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The Retreat at Groenfontein

Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660 South Africa
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#1 of 4 lodges in Calitzdorp
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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
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Board games / puzzles
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Massage
Secured parking
Internet
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Soundproof rooms
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Safe
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Sofa
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Green
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, German and 2 more

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Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660 South Africa
The Retreat at Groenfontein
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Cape Town Intl Airport
186.9 mi
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carlwarder wrote a review 15 Feb
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Marie is a fantastic host,at this stunning place. Therefore we now returned the fourth time. Surrounded by the impressing nature of the Karoo you will find the old victorian mainhouse, where breakfast and dinner is served. There are several possibilities for hiking, including visiting rockpools. We really enjoyed swimming in the dam, watching tortoises and weaverbirds. For us The Retreat is one of our favourite places for relaxing. Meanwhile Marco and Laila enrich the team with their charming hospitality. We are looking forward to coming back again to this beautiful place. Lil&Jürgen Carl
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MvdV wrote a review Jan 2024
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This is undoubtably the place to be if you are seeking a retreat in nature. The ambiance is serene, providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The sunsets were indescribable, each evening brought a spectacle of colours that painted the sky in the most breathtaking way. The nights offered an unparalleled view of a myriad of glittering stars. The staff's hospitality and attention to detail did not go unnoticed. It was evident that the team takes great pride in ensuring guests have a memorable and relaxing time.
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Scenic39149937797 wrote a review Dec 2023
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The Retreat is a very special place. We are return guests - an annual holiday destination for our family. Wonderful hosts, great food and mountain trails to keep one Fit. Breathtaking views and a place for reflection and relaxation. Meeting guests from all parts of the globe and all walks of life also adds to the unique flavor of the Retreat.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andrew wrote a review Dec 2023
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From the moment we arrived at The Retreat, our hosts went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. When we told them we would be leaving too early for breakfast the next day, they insisted that it would still be ready for us (before dawn!). The old-world charm of the farm house nestled in the trees at the end of a mountainous valley, the friendly staff, and the family-style dinners are just a few reasons that make this an escape worth going back for.
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icharl458706 wrote a review Dec 2023
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
This was a highlight of an extended ‘back’ road trip - unique. Superb cuisine, excellent company, lovely ambience of both farmhouse and surroundings. More than a home from home with the dogs and owners making us feel so welcome.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Ziglet2014 wrote a review Nov 2023
Powick, United Kingdom110 contributions37 helpful votes
Thank you Marie, Laylaa, Marco and ladies for a fabulous stay in your beautiful Retreat. We loved our comfortable and spacious garden room, the invigorating trails in the spectacular countryside and the delicious food. Your hospitality is the best! Thanks, from Jill and Howard
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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katrinschwartz wrote a review Nov 2023
Potsdam, Germany3 contributions2 helpful votes
It was wonderful to come back after 20 years and feel the fascination of this special place again. Extraordinary landscape, wonderful accommodation, warm hosts enabled us to relax from the first moment. Especially we enjoyed dinner together.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 17 Nov 2023
Thank you Katrin for your gracious review. It was an absolute pleasure to host you, Andreas and your son after all these years.
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tiva l wrote a review Oct 2023
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We stayed here on our way through, the view is stunning, the food is yum, great hikes. Marie has done an amazing job over the years and is still firing on all cylinders, though hard on hearing, there is a lovely manager to assist. Bird life is amazing! Nothing to fault.
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Daniel wrote a review Sept 2023
Durbanville, South Africa2 contributions
Excellent value for money as both dinner and breakfast are included in the price. The amenities at the Retreat at Groenfontein were clean and very neat and the meals very well prepared. It is fairly secluded, so it is perfect for a break to restore your batteries. There are numerous hikes at the Retreat of various lengths and difficulty and you can swim in the dam, rock pools or dam. The owner, Marie was on leave during our visit but the managers, Layla and Marco as well as the staff were very professional, yet friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Guests enjoy breakfast on the veranda and you can join anytime from 08:30 in the morning which make it easy to plan your day. Dinner is a delightful three course meal which is enjoyed with the other guests - a most enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AnnieBH2023 wrote a review Sept 2023
Claremont, South Africa1 contribution
Three friends plus 2 dogs had the most wonderful 3 day/2 night stay at the Groenfontein Retreat. The service, the rooms, the friendliness of all staff, the knowledge of management about plants, animals and all the surroundings was a unique and extremely warm experience. Both Mari & Marco were incredibly welcoming in every respect, and the catering for us 3 vegetarians was fabulous. And of course, our morning coffee delivery to the cottage was a real treat. Breakfast on the patio was very relaxed, along with the birdsong and fluttering display of many species, all of which could be named by our hosts. The wine we chose at dinner time was from a nearby vineyard and was a pure delight. We enjoyed the short walks, and longer trails, very clearly marked, with exquisite views and lovely resting benches along the way. The dips in the dam and rock pool were very refreshing. We intend to come back again for a longer stay in 2024 so that we can do more walks, hear more wonderful stories, and recharge our "city" batteries with the clean air and delicious mountain water.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Retreat at Groenfontein
What are some of the property amenities at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Retreat at Groenfontein?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Afrikaans.
Does The Retreat at Groenfontein have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Retreat at Groenfontein accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.