Cultivar Guest Lodge
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The 3* Cultivar Guest Lodges are nestled among the majestic mountains of the Stellenbosch wine region, and boasts spectacular views of the underlying valley with surrounding vineyards and streams. Located just 7km outside of Stellenbosch and surrounded by golf courses and a range of other activities, the Cultivar Guest Lodges offer something for all guests.
The 7 luxury self catering cottages at Cultivar offer guests a private terrace or patio which are the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. The cottages are all uniquely decorated and inspired from the wine of the region. Each features a fully-equipped kitchen, kettle, microwave, television and toaster, with some of the larger cottages offering a private hot tub and fire place.
Guests can relax by the quiet outdoor pool or unwind in the evening in the bar lounge area. The Lodges are located right in the heart of the wine region close by to Skilpadvlei Winery, Spier Wine Estate and Vredenheim Estate. Area attractions also include Mangwanani African Spa and Zevenwacht Wine Estate, and lodges provide free parking for all guests.
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- Overall: based on 113 reviews
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Stay Date: 08/2017, TaurangaTrout wrote this review.
We were advised that this was rated 5 star but unfortunately it did not make the grade. Nice room and grounds but, no TV, no extract in bathroom, only a duvet on the bed (so I was hot - usually sleep with just a sheet over, but the wife was OK), bat… See more
We were advised that this was rated 5 star but unfortunately it did not make the grade. Nice room and grounds but, no TV, no extract in bathroom, only a duvet on the bed (so I was hot - usually sleep with just a sheet over, but the wife was OK), bathroom mirror above vanity too high (wife could only see her eyes), had 2 suitcase racks but adjoining room had none, no clothes hangers or hooks (so we hung our clothes on the floor), breakfast was poor (we were advised at breakfast R15 per bottle drunk in our rooms so had to fork out a bit more cash at checkout). It had a flash Nespresso machine but had to pay for capsule. Also shower flooded into bathroom. On the upside it was one of the few hotels that had a mini bar. We had booked a deluxe room but all the rooms were a similar standard and we were advised they were all deluxe, but they were not up to standard rooms in a lot of the other hotels we stayed in. Really for the price I would of expected a lot better. Collapse
Stay Date: 08/2017, ChrisCorbet wrote this review.
I wish I could say only nice things about the Guest House, and for sure the surroundings are very pretty, the bed was comfortable and the staff, that I met, were very friendly and accommodating. But the negatives were just a bit much to ignore or to … See more
I wish I could say only nice things about the Guest House, and for sure the surroundings are very pretty, the bed was comfortable and the staff, that I met, were very friendly and accommodating. But the negatives were just a bit much to ignore or to put down to a bad day. Our room had very little privacy, the bathroom window opens up onto a parking area, I would think that frosted glass is in order. We were staying in the area to attend a wedding nearby and needed to get dressed and for the missus to apply makeup etc. She had to close the blinds for privacy and the lights are low energy globes so didn't really give enough light for the task. There were also construction workers doing some modifications or maintenance around the property, I know it has to be done, but would not think that a Saturday afternoon is ideal to have the noise of angle grinders etc disturbing the peace and quiet, for me that should be done during the week. The aircon in our room didn't work properly, it came on for a couple of minutes then went off again throughout the night, so never properly warmed the room. It was bitterly cold and there was only a very thin duvet on the bed, so we had an extremely uncomfortable night after arriving back from our wedding at around 11.30pm. I mentioned it to the manager in the morning who told me that I should have asked the security guard for a blanket! that’s definitely not something that I would have thought to do! No Cultivar, you should have additional blankets in the room for your guests in winter. The shower was impossible to regulate, the water was either scalding hot or freezing cold. Charging R20 for a Nespresso capsule, that is a knock off, not even a genuine one, is just plain cheeky, the word rip-off comes to mind. Cultivar is the first place that I've stayed that doesn’t have a television, not that we had much time for it, but it would have been nice to watch the news or get the results of sports events while having our, (not "Nespresso”), coffee in the morning. Once again it just strikes me as saving pennies and having a product that is not as good quality as it should be for the price, which is not at all cheap. Breakfast was OK rather than great, I guess that they are accustomed to small groups eating, we were around 10 people and the hot breakfast came out 2 plates at a time. So the first to eat, sat for a long time before the last to be served had eaten. But that isn't really a gripe, just mentioning it, they couldn't have expected 10 hungry people to arrive together for breakfast at the same table. I didn't see any owner or senior manager during our, admittedly short, stay, and I guess that might be why the last few reviews haven't been so great. My impression was that the venue was really good at one time, but that was not our experience, perhaps the lack of owner or senior staff in attendance could have something to do with it. There are plenty of other establishment in and around Stellenbosch that have all these things that I’ve mentioned as standard. I don’t think I’d be back, it was mostly underwhelming and disappointing. Collapse
Stay Date: 06/2017, yms192 wrote this review.
Fantastic place. You look out over the wide area where you wander yourself in paradise. Within 10 minutes you are in Stellenbosch with its village atmosphere and amazing buildings and restaurants. The friendly staff is always willing to help you make… See more
Fantastic place. You look out over the wide area where you wander yourself in paradise. Within 10 minutes you are in Stellenbosch with its village atmosphere and amazing buildings and restaurants. The friendly staff is always willing to help you make your stay even better. Collapse
A little oasis, just outside the hustle & bustle
Stay Date: 06/2017, shesmilesweetly wrote this review.
Excellent buffet breakfast (the best we experienced during our month in SA!) We were made to feel very welcome, and the staff were lovely with our 22month old son. Renovation works were being done to most guest rooms during our stay (off-season, so a… See more
Excellent buffet breakfast (the best we experienced during our month in SA!) We were made to feel very welcome, and the staff were lovely with our 22month old son. Renovation works were being done to most guest rooms during our stay (off-season, so a good time to do it!), but we were not disturbed whatsoever and the workmen were all very friendly and conciencious. A little warning via email would have been appreciated, but overall it did not impact on our stay. The view from our room was beautiful - Cultivar is a little oasis outside the hustle and bustle of town. The renovation works are going to look stunning! Highly recommend if you are visiting Stellenbosch. Collapse
Inaccurate website and terrible experience
Stay Date: 02/2017, Scottish_Steven wrote this review.
Wrote to the owner after our stay and gave them the chance to reply. 2 months later and not even an acknowledgement. Website is very inaccurate and misleading. The Chardonnay room in which we stayed was the most misrepresented with the 'outside pati… See more
Wrote to the owner after our stay and gave them the chance to reply. 2 months later and not even an acknowledgement. Website is very inaccurate and misleading. The Chardonnay room in which we stayed was the most misrepresented with the 'outside patio area' being a step and the two private relaxing areas being anything but private - they were open to all and did not even have any furniture in the backyard area. It was more like a bin/garbage store. This room is described as a 'super deluxe cottage' with 'breathtaking views of the mountains'. The bed was tiny with no headboard, the furniture basic and you can't see the mountains! You can see the hills straight ahead but you will need to walk towards the pool to see the mountains off to the right. Although the bathroom has be redone and is very modern, the rest of the room hasn't meaning that, compared to the other rooms, this room is not worth the 20% extra we paid for it. One of our party was shown to the Chenin room instead of the Pinotage and was told they are the same. Chenin was twin beds, first floor and a small bathroom with no outdoor space. Pinotage was huge with a kitchenette, new bathroom and a big outdoor patio. She was moved after complaining only to find the Pinotage had not been fully cleaned including finding a dirty ashtray and coffee cup left from the previous guest. The website says that every room has a private patio but they don't. On of our party was in the Cabernet room and it had two seats outside in the courtyard which is the main thoroughfare outside. As this was not private, she used one of the other room's outdoor spaces. The breakfast was very poor with every aspect being self service including the making of tea, coffee and toast. All ingredients of the lowest quality and limited in choice. Check out is early at 10:00 even though the information on the website and in the room state 11:00. This is very early by South African standards. The pool was very dirty around the top - mould and mildew that could be easily cleaned if given some attention. Staff were always polite but they were clearly understaffed and struggled to provide a service you would expect from a basic, let alone three star, property. The most disappointing aspect of this establishment was their handling of my complaint when I raised it. The General Manager listened to my concerns in full ear shot of other guests at the reception which was embarrassing and unprofessional. My real issue was paying 20% more for a room that was misrepresented on the website when the rooms that the rest of our party were given were nicer. On the last day she presented us with a bottle of wine and told us that was all she was authorised to do. She acknowledged the website was misleading and that new photos were being taken to rectify the issues. I was told that the only thing I could do would be to write to the owner - which I did and it wasn't even acknowledged. The website today is exactly the same as when we booked it. Avoid this place and save yourself the disappointment we had. As travellers to the Western Cape every year, we know there are so many other beautiful places in Stellenbosch. Collapse
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