This was our 3rd visit to The Colonial on Arundel and each time we arrive to find something new (or old) has been added to enhance the experience. This is a lovely colonial home set in a beautiful garden amongst the citrus orchards. Each spacious room is beautifully furnished and has its own lounge and en-suite bathroom so big one could have a party in it. Each suite now has the use of its own private pool and there is a lovely old ball and claw bath with hot and cold running water set up high on a wooden deck overlooking a pond where you can either chill out or wallow - depending on the weather. The beds are really comfortable and the fridge is well stocked.
Molly is a gracious hostess and ensures that her guests have everything they could possibly require whilst Conor entertains with his wicked sense of humour. Unfortunately we arrived very late on this visit and couldn't fit in a game drive with Conor but would recommend that if you spend a couple of days here you should really go to the Addo Elephant Park with him. We have been to the park on our own several times and couldn't believe how much more we learnt and saw with Conor at the wheel.
We didn't get to sample Molly's cooking due to a change in our plans and a last minute booking but we had a very good TBone steak at a restaurant just a few kilometres away. The rave reviews about Molly's food are just another reason to make this one of our favourite B&B's in the country!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As the name suggests, "Colonial Africa" is the theme in architecture, decor, setting and atmosphere of The Colonial on Arundel. Nestling in citrus orchards on a working farm, only 10 minutes from the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, this 4 star 2-suite facility offers understated luxury, coupled with relaxed, friendly attention, and is enhanced by highly acclaimed cuisine. Each suite has private entrance, its own private lounge and private swimming pool. Attention to detail in the suites is a trademark of Molly's personality...luxury guest amenities, toweling gowns, tea & coffee facilities, safes, swimming towels, coffee table books and magazines, alarm clock. In-house safaris with Conor, the owner and a registered guide, to the Addo Elephant National Park, will enhance your African adventure. These tours are undertaken in a air-conditioned vehicle and offer the visitor an experience in wildlife, culture and unforgettable scenery. Conor and Molly have created a truly special place that goes to the very heart of relaxation and comfort. Within easy reach are mountain walks, horse-riding, elephant back safaris, farm excursions, cheetah breeding farm tours and visits into nearby private reserves. The Colonial is truly a place where our guests leave as friends, to return time and time again. The warm welcome feeling extends right down to our Head of Public Relations, Marley the Labrador, who successfully creeps into everyone's heart. Within a 45-minute drive of Port Elizabeth Airport and the beaches, and also the gateway to the Karoo, as well as to the Garden Route to Cape Town, The Colonial on Arundel is truly the desirable Eastern Cape place to be in every respect. Welcome to the real Africa. ... more less