Dave’s mum has moved to Sedgefield which is ‘around the corner’ from us as compared to Sandton where she was living. Even though the travelling time amounts to the same – 4 hours per car or 4 hours at the airport / flying / travelling to and from the airport, it is cheaper and easier for us to visit her in Sedgefield. The drive is fairly easy and we return to Mossel Bay after having lunch with Marguerite and stay at the Aqua Marina Guest House which is run by Noel and Alida Hudson. Noel is extremely friendly and chatty and Alida is fantastically helpful and accommodating.
Aqua Marina Guest House View
Each room has a king size bed, a television set and its own DSTV (satellite) decoder. This is great for us as we can watch the sport and read the news and sports news while we are there. Dave and I read in bed before going to sleep and the lamps on the bedside tables provide adequate light for us to do so. There are comfortable chairs in each room so you can sit and read if you want to and a space where I can sit and do my make up or dry my hair (the hair dryer is part of the room’s amenities). If you are not a TV fan there is a radio complete with CD player in the room.
Aqua Marina Guest House Rooms
There are dustbins in both the bedroom and the bathroom, a box of tissues in the bedroom and a laundry bag is provided as well as bathrobes and slippers. The bar fridge has milk and bottles of complimentary water which to me is a nice touch as I drink quite a lot of water at night, and I try not to drink tap water out of the area in which we live. There are also complimentary rusks, tea and coffee with a small kettle, cups, mugs, glasses and a corkscrew provided. I love that there is a suitcase stand so that the case is always out of the way and the cupboards are large enough to take a week’s worth of clothes with ease and has proper hangers. The cupboard ‘hides’ the safe as also has mosquito repellent products in it which is a necessity in summer. Here you will also find the extra pillows and blankets.
Aqua Marina Guest House Fruit Platter
The first time we stayed the room we chose had only a shower, but the second time we had a shower and bath in our bathroom. The bathroom is fully equipped with hand lotion, hand cream, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, cotton wool, ear buds, nail file, dental floss, toothpaste, sewing kit, shower cap, shaving kit, leather shoe wipes, shoe mitt and bubble bath. The showers are very nice and have an anti slip mat in them. The water pressure is good and the size of the shower is adequate. The only problem is the water temperature will change spontaneously if someone else in the house is using water. This is a simple problem to fix.
Aqua Marina Guest House Breakfast
The entire place is spotless and there is free wifi. Unfortunately the signal strength is not really good throughout the house and a booster would probably make a huge difference to this. Each room has an air conditioning unit which we have not made use of as we are used to the heat! In case you have forgotten your plugs at home there are multi plugs and euro plugs in each room. Breakfast is amazing and starts with a choice of fruit juices and a huge platter of fruit. The fruit is seasonal and so in winter the platter might be substituted with pancakes. There is yoghurt to go with the fruit if you want as well as a choice of brown or white toast. There is a nice selection of jams and you can choose which way you would like your eggs done. I would recommend scrambled as opposed to poached or fried. The main breakfast ingredients are kept in warmer drawer with the plates. Alida dishes up a generous breakfast of potatoes, mushrooms, sausage, bacon and tomato, together with the eggs. I am not that keen on the ‘shaky cheese’ topping and must remember to ask Alida not to use it on our next visit. You will be given a choice of tea or coffee with your meal and the drinks are kept warm in the cutest ‘bags’ I have seen.
Contact them on +27 44 690 4677
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