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Reviews from guests we have hosted over the last 13 years:

Latest reviews: 


Russell A 


 Nov 2018


Wonderful B&B in Mossel Bay


Anybody who is going to open a B&B should stay at Lilies & Leopards to learn how it should be done. Anneline and Mara are awesome and run a spotless and beautiful operation. They treated me like royalty. The place is really attractive. The front door alone looks like something out of a museum. I had a terrific view down through a dramatic gorge to the ocean from my private balcony. I had to continually remind myself that I was in Africa and not Malibu. What a pleasure it was to stay there.




 Nov 2018


Strongly recommended


The view from the room was stunning and Mara and Anneline were extremely friendly and service minded. Visited the place together with wife, son and sons girlfriend. Me and my son got help with reservation go cage diving with the great White Sharks nearby Seal Island.




Nov 2018




Annelien went out of her way to assist with all our needs. The breakfast served was very good and the beautiful sea views from the dining- and bedroom add much value to our stay. Will most definitely stay over at this venue again




Oct 2018




Our stay in Lilies & Leopards B&B was wonderful. Mara and Annelie are very friendly and helpful. Our room was really nice with a wonderful sea view, even from the bed. And we did see whales each day from the balcony, this was amazing.




Oct 2018


Weekend away


What a wonderful experience - from check-in to when we left, you made us feel like long-lost friends. The attention to detail, high standards and all the extra touches you put in to the room and breakfast made this an exceptional stay. Look forward to staying with you again and



philip01969 Aug 2018


Another excellent stay


We travelled from Cape Town to Mossel Bay on 19 August 2018 together with our son and his girl friend from Madrid. We were warmly welcomed by Anneline and Mara like family. The rooms that we were allocated were super comfortable and well appointed, both with sea views.





Jul 2018


A great place to stay


What a lovely room we had. A beautiful panoramic sea view with a beautiful balcony where one can sit and enjoy the tranquility.
The owners Mara and Anneline made us feel so welcome.
Breakfast was great and set us up for the day ahead.





Jul 2018


Warm and welcoming


Mara and Anneline were very warm, welcoming and accommodating. We wanted to hike the St. Blaize trail before we headed out, and they allowed us to keep our bags in our room and shower before we left, even though it was way past check out time by the time we got back. We really appreciated it. They were lovely to talk to, and made us feel very welcome. The views from our room and the dining/lounge area were also quite spectacular. Highly recommended for anyone traveling the Garden Route.



Reviewed 18 March 2018 Cape Town

A guest house that far exceeded my expectations

I checked in on Monday 12 March 2018. What a wonderful warm welcome from Anneline. My room was everything that one could possibly want. Mara and Anneline so graciously provided a daily packed breakfast and lunch. Thank you both so much.


Reviewed 3 March 2018 Halifax West Yorkshire


Lovely hosts who looked after us well. It was my birthday and Anneline brought me a bottle of fizz which we enjoyed on our balcony. Lovely breakfast of fruit and yogurt, then anything cooked. 
My husband wasn't very well on our last night and Mara and Anneline told us where to go to see a doctor. Thank you for everything.


Reviewed 1 March 2018 Chemnitz Germany


A wonderful location with a full panorama Seaview, a shuttle to restaurants in the city - but at first so wonderful hosts! We would like to come here again if we ever visit South Africa again. Many thanks!


Reviewed 21 February 2018 Trippstad

We come again

Very lovely. Great service and super views. Mara and Anneline have been fantastic hosts. That makes the place special. We did see dolphins from our balcony every morning. 

Thank you


Reviewed 31 January 2018 Bratjie

Lovely stay

Had a wonderful stay. Friendly staff. Very helpful and obliging. Superb breakfast. 


Reviewed 30 January 2018 Scrissle Massachusetts


Wonderful B&B with great views out over the bay. Mara and Anneline were amazing, friendly hosts. One of the nicest places we have ever stayed


Reviewed 17 January 2018 Pretoria South Africa

A great stay

I went there on business, and stayed for five days, what an amazing experience. Mara and Anneline running the place make you feel so at home, almost part of the family. Every effort is made to make your stay as pleasant as possible.


Reviewed 8 January 2018 Pretoria South Africa

A Perfect Stay

This is one of the best places we stayed this holiday, with a fabulous view. The hosts was friendly and went out of there way to assist in anything, booking excursions, information where to go, free Taxi to take you to dinner. The place is spotless clean and the breakfast is superb.


Reviewed 24 December 2017 Opua New Zealand

Great ocean views

Mara and Annaline made us very welcome. The room was comfortable with its own private deck. Ideal place to sit and watch the sunset with a glass of wine after exploring the local area. Excellent breakfasts. Highly recommended.


Reviewed 17 December 2017 Cape Town

Great views. Awesome hosts. Thank you for your amazing hospitality

Thanks for your amazing hospitality. I will be back. Thanks for Great chats. And awesome clean room. Breakfast was so yummy. 


Reviewed 27 November 2017 FHawksworth


We thoroughly enjoyed our first stay at this clean and comfortable B&B with stunning views. This was only topped by the exceptional hospitality of Mara and Anneline who were not only warm and friendly without being intrusive but also served a great breakfast. We will definitely stay there again.


Reviewed 31 August 2017 Auckland New Zealand

Beauty and the Best

Wonderful hosts, who did everything possible to make our stay as enjoyable as it was. The view from the room was amazing, as were the breakfasts.


Reviewed 17 July 2017 Boksburg


My husband and I spent four nights here. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. They accommodated all my husband's breakfast idiosyncrasies with a smile. The rooms are well-appointed, fairly spacious and comfortable. Very clean and well-lit. The sea views are awesome.


Reviewed 28 May 2017 Glenbroo

Great Hospitality

Hosts were extremely welcoming and friendly. We were made to feel like old friends. Room had a magnificent view high up over the beach. Room had balcony, large spaces and was self catering. All clean and functional.


Reviewed 7 May 2017 Radam

Wonderful experience

It was a very nice experience.
On top of that, we had a very comfortable and extra-large bed, super clean room, peaceful, great breakfast served in the morning, lovely hosts. What could one want more. 
Thinking of coming back for the whale-watching season.


Reviewed 29 April 2017 Trevor 


We stayed in the self-catering unit. Very comfortable room with stunning views of the ocean and the bonus of the dolphins every morning. We had the breakfast on our last morning and the omelette prepared by Mara was one of the best we have had. Very nice breakfast. Very pleasant stay with all the info for surrounding areas. Thank you!


Reviewed 25 March 2018

Wonderful hospitality

Mara and her daughter, Anneline, made the time and opportunity to fulfil guests' wishes and talk to them in detail, which we have enjoyed using. Our room was very clean and well equipped, and the breakfast was delicious and prepared to individual requirements.


Reviewed 19 March 2018 Gifhorn, Germany

Friendly Hosts

The hosts are very friendly and try to help with everything..


Reviewed 5 June 2018 Utah

Thank you

I returned back to Utah over the weekend and wanted to thank you both for the great time we had, all four of us  thoroughly enjoyed the stay.  Especially the breakfast. 


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Nina New Zealand

The view from our room was great, and we could sit outside watching the sunsets with a glass of wine. Anneline and Mara were very friendly and helpful providing homely place to stay with a great breakfast


Peter UK

Very friendly and welcoming hosts - nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful view from our balcony over the quiet bay. 


Paul SA

I would recommend highly, best views, great setting, excellent hosts, great breakfast, super clean....all in all a nice experience...i will be back without a doubt.


Natasha SA

It was perfect can’t fault a thing. The hosts were very friendly and gave very helpful info about the area. The room was clean comfortable cosy with an awesome sea view we saw dolphins swimming from our room. Breakfast was always delicious and very filing. The beaches are very close by. My husband and I travel a lot and this B&B was the best accommodation with regards to comfort and friendly hosts. We will definitely return. Thanks Anneline and Mara.


John UK

Breakfast was thoughtfully done, with a fruit salad, and yogurt cereal starter and the bacon egg etc as you wanted, choice of hot drinks was good, the hosts had a great attitude, making you feel very welcome.


Rada SA 

We had a very comfortable and extra-large bed, super clean room, peaceful, great breakfast served in the morning, lovely hosts. What could one want more.


Peter J UK

We very much enjoyed our stay here - overlooks a quiet bay ... we watched dolphins from our balcony, and enjoyed watching the sun go down with a glass of wine. Mara and Anneline were great hosts, nothing was too much trouble. 


Guests from Cape Town

Breakfast excellent, hosts Anneline and Mara were superb, and stunning view...


Guests from Germany

We were welcomed by the 2 ladies, very friendly, helpful and made a fantastic breakfast. Our room was lovely, great view of the sea . We will definitely return and recommend to friends.


Guests from Cape Town

We only spent 1 night but it was too short. This B&B gets an excellent 5 stars for comfort, attention to detail, and the very friendly ladies who run it. The sea views from the veranda is stunning. Breakfast was good too. Thank you.


Geoff from Bloemfontein

The two people who were running thing's were friendly and accommodating. They made sure that we had everything we needed. The surrounding atmosphere was incredible. Really gave you a feel of relaxation. The food was great. I would love to go back soon, and I would recommend this establishment to all my friends and family


Guests from Port Elizabeth

Ek kan vir seker die verblyf aanbeveel. Die twee dames was ongelooflik imet hulle gasvryheid.


Guests Pretoria

Dit was 'n aangename kuier. Die gasvryheid was ongelooflik. Beste uitsig. Die ontbyt elke oggend was heerlik. Sal beslis weer daar bly.



Couple from Johannesburg

Views from the balcony. Nearby beaches. The hosts could not have done more very helpful and eager to please. Thank you for overwelming hospitality."


Guests from Pretoria

Peaceful, great breakfast served in the morning, lovely hosts. What could one want more.


Guests from Gauteng

Breakfast excellent, hosts Anneline and Mara were superb, and stunning view


Guests from the UK

Mara and Anneline was the finest hosts we came across our holiday in South africa. Thank you so much for making us feel so special.


Guest from the Netherlands:

Thank you Anneline, you are truly an amasing host....


Guest House Owner from Darling

Our Hosts, Mara and Anneline, who managed while the owners are away, were very helpful indeed as and where to eat, and suggested various places to go. They very kindly booked a table for us. Breakfast was also lovely, and set on the pool deck.


Guest from Richards Bay

The host goes out of her way to make you feel at home, the staff is friendly and professional, they genuinely care about the well being of their clients.


Guest from Gauteng

The 2 ladies at reception and with breakfast was just excellent......


Guest from Genoa Italy

The ladies who run with passion this Guesthouse have already thought of everything to make guests' stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible . Everything is studied in detail , nothing is missing.


Guests from South London

Just a short note to express our appreciation for the wonderful hospitality you showed us on our recent visit.


Guests from Switzerland

I would like to thank you again for the warm and caring way you welcomed us.  You helped to make this Christmas time an unforgettable one for us.



Guest from Newcastle United Kingdom

This was our second visit to this Guest House. Greeted like old friends by Anneline and Mara, we were upgraded to the honeymoon suite and boy oh boy what a room - huge French doors that looked out directly over the ocean (entertained by a number of dolphins on our last day). Breakfast is more than ample and sets you up for the day ahead. Overall, nothing is too much trouble for Anneline and Mara and they are extremely helpful in suggesting local restaurants and will even make a booking. 


Guest from North America

The personal touch of the 2 hostesses was so impressive and the environment felt more like at a holiday home.


Guest from Weymouth, United Kingdom

I must say from the time of booking and right through our stay we were very well looked after by Anneline and her mother Mara, they were the perfect hosts and nothing was any trouble.


Guest from Bristol                                                                              

I visited here in March and forgot to review as is so often the case with good reviews. This was the best place I have ever stayed. Firstly the accommodation is of an excellent standard and finished to a high spec. but most of all it is due to the wonderful customer service and attention to detail. The two ladies were simply incredible. I was travelling with my mother and father. My father is quite ill and has mobility issues and they made his stay so memorable. He still talks of this place every time I see him.

Sarah L Austin Texas                                                                         

Only amazing things to say about our stay.  My first trip to the Western Cape, my travel buddy arranged a reservation for us.-- he requested a room with two single beds. When we arrived at the address, it was very easy to find, even for two Americans ;)

Very well situated between the ocean and town. We were greeted at the gate by Anneline and parked in the secure parking area (free!). After unloading the car, we were shown the room which was very nice; when we were shown the room, I would have been quite content, however, Anneline offered us a free upgrade since no one was staying in the 2-bedroom suite during our stay (YES!!) The suite is beautiful-- a HUGE outdoor terrace off the living room and bedroom with two Miami-style round bed-chairs and an additional smaller terrace with a small patio set off the living room. The service is impeccable-- from the daily room cleaning to a delicious customizable continental breakfast, they have got their hospitality down to a fine art. Mara and Anneline are not only two of the sweetest mother-daughter property managers I've ever met, but also the most helpful-- they will suggest and arrange dinner bookings and coordinate activities should you so desire. We had been wrongly advised by the concierge in Cape Town that our safari in Albertinia was only about an hour and a half from Hermanus-- when we realized it was actually more like 3 hours away, Mara quickly took control of the situation and started making calls to find any animal-related activities we could do on such short notice and the last day of our visit to South Africa. After a few calls, she was able to arrange a cheetah preserve and winery tour combo outing. We would have been so disappointed if we would have had to spend our last day in this amazing country without ever getting to see any animals so she did us a HUUUUUGE favor by taking care of us

With my second stay at this property -- I wanted to change things up a bit since I was with my boyfriend this time and wanted to see if I would like the other property on the same premises as much. I certainly did!! The two houses are on the same property; they are separated only by the beautiful pool and hot tub (which I've never seen anyone but myself and my companions use).  The one house has thatched roof ceilings for a more authentic South African feel unlike the more "modern" feel of the other property. Both very nice and comfortable, just a different feel. The bathrooms in both houses are 100% top-of-the-line modernized into a very clean, sterile, spa-like environment. Mara said on our last day upon check-out, "I sure hope the balcony door wasn't too much of an inconvenience for you (it most certainly wasn't a problem-- it was just a little stiff due to the cooler temperature)-- next time you come back to Hermanus, we'll comp you a free night." Oh my goodness, could these women be any more accommodating?


A traveller from Cape Town

We were very pleasantly surprised by our stay. Not only was the accommodation clean and comfortable but we were blown away by the friendliness and helpfulness of the Management team. A very big thank you to the management at the guest house ... we will definitely be back!


Clarence from Johannesburg

The two ladies running the establishment could not have been more helpful, even though we arrived just before they finished for the day. The room was spacious, extremely well appointed and very clean. Breakfast was delicious.


Alex UK

The two lady managers were the perfect hosts and nothing was any trouble. Thank you for a great stay and we look forward to our return.


Gert South Africa

The ladies were so wonderfully welcoming! Loved every minute and going to bring my parents when they come.


Larissa from Russia:

They are extremely sensitive to the needs of guests. Their service is excellent.


Ricardo Italy:

Everything was wonderful, starting from the two ladies who run the establishment. Exceptional service - professional though warm and helpful. Will be back!


Mike and Sue from England

We had a wonderful time and the place is tremendous but its people that really make it work. You have a great team just doing that.


Breandan Chicago USA

Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful hospitality during our stay in SA. It really made our trip.


Angelique from South Africa

We were both so overwhelmed by your warmth, friendliness and hospitality during our stay. It was so good to feel so welcome and assistant from the moment we walked in until the moment we departed.


Marlena from Cape Town

They surely went out of their way to ensure that we were fine and settled. A big thank you to them.