“ Address: 37 Visser Street / Ficksburg / Free State / South Africa / +27 (0) 51 933 5555 „
Eagle's View Guest House, Ficksburg, South Africa
We booked the accommodation through roomsforafrica.com as we did with all our other accommodation for our trip to South Africa. This is an excellent site and covers all of South Africa for accommodation with pictures and details of what is available at each place.
This guest house was booked as we needed somewhere not far from the border of Lesotho as we had planned to spend the day driving up through Lesotho visiting my husband's old village and the school where he had taught about 20 years ago. We had also planned to visit Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho on our way up northwards back into South Africa.
We found the guest house easily and this one was a home with guest house facilities in the downstairs area. We arrived to a huge automatic gate at the bottom of a very steep driveway. I rang the bell and immediately two huge dogs (a Boxer and a large fluffy Alsatian) arrived barking happily and licked my hand through the gate. The owner followed them down, opened the gate to welcome us in and invited us to park in the garage. He was very apologetic about the fact that his wife was not there to greet us as well.
We were shown to put rooms; ours had a lovely big double bed and ensuite bathroom with bath, shower toilet and basin. The boys' room was similar except it had twin beds and no bath in the ensuite. Both our rooms had doors opening out onto the garden and with a view of the garden and pool and then further to the mountains in the distance. We also had nice fluffy towels in colours that complemented the rooms and they also lent us four large towels for the pool so that we could enjoy sitting on the loungers round the pool and a swim if we wanted too.
Inside the house was a large living area with sofas and a huge TV so the men could watch their football. There was also an honesty bar where you could help yourself to drinks on offer and write these in a book so that your bill could be totalled before checking out.
This was not self catering and we had not requested an evening meal or lunch so when we arrived we asked about where we could eat and were recommended the Ficksburg Hotel so off we walked to stretch our legs after a few days in the car for long periods. It was a few blocks away but not too long a walk even in the heat.
The hotel was very pleasant and we enjoyed a few drinks and an extremely good steak meal. We then found a supermarket for some sandwich stuff for our evening meal as we had had such a huge lunch. We found a very big box of lychees (about 2kg) for about £3.50 which we chomped our way through during the afternoon while sitting round the pool area reading. There was also a table and a few chairs on a mini patio outside our room, another set under a shaded area in the garden and yet another on a larger patio area just by the living room so there were plenty of places where we could sit and relax ore sit to eat our sandwiches later.
The owner said that we could use the kitchen and also told us to help ourselves to cold water from the fridge as their tap water was not good for drinking. They were most welcoming without being intrusive and explained that the downstairs living room was just for guests as they had their living area upstairs so just to make ourselves at home.
The setting was very pleasant and having negotiated the incredibly steep drive you did get a great view from the house and garden. It was in a very quiet residential area so we were not disturbed at all by any noise. In the evening as we were sitting outside eating the owner very kindly brought us some insect repellent she warned they had a lot of mosquitoes. We duly sprayed ourselves and then of course all our meal had a slight taste too but we were not bitten at least. We also sprayed both rooms with the strong Doom spray before shutting the windows and putting on the fans.
The next day we came into the living area for breakfast and were guided upstairs to a small dining area which had a buffet table at the back. It was beautifully laid out with fruit, yogurt, juices, tea, coffee and cereals, fresh toast was made and then a full South African breakfast with boerewors, pancakes, bacon, eggs as well as fried tomatoes and mushrooms. There was so much food it even over faced the boys who have very hearty appetites.
We had to pay the balance of our account and were able to pay by card and the bill was ready with an official receipt too. The owners guided us when backing the car down the drive way as it was really hard to see and it was extremely steep and of course the dogs kept wandering around behind as well.
This was a lovely welcoming guest house but you were in someone else's house so there was less privacy however unlike some English B&Bs we were not expected to make ourselves scarce until the evening, we were made to feel very welcome and treated like friends really. We asked about using the internet and they put their computer on and logged us in and when I offered to pay they said we were most welcome and there was no charge.
The setting and the accommodation was comfortable and clean and very nicely furnished and we were made to feel very welcome. It was a great stop over place and obviously Ficksburg must be popular as there were quite a number of these small guest houses we noticed as we were walking around. Ficksburg has a big Cherry festival and the owner said that they are always booked for that and of course during the summer and other school holidays. We visited out of season.
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