Rawdons Hotel & Estate Guest Reviews

Ambience – July 2013 “
Just wanting to compliment you, the owners and staff, on your amazing hotel. The first word that comes to mind is “ambience”. And that is something that Rawdons gets just right. There is a sense of history in this amazing hotel, with all its nooks and crannies. Fabulous paintings, fireplaces and coffee table books. Cats basking in the sun and double fuschias blooming in winter! Cosy rooms that maintain integrity whilst having been modernised to just the right degree. (Loved the heated towel rails)! A pub that doesn’t have a large screen blaring music or sports. What a relief! Rather gentle background music from the past. And Thank All The Gods, no sign of any spa or massage facilities! It all makes one just about believe that humanity is on the right path after all.

Well done guys.
Regards, Colleen

Trip Advisor – July 2013 “
Our family spent a winters weekend at Rawdons with 2 other families. We stayed in room 1, the family suite, which was immaculately clean, warm, and very comfortable. There were plenty of heaters and we had a tv and fridge in the lounge area. Rawdons is great for families travelling with kids as there seem to be plenty of family rooms and inter-leading rooms. The hotel is small enough to retain an intimate feeling that you are staying in a grande-olde house of yester-year. We were fabulously looked after, both at breakfast and in the evening in the pub, by George (who seems to work incredibly long hours but still manages to retain a sense of humour). We spend hours exploring the lake and forest, and found loads of chestnuts. The pub was only place to be when the temperature dropped and was equally welcoming to both the adults and children. Excellent value and a wonderful stay, especially considering it’s a 3star.

“A little piece of Heaven!” Di & Paul “
A 1-night stopover at this charming olde world hotel, turned out to be 4 glorious nights in a simply stunning, romantic setting which, needless to say, we fell in love with immediately! What added to the charm of this Little piece of England was the warm, friendly welcome we received on that freezing afternoon in July! The room, with central heating, was lovely & really comfy, overlooking the lake – and what a pleasure to step on to a warm bathroom floor! The English pub, with its cozy ambiance, was so welcoming, with a roaring log fire & “yummy” pub food! The food & the service in the dining-room was excellent too! In a nutshell – “delightful!” We’ll definitely be back – for a longer stay…

“Unexpected surprise”
We arrived here from the south coast enroute to Pretoria late on Sunday afternoon August 12th.
The aim was simply to visit the Nottingham Road Brewing Company to get hold of a few of their excellant products to take home (I am a beer enthusiast and admirer of the NRBC range).
Whilst enjoying a beautiful Porter in the charming pub, the wife and children had a stroll around the property. And that as they say, was that.
She begged to stay over.
I am still not sure whether it was the warm glow from the Porter, the log fire or the superb surroundings which bowled me over but I needed no arm twisting.
you’ll be seeing us again soon! 🙂

“The old lady is looking great”
We have stayed at Rawdon’s many times, It’s a good stopover on the road between the South Coast and Johannesburg. This trip it was very cold, and we were glad of the warm and sincere welcome we received – as well as with the way the hotel has been upgraded through very careful and tasteful modernisation. The public rooms have never looked better, and the bedrooms are beautiful. Bathrooms are modern and really lovely. The food was excellent, and the pub,( happily not revamped!) with roaring log fires, just the best place to be on a winter night. The staff were as welcoming and helpful as ever.
Not to mention we bought some Pickled Pig to take home!! Always a great extra…

“More than expectations!”
Have been on day visits to Rawdons before and our wonderfully peaceful stay this time was lengthened from two nights to three because we just couldn’t bear to leave the peaceful tranquility and hospitality that Rawdons offered. We will be back!

“Birthday stays at Rawdon’s”
This is our second ‘birthday’ stay, a gift from our daughters. They knew nhow we loved the hotel just from visiting for a meal while on a midlands Meander. On this occasion we had a ‘bed and breakfast’ treat. We were so pleasantly greeted by management we could have been family, and on being shown to our room, we learned that although a standard room had been booked, because it was midweek and the hotel was not busy, we had been upgraded to a luxury room! We loved our surroundings, the fantastic art work, the heated floor, and the blazing log fires, and of course the lake with its Egyptian Geese and ducks.
We were so pleasently suprised, on departure, to be greeted by Daid again, with a cake which had been baked and iced, for Joe’s birthday. What a lovely touch. Another nice touch was the 10% discount on Notties Beer. Altogether, a lovely ‘getaway’.

“Beautiful, Old World, Relaxin”
Beautiful, Old World and Relaxing are just a few of the adjectives I can use for describing Rawdons. Whenever we are in South Africa visiting family we always spend a few days driving the Midlands Meander. We wouldn’t go to Nottingham Road without at least having lunch at Rawdons. Being able to spend a few nights there is heaven. The grounds are beautiful, the food is delicious, the service is beyond reproach. There is just the right accommodation for everyone. The included breakfast has everything you could want. If you are visiting from the States you will be really pleased with the ambiance and old world feel of Rawdons. Definately 5 stars.

“Excellent Conference Venue”
My company recently used the conference facilities at Rawdons for a strategic planning workshop. This is an annual event and we have been back to Rawdons now for the forth year in a row. The facilities are well organised and the staff extremely professional, also in dealing with big groups. The accomodation and food is excellent and Amanda and George lovely hosts. Really cannot fault anything. This is a highly recommended conference venue and we will definitely be back. Dr Martin van der Merwe.