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The Retreat at Groenfontein

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Cape Town
Reviewed 1 week ago

Half the attraction was the drive to get to Groenfontein. After Calitzdorp the road winds up through a pass which is very beautiful. The Red Hills are worth seeing. We enjoyed the walks and the rock pools. The drive way to the farm is a bit bumpy.

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Surrounded by mountains, with meandering paths to explore, this is a real retreat. Spacious cottages (our no.7 was perfect), scrumptious meals and wonderful service under the guidance of owners, Marie and Grant, made us determined to return for a longer stay. What a pleasure to experience total peace and quiet in this busy world! Yvonne and Len Bebb

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Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have just spent four nights here and it is the forth time we have been. I cannot praise it enough. Our suite no.9 was perfect, the ambiance, views, walks, food all excellent. Grant and Marie are super hosts, the whole relaxing experience was wonderful. The evening meal served on the veranda is just like a dinner party. Roll on...

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MarieLittleKaroo, Owner at The Retreat at Groenfontein, responded to this review

Thanks Gillian and Stuart for kind words, it's ALWAYS a pleasure to have you and we look forward to next year! With MANY thanks, best regards and HUGS Grant and Marie

Saint Francis Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a couple of days away and spent time in the Calitzdorp area. We decided to keep the best for last and were absolutely blown away by how beautiful this establishment is. It takes you 27km of really good dirt road to get there - winding through a little pass through avenues of willow trees and over little causeways...

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MarieLittleKaroo, Owner at The Retreat at Groenfontein, responded to this review

Thanks Sarah for your kind words! It really was a pleasure to have you both and we look forward to the next visit! With Hugs Grant and Marie

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We spent 3 nights here in September....what a great spot! Marie and Grant are wonderful hosts with many interesting stories to tell! Breakfast and dinner were sociable, and the food hearty and home cooked. The trails on the property can be as long or short, easy or more difficult, as you'd like......they are well marked and maintained, and offer lovely...

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 October 2016

A very good BenB where you - as we did- love to return, over and over again. Where hospitalitty and style is still normal and personal attention a natural way of living in an eco Environrment. Table D'hote is a perfect thing to breng yours stay amongst interesting other guest

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Wiesbaden, Germany
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Very lovely and cosy place to spent some time really off. Almost no connection to the all day trouble. Just you and the incredible nature if Klein Karoo. Take some of the well signed and prepared trails before or after a delicous and rich breakfast. Enjoy the dinner together with all guests and get in touch with each other before...

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 8 October 2016

My wife and I arrived on a stop over on our way to Cape Town. From the minute you arrive you feel welcome and at home. We went for a walk in the hills surrounding the Retreat and then arrived at the lodge for dinner which was surprisingly top class being so far from a town. All guests sit at...

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Reviewed 4 October 2016

We had three great nights here during our two-week Karoo roadtrip holiday. The environment was very peaceful and restful, with lots of long walks through the farm to stretch your legs, and to help you forget city life. Our dog also got plenty of exercise, and enjoyed visiting with their dogs. Marie and Grant are great hosts, always attentive and...

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Edenvale, South Africa
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The hosts Marie, Grant and Gary welcomed us and made us feel at home. The food was excellent and experiences were shared by having dinner with all guests and hosts sitting at one big dining room table. The bird life was abundant and the walks enjoyable. It is in a beautiful mountainous environment,

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This award winning destination, a nature reserve, 20kms from Calitzdorp, adjoining the Swartberg World heritage site, offers simple luxury, friendly service, and a relaxed ambience, 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 tranquillity enjoy birding, walking trails, relaxing in the lovely gardens, at the dams, river or pool, or do day outings to attractions in the area, such as ostrich farms, Cango caves, Swartberg pass, and others. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Retreat at Groenfontein

Address: Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Calitzdorp
Price Range: $127 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Retreat at Groenfontein 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Don't arrive late and try not to go for 1 night. We got a room at the back with no view.”
 of 5 bubbles Cally81, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The free standing suites are top class and recommended.”
 of 5 bubbles CharlandPhil, 11 May 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 8 & 9 have wonderful mountain views”
 of 5 bubbles SSeahorse, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Go for 2 nights in the bungalows”
 of 5 bubbles Avior, 26 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 8 and 9 are more expensive but the view is magnificent”
 of 5 bubbles J3153WSpeterr, 16 Jan 2016 | Read review
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