See why so many travellers make Van Zijl Guesthouse their guest house of choice when visiting Nieuwoudtville. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.
You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a kitchenette, bringing comfort and convenience to your visit.
Plus, Van Zijl Guesthouse offers an on-site restaurant, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day.
Should time allow, NG Kerk Nieuwoudtville is a popular attraction that is within walking distance.
At Van Zijl Guesthouse, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Nieuwoudtville.
I felt lucky to find van Zijls guesthouse. It is unpretentious yet richly interesting. Beautiful dining space where guest gather and lots of information in books and maps about the area. Amazing food!
Booked Hendrikshof and Moreson in May 2018 for 7 to 9 people for the last weekend in October. Paid in full when I made the booking and re-confirmed booking telephonically on 19 October 2018. What a disappointment our accommodation was. Upon our arrival we stopped immediately to collect keys, and although the lady in the restaurant was quite friendly, the same could not be said of the man (presumably the owner – he didn’t introduce himself) It felt as if I was doing him a favour to leave. He also appeared a bit irritated to give us directions to guesthouses. We did not have any meals in their restaurant. In Moreson we found numerous dead flies in windowsills – to me a clear indication that no-one checked the house before our arrival. The toilet was also running continuously – fortunately it could be temporarily repaired by someone in our group: once again an indication that the house wasn’t checked before our arrival. The toilet still needs to be fixed: one would think that in a water scarce area like Nieuwoudtville, such a task would be a priority. The complimentary jars of teabags and sugar were also closer to empty than what we expected (4 teabags and about a quarter of sugar in about a 175g jar) Another complaint about Moreson is that there are, in the room to the right of the bathroom, no space in the cupboard to hang clothes on a hanger. As we were attending a wedding we really wanted to hang out clothes to prevent unnecessary creasing as we didn’t see an iron and ironing board in the house. The cupboard in said room had ample shelves, and a nail in the wall with one coat hanger. When we phoned about the air conditioning not working, we were told that it doesn’t work. It is strange, seeing that locals know how hot it can become in summer months (incidentally it was an extremely hot weekend: temperatures of 38 to 42 degrees were measured by us). If you know the air con is on the blink, why not provide the house(s) with fans? Surely the comfort of your guest should be important? Hendrikshof was, although it is a beautiful old house with lots of character, a disappointment too. The AA advertising board in front of the house boasts “air-conditioned accommodation”. That, sadly, is not the whole truth. As you stand on the stoep at the front door, the gap between wall and aircon unit to the right has been invaded by birds and years’ worth of nests, thereby surely restricting airflow and optimum working of said unit. There are 3 units installed. We later worked out that one of these units cause the electricity to trip on the distribution board. When we phoned about it, we were told that we never specified that we request air-conditioned accommodation. Fortunately one capable person in our group was able to bypass this problem for the duration of our stay. There were dirty marks on walls (looked like bird poo), also numerous old, dusty spider webs were to be seen. Also a clear indication that the pre-occupation inspection was not thorough. The small tin of insect spray was about a fifth full, but the battle against flies, spiders, mosquitoes and other flying pests were continuous. We went out and bought another tin of Doom for both Moreson and Hendrikshof. I also find it strange that houses are not equipped with plug in mosquito repellent units in every room. Alternatively, but not as safe, would be citronella candles to repel insects. The bedside lamp switch in the room with the double bed needed some wiggling before staying on and when I wanted to open the drawer, I ended up with the knob in my hand and the drawer still shut. Really didn't like all the personal photographs on the walls: it felt like we were watched constantly. I am of the opinion that you should keep family matters, like photos, private, not decorate a guesthouse with it. There was a thick-ish blanket as well as a duvet on the beds. Clearly the house linen was still in place for winter conditions – once again an indication that house was not properly inspected/prepared before we arrived. Although Hendrikshof can accommodate up to six people, there were only 2 sharp knives to be found. The one with the black handle (the plastic part of handle was broken on one side) would break completely if something tough would have to be cut and the blade was bent to one side, making cutting straight impossible. The other knife was a steak knife with a brown handle. The lack of sharp knives made me wonder how meals would proceed – maybe one is expected to eat “braaivleis” with your hands, or that the available one should be sent around, each person getting his five minutes with the knife to cut food? I would also like to suggest that a small kitchen cloth (nat lappie) be provided. There were ample dish cloths for drying dishes but nothing to wipe, for example, the kitchen table, with. All in all I don’t think I will be staying in any of the van Zijl guesthouses if I can help it. I will not recommend anyone to stay there either. Elizabeth K…
In Nieuwoudtville to see wild flowers, for which the area is renowned, we enquired about the best locations at the Information Centre in the Van Zijl Guesthouse reception. It also serves as a coffee shop / restaurant. Not only was the person at the desk not overly friendly, but we also had a nasty surprise. When given the menu for a light meal, we walked straight out! This was on account of the exorbitant prices. A chicken pie was listed at R130 and a tuna sandwich at R90. (Compare these prices with R30 - R40 in similar establishments throughout South Africa). That anybody could fleece guests in this manner, even considering the captive market during two months in early spring when the wild flowers bloom in those parts, is criminal. Our family, for one, would not consider eating or staying at this establishment, ever. At least, until such time as the owners come to their senses.…
We visited Olive Caravan Park very recently and found it dilapidated and unmaintained. Unfortunately I had to pay the full fee in advance. If that was not the case we surely wouldn't have stayed over. The braai facility, filled with sand and stone to prevent fires falling through the holes in it, did not have a grid. When I asked for it I was very rudely asked how it was possible that I can camp without a braai. I only replied that in forty years of caravanning and camping I never found a braai facility without a grid on top. However, although the ablution facilities were dilapidated it was clean and useable. I will not recommend the park at all.
We stayed in Frikkie-se-huis. There was everything we needed for a one night stay. We enjoyed the stoep and the garden. We planned to have dinner at the restaurant. Unfortunately due to the unfriendly and unaccommodating attitude of the owner everything needed was to be bought in town before 17H00.