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Otters' Haunt

Self Catering

Review Summary

3.9 out of 5from 98 reviews for Otters' Haunt
Cleanliness
3.5/5
Service
3.9/5
Location
4.3/5
Safety
4.1/5
Value for money
3.5/5
Juan V - May 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Juan V
Family with teenagers

Salig so by die waters.

Baie lekker gekuier. Het veilig gevoel, kinders het die eiland oorkant die rivier verken. Vars lug, mooi sterre en klomp voël geluide.

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So blissful by the waters.

Had a great time. Felt safe, kids explored the island across the river. Fresh air, beautiful stars and lots of bird sounds.

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It was wonderful seeing your family appreciating and exploring the nature.
Thank you

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Janet L - Apr 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
3/5
Location
4/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
3/5
Janet L
With spouse/partner

Teleurgesteld.

Die huis is baie naby aan die Vaalrivier en die atmosfeer is rustig en vriendelik. Die hele plek lyk vervalle en die fotos is beslis baie jare terug geneem.

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Disappointed.

The house is very close to the Vaal River and the atmosphere is peaceful and friendly. The whole place looks run down and the photos were definitely taken many years ago.

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Dear Janet,
The photos were taken in August 2022, prior to the flood that came through the house in February 2023. There are still a few things to attend to. Otters Haunt's advertising is rustic and close to nature.

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Nico V - Mar 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
3/5
Location
3/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
2/5
Nico V
Family with teenagers

Oornag (gelukkig). Nie noodwendig fantasties nie.

Nie regtig nie. Te veel muskiete en die yskas en kombuis is op die stoep. Die plek is bietjie verwaarloos.

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Overnight (luckily). Not necessarily fantastic.

Not really. Too many mosquitoes and the fridge and kitchen are on the porch. The place is a bit neglected.

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Heinrich O - Feb 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Heinrich O
With spouse/partner

It was a great stay.

It was a lovely venue which was very secure. The owners were very friendly and accommodating. They provided access to streaming accounts such as Netflix without any additional charges which was a pleasant surprise.

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Zonnie L - Dec 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
1/5
Zonnie L
Family with teenagers

Grootste telleurstelling en beslis nie die geld werd nie.

Grootste telleurstelling.

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Biggest counter disappointment and definitely not worth the money.

Biggest counting disappointment.

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Anonymous Guest - Nov 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
2/5
Anonymous Guest
With friends
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Corne W - Oct 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Corne W
With spouse/partner

Ideaal vir 'n kort wegbreek - Gerieflik en waarde vir geld.

Daar is genoeg om te doen, anders as swem, kano, stap en rus. Net om in die prag van die natuur te kon vertoef het beslis ons batterye herlaai. Daar ontbreek niks aangaande die gasvryheid, vriendelikheid en hulpvaardigheid van die eienaars. Dit was 'n voorreg.

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Ideal for a short break - Comfortable and value for money.

There is plenty to do other than swimming, canoeing, walking and resting. Just being able to linger in the beauty of nature definitely recharged our batteries. There is nothing missing regarding the hospitality, friendliness and helpfulness of the owners. It was a privilege.

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Cherissa B - Sep 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
2/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
1/5
Cherissa B
With spouse/partner

Geen lekker slaap.

Die foto's is glad nie meer hoe die plek lyk nie. Seker 'n paar jaar terug, maar def nie meer nie. By aankoms kon ons voertuig glad nie naby ons eenheid staan nie. Die hele plek lyk vervalle met gras wat lank is en ander plekke wat met oogopslag baie vervalle is. So is ons ontvang deur die eienaar en verduidelik dat dit 'n eco retreat is waar hulle na 10 in die aan die krag afsit waarmee ons tevrede was. Nadat ons ons bagasie afgelaai het op 'n ou waentjie wat deur almal gedeel word en soos 'n kinder speelding lyk, het ons eers kans gehad om na die plek te kyk. En genade was ons geskok. Die vensterbanke lê vol dooie goggas en vlieë en spinnekoppe, waarvan ons so 5 lewendiges in die tyd van ons verblyf gekry het. Orals het dooie goggas gelê. Die eetgerei was 'n riller. Die glase was vuil. Dooie goggas in die kaste gelê ens. Aangesien ons 'n lang dag gehad het en nie nog lus was vir baklei nie, het ons dorp toe gegaan dat ek vir my gif kan aanskaf vir die nag se verbly. Met terugkoms is die krag afgesit en die water yskoud. Ek het die eienaar gebel waar hy glad nie geantwoord het of tot nou toe teruggeskakel het nie. Die dame daar het ons meegedeel dat hulle die krag afgesit het, want die batterye se krag is min oor dit bewolk was en daar is nie baie ander mense nie so hulle wil graag die krag spaar. Die water was yskoud heeltyd toe ons daar was. Daar is geen instandhouding van die terrein nie en was dit regtig net 'n slegte ervaring en ons het R1200 betaal vir dit.

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No good sleep.

The pictures are no longer what the place looks like. Probably a few years back, but def not anymore. Upon arrival, our vehicle could not park near our unit at all. The whole place looks dilapidated with grass that is long and other places that are very dilapidated at first glance. So we were received by the owner and explained that it is an eco retreat where they turn off the power after 10 in which we were satisfied. After unloading our luggage on an old cart that is shared by everyone and looks like a child's toy, we first had a chance to look at the place. And grace we were shocked. The windowsills are full of dead bugs and flies and spiders, of which we found about 5 live ones during our stay. Dead bugs lay everywhere. The cutlery was a thriller. The glasses were dirty. Dead bugs laid in the cupboards etc. As we had a long day and didn't feel like fighting yet, we went to town so I could get myself poison for the night's entertainment. On returning, the power was turned off and the water was ice cold. I called the owner where he did not answer at all or call back until now. The lady there told us that they had turned off the power because the batteries were low because it was cloudy and there weren't many other people so they would like to save the power. The water was ice cold the whole time we were there. There is no maintenance of the site and it was really just a bad experience and we paid R1200 for it.

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Robert C - Aug 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Robert C
With friends

I would consider visiting again.

The lodges are located very close to the Vaal River. It is ideal for fishing or canoeing, with a lovely peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.

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Jan T - May 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Jan T
With friends

Ticks all the boxes for an amazing family break. peace & tranquil, yet all the adventure sports if requied.

I would deffinately recommed Ottors Haunt to anyone interested in a break from the city stress. A great family holiday with something for everyone and any age. We had the best time. I just loved kayaking on the river, walks to the quarry and just relaxing around a warm fire. Next time I will do the river rafting. I will certainly be back.

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Tanya P - May 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
1/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
1/5
Tanya P

Swak. Onnet.

Ons het in die Otter's Den-huis gebly - 6 volwassenes en een kleuter van 3 jaar oud. Ons hoor daar was 9 weke terug 'n erge vloed, maar dan verhuur jy nie die huis in so 'n toestand nie. Die foto's is seker jare terug geneem, want intussen het verval en verwaarlosing oorgeneem. Die swembad se water was so troebel dat mens nie die bodem by die diepkant kon sien nie. Die tafel buite op die patio is so lendelam dat die koffie gemors het as iemand net aan hom raak of effens stamp. Die billiard tafel se pote is besig om te vrot, daar was nie 'n wit bal nie en die balle rol vanself afdraende. Net een stok kan gebruik word, die ander stok se punt is af. Die hele patio se vloer was vol sand wat ons die heeltyd in die huis ingetrap het. Die kombuis is beslis nie groot nie. Die stoof is nie geskik om bv. 7 mense se kos warm te hou nie. Dit was onmoontlik om ontbyt van spek en eiers saam te eet. Die toaster se knoppie wat ingedruk moet word om toast te maak, werk nie. Die eetgerei is voldoende, maar meeste bekers het klein 'chips' op die rand. Die kaste is in 'n haglike toestand met bye wat saans iewers uitkruip en die hele vloer vol rondloop. Nogal 'n probleem omdat een gas allergies vir bye is. Die kas links van die stoof lyk of hy enige oomblik gaan omval. Laaie, deure en rakke binne-in kaste is skeef, lendelam en lyk vuil op die bodems. Die opwas is apart en groot, maar hier is verval ook oral te sien. Daar is 'n outomatiese wasmasjien wat nie 'n koppeling vir water het nie. Een afdroogdoek word voorsien en dit vir 7 mense vir 3 dae en die afdroogdoek moet volgens Damian as oondhandskoene dien want oondhandskoene verdwyn as hulle dit voorsien. Die TV-kamer het nie DStv nie (ja, dit staan toe heeltyd onder jul Otter's Den-huis se geriewe). Mens moet op jou eie DSTV inlog en ons het ons doodgesukkel om dit reg te kry. Die TV-kamer is ook heelwat kleiner as op die foto's. Die plafonne in die TV-kamer, gang en kamer met 2 enkelbeddens het 'down-lights' maar nie een se omhulsel bestaan nie, so as jy opkyk, sien jy binne-in die plafon in - d.w.s. spinnerakke en elektriese drade. Dis regtig skokkend en mens wonder heeltyd wat op jou gaan val uit die plafon. Veral as jy saans die ligte afsit en in die bed is. Die genoemde kamer se bedlampie se liggie gaan heeltyd aan en af, soos in 'n disco. Boonop was hierdie kamer se binnedeur oop, maar die slot "gesluit", so jy kon nie die deur toemaak as jy wou slaap of aantrek nie. Daar was nie 'n sleutel in om dit weer oop te sluit nie. My man het toe die slot met 'n Leatherman uitgehaal en reggemaak sodat die deur net kon toetrek. Hierdie kamer het ook net 'n klein boekrakkie wat moet deel as 'hangkas'. Die matrasse op die enkelbeddens was soos 'n koshuis se matrasse en nie geskik vir volwassenes nie. Elke gas het een badhanddoek gekry en in elke badkamer was een handdoekie vir hande droogmaak. Dit moes vir 3 dae en 7 gaste werk. As een badkamer warm water tap, is die ander een se water koud. Die druk van die water is pateties en die stortkop in die bad vir harewas, is basies onbruikbaar want dit is óf vuurwarm óf yskoud. Die water loop so stadig in dat dit koud is teen die tyd wat jy wil bad. Die toilet in die aparte badkamer is stokoud, die deksel bo-op die bak is gebreek en die toilet is swart binne agter-in waar die water lê. Dit is regtig grillerig. Daar was ook nie 'n toiletborsel voorsien nie - net in die hoofslaapkamer se badkamer was een. Die eerste aand en volgende oggend was daar geen warm water in die badkamers nie. Nadat een van ons navraag gedoen het, is daar agtergekom die gasbottel wat die gasgeisers werk, is leeg. Sekerlik is dit deel van 'n 'check'-lys voordat gaste inboek? Ons is bitter teleurgesteld oor wat ons betaal het vir die huis plus R100 per hond ekstra per nag. So 'n ekstra R1200 vir 4 honde uit 3 gesinne. Die vloere is meestal wit 'subway' teëls wat nie baie skoon was nie. Ek dink die vloere was skoner toe ons gery het as wat dit was toe ons daar aangekom het en daar was nie eers 'n mop nie. Die braairooster was duidelik maande laas skoongemaak en een kant is losgetrek van die raam. Hy moes lankal vervang word. Die glasdeure in die TV-kamer, hoofslaapkamer, asook kamer met bunk-beddens, sluit moeilik en is 'n sekuriteitsrisiko. Plusplunte: Damian, die bestuurder/skakelpersoon, was baie vriendelik en behulpsaam. Die yskas is nuwerig en voldoende. Daar is 2 pragtige nuwe oondskottels wat ook as braaivleisbakke kan dien. Die Jetmaster in die TV-kamer werk goed. Ons het heerlik buite op die patio gekuier en die stilte en rustigheid geniet. Ten spyte van die pluspunte, sal ons nie Otter's Den-huis aanbeveel of dit weer besoek nie.

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Weak. Untidy.

We stayed in the Otter's Den house - 6 adults and one 3 year old toddler. We hear there was a bad flood 9 weeks ago, but then you don't rent the house in such a condition. The photos must have been taken years ago, because in the meantime decay and neglect have taken over. The pool's water was so cloudy that one could not see the bottom at the deep end. The table outside on the patio is so lame that the coffee spilled if someone just touched it or slightly bumped it. The billiard table's legs are rotting, there was no white ball and the balls are rolling down by themselves. Only one stick can be used, the tip of the other stick is off. The entire patio floor was full of sand that we kept kicking into the house. The kitchen is definitely not big. The stove is not suitable for e.g. keeping 7 people's food warm. It was impossible to eat a breakfast of bacon and eggs together. The toaster's button that must be pressed to make toast does not work. The cutlery is adequate, but most mugs have small 'chips' on the rim. The cupboards are in a terrible state with bees crawling out somewhere at night and crawling all over the floor. Quite a problem because one guest is allergic to bees. The cabinet to the left of the stove looks like it's going to topple over at any moment. Drawers, doors and shelves inside cupboards are crooked, warped and look dirty on the bottoms. The washing up is separate and large, but decay is everywhere to be seen. There is an automatic washing machine which does not have a connection for water. One drying cloth is provided and this for 7 people for 3 days and according to Damian the drying cloth must serve as oven gloves because oven gloves disappear if they provide them. The TV room does not have DStv (yes, it is always under your Otter's Den house facilities). You have to log into your own DSTV and we struggled to get it right. The TV room is also much smaller than in the photos. The ceilings in the TV room, hallway and room with 2 single beds have 'down-lights' but none of their casings exist, so if you look up you see inside the ceiling - ie. cobwebs and electrical wires. It's really shocking and you keep wondering what will fall on you from the ceiling. Especially if you turn off the lights at night and are in bed. The light of the mentioned room's bedside lamp goes on and off all the time, like in a disco. Also, this room's inner door was open, but the lock was "locked", so you couldn't close the door if you wanted to sleep or get dressed. There was no key in it to unlock it again. My husband then took out the lock with a Leatherman and fixed it so the door would just close. This room also only has a small bookshelf that has to share as a 'hanging cupboard'. The mattresses on the single beds were like hostel mattresses and not suitable for adults. Each guest was given one bath towel and in each bathroom there was one towel for drying hands. It had to work for 3 days and 7 guests. If one bathroom has hot water, the other has cold water. The water pressure is pathetic and the shower head in the bathtub for washing hair is basically unusable because it is either scalding hot or freezing cold. The water runs in so slowly that it is cold by the time you want to bathe. The toilet in the separate bathroom is very old, the lid on top of the bowl is broken and the toilet is black in the back where the water lies. It's really creepy. There was also no toilet brush provided - only in the master bedroom's bathroom was one. The first night and next morning there was no hot water in the bathrooms. After one of us inquired, it was discovered that the gas cylinder that powers the gas geysers was empty. Surely this is part of a 'check' list before guests check in? We are bitterly disappointed with what we paid for the house plus R100 per dog extra per night. So an extra R1200 for 4 dogs from 3 families. The floors are mostly white 'subway' tiles which were not very clean. I think the floors were cleaner when we drove than they were when we got there and there wasn't even a mop. The grill had clearly not been cleaned in months and one side had been pulled loose from the frame. He should have been replaced a long time ago. The glass doors in the TV room, master bedroom, as well as the room with bunk beds, are difficult to close and are a security risk. Plusplunte: Damian, the manager/liaison person, was very friendly and helpful. The fridge is new and adequate. There are 2 beautiful new oven trays that can also serve as roasting trays. The Jetmaster in the TV room works well. We had a wonderful time outside on the patio and enjoyed the silence and tranquility. Despite the positives, we would not recommend or visit Otter's Den House again.

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Hi Tanya,

This review is unfair and very untrue. If you really had such a bad time then why did you not make any of us here aware of it.
I was there the whole time assisting you and not once did you complain about anything. I still asked you more than once if everything is okay and that you are enjoying yourselves and you said yes.
The house is an old riverside building which is kept very clean for guests. We state in all communications that the house is rustic and basic. Under no circumstances did we say that this was a luxury boutique guest house which is clearly what you want in your review. Also, there is nowhere in the advertising anything about DSTV. We have Netflix & Free Wi-Fi.

As you arrived with 4 dogs they all immediately jumped into the river and then rolled in the sand and dirt next to the river. Then the dogs proceeded to run through the house with all the dirt. Your dogs also jumped into the swimming pool and made the pool a mess. I also discovered "to my horror", that you had used our nice fluffy blankets that are for guests for your dogs to sleep on. One of the blankets is so badly stained and damaged that I had to retire its use for guests.

As for all the other things that you complained about. It's called nit-picking and is very unfair to any establishment owner in this economic climate.
In the future rather book a 5-star establishment where you will pay nearly R600 per dog per night and four times what you paid here.

If you are a guest looking at this review and are considering booking. Please remember that we are not a Luxury Resort, but a very delightful and beautiful home away from home. We are situated in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site in a spectacular country. If you are looking for a comfy and quiet, basic and rustic retreat on the banks of a lovely river, come here.
Regards,
Damian Janse Van Rensburg
(Owner)

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Barbara L - Apr 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Barbara L
With spouse/partner

Gesellig en vreedsaam.

Damian is baie vriendelik. Die bad is amazing. Gastoestel vir kosmaak werk lekker. Wifi beskikbaar. Visse was skaars weens al die rëen, maar oor die algemeen baie lekker gebly. Amazing bad in ons kamer. En ons hondjie was welkom.

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Cozy and peaceful.

Damian is very friendly. The bath is amazing. Gas appliance for cooking works well. Wifi available. Fish were rare due to all the rain, but overall very nice stay. Amazing bathtub in our room. And our dog was welcome.

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Jennifer L - Oct 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
5/5
Jennifer L
With spouse/partner

Peaceful, green, interesting, comfortable.

Located in the river just out of town, Otters' Haunt is a perfect hideaway for people who love being in a rural setting. The owners have huge knowledge of the area and can take one on interesting hikes and paddles on the river. Highly recommended.

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Nicoline S - Oct 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Nicoline S
With friends

Ons het meer ontvang as wat ons verwag het.

Hulle doen spesiale moeite. Jy hoef net jou klere saam te neem. Daar is alles wat mens nodig mag kry. Huis is oud, maar skoon.

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We received more than we expected.

They make a special effort. You only need to take your clothes with you. There is everything one might need. House is old, but clean.

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Hi Nicoline

Thank you for your comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay at the Otters Den river house and the activities.

Regards

Karen

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Nicoleze N - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Nicoleze N
With spouse/partner

Gemaklik en rustig.

Dit was 'n heerlike tydjie weg. Dit is eenvoudig en gemaklik.

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Comfortable and peaceful.

It was a lovely time away. It is simple and comfortable.

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John S - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
4/5
John S
With spouse/partner

A one night stay en route. Quiet just the distant sound of the river.

Prof. Graeme Addison is an expert on the Vredefort Dome and runs talks and walks on this fascinating topic.

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Jacques B - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Jacques B
With spouse/partner

Naby aan Parys en baie rustig.

Die huisie is nie teen die water nie, maar so 'n kort stappie weg. DIt is 'n goeie slaapplek vir 2. Baie naby aan Parys en baie rustig met klomp goed om te doen in die omgewing. Die huisie is basies, maar gemaklik.

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Close to Paris and very quiet.

The cottage is not by the water, but a short walk away. It is a good place to sleep for 2. Very close to Paris and very peaceful with lots of things to do in the area. The cottage is basic, but comfortable.

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Thank you for visiting and visiting the Guinea Fowl cottage Jacques.

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Xoli E - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
1/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
1/5
Xoli E
With friends

Horrible.

Poor housekeeping and false advertising! We were very disappointed with the condition of the house.

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Carol G - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
3/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Carol G
With spouse/partner

Pleasant stay, we were only there for 1 night on a business trip.

It would have been different if we were on holiday. We were on an overnight business trip.

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Thank you, I am glad you could enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and river view after a working day.

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Jurgens P - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Jurgens P
With spouse/partner

Baie rustige, stil en ontspanne, bekostigbare wegbreek.

Lieflike kort staproetes langs die rivier en dan langer staproetes deur die grasveld. Chalet is heeltemal voldoende gemeubileer. Daar is nie 'n stort nie, maar wel 'n gerieflike groot hoekbad. Verder is daar alles wat jy benodig.

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Very peaceful, quiet and relaxing, affordable getaway.

Lovely short walks along the river and then longer walks through the grassland. Chalet is completely adequately furnished. There is no shower, but there is a comfortable large corner bath. Furthermore, there is everything you need.

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I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the Guinea Fowl cottage. Being nature lovers there is plenty to explore.

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Andre T - May 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
2/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
2/5
Andre T
With spouse/partner

Die fotos op die webtuiste is nie misleidend.

Ongelukkig is Otters Haunt se fotos misleidend met wat hulle bied en waar hulle geleë is. Die eenheid wat ons in gebly het is baie afgeleef en nie in 'n baie goeie toestand nie. Moenie verwag dat jy gaan kan stort nie, want net 'n bad is in die spesifieke eenheid. Wanneer ons met ons honde reis, is dit altyd vir die honde so ons letterlik slaap net by die verblyf. Eerste aand het ons so teen 20:30 ligte afgesit, en so uur later 'n vlermuis uit die dak geval wat ek moes verwyder. Daarmee kon ek nog saamleef, maar die feit dat ons letterlik lewendig opgeëet is deur iets in die bed en tussen die beddegoed is iets wat vir my glad nie aanvaarbaar is nie. Ek kon letterlik nie gaan kla nie, want daar is net nie tyd in ons dag nie. Elke dag is ons vanaf 6uur in die oggend tot na 8uur in die aand van die verblyf af weg. Ek sal maar hoop ek hou op met jeuk iewers in die week.

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The photos on the website are not misleading.

Unfortunately, Otters Haunt's photos are misleading as to what they offer and where they are located. The unit we stayed in was very tired and not in very good condition. Don't expect to be able to take a shower as only a bathtub is in the particular unit. When we travel with our dogs, it's always for the dogs so we literally just sleep at the accommodation. The first night we turned off the lights around 8:30 p.m., and about an hour later a bat fell from the roof that I had to remove. I could still live with that, but the fact that we were literally eaten alive by something in the bed and between the sheets is something that is not at all acceptable to me. I literally couldn't complain because there just isn't time in our day. Every day we leave the accommodation from 6 o'clock in the morning until after 8 o'clock in the evening. I'll just hope I stop itching sometime this week.

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Christa J - Feb 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Christa J
With spouse/partner

Rustig. Net die plek om af te skakel en te rus.

Ek dink dit is bietjie duur vir die plek. Alles is wel skoon en netjies.

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Restful. Just the place to switch off and rest.

I think it's a bit expensive for the place. Everything is clean and tidy.

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Thank you Christa, for your visit at the Guinea Fowl cottage.

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Christa B - Jan 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Christa B
With spouse/partner

Quiet and peaceful and rest for the soul!

Ons het in die Quinea Fowl cottage gebly. Het my aan 'n ou plaashuisie laat dink. Is lekker eenkant en ons het dit geniet om buite op die stoep te sit. Het alles in wat jy benodig vir 'n lekker naweek weg. Selfs nie eers die 70 mm reën in 20 min. het ons kuier bederf nie.

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Thank you Christa for your visit at the Guinea Fowl cottage. It is always exciting experiencing a storm from the stoep and being close to nature. It certainly was a downpour.

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Fabienne J - Jan 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Fabienne J
With spouse/partner

Rugged, private and safe

We didn't take advantage of any of the activities as we were simply there for a break. It's perfect for that. The fact that it was ecological and dog friendly was what attracted us in the first place. It is basic. Don't go if you want everything to be new and perfect, it's not that kind of place. We loved our stay. The hosts and cleaning staff were helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Close enough to Parys and its attractions if that is what you want.

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Thank you Fabienne . Your review sums up perfectly the experience guests have at Otters Haunt. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the Guinea Fowl cottage.

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Jan S - Dec 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Jan S
With spouse/partner

Otters' Haunt is ideaal vir 'n vinnige wegbreeknaweek. Dit is in 'n rustige en veilige omgewing.

Otters' Haunt is gerieflik naby aan Parys met lekker restaurante en snuffelwinkels.

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Otters' Haunt is ideal for a quick weekend getaway. It is in a peaceful and safe environment.

Otters' Haunt is conveniently close to Paris with nice restaurants and snuff shops.

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Thank you, Jan for visiting. Yes, Otters Haunt is just 2.5 km from the attractions in Parys while being out of town to explore nature. The best of both.

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Morne K - Dec 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
2/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
1/5
Morne K
Family with teenagers

Nie wat ons gesien het op die website nie.

Nie seker hoe die verblyf die sterre gekry het wat dit het nie - nie waarde vir geld nie. Goeie werk dat hulle van die "grid" af is, maar sekere tye van die aand geen elektrisiteit en geen warm water elke oggend nie - is nie wat ek voor betaal het nie. Foto's op website is misleidend met wat in die hoof woning gekry is.

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Not what we saw on the website.

Not sure how the accommodation got the stars it has - not value for money. Good job that they are off the "grid", but certain times of the evening no electricity and no hot water every morning - is not what I paid for. Photos on website are misleading with what was found in the main house.

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Thank you Morne for your comments.
We appreciated you postponing you booking from the lockdown over easter. Since then we have made the conversion to solar. Summer overcast and rainy days are difficult. We will be adding gas for heating the water in the mornings. We will look at the advertising for any misleading information.

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Karen P - Nov 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Karen P
With spouse/partner

Sielerus in 'n stukkie paradys in Parys.

Otters' Haunt wat op die oewer van die Vaalrivier sit, bied siele rus en iets van als vir natuur liefhebbers , staproetes, voëlkyk, flyfishing, canoeing en dan is daar die Vredefort Dome toere.

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Peace of mind in a piece of paradise in Paris.

Otters' Haunt, which sits on the banks of the Vaal River, offers peace of mind and something for nature lovers, hiking trails, bird watching, flyfishing, canoeing and then there are the Vredefort Dome tours.

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Thank you Karen for visiting and enjoying your stay at the Guinea Fowl cottage. All the best with your artwork display at the gallery in town.

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Lien P - Nov 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lien P
Family with young children

Die ligging is pragtig!

Die huisie waarin ons gebly het, het al die nodige geriewe. Dit was netjies en skoon. Die feit dat dit loopafstand tot by die rivier is, is 'n reuse plus! Die naweek was ontspanne en is ideaal as jy net wil rus en niksdoen. Die dorp is egter naby genoeg as jy iets nodig kry.

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The location is beautiful!

The cottage we stayed in has all the necessary amenities. It was neat and clean. The fact that it is walking distance to the river is a huge plus! The weekend was relaxing and is ideal if you just want to rest and do nothing. However, the town is close enough if you need anything.

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Thank you for visiting and see you again soon.

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Tommie B - Nov 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Tommie B
With spouse/partner

Will definitely go again with family and friends.

This place is perfect for when you want to spend time away from the city to enjoy some time next to the river in a rustic themed house to look at the wildlife jumping through the trees just before sunset. The view from the swimming pool next to the river is amazing with all the plants and flowers that perfectly vines onto the railings.

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Thank you Tommie. The added value of being close to and appreciating the mature is what the Otters Den river house offers.

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Petra E - Oct 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
1/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
1/5
Petra E
With spouse/partner

Uiters swak.

Misleiding deur mooi foto's op te sit, plek is definitief nie vir my nie, dit was regtig onaangenaam en ver onder standaard. Ek verstaan dit is droog en daar kan baie verskonings opgebring word maar dan kan ek nie dieselfde geld betaal vir so 'n plek en dan moet ek rondry in Parys wat stampvol is vir 'n ordentlike slaapplek nie. Dit was nie 'n aangename ondervinding nie.

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Extremely weak.

Deception by putting up nice pictures, place is definitely not for me, it was really unpleasant and far below standard. I understand it's dry and many excuses can be made but then I can't pay the same money for such a place and then I have to drive around Paris which is crowded for a decent place to sleep. It was not a pleasant experience.

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Petra I can understand that the cottage was not what you expected. I do not think the advertising is misleading. It is a simple rustic cottage. Previous guests have given it a 4-star rating. Booking at the last minute is difficult as there are few options. In the future book in advance with any establishment and message the establishment with what your needs are. It helps.

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Gavin S - Oct 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Gavin S
With spouse/partner

Breakaway Weekend with our Daschunds

My wife and I had a wonderful breakaway weekend together with our two Daschunds. Also the Restaurant recommended by the owners of Otto's Haunt Graeme and Karen was fantastic. It was also pet friendly

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We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Porcupine Room and enjoying the nature on your doorstep. Thank you for helping to limit the use of the solar power after dark by enjoying the night skies. Yes Venterskroon Inn has a wonderful atmosphere. Hope to see you back in January with the family.

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Danica B - Sep 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Danica B
Family with teenagers

Rustigheid.

As jy nuut en modern verwag is Otter's Haunt nie vir jou nie. Otters Den House was egter silwerskoon en gemaklik. Die feit dat daar slegs sonkrag en gas is laat 'n mens twee keer dink om sommer net ligte aan te sit en krag te mors. Tens spyte van die feit dat daar TV is het ons so lekker op die stoep gekuier dat ons nooit eers binne was om die TV aan te sit nie. Otter's Haunt is medisyne vir die siel. Karen het gereeld kom inloer of alles in orde is en my twee dogters het die kano rit saam met haar terdeë geniet. Roxy die Collie het ons oral oor vergesel en as toergids gedien.

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Calmness.

If you expect new and modern Otter's Haunt is not for you. However, Otters Den House was spotless and comfortable. The fact that there is only solar power and gas makes one think twice about just turning on lights and wasting power. Despite the fact that there is a TV, we had so much fun on the porch that we never even went inside to turn on the TV. Otter's Haunt is medicine for the soul. Karen often came to see if everything was okay and my two daughters thoroughly enjoyed the canoe ride with her. Roxy the Collie accompanied us everywhere and served as a tour guide.

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Anneke P - Sep 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Anneke P
With spouse/partner

Wow! Wow!

Ek en my verliefde het vir die naweek soontoe gegaan, dit was fantasties, vriendelike dienste, het ons assisteer na die inkloktyd. Ons het verloof geraak daar, dit was regtig uitstekend, ons het elke oomblik geniet en het soveel saam ons teruggebring, ek sal dit vir enigiemand aanbeveel, dit was baie romantiese wegbreek.

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Thank you Anneke. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit.

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Anonymous Guest - Aug 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
2/5
Anonymous Guest
With friends
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Kay V - Mar 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Kay V
With spouse/partner

Lovely.

Otter's Haunt is a little gem with heaps of beauty and potential. The outdoor area, river and walks are amazing. It's clean, well kept and full of nature. Our room, The Guineafowl Cottage is cute. Little outdated and requires some renovation, but is located in the perfect spot. I wish there was a little fence around the grass's braai-area, somewhere I could keep my dogs enclosed. Keeping them on a leash all the time is rather stressful, especially with all the distractions (other dogs roaming, birds, nature, & kids). Thank you for a lovely stay.

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Thank you, Kay. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, there were a few distractions. Unfortunately, certain larger breed dogs do need to be on a leash. For now, the Guinea Fowl cottage is not fenced.

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Johan J - Feb 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Johan J
With spouse/partner

Rustig, aangename en vriendelike ontvangs.

Indien jy in die natuur wil wees met die geluid van die lopende water in jou ore, is dit die plek om te bly. Ons het dit baie geniet, dankie.

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Quiet, pleasant and friendly reception.

If you want to be in nature with the sound of running water in your ears, this is the place to stay. We really enjoyed it, thank you.

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Thank you, Johan, for visiting the Porcupine Room. It is a lovely time of year to visit.

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Vic J - Feb 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Vic J
With spouse/partner

Nie rolstoelvriendelik!

Twee trappe om in te gaan. Badkamer 300 mm trap in en uit badkamer, spinnekoprak met spinnekop agter toilet, bad vol goggas. Kombuis buite op stoep geen probleem. Stoof en mikrogolfoond nie skoon. Braai los stene, vuil rooster. Baie mooi tuin en rivier-uitsig, lieflike voëllewe, stil omgewing. Fantasties as jy wil rus soos ons. Stil, rustig, lekker ontspan.

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Not wheelchair friendly!

Two steps to enter. Bathroom 300mm stairs in and out of bathroom, spider shelf with spider behind toilet, bath full of bugs. Kitchen outside on porch no problem. Stove and microwave not clean. Grill loose bricks, dirty grill. Very nice garden and river view, lovely bird life, quiet environment. Fantastic if you want to rest like us. Quiet, peaceful, relaxing.

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Thank you, Vic, for your comments. You stayed at the Porcupine Room, yes it is not wheelchair friendly. The Otters' Den river house is as there are no stairs and the bathrooms are large. Being close to nature you will be bugs etc. We now have a sign on the bathroom step.

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Anel B - Feb 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
2/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
2/5
Anel B
With spouse/partner

Ligging was baie mooi maar die algehele ervaring skiet tekort.

Ons aankoms was nie baie warm en verwelkomend nie. Ons was net na die kamer toe geneem en die sleutel gegee, daar was nie addisionele inligting gegee oor ander aktiwiteite wat beskikbaar is nie. Al die aktiwiteite was wel op die webtuiste maar kostes ens kon ons nie opspoor nie. Die kamer was lekker ruim maar die buitekombuis was bietjie vreemd, ook omdat daar blou-ape is en ons nie ons goed net daar kon los nie. Die eerste nag het heerlik begin totdat die krag afgegaan het, dit het so elke 30 minute daarna aangekom vir 2 sekondes en toe weer afgegaan. Niemand het ooit kom inloer en verduidelik wat aangaan nie, ons het 1 kers in die kamer gehad. Selfs toe ons die volgende dag uitteken, was daar niks daaroor gesê nie. Ons is nie gevra hoe ons ervaring was nie, net gevra hoe ons gaan betaal. Dit was nie uiters onaangenaam nie maar ek sal nie weer daar gaan oorbly nie en ook vriende aanraai om daar oor te bly nie.

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Location was very nice but the overall experience is lacking.

Our arrival was not very warm and welcoming. We were just taken to the room and given the key, no additional information was given about other activities available. All the activities were on the website but costs etc. we could not find. The room was nice but the outside kitchen was a bit strange, also because there are blue monkeys and we just couldn't leave our stuff there. The first night started wonderfully until the power went off, it arrived every 30 minutes thereafter for 2 seconds and then went off again. Nobody ever came in and explained what was going on, we had 1 candle in the room. Even when we signed out the next day, nothing was said about it. We were not asked how our experience was, just asked how we were going to pay. It was not very unpleasant but I will not stay there again and also advise friends to stay there.

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Thank you for your comments, Anel. The Porcupine Room does have a kitchenette on the verandah with an outdoor atmosphere. The vervet monkeys pass through once in a while but have not been a problem for guests. Loadshedding seems to be something that everyone expects these days. We will make sure there are more candles and guests are shown the gas cooker. It is a pity you did not ask about the activities or raise your concerns as there were opportunities to do so.

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Palesa K - Jan 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Palesa K
With friends

It was a pleasant stay.

We enjoyed our stay and the host was the very helpful to us. This is going to be our annual trip to Parys.

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Wouter V - Oct 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Wouter V
With spouse/partner

Vir die mees romantiese omgewing en natuur, besoek hulle gerus.

Beste naweek saam met my vrou, ongelooflik romanties. Moet wel sê ons lywe en voete is baie seer van al die loop by die rivier en oral, maar dis 'n belewenis en seker die mees romantiese plek as jy van romanse hou.

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For the most romantic surroundings and natural beauty, bisit them.

Best weekend with my wife, amazingly romantic. Must say, our bodies and feet are very sore from all the walking along the river and everywhere, but it's a great experience and probably the most romantic place if you like romance.

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Thank you Wouter and glad you enjoyed your stay at the Guinea Fowl cottage. As you appreciated the nature and island walks you got the best value out of your weekend stay.

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Werner B - Sep 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
2/5
Location
4/5
Safety
2/5
Value for money
3/5
Werner B
With friends

Baie lekker atmosfeer maar die perseel is baie verwaarloos asook stukkend.

Lekker omgewing maar verwaarloos.

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Very nice atmosphere but the premises are very neglected as well as broken.

Nice environment but neglected.

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Thank you for your comments. The Otters Den river house is an older building and not newly renovated. It is equipped for a comfortable stay close to nature.

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Hannie D - Sep 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Hannie D
With spouse/partner

Baie stil, netjies en skoon.

Graag wil ek net voorstel dat daar 'n handstort oor die bad moet wees. Die ouer mense vind dit moeilik om uit 'n bad te klim.

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Very quiet, neat and clean.

I would just like to suggest that there should be a hand shower over the bath. The older people find it difficult to get out of a bath.

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Thank you for your note and recommendation about the shower.

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Carolin P - Aug 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Carolin P
With spouse/partner

Pragtige natuur, skoon en netjies.

Sien sterre.

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Beautiful nature, clean and tidy.

See stars.

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Thank you Carolin. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the Guinea Fowl cottage. Winter skies are always great for the stars and there is no light pollution.

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Andre L - Aug 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Andre L
With spouse/partner

Fantastiese rusnaweek weg van die stad af. Parys raak besig oor naweke, so beste om maar aandete spots te boek voor die tyd, veral as jy by plekke soos O's Restarant of Die Plek will chillax.

Parys is great, maar is effe te klein vir al die toeriste oor naweke, so kry vir jou sentrale parking spot en loop waar jy wil wees. Daar is stunning plekke soos bv. Koek Hoek, O's, Plaaskombuis! Otter's Haunts is baie lekker en is 'n ware relax plek. Hulle bied fantastiese diens en Karen buig agteroor om mens se verblyf die beste te maak.

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Fantastic rest weekend away from the city. Paris gets busy at weekends, so best to book dinner spots ahead of time, especially if you want to chill at places like O's Restarant or Die Plek.

Paris is great, but is a bit too small for all the tourists on weekends, so get yourself a central parking spot and walk where you want to be. There are stunning places such as Cake Corner, O's, Farm Kitchen! Otter's Haunts is very nice and is a real relaxing place. They offer fantastic service and Karen bends over backwards to make one's stay the best.

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Luzane V - Jul 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Luzane V

Rustige omgewing om af te skakel.

Baie goeie diens gehad. Wonderlike natuurskoon en die perfekte plek vir 'n wegbreek.

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Quiet environment to switch off.

Had very good service. Wonderful scenery and the perfect place for a getaway.

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Thank you Luzane,
The Guinea Fowl cottage is not fancy but has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Appreciating nature is the biggest reward.

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Thelma B - Jun 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
2/5
Location
2/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
3/5
Thelma B
With spouse/partner

Advertensie misleidend.

Ons moes vra vir WiFi wagwoord, waar daar vir ons gesê is, dit kos R50 per dag nadat advertensie sê: gratis WiFi. Eienaar het toe ingestem om gratis WiFi aan ons te gee. Cottage baie ver van rivier af en advertensie skep indruk dis feitlik op die oewer van die rivier. Gebou is baie oud en het nuwe verf binne nodig. Bed slaap ongemaklik. Geen sekuriteitshek by gebou nie. Oop parkering wat glad nie veilig is nie. Was 'n teleurstelling.

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Advertisement misleading.

We had to ask for WiFi password, where we were told, it costs R50 per day after advertisement says: free WiFi. Owner then agreed to give us free WiFi. Cottage very far from the river and advertisement creates the impression that it is practically on the bank of the river. Building is very old and needs new paint inside. Bed sleeping uncomfortable. No security gate at building. Open parking which is not safe at all. Was a disappointment.

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Anonymous Guest - May 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
3/5
Safety
2/5
Value for money
1/5
Anonymous Guest
With friends

River is beautiful, house is old, dilapidated and more effort can be done with maintenance and also cleaning.

We were four ladies visiting Paris for a relaxing weekend. The surroundings were beautiful, the house is a bit dilapidated and it was not very clean. The house is very cold and we understand it is against the river but there was not even a warm blanket for each of the 4 of us. We had to pay extra for everything, wheelbarrow wood that had at most 15 pieces of all kinds of pieces R100, use of Jacuzzi R400, Wifi per day R50. We could do everything we wanted ie barbecue and cook with facilities, that's basic but everything we needed was available.

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Eckart K - May 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
3/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Eckart K
On business

Happy to have stayed there.

The Porcupine Room is neat but could do with some renovation, like the sliding door is very difficult to open and close and the lock does not work well. The room in winter is cold but has a heater, which battles to overcome the cold - possibly isolate the ceiling to maintain the temperature. For two people we were handed out one bath towel which might have been an oversight and we realised too late at night to mention the need for another towel to the owners. It fits the type of accommodation to have an outside kitchen but we would have preferred it to be indoors.

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Thank you for your helpful review. With the busy summer season over we have time to see to some of your suggestions. We now have a kitchen nook inside for the winter. Apologies for the missing towels. A pity you didn’t contact me as I could have brought another towel.

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Elise M - May 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
2/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
2/5
Elise M
With spouse/partner

Swak en vuil.

Sal nie weer daar bly nie.

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Bad and dirty.

Won't stay there again.

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Elize and George thank you for visiting Otters' Haunt and staying at the Guinea Fowl cottage. It was clear that the cottage did not meet your expectations. You were offered alternative accommodation at the Otters Den river house which you declined. Our units are simple and rustic appealing to visitors enjoying the adventure activities. Golfing groups prefer to stay at the Otters Den river house.

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Riaan V - Mar 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
3/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Riaan V
Family with young children

Relaxing and peaceful.

We enjoyed our stay very much. A great place to relax and unwind. Our daughter made best friends with the friendly dogs. Will recommend to anyone and will definitely book again.

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Thank you Riaan for visiting and staying at the Guinea Cottage with your family.

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Anonymous Guest - Mar 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
3/5
Location
3/5
Safety
2/5
Value for money
2/5
Anonymous Guest
With friends
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Bianca S - Mar 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Bianca S
With spouse/partner

Rustig en baie oorspronklik.

Het dit vreeslik geniet, mense daar is gasvry en help met alles.

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Peaceful and very original.

Enjoyed it a lot, people there are hospitable and they help with everything.

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Thank you, Bianca, for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Porcupine Room.

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Rachel R - Mar 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Rachel R
With friends

What a lovely serene spot. I will definitely visit this house again.

A relaxing spot with a beautiful view. The owners were friendly and we felt welcome. There are many things to do so you won't even have to leave the farm. Adventurous, beautiful and relaxing. They will definitely see me again.

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Thank you Rachel. So glad you enjoyed your stay and we could share our lovely back yard and enthusiasm for the outdoor activities.

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Paul B - Mar 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Paul B
With spouse/partner

Rustig, lekker uitsig en wonderlike natuur skoon!

As mens wil kla dan is daar klein goedjies. Die mikrogolf wou nie werk nie, toe gebruik ons die stofie, maar daar is niks om rêrig oor te kla nie. Ons het 'n wonderlike rustige tydjie gehad. Ons bedank graag vir Graham en Karen vir hul vriendelikheid. Net soos hulle, is ons lief vir die natuur. Hierdie is nie 'n visvang oord nie, maar ek kon my stokkie ingooi en het selfs 'n barber gevang. Die kort staproetetjies was baie mooi. Ons het ook die kollie honde baie geniet. Ons het Sondagoggend 'n heerlike sjampanje ontbyt met kaas, oesters, mossels en olywe geniet onder die ou groot wilger boom reg langs die rivier. In die aande het ons heerlik langs die sekelbos vure gekuier. Volgende keer wil ek met my kinders in die boskamp gaan kuier sodat ons bietjie "river rafting" kan doen. Dis rêrig die moeite werd om "Otters Haunt" te besoek!

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Quiet, nice view and wonderful clean nature!

If you want to complain then there are small things. The microwave didn't want to work, so we used the stove, but there's nothing to really complain about. We had a wonderful peaceful time. We would like to thank Graham and Karen for their kindness. Just like them, we love nature. This is not a fishing resort, but I was able to throw in my rod and even caught a barber. The short walking trails were very beautiful. We also really enjoyed the collie dogs. On Sunday morning we enjoyed a delicious champagne breakfast with cheese, oysters, mussels and olives under the big old willow tree right next to the river. In the evenings we had a wonderful time next to the sickle forest fires. Next time I want to visit the forest camp with my children so that we can do some "river rafting". It's well worth visiting "Otters Haunt"!

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Thank you, Paul. Yes, the border collies welcome guests. It is wonderful to have guests appreciating the nature and tranquil atmosphere.

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Alida O - Feb 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
2/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Alida O
With spouse/partner

Rustige, ontspanne wegkruipplekkie.

Otters' Haunt is vir jou alledaagse down to earth mense wat glad nie 5 ster-verblyf verwag. Die huisie waar ons gebly het was skoon en netjies tog was breekgoed nie 100% skoon. Afronding aan die wasbak sal plekkie baie netjieser laat vertoon. Paadjies op eiland was hulle besig om te sny maar ongelukkig bestaan die bruggies na ander eilande nie meer, dus word jy beperk om net op 1 eiland rond te loop. Dierevriendelik maar ongelukkig is daar koste aan verbonde wat nie in advertensie genoem word nie. Daar is kajakke om op rivier te roei maar ook koste aan verbonde. Gooi visstok in en vang paar visse maar pasop, hulle eet al jou aas af. Jy moet alles saam vat want as jy iets vergeet moet jy so 5 km ry tot by naaste winkel. Wat die terrein betref kan dit beslis netjieser wees. Ek sal egter enige tyd teruggaan juis omdat dit verskriklik rustig, veilig en ontspannend is.

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Peaceful, relaxing hideaway.

Otters' Haunt is for your everyday down to earth people who don't expect 5 star accommodation at all. The house where we stayed was clean and tidy but the crockery was not 100% clean. Finishing the sink will make the area look much neater. They were cutting paths on the island but unfortunately the bridges to other islands no longer exist, so you are limited to only walking around on 1 island. Animal friendly but unfortunately there are costs involved which are not mentioned in the advertisement. There are kayaks for paddling on the river but also costs involved. Throw in fishing rod and catch some fish but be careful, they will eat all your bait. You have to take everything with you because if you forget something you have to drive about 5 km to the nearest shop. As for the site, it could definitely be tidier. However, I would go back anytime precisely because it is so incredibly peaceful, safe and relaxing.

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Thank you, Jos. I am glad you enjoyed the family atmosphere and being close to nature. You stayed in the Porcupine Room overlooking the lawns to the river which is very peaceful during the weekdays. As it was February the peak of summer the river was flowing strongly, with the recent rains and the bridges were floating and we could not get to the island to cut the paths. They are now cut and will stay open from autumn - early summer and you can explore the island trails and birdlife.
We appreciated your comments about the basin and crockery and will work on it as suggested.

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Paul M - Jan 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Paul M
With spouse/partner

Awesome.

Ons was baie vriendelik gegroet toe ons opdaag. Alles was gereed vir ons en het ons verwagting oorskry. Die plek is pragtig en ons het 'n rustigheid ervaar wat woorde nie kan beskryf nie. Ek sal enige tyd weer teruggaan. Baie baie dankie Otters' Haunt. Julle, en julle plek is stunning.

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Awesome.

Friendly welcoming upon arrival. Everything was ready for us and exceeded our expectations. Beautiful place that exudes a tranquility words can't describe. Would love to return. Thank you Otters' Haunt, your place is stunning.

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Thank you Paul. Glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated being close to nature.

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Cara S - Dec 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Cara S
Large group

Baie lekker. Roei was lekker.

Kinders het swembad baie geniet. Familie het baie lekker saam gekry.

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Very nice. Rowing was fun.

Children really enjoyed swimming pool. Family had a lot of fun together.

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It was a pleasure being able to host your family over the Christmas long weekend. Your girls really appreciate nature and I loved taking paddling.

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Sanet B - Dec 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
2/5
Sanet B
With spouse/partner

Dit was baie lekker, maar sou 'n swembad verkies het vir gebruik die hele tyd wat ons daar was.

Dit was baie rustig. Die eienaars was baie vriendelik. Dit was baie warm en daar was nie 'n swembad vir ons eie gebruik nie. Ons moes na die ander kamp gaan en toestemming vra om daar te swem. Net sommige plekke wat jy huur het toegang tot alle geriewe.

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It was very nice but would have preferred a pool for use the whole time we were there.

It was very peaceful. The owners were very friendly. It was very hot and there was no pool for our own use. We had to go to the other camp and ask permission to swim there. Only some places you rent have access to all amenities.

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Hello Sanet,

Thank you for visiting us and staying at the Porcupine Room over the very hot holiday season. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and the peaceful atmosphere during the busy peak season. Guests do have access to the swimming pool at the Full Moon camp. Maybe next time book at the Otters Haunt Full Moon bush camp. The Cormorant cabin would suit you and you have easy access to the pool.

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Zani L - Dec 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
2/5
Location
1/5
Safety
2/5
Value for money
1/5
Zani L
Family with young children

Die plek was glad nie hoe dit geadverteer is of op die foto's lyk nie.

Die plek het min visvang staanplekkies, jy moet oor 'n bruggie gaan om op 'n eiland te probeer visvang en met 'n kleintjie is dit moeilik. Daar is nie speel plek vir my kind nie en die plekkies is op mekaar geleë.

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The place was not at all how it was advertised or how it looks in the pictures.

The place has few fishing stands, you have to cross a small bridge to try fishing on an island and with a small one it is difficult. There is no place to play for my child and the places are located on top of each other.

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Johannes J - Dec 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
3/5
Johannes J
With spouse/partner

Stil en als wat iemand nodig om te oornag.

Alhoewel als wat daar is wat mense nodig het, voel die prys is bietjie hoog want die plek kort baie aandag, gras is lank en tuin onnet, toegangsbeheer nie op standaard nie.

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Quiet and what someone needs to overnight.

Although everything needed was there, I feel the price is a little high because the place needs attention, grass is long and garden untidy, access control is not on standard.

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Thank you Johannes for your review.We had noted and attended to the issues you mentioned.

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Gert K - Nov 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
2/5
Location
3/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Gert K
With spouse/partner

Lekker ruim vertrek maar geen handoeke, koffie, tee, melk, suiker of water beskikbaar nie.

Ons het baie van Otters Haunt verwag, maar was baie teleurgesteld. Daar was geen koffie,tee, melk, suiker of water beskikbaar in die kamer nie. Ook was die yskas buite op die stoep alhoewel daar meer as genoeg ruimte in die kamer was. Mens moes uit die kamer gaan om by die yskas uit te kom. Ek dink die prys regverdig die verskaffing van al die items hierbo genoem. Jammer sal nie weer daar gaan oornag nie.

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Nice room but no towels, coffee, tea, milk, sugar of water available.

We expected a lot from Otters Haunt, but were very disappointed. There was no coffee, tea, milk, sugar or water available in the room. Also the fridge was outside on the sidewalk even though there was more than enough space in the room. One had to go out of the room to get to the fridge. I think the price justifies the supply of all the items mentioned above. Sorry, will not overnight there again.

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Dear Gert. Thank you for your review which we value. We encourage potential guests to send an enquiry rather than an auto-generated quote online. This gives us the opportunity to further described the unit; individual features and amenities the guest is interested and features eg the Porcupine Room which you booked is attached to the main guest house and has a kitchenette on the verandah. Towels are supplied in the bathroom. There was plenty of opportunities to ask our staff if necessary. Our water is good water and pumped from a borehole away from the river; unlike the municipal water from Parys.

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Maria L - Oct 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Maria L
With spouse/partner

Heerlik gerus in 'n rustige familie-vriendelike omgewing.

Dit was 'n heerlike ontspannende naweek, baie dankie.

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Great comfort in a peaceful family-friendly environment.

It was a lovely relaxing weekend, thank you very much.

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Thank you, Ria. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Guinea Fowl cottage and appreciated the peaceful, back to nature environment here at Otters Haunt.

Hope to see you again soon. Come river rafting next time!
Karen

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Kristien V - Oct 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
1/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
2/5
Kristien V
With spouse/partner

Die stilte en natuur pragtig mooi plek dit was net nie skoongemaak voor die tyd nie en toe dit reën het ons in die bed natgereën water teen muur afgestroom naby kragdrade.

Ek voel dat voordat ons as kliënte sou inboek dan sal hulle ten minste sorg dat die plek binne skoon is ook net een toiletrol gehad en ek dink ons betaal heelwat per dag en ons moes kragdrade self probeer beveilig vir water dit het nie net gedrup nie, maar ingestroom dat dit poeletjies op vloer gemaak het en ons beddegoed ook nog nat.

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The silence and nature beautiful beautiful place it just wasn't cleaned ahead of time and when it rained we soaked the bed with rain water running down the wall near power lines.

I feel that before we as customers would check in then they would at least make sure the place is clean inside also only had one toilet roll and I think we pay quite a lot per day and we had to try and secure power lines ourselves for water it didn't just drip, but poured in that it made puddles on the floor and wet our bedding too.

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Thank you Kristien for your comments. A few items may have been overlooked in the preparation of the Porcupine Room. Being the first heavy rains of the season we were unaware of the leaks in the roof which have been repaired and the room painted. We appreciate your patience.

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Desere B - Oct 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Desere B
Family with young children

Quiet surroundings and breathtaking views. Very comfortable accommodation.

We loved our stay at Otter's Haunt. We will definitely be back.

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David S - Sep 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
David S
Family with young children

A little treasure not far from home.

Graeme, Karen and Damien could not be more welcoming. We will return. Young girls, old dog, young dog and tired father loved the place. If heavy industry upstream gets its act together, perhaps we'll see otters next time.

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Hi David,
Thanks for visiting. We always love sharing our backyard with families and going out exploring. Yes, I did see an otter last weekend and some kingfishers too. Hope you can find a weekend to come exploring, rafting and relaxing.

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Sune B - May 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Sune B
Family with young children

Basiese, dog netjiese verblyf.

Alles was mooi skoon en as geheel het ons 'n heerlike kuier gehad. Dit sou beter wees indien elke huisie sy eie badkamer kon hê, aangesien die gedeelde badkamer baie oop is vir 'n groep vriende met kinders wat deel. Die oopheid maak dit koud om in die winter te gebruik. Die water was wel heerlik warm.

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Basic, yet neat accommodation.

Everything was very clean and we had a nice stay as a whole. It would have been better if every house has a it's own bathrooms, seeing as shared bathroom is very open for a group of friends with children. The open bathroom is very cold in winter. The water is very nice and warm.

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Alouise S - May 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Alouise S
Family with teenagers

Besonder aangenaam.

Baie vriendelik en mooi omgewing. Baie vriendelike diens en die plek is baie skoon. Ons sal beslis teruggaan om al die staproetes op die eilande te geniet.

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Extremely pleasant.

Very friendly and beautiful environment. Very friendly service and the place is very clean. We'll definitely go back again to enjoy all the walking trails on the islands.

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Ilonka B - Apr 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
3/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Ilonka B
With friends

Rus vir jou siel!

Die rustige atmosfeer en natuurskoon is kos vir die siel. Baie dankie vir die vriendelike ontvangs.

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Rest for your soul!

The peaceful atmosphere and natural beauty are food for the soul. Thank you very much for the friendly reception.

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Dear Ilonka,

Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and the moon came out for you.

Regards,
Karen

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Clifford B - Feb 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
4/5
Location
3/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
2/5
Clifford B
With spouse/partner

Not what we expected.

Based off the images and the real thing was not what we expected. Some maintenance on the place and better bedding would have made our experience much better. Even though we knew it was riverside accommodation the showers, bath and toilets were covered in spiders and nests. Debugging once in a while can help the feel of the place. The bedding could have been a better quality and my Mrs and I left with bites all over bodies. We think possibly bed bugs. On the upside we enjoyed the lovely pool and the river side walks. Thanks for the stay however we will not be returning.

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We are sorry to hear about this but some corrections are called for. There are definitely no bed bugs, the cabins are regularly fumigated and bed linen is freshly laundered. However this is a bush camp - albeit with bedding, hot water and kitchenettes. The visitors came at the height of summer when insects move in within hours. Bites come from mosquitoes, no malaria, and muggies, which really can't be controlled in the river environment. Visitors are asked to bring repellent. The Cormorant Cabin where you stayed is rustic and simple.

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Retha S - Feb 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Retha S
With spouse/partner

Rustig en pragtig.

Ons is goed ontvang. Dis pragtig en baie rustig. Goed toegeruste huisie. Ons sal graag weer gaan.

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Peaceful and beautiful.

Warm reception. Beautiful and very relaxed. Well-equipped little house. We will definitely be back.

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Thank you Retha. Am glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry I was not here to meet you.

Regards

Karen

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Jacqueline G - Jan 2018
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Jacqueline G
With spouse/partner

A lovely, peaceful farm with many exciting walks.

The Cormorant Chalet is adequately equipped. Don't expect luxury linen and crystal glasses though. The river and island hopping hikes are such an adventure. Being in the Vredefort Dome which is the largest and oldest meteor impact site in the world was awesome. Manageress Karin was very helpful and keeps an eye on the safety of her guests without imposing. We never lacked for hot water and the pool is glorious.

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Thank you Jacqueline, for your honest review. It is much appreciated.

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Hannelie D - Nov 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Hannelie D
With friends

Perfekte ligging om te ontspan!

Perfekte ligging om te ontspan en so naby aan Johannesburg.

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Perfect location to relax!

Perfect location to relax and so close to Johannesburg.

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Thank you Hannelie. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes for the holiday season. Karen

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Lorraine V - Nov 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Lorraine V

Dit was rustig en kon lekker ontspan. Goed toegerus en slaapgeriewe goed.

Ons wou ons volwasse kinders wegneem vir die naweek om te rus en dit was vir hulle moontlik om die by Otter's Haunt te doen. Hulle het dit so geniet dat hulle in die toekoms saam met vriende die plek weer sal besoek.

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It was tranquil and we could thoroughly relax. Well equipped and good sleeping facilities.

We wanted to take our adult children away for the weekend to take a rest and this was possible at Otter's Haunt. They enjoyed it so much that they would like to visit again with friends in the future.

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Johannes V - Oct 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Johannes V
Family with young children

Almost perfect.

We had a great time there, 1 night may not be long for a complete review but we had a great time. Enjoyed the pool, although it's a bit small. Loved the yard in front of the cabin, perfect for a braai and star gazing. The cabin itself was nice and cozy, it does need a little TLC. So no complaints really, thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Graeme the river man is a very nice and laid back guy. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

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Good day Johannes,

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and Otters' Haunt. Looking forward to taking you and your family on the river next time.

Regards,
Karen and Graeme

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Lizelle D - Oct 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
4/5
Location
3/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Lizelle D
Family with young children

Rustig naby dorp.

Ek stel net voor dat hulle die Jacuzzi moet regmaak.

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Quiet near town.

I just suggest they fix the Jacuzzi.

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Good day Lizelle,

Thank you for your review. The Jacuzzi is available for guests staying at the Otters Den unit. Perhaps this is not clear on the website. I will check the details.

Karen

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Leon Z - Oct 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Leon Z
With friends

Baie lekker en skoon maar kort aandag.

Het dit baie geniet. As jy hou van moderne verblyf, dit nie vir jou. Eenvoudig maar skoon en netjies. Kan doen met opgradering.

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Very nice and clean but needs attention.

Enjoyed it a lot. If you like modern accommodation, this is not for you. Simple but clean and tidy. Could do with upgrading.

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Riana C - Sep 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Riana C
With spouse/partner

Baie rustige stil omgewing.

Baie vriendelike en behulpsame mense. Baie netjies. Miskien net pamflette op datum kry, die wat daar was het 2007 gedateer.

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Very peaceful quiet environment.

Very friendly and helpful people. Very neat. Maybe just get leaflets up to date, the ones there were dated 2007.

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Halana P - Jul 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
3/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Halana P
With spouse/partner

Rustige natuur en besondere ligging en omgewing!

Dit was baie lekker en rustig in die natuur! Ons het lekker gaan stap en net die vars lug en stilte met al die voëlgeluide geniet. Ons het self 'n otter gesien toe ons rustig langs die rivier sit en ontspan het! Wat 'n belewenis.

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Tranquil nature and remarkable location and environment.

It was very nice and tranquil in nature! We went for walks and just enjoyed the fresh air and silence with the sounds of the birds. We even saw an otter when we sat next to the river and relaxed! What an experience.

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Dear Lana,

Thanks for the review. I am glad you got to see an otter. It's very special.

Regards,
Karen

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Anonymous Guest - Mar 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
3/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
2/5
Anonymous Guest
Individual traveler

Detached units need attention.

The hostess was friendly and check in was friendly. The secluded unit I stayed in was perfect for getting away from the city. The following was noted regarding to the unit: Good: Place and bedding were clean and bedding was of a good quality. Bad: The unit has water damage, which is quite evident against some of the ceiling boards and walls. Some of the curtains do not close well. Face towel did not smell fresh. Some of the dishes were dirty and I had to wash them before I could use them. Place has hornets nesting inside the unit.

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Elsa L - Feb 2017
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
4/5
Elsa L
Large group

Dit was 'n heerlike naweek.

Die huis was gerieflik.

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Lovely weekend.

House was comfortable.

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Domarie F - Sep 2016
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Domarie F
With spouse/partner

Rustig en gerieflik in die natuurhuisie waar ons gebly het.

Ons het heerlik by Otters' Haunt in die Guinea fowl-huisie gebly. Skoon en netjies. Ek dink die eienaars kan net bietjie aandag gee aan die binnekant van die huisie. Die plafon trek plek plek los en die bank is nie baie gerieflik vir ouer persone nie. Dit het ons persoonlik nie gepla nie, want ons is nie vol fiemies nie, maar ek dink aan mense wat dalk krities is. Sal beslis weer daar gaan bly. Dit was reeds ons tweede maal.

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Quiet and comfortable in the nature house where we stayed.

We had a lovely stay at Otters' Haunt in the Guinea fowl cottage. Clean and tidy. I think the owners could pay some attention to the inside of the house. The ceiling pulls loose in places and the sofa is not very comfortable for older people. It didn't bother us personally because we're not full of fiemies, but I think of people who might be critical. Will definitely stay there again. It was already our second time.

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Ronél C - Jun 2016
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Ronél C
With friends

'n Stukkie hemel op aarde.

Die ligging en rustigheid is ongelooflik. Die stappaadjies is goed. Die huis is maar oud en daar is werk aan te doen, maar dit het nie gepla nie. Die aktiwiteite soos om te roei op die rivier is duur.

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A little piece of heaven on earth.

The location and calm is incredible. The walking trails are good. The house is old and there is a little work to do, but it didn't bother us. The activities, such as rowing on the river, was expensive.

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Boeta S - Mar 2016
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
3/5
Location
1/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
1/5
Boeta S
With spouse/partner

Glad nie wat ek ingedagte gehad het nie.

Geen yskas in chalet nie. Hou ook nie van ablusieblokke nie.

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Not what I had in mind at all.

No fridge in chalet. Don't like ablution pads either.

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Karien V - Feb 2016
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
2/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Karien V
With spouse/partner

Baie oulike plekkie.

Dit maak net sin om die yskas en geiser aan te sit as jy gaste verwag. Het heeldag gesukkel om koeldrank en kos koud en vars te hou omdat dit nie aan was nie. Laat die aand toe ons wou gaan bad is die geiser nog af. Die Jacuzzi is ook reg by die kothuis se slaapkamer venster en die mense en hul kinders het tot die vroeë oggend ure daarin geskreeu en baljaar. Natuurlik gun ek mense ook hul plesiertjies maar dit was nou swak beplanning vir die ding.

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Very cute place.

It only makes sense to turn on the fridge and geyser if you are expecting guests. Struggled all day to keep soda and food cold and fresh because it wasn't on. Late at night when we wanted to take a bath, the geyser was still off. The Jacuzzi is also right by the cottage's bedroom window and the people and their children screamed and frolicked in it until the early hours of the morning. Of course I also give people their pleasures but it was poor planning for the thing.

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Hello Karien. You stayed at the Porcupine Room. Yes the fridge should have been switched on. The pool is not right outside the bedroom window but maybe the children were a bit noisy at the Otters Den. The geyser was on but the water takes time to reach the bathroom. Thank you for your comments we have noted as needing attention.

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Joke Verhoeven N - Nov 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Joke Verhoeven N

A beautiful place to stay!

Een prachtige plek om te verblijven. Heel veel ruimte in Otter's Den. Heerlijk rustig met een mooi uitzicht op de rivier vanaf het terras. Het huis heeft onderhoud nodig en het was niet overal even schoon.

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Belinda C - Oct 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Belinda C
Family with teenagers

Baie lekker by Vaalrivier in natuur. Net nie 5 ster. Bietjie oud!

Baie lekker by die Vaalrivier in die natuur. Jy kan visvang, piekniek en "river raft". Dis net nie 5 ster nie. Bietjie oud. Maar ons sal weer bly, net langer die keer.

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Very nice at Vaal River in nature. Just not 5 star. A little old!

Very nice by the Vaal River in nature. You can fish, picnic and "river raft". It's just not 5 star. A little old. But we will stay again, only longer this time.

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Good day Belinda,

Thank you for your comments, we do appreciate your fair feedback. Sorry I missed you.

Regards,
Karen

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Lorraine D - Oct 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
3/5
Location
3/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
1/5
Lorraine D
With friends

Slegs vir "river rafting". Die rivier lieflik.

Die perseel in geheel kort aandag. Tuine verwaarloos. Kamers het restorasie en opgradering nodig. Glad nie daar oorgebly. Vriendelike ontvangs.

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Only for "river rafting". The river lovely.

The premises as a whole need attention. Gardens neglected. Rooms need restoration and upgrading. Didn't stay there at all. Friendly reception.

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Good morning Lorraine

Thank you for your comment. True, the accommodation was unfortunately not what you and your friend were looking for, that is the difficulty with online bookings. We are careful to keep the wording on the site as clear as possible to reflect the type of experience (rather than just overnight accommodation) you get at Otters' Haunt and are open to your suggestions to avoid other guests being disappointed.

Regards Karen

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Wilma C - Sep 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
3/5
Value for money
3/5
Wilma C
With spouse/partner

Rustig, skoon en netjies.

Baie stil, mooi swembad, pragtig by die rivier, netjies en skoon. Die eienaars baie vriendelik en behulpsaam. Karen het 'n ongelooflike klomp kennis aangaande die geskiedenis van die koepel. Baie goed geleë naby Parys wat 'n pragtige dorpie is.

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Quiet, clean and tidy.

Very quiet, nice pool, beautiful by the river, neat and clean. The owners very friendly and helpful. Karen has an incredible amount of knowledge regarding the history of the dome. Very well located near Parys which is a beautiful town.

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Phillip L - Sep 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Phillip L
With friends

Parys en die Vaal Rivier op sy beste!

Sien die sterre.

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Paris and the Vaal River at its best!

See the stars.

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Thank you Phillip for your review. It was a perfect evening.

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Gerhard G - Aug 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Gerhard G
With spouse/partner

Rustige wegbreeknaweek!

Dit is nét die regte plek om te ontspan weg uit die stad se gejaag.

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Peaceful getaway weekend!

It is just the right place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Coba V - Jun 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
3/5
Service
3/5
Location
3/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Coba V
With spouse/partner

Ons verblyf was heerlik ten spyte van koue oggende. Dag temperatuur heerlik.

Vriendelike eienaars en baie behulpsaam en altyd beskikbaar indien nodig. besorg oor hulle gaste. Oor genoeg om te doen vir die avonturier. Indien jy rustigheid verlang en wil ontsnap van die gejaagde stadslewe is die plek ideaal. Die Guinea Fowl-huisie perfek ingerig vir heerlike verblyf. Sal Otters Haunt vir enige iemand aanbeveel wat die rustigheid van die natuur kan waardeer. Avontuurlustiges kan hier floreer! Dave & Karen maak jou kuier die moeite werd. Sal weer daar gaan rus.

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Our stay was lovely despite cold mornings. Day temperature lovely.

Friendly owners and very helpful and always available if needed. concerned about their guests. About enough to do for the adventurer. If you want tranquility and want to escape from the hectic city life, the place is ideal. The Guinea Fowl cottage perfectly furnished for a lovely stay. Would recommend Otters Haunt to anyone who appreciates the tranquility of nature. Adventurers can thrive here! Dave & Karen make your visit worthwhile. Will rest there again.

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Marelie V - May 2015
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
3/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
2/5
Marelie V
With spouse/partner

Die rustigheid en ligging is 'n pluspunt.

Die plekkie was nie mooi skoon nie en ook nie goed toegerus nie. Botteloopmaker, eierspaan, behoorlike braaitang, waslappie en seep is alled goed wat nie beskikbaar was nie.

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The tranquility and location is a plus.

The place was neither very clean nor well equipped. Bottle opener, egg spatula, proper tongs, washcloth and soap are all things that were not available.

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