Galenia Estate

Reviews of Galenia Estate

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Below are independent comments from 6 of our travellers who have visited Galenia Estate, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Prof & Dr M from Sheffield
Arrived on: 8-May-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Galenia Estate review

Coming to this accommodation so late in their season has its advantages as there was only one other couple staying. We were able to enjoy all the comfort and environment of a very beautiful estate. The morning walking tour was a pleasure and very interesting. They have a couple of tame donkeys on the estate plus a resident flock of ostriches. The estate suffered a major fire in February 2018 which destroyed much of the vegetation and some of the buildings. However, these have been rebuilt to a very high standard.
We enjoyed having a wood fire in our room in the evening and gazing up at the incredible African night sky.
The accommodation is very comfortable and is highly recommended. Our overnight stay was ample for us, but if you really need to relax, an extra day should be planned. The breakfast here is superb, and not your usual fry up!

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Mr J from UK
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Perfect location, lovely view, good food

A lovely property up away from the road, tucked under the mountains.

Beautiful view over the valley and to Montagu. Excellent restaurant for both breakfast and dinner.

A pity the bad weather prevented walks around the estate.

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Mr & Mrs O from Somerset
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Phoenix Risen

We visited Galenia in April 2017 based on location and a hope that the standards the Baileys set in Tanzania would be maintained here. They were and we absolutely loved it.

We re-booked for this year and heard, to our horror, it had been very badly damaged in a bush fire in February 2018. It is testament to this family run operation that their undertaking to rebuild during the closed season was achieved. We stayed in one of the new rooms, rebuilt in exactly 3 months, and unless you knew you would never have guessed it had risen from the ashes. The operation remains top class but we were a little optimistic to expect the birds would have returned after so much of the surrounding fynbos and woodland had been burned to the ground.

Nonetheless, we again loved our stay and even managed a swim. Apart from the charm and friendly efficiency of the staff the gold star was the cooking. By far the best of any of our stops, the daily changing menu was full of innovation and most excellent cooking. Bearing in mind the opposition includes Bushman's Kloof and The Cape Grace this is an outstanding place to stay, relax in great comfort and eat wonderfully well.

Should we return to Cape Town, Galenia will be a must. It is just too good to miss.

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Mr & Mrs S from Bristol
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Galenia Estate

Wonderful location, with great views and activities.

Fantastic dining in their restaurant and also in room.

The dams were empty because of the drought so no birds to be seen from the hide, but plenty when walking on the trails.

We will return when the dams are full again!

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Mr & Mrs W from London
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Relaxing in beautiful surroundings at Galenia

We didn't quite know what to expect but we wanted somewhere quiet to chill out before our holiday started in earnest. As it turned out we were absolutely delighted with the whole experience.

We had a very warm and comprehensive welcome from the manager, which is always a good start. Our accommodation was very comfortable and well equipped - to be picky the bathroom needed a bit of an update but it was OK. The outdoor shower was lovely.

The staff were excellent. We particularly liked the Estate Manager, Cade(?), who was exceptionally friendly and helpful. He was passionate about the estate and especially his olive grove and was happy to take time out to show us his olive press. He and others also hosted an early morning guided walk when they could demonstrate their exceptional knowledge of the local ecosystem.

The free talk and sampling of olive oil was a real eye opener for us. Olive oil can now almost be bracketed with wine and tea for the real connoisseurs!

Perhaps the high point was the evening meal - delicious home cooked food, well prepared and presented and reasonably priced. The view from the dining room was fantastic.

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Mr & Mrs O from Somerset
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Galenia Does What It Says on the Tin

Galenia is new and not yet on the Expert Africa list - it should be. We heard about it when searching for an alternative southern Africa holiday to replace our usual Botswana trips. We needed comfort, non malaria and somewhere to relax, watch birds and do what retired people do on holiday.

Run by the family that runs Beho Beho and The Oyster Bay Hotel in Tanzania, we expected similar standards and got them. Wonderfully comfortable cottages, a huge estate to wander in at will and sunbirds feeding on the honeysuckle outside our room was just what we wanted. Run by an extremely charming and professional staff, Galenia ticked all our boxes.

Although they only offered cold cuts and cheese for lunch it was all we needed and this winter they intend to extend the kitchen to be able to cater for those wanting a more extensive lunch menu. Set in a spectacular mountainous valley Galenia is a gem well worth investigating for either short or longer stays. We stayed 5 nights and plan to return as soon as we can.

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