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Arniston Seaside Cottages
Reviewed 20 January 2012

We stayed in Cottage 1D for one night on 14 January 2011. I was a bit apprehensive, based on previous reviews, but I found most of these to be unjustified.

Many people called the furniture, structures etc. 'tired' - the only thing coming close to 'tired' was the receptionist! (Shame, must've been a long week...).

I think they may have acted on some of the complaints in previous reviews and have upgraded some aspects...our bathroom was very new and modern, and had a lovely huge shower cubicle, and even a towel warmer rail!

The kitchen / bedroom / lounge was all in one (carpeted throughout), but nice and spacious, with granite kitchen tops and all the kitchen appliances you could need. The bed was very comfortable, with good quality squeaky clean bedding. And the small balcony provided a lovely view of the sunrise.

I'll agree that the cottages should not be marketed as 'luxury' - I think most of the negative reviews stemmed from expectations not having been met. But they are definately very comfortable, very clean, and well-located (just a short walk to the spectacular main beach and caves).

The cottages are value for money - we stayed in another self-catering place prior to arriving in Arniston, where we paid slightly more and did not even get bedding or towels, or a cleaning service. And compared to the rates of other places in Arniston, rather reasonably priced.

Would I go again? Yes. In winter, I may want to stay in one of the downstairs units (which have fireplaces).

Just as a note: if you have not been to Arniston before, please note that the hotel has the only two eating facilities in town (bistro and bar / restaurant) - very good food and fabulous views. There are also no shops / cafes or petrol stations at all - with the exception of a vendor selling all-sorts from a small garage-like structure at the back of the hotel!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Although a friend suggested the Arniston Resort and Spa, we opted for the Arniston Cottages, hoping for something more casual and private. We were not disappointed, ended up with an upper level unit under the thatched roof (no fireplace, alas) but a balcony offering a sea view, perfect for coffee in the morning. Little to do but to chill, take long walks and breathe fresh sea air--if you need a break, do not hesitate to make your way here!

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

We arrived in Arniston just prior to sunset. After viewing the Southern Right Whales for an hour we decided to find a room. We saw a sign for Arniston Seaside Cottages and pulled in. We phoned Mary who was came to the office in 5 minutes, gave us some fire wood and a key and told us to eat at the Arniston Resort and Spa hotel. After a fabulous dinner we turned into our cottage for the evening. Much to our surprise it was huge! A two level 3 bedroom 2 bath house! Although, the cottage wasn't heated, each bed was equipped with an electric blanket making for a very cozy nights sleep. The kitchen was well equipped and looked like it would make a great vacation stay during the summer months. The next morning I ventured out back onto the patio to discover a very private area containing a grill, outdoor shower and a great spot to enjoy an evening meal. The public beach is just down the road a very short distance away. We only stayed the one night and continued our road trip the next morning. It was a fantastic surprise to come upon without any prior planning.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Luxury it is not. Only if you consider the following to be luxury:
- threadbare bedding (my sheet had tiny hole in them)
- bathrooms that are extremely outdated (dont even have mixers to give you a sense of how old the fittings are)
- no bathmats for when you get out of the bath/shower
- an electric blanket for only one of the two single beds
- cane couches that have seen better days and are extremely uncomfortable

I would definitely visit Arniston again but would not stay at the cottages. It seems like they go out of their way with what I believe to be fraudalent advertising in that they do not show the interior of the cottages on their website at all

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

Beautiful thatched cottage, very close to the sea and a short walk to both the local cave of interest and a hotel which apparently serves very good food (we didn't eat there).

Reading the visitors' book, a number of guests bemoaned the lack of satelliteTV ... so do be clear, this place is about walks, a good bottle of wine and watching the fire flicker (we visited in Winter so the evenings are chilly).

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WendB
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Additional Information about Arniston Seaside Cottages

Address: Huxham street | Arniston, Bredasdorp 7280, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Bredasdorp
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Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Bredasdorp
Hotel Class:3 star — Arniston Seaside Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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Arniston Seaside Cottages Hotel Bredasdorp
Arniston Seaside Cottages Bredasdorp, Overberg District

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