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umSisi House
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We were travelling as family of 6 and this guesthouse was recommended by our travel agency
UmSisi house will exceed all of your expectations, hospitality is at a rare high level and the food is outstanding
The motto of umSisi is to make you feel at home in Africa and that all comes through
Thanks to Amanda and Paddy for a lovely stay, hike around the 64ha lodge and the help from Henry to get us back on the road again
We sure hope to meet again in this special place

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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PaddyBG007, Owner at umSisi House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about umSisi House. We really appreciate your feedback and are so pleased we managed to exceed your expectations! Hoping you return to our wonderful part of the world one day!

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

Umsisi place was absolutely gorgeous. We booked it last minute as we were driving from Durban and Amanda was incredibly accommodating. The cottage is very secluded, with amazing views in every direction and a beautiful deck to have a drink or your morning coffee ( or lay and relax in the hammock). The kitchen was stocked to the nine and the decor throughout the house was beautiful. Definitely couldn't have asked for more, we were a family of four and the cottage felt spacious. The location is close to Kreuger (about 20 minutes to one of the gates, makes for a great day trip) and right at the start of the Panorama route. It is perfect to spend a couple days exploring the area, but make sure to make some time to enjoy the property. Along with the amazing house, we couldn't have asked for better hosts- we just wish we had more time to visit with them and get to know them. They had great recommendations for the area and suggested a local restaurant that was definitely one of the top meals of our trip. Overall, I couldn't rate this air bnb and the hosts high enough - definitely recommend adding this stop to your itinerary!

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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PaddyBG007, Owner at umSisi House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we really appreciate the positive feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay at umSisi Cottage. We hope the rest of your trip created many great memories also!

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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

The best time we had in Africa. Travelled there with small children and we had the time of our life!! The safari trips to the Kruger Park were amazing and the food at the house is to die for. Thanks Amanda, Paddy and all your wonderful team.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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PaddyBG007, Owner at umSisi House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we really do appreciate the positive feedback. So please you enjoyed your stay with us in this little corner of paradise! Looking forward to your return one day!

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

We rose early in the morning to a beautiful sunrise over the Peebles Valley, having spent the preceding night sharing laughter over fantastic food. Our hosts, Paddy and Amanda never cease to amaze me with their inventive culinary creations and boundless energy with respect to ensuring their guests are catered for and entertained.

The day we had planned was to spend a leisurely trip to the nearby Kruger National Park and see as many of 'The Big 5' we could, along with anything else that would hopefully cross our path in this quest.

Paddy and Amanda, had graciously offered to be our guides for the day, and demonstrated an almost encyclopedic knowledge of both the park and its inhabitants.
Preferring to 'check out' when on holiday, I tend to try and experience things rather than read about them in guide books, and this is one occasion where my vacation philosophy really paid off. I'm not sure quite how long Paddy and Amanda have lived in Africa, but their combined knowledge of all aspects of the bush, identification of animal and birdlife combined with witty stories and anecdotes, meant that we could simply sit back and enjoy the most wondrous experience of the African Bush whilst being educated along the way. Their British accents give away the fact that they weren't raised by tribes in the bush, but were it not for that, I would say these two were bushmen born and bred!

For those readers who are interested, I believe we managed to see 4 of the big 5, with the exception of the elusive leopard, but I have no qualms about stating that 'I will most definitely be back to find him', and yes, I will be staying at Umsisi whilst searching.

Umsisi House is a veritable 'home from home', if you want the experience of fine dining, luxurious accommodation, amazing views, fabulous company and a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area then you will struggle to find a destination which comes close. The accommodation stands alone on its merits, but when combined with the zeal and company of the two hosts, guests are not only treated to the comforts of home, they are charmed by amazing company and entertainment throughout their stay.

Once again, I cannot recommend Umsisi highly enough, and if you intend to visit the Kruger and don't want to, or can't afford to, stay in one of the highly priced Game Reserves, then Umsisi offers equivalent first class accommodation, near enough to the Kruger to allow for more the more leisurely, unstructured and to my mind, more enjoyable game driving experience.

Do yourselves a favour and give Umsisi a try, you most definitely wont regret your decision.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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PaddyBG007, Owner at umSisi House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you very much for the in-depth and glowing review, we really do appreciate the positive feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time here with us! We will do our best to help you find the elusive leopards in our area when you next return. Again, thank you for taking the time to review umSisi House.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

What a great stay!!! Love love this place!! They will see us again very soon
Best linen, most amazing view, best hospitality, great extra features. Owners goes the extra mile.. extra amenities, spices in cupboard, sauces in fridge.. really great
Ester came to clean every day.. and it was so great to have a fresh unit everyday

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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PaddyBG007, Owner at umSisi House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to review umSisi Cottage, we really do appreciate all of the positive feedback. So please you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully we will be welcoming you back in the not too distant future!

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Additional Information about umSisi House

Address: Peebles Road | Farm D2, White River 1240, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Speciality Lodging in White River
Price Range: ₹ 4,656 - ₹ 69,133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — umSisi House 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 60 hectares of pristine bush, umSisi House is strategically located between the town of White River and the Numbi Gate entrance to the southern Kruger Park (20 minutes away). We offer a personal service that only a very small, privately owned and managed, five-star, luxury country house villa and gourmet getaway can provide. umSisi House is the perfect destination for groups of friends and family wishing to visit South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region, the Panorama Route and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area. The house only caters for private groups on either (a) a dinner, bed and breakfast basis,(b) a full board (all inclusive) basis or a self-catering basis (maximum 6 guests). A booking service for local activities (including bespoke Kruger safaris in open game-viewers) is also provided. All meals are planned with guests in advance to ensure that the dining experience is a daily highlight. TGCSA 5-Star Country House. ... more   less 

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