I should preface all this by saying that I booked the Lagoon Lodge section, which is across the street from Cotswold House. It's all the same property as listed in the databases (I booked via hotels.com), but if you stay in Lagoon Lodge (really another large house and walled compound), you'll likely spend all your time in that section, as it's self-contained. I can only assume the other unit across the street has similar standards.
Finding the place was the hardest challenge. My flight all the way from Amsterdam landed at 10:35 p.m. and, after a hassle with Avis, off I sped in the rental car, driving on a strange side of the road in not only a strange country but a strange continent. On Google Maps it looked like the place was on the main road (R27, Marine Drive), but this was far from the case. There was no signage there and all the walled compounds backed up to the road; to find the place you had to navigate what seemed like a maze of residential roads from the other, eastern side of Marine Road.
Being male, asking directions was out of the question, and it didn't seem like a great idea late at night in an obviously security-conscious area anyway. So I finally found it by "brute force" (driving every inch of every road) after about 25 minutes. The person answering the buzzer at Cotswold House seamlessly transferred me over to Lagoon Lodge, and they opened the gate and showed me the room.
It was a basic sort of room, with a sliding door and facing the pool. Maybe motel-sized, bathroom in back, reminiscent of places in Hawaii that were family run and had neither heat nor air-con. I had what looked like a tower fan but thankfully didn't need it, as climate was ideal.
You get a whole set of keys, including to the room safe (very basic and low-tech), sliding door and sliding grate for the door, plus a remote for the gate and keys that I'd assume let you into common areas of the house.
I didn't make too many demands of facilities. It was a little chilly to swim, even though the pool was carefully cleaned. Breakfast was worth getting up for, as you got a European-style mini buffet (cereal, milk, yogurt, cheese, toast, fruit salad) plus an egg-bacon-mushroom plate to order. It passed the "tank-up test" (i.e. good enough to go light on lunch).
Less stellar was the Internet from the house terminal, which was a bit poky but got the job done. The TV in the room was a flat-screen of maybe 20 inches or so and hooked to satellite, though maybe I hit a bad week because channel selections were getting rejected and maybe a quarter of them worked. Which wasn't a huge deal (I wasn't there to watch TV, though seeing more of the soccer at night might be good), but it did remind me it's a guesthouse (albeit a nice one) and not the Hilton. You do get daily maid service, though.
I'd say generally you're better off here with a rental car, especially since the place has 8 numbered parking spaces within the gated area (making it especially excellent for that). There's also a busway that runs along Marine Drive and connects to the citywide system, but Milnerton is a suburb and not the most centrally located choice for most Cape Town attractions (save for the weekend Milnerton Flea Market, along the R27 closer toward town). With a car, though, it's a relatively painless few miles to get to the N1 exit and the freeway into town (or continue south to Kirstenbosch, Cape Flats, etc.). Am sure the management can help with car rents or attraction info if you need it (I'm so used to having to use Lonely Planets and sussing it out myself under other arrangements that I usually don't ask for help, but I know others may approach it differently or want more guidance).
Obviously you could also spend a day "coccooning" around the grounds or by the pool here if so inclined and blessed with the vacation time. You could walk to downtown Milnerton in 30 minutes or so, or across the bridge to Milnerton Beach, but the area isn't dense with restaurants or other attractions like, say, Fish Hook or Hout Bay.
All in all, it was a great stay and good value for the money.
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