We greatly enjoyed our stay at Mullers Mountain Lodge in Lushoto town Tanzania The owners have managed to create a very friendly and cozy, almost familar atmosphere. Staff are super-friendly and helpful, offering free coffee, tea and cake right upon arrival.
The lodge is a colonial era farm house built from red brick and has lovely gardens with lots of flowers and fresh vegetables and herbs.
There are rooms in main house as well as in small bungalows set in the grounds which are a short walk through the grounds and raised up on a hill with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.
The inside of the room was simple but comfortable and luckily the bedding was nice and warm as the evenings can be really cold - warm clothes needed.
Breakfast and lunch were so but dinner was really good with lots of fresh vegetables from the garden.
There is nowhere else to eat nearby in any case. There is a fair selection of wine at reasonable prices, and surprisingly, credit cards were accepted.
There are lots of nice walks to do nearby which the staff can advise on. The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. I would definitely recommend this lodge though was less keen on the bus ride to get there.
It is pretty cold up there (1,800m) but there is a fireplace in the 'living room' where one can get warm and read a book. The lodge is situated in a beautiful compound with nice gardens, many different trees and birds (including some pretty fat ravens), area to sit and relax, etc. Unfortunately we did not have time to make any excursions but the lodge is renting out mountain bikes to those keen to explore the area.
The rooms are fairly basic but neatly decorated and absolutely OK for the price (we paid $45 for double) in the context of Tanzanian standards.
I would however recommend to invest in lamps (instead of bare neon light bulbs) and a slight improvement of the bathrooms.
The walls are not very thick but I guess most people visiting the lodge will be of the calm type...
Please be aware of this: Similar to most other good accommodation in the area, the lodge is not in Lushoto proper but about 14km away.
14km doesn't sound much but most of it is a pretty bad dirt road, so it can take up to 45 minutes and your car will not be grateful for the ride.... if I had a normal saloon car I would think of twice before trying
Once the private home of an English expatriate, built in the 1930s in typical colonial English style, and surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Attractive interior furnishings, homely, comfortable atmosphere, with 7 bedrooms, a dining room and a cosy living room with large fire-place.
Certain rooms are en suite. Highland and forest walks, excellent birding in the indigenous forests and elsewhere