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Cape Town, South Africa
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in the 1880s, the Old Jail is now a gorgeous lodge. We slept in the old hospital cell, which had its own fireplace, air conditioner and private courtyard. The awaiting trial cells, women's cells and stables have also been converted into lovely rooms filled with fine furniture and an eye for detail. We visited for the historical value and... More 

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port elizabeth
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only stayed one night but were welcomed by owner Karen. The accomodation was well kept and just stunning overall. The gardens are lovely and are filled with birds making their rounds form one tree to the next, The quiet atmosphere is perfect for people who want some quiet away from city life.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A magnificent achievement accomplished by restoring this historical building into a truly upper class establishment. Set in the Karoo, one would rather expect to find this “Old Jail” on the estate of Downton Abbey! During our two night stay we experienced good service, nice home cooked breakfasts and above all, peace and privacy. Thanks for a lovely time, Arthur and... More 

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Karen v, Owner at The Old Jail, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review! ... I really like the Downton Abbey Estate comparison..... Karoo it is... and a lot of sweat and hard work put into rocks to establish our lovely gardens..Hope to see you again... many regards,Karen & Oleg More 

Somerset West, South Africa
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Driving from Somerset West to The Bedford Garden Show, we needed to beak our trip. We stumbled upon a real gem, The Old Jail. What a treasure, what luxuary, what old world charm. We stayed in the Hospital Room and nothing could have been further from the truth..... it was pure heaven.

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Karen v, Owner at The Old Jail, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your stay with us.. we know the Bedford Garden show.. lovely .. and yes our Hospital Room is definitely worth a visit to our Old Jail.. We truly hope to see you again in the future. Thank you and all the best! More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

What a special renovation and beautiful garden. We stayed in the hospital room, which was quiet and relaxing. This is a special place with the hosts playing a key role which was really appreciated. Ideal stopover from gauging to the coast.

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Karen v, Owner at The Old Jail, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review, we too enjoyed your company, it was good to chat about Art and Gerhard Batha and Plett/Keurbooms and to meet you and we wish you all the best and perhaps we see you again? More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had a fantastic stay at the Old Jail. What a magnificent building so beautifully restored. Our hosts couldn't do enough to make us comfortable. I can highly recommend this establishment and it caters for all needs

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Karen v, Owner at The Old Jail, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are sure you are going to be back for the next MBT team building fun event next year. Or maybe with the family on some other occasion. Until then all the best..Karen & Oleg More 

Newlands
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We came off the Leopard Trail in the Baviaans and were looking forward to a hot bath, a good bed and proper linen. The place was beautiful restored by the owners, and the room tastefully furnished. All in all the experience was positive and we can recommend this for a sleepover.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

We stayed in the hospital room overnight on our way to the Cape. This is too short and will come back for an2 or 3 night stay. The room and bathroom are weel appointed and very comfortable. Added to this is a private courtyard. We slept peacefully in the quiet Karoo. Dinner and breakfast is served in a dining room... More 

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

We spent one night locked up in the women's prison, thankfully not in solitary. What a fabulous guest house with the most delightful hosts. Our room was gorgeous, the whole old jail has been beautifully renovated and it's history researched. Going across the private courtyard to use the shower and toilet is no problem. Good breakfast in the main reception... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Very helpful and welcoming. The accommodation has been renovated to a high standard an must be unique. Our room was formerly the women's jail and it was necessary to cross a grass covered courtyard to get to the separate w/c and shower, which may not suit everyone. Breakfast was excellent. Plenty of secure car parking.

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Three luxury rooms in the main building of the Old Jail and one family self catering unit with kitchenette and barbaque ( braai) area in the Old Stables sleeping 2 to 4, also on the same property with very large and safe parking area.See the web site for more specifications on all the 4 different accommodation options. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Old Jail

Address: 15 Blignaut Street, Willowmore 6445, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Willowmore
Price Range: $71 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Jail 4*
Number of rooms: 3
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“Hospital room bath was fantastic”
 of 5 bubbles c1985_9, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms with courtyards are available.”
 of 5 bubbles markhC2168LY, 19 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Take the "hospital" room if you want an ensuite bathroom and fireplace...”
 of 5 bubbles MarizaBryanston, 20 Oct 2015 | Read review
“The room we stayed in had an ensuite bathroom whereas the other room whilst having its own bathroom, it was across the courtyard.”
 of 5 bubbles MelissaCapeTown2014, 21 Jul 2015 | Read review
“If you want a room with a fire in winter take the Hospital Cell”
 of 5 bubbles Chefane, 8 Apr 2015 | Read review
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