an hour. We could hear his microwave and him practising his singing in the afternoon. LOL.

Apparently there are single cottages so then would not have heard the noise as much - we need two rooms and booked rather late so cannt complain.

  • Stayed July 2016, travelled with friends
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

We loved our weekend stay at Saronsberg. The cottage was at the edge of the vineyard, it was well equipped with attention to detail. The wine tasting was fantastic, the art collection is very special. We also walked and cycled whilst at the farm, all and all a wonderful weekend away.

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Additional Information about Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages

Property: Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages
Address: Waveren Road, Tulbagh, Witzenberg Municipality 6820, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Witzenberg Municipality > Tulbagh
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Tulbagh
Price range (per night): R805 - R1 351
Hotel Class:3 star — Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated, cosy and well-equipped 1 or 2 bedroom self-catering cottages, most with en-suite bathroom, spacious open plan kitchen, lounge and dining area with a high, arched ceiling invite to relax and unwind with friends and family. All units are fully equipped and have their own built in fireplace/BBQ that makes both winter and summer the ideal place to enjoy the breathtaking views of our stunning valley over a glass of award winning Saronsberg wine. We provide all linen and towels as well as complimentary amenities. Most beds can be changed from King-size to single beds to best suit your individual needs. ... more   less 
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