Granny Mouse Country House
We recently sent our contributor, Carmen to review Granny Mouse House & Spa.
Here’s what she had to say about her experience:
“My husband and I had an amazing two-day stay at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, which is only an hour’s drive from Durban. As we entered the majestic gates and drove down to the lodge, we already sensed the homely feel about the place. We were welcomed by Zaba, who gave us a drink on arrival. The check in procedure was quick and efficient, and then we were shown to our beautiful room with its sweeping views of the valley and waterfall.
We unpacked quickly and made our way back to the dining-room where a glorious lunch was awaiting us. I had a beef casserole with herbed mash and my husband had the same. The staff were attentive and very polite. We then went for a spectacular walk, about 4kms, along the banks of the Lions River where we could walk quite close to the waterfall. Eventually we headed back to our room to freshen up and try out the large oval bathtub, before returning to the diningroom for dinner. We ate in the Bistro, and both had the soup of the day as a starter. I love soup! So it was delicious. My husband had the sole and vegetables as his main and I had the beef fillet and veggies. Both of these main meals were superb and cooked to perfection.
The dessert was an absolute treat which was a chocolate lasagne, made by the culinary chef.
This was made up of an oreo base and chocolate mousse layers and swirls of chocolate as decoration. It really looked too good to eat, although we practically inhaled its decadence once we tucked in!
We then moved to one of the lounges to finish our drinks before retiring to our room. There is a turn down service, and housekeeping leaves little notes about the weather forecast and replaces used towels and facecloths with fresh, clean ones, as well as places little chocolates on the pillows!
The next day we woke up feeling very refreshed and made our way to breakfast, which consisted of a full buffet. All I can say was wow! There was so much choice and everything was so beautifully displayed. While we ate through the delicious breakfast we had monkeys peering through the windows (which have to remain closed) as they like to steal the breakfast treats.
After breakfast we decided to take a drive and do a part of the Midlands Meander. We stopped at “Piggly Wiggly” and browsed around the different little shops – all unique, from candle making and custom made furniture to children’s toys, and a miniature steam-train that children can ride on. There are also many different places to eat. You will find a lot of variety and something for everyone to enjoy. After spending quite a while here we then decided to go to “The Junction”. They have an amazing “Waffle Shack” and lots of very unusual shops especially for people who enjoy doing crafts. The place is so pretty and quaint, and after spending the rest of the morning there we then headed back to Granny Mouse for lunch. We were amazed again with the beautiful food. I had a scrumptious penne pasta with butternut, and my husband had a spicy chicken fillet with vegetables. This was all served by cheerful waitresses, and with the views to look out on it was a perfect setting.
We then went for a cycle (we felt we needed some exercise after all the rich food) and it was such a change to be cycling along the farm roads without the hustle and bustle of city life. We got back just in time before it started raining and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon looking out at the beautiful views and prepared for our last dinner at Granny Mouse (sadly).
Because it was our last night, we decided to try Fine Dining and climbed up the beautiful wooden stairs to the Eaves Fine Dining restaurant. This restaurant is above the wine cellar (Yes, Granny Mouse has their own well stocked wine cellar!)
We were very impressed with the staff as they went out of their way to please. We had amazing starters and followed these with our mains, and yes, I will tell you yet again what we ordered! I had lamb loin and my husband had the duck and of course it was all absolutely delicious. We finished off the meal with a berry dessert which was also out of this world, created by the talented culinary chef.
The next day we had the spectacular buffet breakfast again, but then had to say our sad goodbyes to the staff and management.
Granny Mouse is definitely a place at the top of my list that I would love to stay at again.
I forgot to mention that there is an amazing spa that I would love to go to next time when we stay a bit longer and is the perfect setting in which to completely destress.
Thank you to Sean, the manager, and the rest of the team at Granny Mouse who made our visit a time to remember.
Hopefully, we will be coming back again soon – very soon!”