Accommodation in George… Edenwood Guesthouse review.

Your intrepid consumer advice hound has been on the road again. This time it was the George area in the Western Cape. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to tell you about it. We’ve all heard that hackneyed phrase, ‘so and so’s best kept secret’; and personally, I wanted Edenwood Guesthouse to remain that sort of place where I could phone and not have you lot ahead of me.

But instead of being petty and small minded (quiet you in the back row), and in keeping with the policy of this blog to provide you with only the best in information, here is what I believe to be the find of 2011 – Edenwood Guesthouse.


The main entrance to Edenwood Guesthouse

The breathtakingly picturesque Outeniqua mountains, against which George quietly goes about its existence, hides Edenwood Guesthouse. It nestles cosily against the mountain slopes with indigenous forest hard by their property. An astounding variety of birdlife and other wildlife have also made this Eden their home.

Complementing the idyllic environment was the most heart-warming welcome we’ve had for a long time. Our quiet but eminently capable hostess and co-owner Dawn, showed us to our picture-perfect room.

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The cottage lounge - spotless and tastefully decorated.

The superbly appointed cottage kitchen - where self-catering becomes an absolute pleasure.

Everything about the guest house whispers understated elegance and quiet quality. The comfort and well being of the guests have been anticipated and superbly catered for by Dawn and Stan, the husband and wife team who run the business.


The view from the dining room out onto the forest.

Overlooking the awfully inviting pool.

If our breakfast the next morning is anything to go by, you can expect all meal offerings at Edenwood to be world class. The post breakfast coffee was accompanied by fascinating accounts of their extensive travels and the history of Edenwood. Finally and reluctantly we took our unwilling leave of this fine establishment – but already, I’m thinking up excuses to return.

[For a better look at the guest house and to make bookings, pop over to You’ll see I’m not exaggerating]

About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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