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- Hawksmoor House, Stellenbosch
- Hawksmoor House, Double Room
- Hawksmoor House, Stellenbosch
- Hawksmoor House, Double Room
- Hawksmoor House, Lounge
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WiFi, kluisje, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, badkamer met douche en/of bad, uitzicht op de tuin of de Tafelberg, sommige kamers beschikken over een privé-terras.
Gelegen in de wijngaard Matjieskuil, in de buurt van Stellenbosch en op 25 minuten rijden van Kaapstad.
- Golfen (in nabije omgeving)
Stellenbosch werd in 1679 gesticht en is na Kaapstad Zuid-Afrika's oudste gemeente. Aan weerszijden van de straten staan zeer oude eiken en Hollandse huizen uit de koloniale tijd. Andere bezienswaardigheden zijn het Stellenbosch Museum, het wijnmuseum Stellenrijck, het cognacmuseum Oude Meester en het snuisterijenwinkeltje Ome Samie se Winkel.
"For people who love a nurtured rusticity"
Our group of 19 were most of the guests in this charming place, and the owner/manager had her hands full with us. We ended up seeing most of the rooms in the place. You will notice that opinion on TA is divided. I believe there are two reasons why: 1. Some people love, and others don't care, for its rustic, faded-glory look. Some people want the swank of a big five-star city hotel and just don't get the fiddly antiques and well-water; the library with books; the honesty bar, all the elements of what makes the place comfortable and charming to others. 2. Generally people don't take up 12+ rooms at the same time, and don't realise how different they are. There are phenomenal rooms--big, airy, charming. There are also rooms next to swampy ground in other buildings. One of the guests woke up with the whole swamp's colony of mosquitoes in his room; when he woke up to swat them, he also found a frog on the floor. It was a charming little one, eating as many mosquitoes as the poor dear could, but the mosquitoes were equally busy eating my friend. It's the circle of life after all, and Hawksmoor House clearly accomplishes being back-to-nature in some of its rooms. Another friend felt he could hear mice in the ceiling. He never saw one, or a dropping, but he's a light sleeper and felt the mice kept him up at night. I heard (in his room) what he'd heard, but thought it was the wind--it would not have kept me up. There are comments about the lack of privacy at breakfast because of the communal nature of the tables, one outside, one in. These comments come from a lack of understanding about the communal tables. They allow one to both sit apart from other guests (rarely are there so many that one has to squeeze in), but also to sit closer and attempt to socialise--the same in the library. If you're from Canada and you get your breakfast and sit down at one of these tables, and some Aussies sit close to you and engage you in conversation for a few minutes, this is not the worst thing that ever happened--it's what some people come to these kinds of places for. As long as the Aussies don't get too wild with the Marmite, of course. :) Same with the wifi. There's a good reason for wifi in the main house and not in the room: come to the main house and sit with others on your computer, and then occasionally you can talk to others, but don't have to. Amazing experiences come from meeting others while you travel. Um, I have pictures of table mountain taken from the back porch of Hawksmoor. We were able to see it every one of the 3 evenings when we were there. You won't see it when it's cloudy or in the dark of the night. One of our 3 mornings, there was only a trickle of brown water from the shower. Not enough for a shower, so I let it drip into the bath and washed that way. This may have been unacceptable to some people. No one in our group of 19 complained about that. The other 2 mornings, and rest of the time, the water pressure was OK but not great. THe water to wash in always had a tinge of brown. No one stayed brown as a result (except the two Indian guys in our group but they'd come that way.) When complaints did arise, the owners/managers dealt with them promptly and effectively, but one has to wonder whether the mosquitoes only arrived in that room for the first time, or whether some preventive actuion could have been taken. Also, the drinking water was brought in glass and plastic bottles. The plastic ones were thrown out. Guests who like rusticity like glass. Using plastic makes some people think you don't really care about the environment, and it creates brand dissonance. When so much of the value you provide is brand, you can't afford that. One night, they made dinner for the 19 of us at the communal table. It was a nice farm dinner, nicely served, and delicious, if a bit unsophisticated. One day I left all my dirty clothes in the bathtub. There's no info re laundry in the room, and I did not ask. I figured the worst that could happen is either they could wash and charge, or they could not wash. But instead, they washed, folded, left them on the bed, and did not charge. There's a lot to like at Hawksmoor House! Yet this is not a five-star experience. If you buy into the owners' philosophy --of rustic charm and the big-city sacrifices that have to be made to accomplish it--then you will be forgiving of the small blemishes and think it's a four. If you think you are getting a luxury resort like Majeka house with pools and lots of comfort, then you will be disappointed big time and think it's a 1 or 2 star. The cheapest thing the owners could do to avoid bad reviews would be a more concerted management of expectations by potential guests--more truthful promotion, basically, to turn some of the things that people find wanting, into attractions. Stop with the plastic water bottles. And of course, if they can fix the washing water, even the rusticity lovers will appreciate that.
"In need of a lot of TLC."
Hawksmoor Manor is a beautiful old cape dutch style manor with gardens and adjoining buildings. It has been furnished with antiques, well made curtains and marble flooring in the bathrooms. A lot of thought and effort has created elegant rooms. Some years have passed since the renovation and Hawksmoor has not been kept to the standards it once had. In the self catering unit the toilet did not flush properly. The kitchen did not have plates or glasses exept for champagne glasses. The lining of the curtains in the kitchen area had holes from mice and staines from mildue. There where stains on the sofa cover. The shower and owen needed a good clean. In the luxury room at the farmers wing the water from the shower floated out to the enterance and there was drain odor on the patio. I would not recomend a visit to Hawksmoor. It is a shame because if the place had been well keept well it would be wounderful.
"Do Not Believe Everything You Read..."
We booked this accommodation before reading any of horrifying and untrue reviews on Trip Advisor. If I had used Trip Advisor before making the booking, we would not have come here. We are glad we stuck with our booking. This place is everything it says on the tin and more. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, food and wine faultless, room beautifully and tastly decorated, room size more than sufficient for a couple or a small family. Hey guess what I am using the "non existent" wifi to write this review from the house now. Surely people cannot blame the hosts for not seeing table mountain each day. We woke this morning to a stunning view of table mountain with cloud cover, no long lens or new glasses required. This place is relaxing as you could get in a beautiful and natural setting.
Desperate to spend our final two nights of our South African journey in relative splendor, both the website and reviews of Hawksmoor House totally wowed us over! It is difficult to rate or review this property in totality because we checked out an hour after arriving. We were so disappointed at how the up-market and misleading website had duped us. On arrival and some 25 minutes from Stellenbosch, the location was remote and flat with no scenery to speak of, suffice for electric pylons and the Stellenbosch vistas far in the distance. A dirt road led us to the electric security gates. Nothing looked luxurious about this property. We received a warm and bubbly greeting from Roselle (sp?) who ushered us from our vehicle to the main building. She immediately proceeded to do the tour with us. We were shown the communal lounge/TV area, (with honesty bar); library, with, I believe WiFi and then the dining area, complete with one long table where, again, communal dining would take place. (We noted that breakfast was served between 08h00 - 09h30: hardly generous hours). There was a serious compromise on privacy and luxury! Seriously - this was no 5 star retreat! Of course, we were keen to view the pond which takes pride of place in Hawksmoor's advertising literature. Instead, what was pointed out to us from the main building, was a concrete strip almost devoid of water, as we were told it was under renovation due to a leak. Obviously a skillful photographer using his wide-angle lens misleads one to think that it is a large body of water. It isn't. Finally we were taken to our room. We drove the short distance from the hotel and what greeted us was an outbuilding desperate for some TLC. There were no gardens to speak of and what there was, looked drab, dusty or dead. Our bedroom was large. It faced west. There was no airconditioning but a compromise was the standing fan. There was no TV - despite the website I booked on, claiming that there was satellite TV in all rooms. The view was totally uninspiring. Furniture was another let-down and, in my opinion, hardly stylish. Floors were rustic. The bathroom was impressive. A good size with quality fittings and fixtures. Outside our bedroom we were shown another "honesty" mini-bar arrangement. We considered our options: Lengthy commutes to enjoy meals; a bedroom difficult to spend much time in given the lack of airconditioning or the basic provision of a TV, communal dining (which seriously impinges on any privacy); no private WiFi in bedrooms; uninspiring buildings, gardens or views and, of course, the remoteness of this property. It was an easy decision. We opted to check out immediately. My complaint to both Roselle and then to Stacey was handled swiftly and very professionally. I commend Stacey most highly in her ability to understand our disappointment and her attempt at finding us alternate accommodation. We were fully refunded without any issue. We were disheartened that this property had not met our expectations on more than one level.
"Place has potential but......"
We arrived and couldn't dine at location due to a wedding party, unfortunately we were not informed in advance So could change plans. Attention wasn't there for us due to,large group. Room is very nice but not very clean, with dirty windows and dust. No cushions for patio chairs. While on time for breakfast most was finished and tough to get a place to sit. Wifi very poor connection, this can't be difficult to improve. This is place is beautiful and has potential but please be fully committed to all your guest.
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