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Thistledown Country House

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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Thistledown is such a special spot tucked away in the Karkloof . Our hosts , Norman and Norma are an exceptional team . We celebrated my father in laws 80th birthday celebration at Thistledown with great success ! The food was incredible, the dining room perfectly suited for intimate celebrations, with a view out onto rolling green lawns and the...

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Great hosts, beautiful surroundings, charming old house. Breakfasts were delicious! They prepare dinner on request ... We will definitely recommend ! Howick will see us again ...because of Thistledown Country House.

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Secunda, South Africa
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Our utmost appreciation for a heart-warming welcome and stay at Thistledown Country House ... the home of Norman and Norma Maguire. We would love to visit you again as this is place we call home in KZN. We never had a dinner and breakfast as delicious as the one prepared by these two wonderful hosts.

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The hosts Norma and Norman (yes how funny is that!) are fantastic. Breakfasts were yummy- fresh fruit including raspberries and blackberries, yoghurts and cereals. Then your choice of eggs and the standard full English breakfast, but with an extra eg. Hotcakes and mascarpone. Lovely informal garden with a peaceful stream running through it. The house is stunning, traditional wooden floors....

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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Service was great, breakfast beautifully prepared! Hostess was very accommodating to our unusual request. Rooms were beautifully cleaned every day! Room had a fire place, heaters. Beautiful garden with lots of bird feeders to attract the local birds which was a treat!

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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Staying at Thistledown is consistently fantastic. Norma and Norman are attentive hosts, room are clean and comfortable and food is excellent. The rates are very good and while located a bit of of town, it really is a perfect choice if you're in need of accommodation in the vicinity.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I was the only guest at Thistledown on a Monday night. I arrived in the dark but was greeted by Norma who had already sent me the code for the entrance gate. What a gem this place is! I cannot find a single flaw. My room had a fire ready for lighting as well as a heater and a warm...

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Gaborone, Botswana
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Our stay was for 5 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed it. An ideal base for anyone cycling, walking or just relaxing as the surrounding are beautiful. The evenings are very relaxing with an open fire and delicious 5 star food provided by the hosts. The rooms are quaint and comfortable. It doesn't have WiFi or DSTV but we were quite...

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Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Comfortable beds, really good food and generous hosts all come together wonderfully at Thistledown to make for a lovely place to stay. We've visited numerous times over the last few years and it is always consistently just right. Located 15 mins drive from Howick, this is a great option for interesting day trips to explore the midlands or just enjoy...

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Reviewed 15 November 2015

Very restful. Wonderful 2 day stay. Outstanding food! Norma and Norman are excellent hosts. The food is fantastic. Loved the ambiance. Enjoyed the sights in nearby vicinity. The crane conservation centre is well worth a visit. Khyber pass - very beautiful scenery.

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Address: Colbourne Farm Road, Howick 3290, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Howick
Number of rooms: 5
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“All the rooms are very comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles , 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Each room has its own charm and en-suite bathroom. One room has a fire place”
 of 5 bubbles guestg743, 10 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There's a bigger room with a four poster bed that's worth requesting.”
 of 5 bubbles nickcro67, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the room on outside verandah. Peaceful.”
 of 5 bubbles reidJhb, 15 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Double bed room at the end of the veranda the best.”
 of 5 bubbles nigelj687, 12 Jun 2014 | Read review
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