“ Address: 2 Louw Street / Colesberg / 9795 / Northern Cape / South Africa / Tel: +27 051 7530245 „
Herb Garden Guest house Colesburg, South Africa
We needed a place to stop an d break our journey between Oudtshorn and Lesotho so we chose Colesburg as it was about half way and close to the main road. We booked this accommodation through Roomsforafrica.com as we did all our accommodation in South Africa apart from Kruger and Cape Town.
Colesburg is not a big town but obviously gets most of its guest house trade because it is just off the N4 from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The town was full of small guest house and not much else. As we were quite tired and the boys were keen to use the pool we dumped our cases and left them at the guest house while we popped over to a small supermarket to grab a few bits for an evening meal .
The pool was in the owner's garden which was joined to the guest house garden. The gardens of the guest house were lovely and the house was obviously quite old and had a big veranda overlooking the garden. The garden with the pool was really just lawn with a pool in the middle but it served the purpose for cooling us off after our long journey. It was really hot and I managed to do a bit of washing and hang it on the veranda while we sat and enjoyed a cool beer.
The hostess/owner was very Afrikaans and welcomed us into the guest house and showed us ore rooms. My husband and i had a double room with small ensuite shower and toilet. The bed had a lovely handmade patchwork quilt on it but the rest of the furniture looked like the sort of stuff that came from the 50s or even earlier. It was all clean but it remind3dc me of my ex-husband's aunt's houses in an old country town in Australia, it was very quant. Our room did have air conditioning which as it was quite hot and there were quite a few mosquitoes about we were very grateful.
It was supposed to be a self-catering place but it would have been hard with just a micro wave, fridge ad kettle so as we had enjoyed a lunch on our way we decided to go for sandwiches and even that was a challenge as there were only two plates, few knives and no sharp knife at all so cutting up our mangoes was a bit messy. However we managed and also had no problem with our beers and wine as the fridge was really efficient. We managed to freeze some bottles of water to keep our cool bag cool for our journey the next day too.
The boys' room had three single beds and an ensuite shower and toilet but no air conditioning or fan so they were mightily unimpressed. They sprayed they room with insect spray but both were covered in mossie bites the next day and had also been very hoot as they had shut the windows in an attempt to eliminate mossies so all in all they probably wouldn't recommend their room.
The breakfast the next morning was included in the price and was set up in the house with the pool and we were able to sit outside under a roof awning and enjoy the owner's African Grey parrot chatting to us while we ate. There was quite a good selection of food. Fruit juice, cereals but they were a bit stale I thought then a cooked breakfast for those who wanted it with plenty of fresh toast. Have forgotten if there was any fruit but I seem to think that there may have been some but not a lot of choice. It was quite substantial but nothing special.
This was the place that the boys voted least good on our stay. It served a purpose, it was clean and our room was comfortable. The owner was very pleasant and produced a filling breakfast but the boys' room need fly mesh on the windows and a fan or air conditioning as it was too hot and there were a lot of mosquitoes.
All in all it was quite reasonable I think we paid about £80 for both rooms and breakfast but it was not so cheap that you could not expect a fan and insect nets. It was clean and our room was comfortable and the owner was quite welcoming but it would not be somewhere that I would necessarily recommend unless you needed a stopover place like we did but I would insist on a room with air conditioning in the summer months for certain as otherwise you will boil and get eaten alive by the mossies. You certainly could not really self cater either, a sandwich or heating up something in a microwave is the limit and then only a couple of plates we had to share between four of us!
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