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The Retreat at Groenfontein

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
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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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free Internet
Breakfast included
Breakfast Available
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Accessible rooms
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660 South Africa
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George Airport52 mi
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A wonderful quiet place where you can relax 100%! Marie and Grant give a special spirit and makes you feel home. Food is excellent and you meet every evening nice and interesting people at dinner on a long table! Swimming in the dam and in the Rockpools are wonderful... I will
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We had a wonderful stay. Total peace and tranquility with lots of birds to look at. Several stunning walks to be taken right from the front door. We did have to start walking early in the morning before it got too hot, but a later delicious breakfast was perfectly
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Excellent! Such a lovely romantic place! Birds, silence, a magic landscape and thousands of stars in the sky. Stay at least a few days....to get there on a gravel road may be a little uncomfortable, but it is no problem also for normal cars..
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We travelled with my in laws both in their 80s and were treated so well by Grant and Marie. Thoughtful seating at diner mixed us up appropriately for the communal evening meal. So much to see there and great company with like minded people too. Well worth the drive on the dirt
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I loved the location,it was off the beaten track. There were lovely walks and if you love birds you will love this retreat. If I can criticise anything it would be the quality of the dinners which were very average.
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Photo provided by managementThe Retreat at Groenfontein
Suite no 9 Interior
A sun bird visiting the flora outside our suite
Morning visitors outside our suite
"We recommend the spacious garden suite (number 9)"
"The suite/separate cottage is more expensive but worth it in my opinion for the view and for the lovely space."
"Plan to stay at least 2 nights to discover the area."
"The cottages are separate and very comfortable but the three rooms inside the house are spacious and also have outside seating."
"family suites, expansive views"
US$65 - US$151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaWestern CapeCalitzdorp
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