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“We can't wait to return to Kondensmelk's charm!”
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The cottage has been furnished with quirky flair
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The cottage has been furnished with quirky flair
The cottage has been decorated with love and lots of flair. Bedrooms are quirky and cozy, with good linen and hotel quality beds
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The cottage has been furnished with quirky flair
The cottage has been decorated with love and lots of flair.
Bedrooms are quirky and cozy, with good linen and hotel quality beds
“Stoepsit” is a sport on the platteland. And Kondensmelk’s stoep is a winner!
A real “platteland” garden with a farm dam, fruit trees and sweetpeas in spring
Eeverybody loves our “Damcuzzi” in summer.
Our “damcuzzi” is one of a kind. A small farm dam with inbuilt seating. Perfect for cooling off
Gorgeous little country kitchen, complete with gas stove and brick floor
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Parys, Free State

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lyndle h
Potchefstroom, South Africa
1 review
“We can't wait to return to Kondensmelk's charm!”
Reviewed 30 September 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Nestled in the heart of Parys, Kondensmelk was the perfect spot for us to kick back, relax and enjoy the local treasures of the town. We enjoyed time huddling beside the fireplace and when the weather warmed up, the wrap-around terrace made for the perfect place to read and enjoy a cup of coffee – with condensed milk of course! The house brought together the charm of an old 1900’s space combined with modern design elements and classic, tasteful décor. We loved all the wonderful surprises, books, and amenities and will definitely be returning to Kondensmelk when we’re in Parys again!

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Liked best: The ambiance and quality of amenities
Liked least: we loved everything - can't fault it at all!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
1 Oct 2016
Thanks so much for this lovely review, Lyndle and Sandra! We’d love to have you back in summer : )
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Vansinsa
Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best place to stay in Parys!”
Reviewed 16 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Our family had the most enjoyable stay at Kondensmelk and will book it again in the summer to enjoy the farm dam!

We received a very welcome reception from Zelda and immediately felt at home. She left dog biscuits for our bulldog and a small gift for me (it was my birthday). The house is beautifully decorated with antiques and vintage charm, real 'boeresjiek'. The rooms are very neat and clean with beautiful attention to detail. All the comforts that a person might need are catered for, even a tin of 'kondensmelk' for morning coffees. Although the house is close to all the Parys antique shops and restaurants on the main road, the area is so quiet. We enjoyed to braai on the stoep and our dog happily ran around the yard.
We enjoyed our stay tremendously and hope to come back soon!

Definitely recommended.

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Liked best: most enjoyable stay
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
17 Aug 2016
Thank you so much for your kind words, Zeldi! We’d love to have you back soon...this time, for longer ; )
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Elizabeth...
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I didn't want to leave ....”
Reviewed 3 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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With its scattering of antique and vintage and charm, it was like stepping into my own private little world of hippie-Provençal-country, with its own little swagger. So special it felt like it had its own time zone. And I just really didn’t want to leave …..

Absolutely fabulous home away from home. As you approach the red front door you know that you will somehow not be disappointed. Wooden floors and high ceilings – Kondensmelk is full of charm and warmth with trinkets and souvenirs everywhere – the rooms are decorated with almost individual themes and character, yet somehow similarly quaint. And the paintings – in every room, even the bathrooms. It almost feels as if each room has its own little private story to tell. It’s just really all in the detail, like the writing desk in the main bedroom. You feel as if you’d be able to write like Hemingway when you sit at it. And the blankets draped over the arms of chairs and couches – not hidden away somewhere in a cupboard, but displayed, part of the décor. Inviting and warm. Not the strict 6 of each item, but an abundance of cutlery, crockery and utensils.

The large patio surrounding 2 sides of the house, with patio doors leading straight onto it from the kitchen is fabulous with ample seating in the form of tables and chairs – ideal for relaxing. Perfect first thing in the morning with a strong cup of coffee (or 3), and equally glorious late afternoon with a sun downer, moving to the quaint fireplace in the lounge with generous cozy couches as it starts getting cold.

And for the warmer seasons – a Damcuzzi. Exactly what it says – a dam-style jacuzzi, or a jacuzzi-sized dam. Brilliant! As is the name – Kondensmelk (condensed milk) – sweet, delicious, with a long-lasting, lingering taste.

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Liked best: Everything
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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
4 Aug 2016
I’m so glad to hear that Kondensmelk delivered on the “sweet, small-town thrills” we promised! Your review wanted me to go and stay there myself, ha-ha. You should be writing books. Thank you for your lovely words and visit us again soon, Elizabeth.
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Joannebee...
Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Mrs”
Reviewed 17 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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person found this review helpful

Kondensmelk is a delightful little house, brimming with character and whimsical charm.
We visited in the heart of winter and kept our fireplace constantly burning and our wine glasses full to ward off the winter chill!

The house offers ample space and comfortable furnishings, all uniquely combined in a fun, quirky fashion.
The kiddies watched movies (as our drive plugged directly into the TV screen) and the ladies visited on the stoepie or around the lovely large kitchen table. The beds are comfortable, each with their own electric blanket and super cozy duvets, with odd bits and bobs of art and books scattered throughout the house - National Geographic and Time magazine enthusiasts will find endless joy in the collection.

The river is a stones throw away and definitely worth a visit. A lovely park is also just walking distance from the house and even a few of the grown ups had some fun there with the kids.

Parys itself, is a treasure trove of antique stores but also offers something of everything if antiques are not your cup of tea. There are also unique restaurants and eateries, where you can even have your photo taken with Al Capon or Marilyn Monroe!

We will definitely visit Parys again, and yes, we will definitely stay at Kondensmelk each and every time we find ourselves in Parys again!

Thank you Zelda for being the perfect host, you run a true little jewel of an establishment!

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Management Response
19 Jul 2016
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Jo! We hope to see you again...very soon!
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FrancoBot...
Rawsonville, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic country retreat”
Reviewed 27 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This is a beautiful,typical and comfortable country house. The four of us loved the quirky deco and the space that this beautiful house has. Zelda was the perfect hostess,always available to help with ideas on what to do. The tin of condensed milk and craft beer in the fridge was a wonderful touch.The wrap around stoep reminds me of my own home in the Boland and unfortunately it was a little cold to swim in the dam, unless off course you are training for an ice swim.
Parys, with all its big ,red hair fashion of the '80's still around,is a wonderful place for a family weekend getaway. Unfortunately most restaurants close down on Sunday afternoon.
Will definitely return in the near future and certainly stay at Kondensmelk.

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Management Response
28 Jun 2016
Ha-ha, Francois, we’ll try to convince you all to colour your hair bright red and have it “teased” at the local bollaklitser next time! Thank you for the lovely review. Visit us again soon : )
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