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Review of Frog and Fern Cottages Chimanimani

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Review posted 1/16/2013 view all
skipxtracer from brooklyn, New York
Magical!
I spent my whole summer (er, winter in that hemisphere) in Zimbabwe, and this was far and away the best accommodations I found. It may sound over the top, but our cabin was actually one of the most magical and charming places I've stayed anywhere in the world. And in a country that's notoriously gay-unfriendly, it was amazing and comforting to find a place run by out lesbians.

My friends and I stayed in Mzanje Cabin, which we all loved. Let’s first say that the shower there–hot and with good pressure–was a Zimbabwean miracle the likes of which we didn't find again. And having stayed in a bunch of hostels and cabins over the course of our travels, we were extremely grateful that Jane provided a some basics like coffee, tea, salt and sugar in the cabin’s clean, well-appointed kitchen. The rest of the cabin was better than comfy–charming eclectic decor, a warm stove, and lots of quirky, sweet personal touches from the owners, making it feel much more like a home than a hotel. The one and only (very small) negative thing I would say is that the large bed in the cabin was two mattresses instead of one, which isn’t super comfortable for a couple--that might not be true in all the cabins, though.

Aside from the cottages (and the location, which is pretty special too), the best thing about this place is the owners, Jane and Dee, whose passion for the spot is abundantly obvious. They designed the gorgeous, unique cabins themselves and had them built from local materials. They provide lots of local knowledge (and hiking maps!) and keep a blog of local happenings. And Dee creates and sells beautiful paintings of the natural beauty they're so passionate about.

In short, Frog & Fern is romantic and beautiful and inviting and so unique--and on top of all that, uniquely inviting to LGBT travelers. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Month and year of stay:
July 2012
Length of stay:
1 nights
Recommend hotel for:
singles,couples,young,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Mixed gay/lesbian/straight
Would I stay at hotel again?
Absolutely
My ratings on the following categories:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Exceptional
CURB APPEAL AND LOCATION
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Good
CHECK-IN
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Exceptional
COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Exceptional
STAFF
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Exceptional
DINING
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Not Applicable
DETAILS
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Exceptional
VALUE FOR MONEY
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?
Exceptional

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