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The Retreat at Groenfontein

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This award winning destination, is in a 560 hectare nature reserve adjoining the Swartberg World heritage site. It is situated 20 kms from Calitzdorp, 48 kms from the Cango caves and 59 kms from Oudtshoorn. The guest-house offers simple luxury, friendly service, and a relaxed ambiance, with delicious, wholesome meals and caters for vegetarians and food intolerances. Evenings are spent in the company of fellow guests and friendly hosts. In this haven of tranquility enjoy birding at the dams or in the garden, challenging walking trails, relaxing in the lovely gardens, or swimming in the dam, river or pool. Stay a few days and do day outings to attractions in the area, such as ostrich farms, Cango caves, the spectacular Swartberg pass, and others.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free Internet
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
Accessible rooms
Refrigerator in room
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George Airport83 km
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Indeed a magical location. On arrival our host complained about the help more than twice.. hmmm.. and we were ushered to a dark room which was old and tatty.. fine if one pays the price for a cheap bungalow. But this was hellish expensive. I...More

Date of stay: November 2018
1  Thank loveoftravel1969
Response from MarieLittleKaroo, Owner at The Retreat at GroenfonteinResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Zilla & Klaus I'm really very sorry that you were so unhappy with your stay at the Retreat! I had noted that you are pescatarian and told you that we had a fish starter, rice, potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower with a cheese sauce and 4 different...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like the retreat very much. I often wonder why I always want to go back there. It is not the most accessible place och the road not that good but dusty. Tucked in the mountains and the wilderness around you all times. Very good...More

Date of stay: November 2018
1  Thank Anette M
Response from MarieLittleKaroo, Owner at The Retreat at GroenfonteinResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much Anette, for your most kind words! It is always a great pleasure to welcome you here and we enjoyed having you here again this last visit! We hope that when your travels bring you past the Klein Karoo again, that we...More

Reviewed 9 November 2018

A wonderful place to visit in a very interesting piece of the country. Excellent service and accommodation, very friendly and efficient. In our view only two very minor negatives......did not especially like all guests dining at single table, prefer privacy, and bed linen could have...More

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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from Marie H, Owner at The Retreat at GroenfonteinResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much Judy and Chris, for your kind words. We're only sorry that you didn't enjoy eating with the other guests. In the now almost 19 years we have been in business it is the most popular feature at the Retreat, together with our...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

I have visited the Retreat now for the 4th time and absolutely love this place! The surroundings are breathtaking beautiful and guarantee a relaxing and stress relieving time, the accommodation is very comfortable and spacious. For me as a health conscious vegan, Marie and her...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from MarieLittleKaroo, Owner at The Retreat at GroenfonteinResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you Maya for your VERY kind words - it is always such a pleasure to host you and we this time really enjoyed meeting your delightful daughter! We really look forward to your next visit, very soon! With very best regards and hugs Marie

Reviewed 27 October 2018

Amazing nature. The owners, Marie and Grant, have created a paradise in the Little Karoo. Wonderful walks in the mountains in an an unspoiled environment. Dinners outside in the veranda with guests of different countries. A perfect place to discover another South Africa.More

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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from Marie H, Owner at The Retreat at GroenfonteinResponded 28 October 2018
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Merci, Francoiuse-Anne, pour tes mots si gentils! A bientot avec ton gentil mari, Christian! Merci beaucoup et a bientot! Bisous...More

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"We recommend the spacious garden suite (number 9)"
26 Oct 2018
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"The suite/separate cottage is more expensive but worth it in my opinion for the view and for the lovely..."
27 Mar 2018
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"Plan to stay at least 2 nights to discover the area."
13 Mar 2018
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"The cottages are separate and very comfortable but the three rooms inside the house are spacious and also..."
16 Sep 2017
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US$63 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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