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The Retreat at Groenfontein

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Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660 South Africa
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#1 of 22 Speciality lodging in Calitzdorp
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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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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Massage
Gift shop
Internet
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Private check-in / check-out
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Shoeshine
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Soundproof rooms
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Safe
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Sofa
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Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, German and 2 more

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Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660 South Africa
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yvonne v wrote a review Jul 2021
Knysna, South Africa69 contributions32 helpful votes
What an amazing weekend we have just had at The Retreat. From the minute we arrived we were treated like royalty. Our room was lovely, the food was divine and the setting is perfect. There are many trails to walk - from gentle strolls to climbing the mountain. We will definitely be back when the weather gets a bit warmer because there are so many swimming options. Beautiful, natural rock pools, a lovely spot under huge old oak trees next to the river, a farm dam and a swimming pool. The best part of the weekend was definitely dinner. All the guests sit around one big table. We were all strangers when we met and great friends when we parted. We met such interesting, lovely people and had so many laughs. Brilliant!! Thank you to everyone for making this one of the most memorable and enjoyable weekends we've had in a long time.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded 5 days ago
Thanks very much, Yvonne and James, for your brilliant review. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to your next visit! With HUGS and kind regards Marie
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murrayizzett wrote a review Jul 2021
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions1 helpful vote
We have just returned from our4th vist, but first winter visit, to Groenfotein having visited on previously in summer and autum. Once again we have so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves that we had discussed our next visit prior to leaving. It is hard to say which season we prefer: summer offers the opportunity to swim in the dam or rock pools but winter definitely draws one to the walks as the air is so clear the temperature mild and views spectacular. The hospitality is always the same however: warm, welcoming and homely. Our 3 children have migrated from eating the simple dedicated childrens meals to joining the adults for dinner and enjoying all that is offered. The new people one meets and engages with over meal times are an absolute highlight of each trip. We cannot recommend Marie, Grant and their team more highly and look forward to many more visits.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: The family rooms are separate from the main house and offer more privacy and views
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so very much Murray and Helet for your very kind words! It alwlays is such a pleasure to welcome you all five and we look forward to the next time! With HUGS and best regards Marie
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kathymV3274MW wrote a review Jul 2021
Gordon's Bay, South Africa2 contributions
Wow so happy to find a hidden gem in the mountains for a wonderful get away. Marie is the perfect Host. Ronnie and Merle also went 5o great effort to make our stay just perfect. Thank you so much. Food was superb, the views stunning and great walks. Your suggestion that all guests and hosts sit down together for dinner is a wonderful practice and helps guests interact. Met some lovely people. Loved the fire place in the room that gave off NO smoke or smell. Will definitely be back. Regards. Vic & Kathy
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded 1 week ago
Thanks very much, Kathy and Vic, for your kind words. It was a great pleasure to meet you all four and we look forward to a return visit!! With many thanks and best regards Marie
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Judith M wrote a review Jun 2021
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I spent three nights here. I had an excellent time. The service was on point, the food was amazing and the hosts were friendly and kind. I met some interesting people and enjoyed eating together at night and at breakfast. As a single person I can recommend, there is no loneliness and the walking trails are great, with lots of beautiful flowers and birds, even zebra.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Responded 1 week ago
Thanks very much, Judith, for your kind review. It was a great pleasure to meet you and we hope if your travels should take you to the Klein Karoo again, for a return visit!! With many thanks and best regards Marie
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Nora N wrote a review Jun 2021
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We stayed in a spacious suite in the garden - private and with beautiful views of the distant mountains. The staff are all welcoming and helpful, and the meals delicious. There are some lovely walks on the farm, which welcomes dogs, and the drive/cycle to Calitzdorp is spectacular. It's a great place for mountain biking, and exploring natural beauty.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: The garden suites are private with lovely views.
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Thanks very much, Nora & John, for your kind words. It was a great pleasure to meet you both and we hope to be able to welcome you again!! With many thabks and best regards Marie
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US$60 - US$135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Retreat at Groenfontein
What are some of the property amenities at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Afrikaans.
Does The Retreat at Groenfontein have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Retreat at Groenfontein accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.