Clarens Retreat

Retreat 2
Traveller (80)
Mountain-View Apartment
Room & Suite (9)
Dining (8)
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

View prices for your travel dates

R 1 250
Get rewarded with One Key
R 1 053
Go to your Happy Price
R 1 250
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.

About

5.0
#3 of 30 guest houses in Clarens
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Situated in the idyllic town of Clarens, approximately 3 1/2 hours' drive from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein, Clarens Retreat offers stylish and comfortable self-catering accommodation whilst being nestled in-between the beautiful Rooiberge. A number of refurbishment projects, including new beds, décor and replacement of all soft furnishings have been completed. The Retreat consists of 11 self-catering units. Being 240m away from the town square, the activity hub of Clarens, everything is within comfortable walking distance.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Great View
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans
450Reviews1Q+A5Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 358
  • 82
  • 10
  • 1
  • 0
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
Dharmarai wrote a review Sept 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clarens retreat is ideally situated walking distance to the shops and art galleries and to Clarens Xtreme! We enjoyed the morning breakfasts with all the necessary amenities 'home away from home', under the umbrella on the balcony of our unit taking in the views. We loved the evening walks to the restaurants on the main road of the town that had live music on a Friday evening . After a fun filled day we came back to a cleaned unit after the helpers freshened our rooms on a daily basis.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Colleen P wrote a review Nov 2020
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
OUTSTANDING From the special touches in the rooms to the excellent food. Gerrit has made sure that the rooms are elegantly furnished and the staff were so accomodating with cleaning of the rooms. The fact that it is so well situated in the town ensures that everyting is within walking distance. Retreat is definitely our first choice stay in Clarens.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Samantha L J wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful, clean, well kept and friendly. We arrived on a Sunday night over the festive season, unfortunately we needed laundry assistance, even though all the cleaning staff were unavailable the caretaker took care of our urgent laundry. Wow!! Fantastic, friendly service.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from 822gerritp, Owner at Clarens Retreat
Responded 08 Jan 2020
Dear Samantha Thank you for your feedback. It was my pleasure to assist you with your laundry emergency. Regards Gerrit - Owner
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
jsilva845680 wrote a review Feb 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We received wonderful service during our stay, and the owners were happy to spend time recommending the best places to hike and eat. The on-site restaurant, Treat, also serves quality food that is beautifully presented and reasonably priced. Clarens is a quaint little town, and Clarens Retreat complements it perfectly. We are very happy with the time we spent there, and would both stay there again and recommend it.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
kjmchiro wrote a review Aug 2022
Durban, South Africa4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An excellent location, close to the village, but far enough away from the bustle. Loved being able to park safely out of the fray, and just walk to the market square. The quaint room is excellently appointed to provide maximum comfort. The room was squeaky clean and hygienic, and the cotton sheets and bedding were a dream to slide into on the cold winter nights. The welcome from Gerrit and Francois made us feel right at home. The food was so delectable in the TREAT restaurant, that we ate there both nights of our stay. The lamb shank and seafood chowder are unreal. Thank you Gerrit and Francois for a magic stay. Many referrals will be coming your way, and we will see you soon again.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Gazza wrote a review Jan 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love staying at Retreat in Clarens on our frequent travels between Durban, Cape Town and the far Northern Cape. Gerrit is a welcoming and friendly host and prides himself on ensuring that the accommodation is always well presented, with a high level of attention to detail. Retreat is perfectly situated only 100m from the Clarens Square and the quaint shops and eateries. Their onsite restaurant has a great menu and is extremely popular, serving excellent fare. The accommodation is secure with off road parking and has everything you would need for and overnight stay or longer.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
wvisse234281 wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A real treat, our stay at Retreat unit 9 was exemplary. The self-catering unit (unit 9) we stayed has all that you would need from a holiday home. It was beautifully decorated, neat, clean and easy to make yourself right at home. We had a beautiful mountain view and enjoyed a late afternoon braai on the stoep. Gerrit was friendly and helpful, going the extra mile to advise on alternative routes to travel back to Gauteng.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
infoO2327LT wrote a review Aug 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A well designed, comfortable guesthouse. The management team is great and welcoming. The restaurant attached to the guesthouse with Chef Francois - food absolutely fabulous. The rooms were super comfortable and warm with the addition of the under carpet heating and electric blanket.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
kkock547634 wrote a review Jan 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Clarens Retreat in the Annex room for 2 nights. The room is spacious and beautifully decorated. The kitchenette is well equipped and has everything that one needs. Parking is secure and we felt very safe. Clarens Retreat is walking distance from the town square so one does not need to drive there. The restaurant at Clarens Retreat, Treat is beautifully done and has a superb menu. The service is very professional and the food is just delicious.
We loved everything about our stay at Clarens Retreat and will definitely stay there again. i can fully recommend it.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
bunnyreid wrote a review Jan 2021
Sandton, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A short note to thank you for the friendly environment you have created at the Retreat. Emma and I enjoyed the time we spent with you. The apartment was clean, comfortable and well appointed. The hotel location is great with easy walking access to Clarens centre as well as the walking trails around Clarens. We look forward to coming back to Clarens and spending more time at your establishment.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Penny F asked a question Oct 2016
Do you accept dogs?
Answer from Gerrit P
Clarens, South Africa
Hi Penny. Regrettably no pets are allowed. Regards Gerrit
Claud P wrote a tip Mar 2021
Randpark Ridge, South Africa5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 7 & 8 are very private"
Read full review
Tyrone Jones wrote a tip May 2019
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Two bedroom Apartment Mountain View together with stunning gardens"
Read full review
Annette R wrote a tip Oct 2017
Pretoria, South Africa35 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are looking at a family stay or friends, this is an excellent choice"
Read full review
John S wrote a tip Nov 2015
Cape Town Central, South Africa15 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a converted home for accommodation & very well done."
Read full review
Ceris6 wrote a tip Sept 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa147 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in Retreat 2"
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Clarens area.
PRICE RANGE
R 1,054 - R 1,073 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaFree StateClarens
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

CLARENS RETREAT - Guesthouse Reviews & Price Comparison (South Africa) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Clarens Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Clarens Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Blou Donki Art Gallery (0.2 km), Anja & Friends (0.3 km), and Titanic Rock (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Clarens Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Clarens Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Clarens Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Clarens Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Clarens Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Clementines Restaurant and Bar, Highland Coffee Roastery, and Gosto Portuguese Restaurant.
Is Clarens Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Clarens.
Are there any historical sites close to Clarens Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bushmen Art at Schaaplaats Farm (0.4 km).
All Clarens HotelsClarens Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in ClarensHotels near Clarens Retreat
Things to DoRestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire