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“A good-value base to explore”

Van Zijl Guesthouse
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Van Zijl Guesthouse
Franschhoek, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A good-value base to explore”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We stayed in the Waenhuis. It is what it is - no airs and graces. Clean and functional. Good heating for the winter and electric blankets which were welcome. Plenty of space. We thought it was a good base from which to explore the flowers and value for money. The flowers were fabulous.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Waenhuis. It was mostly clean and neat, but stank of cigarettes. The owner was not in town this time, but on previous a visit he was very knowlegable and helpful. The area ia well worth a visit even out of flower season.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Knysna, South Africa
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Whatever you do do not get accommodated in the loft room above the Smitswinkel restaurant which is part of the Van Zijl guesthouse complex. Two seniors were checked in there only to find that to reach our room we had to climb a nearly vertical set of steps. Once at the top the security gate opens outwards resulting in a severe lack of balance. Inside the room is like a storeroom with a collection of odd goods stored there. The bathroom is screened off from the room by a curtain. The noise from the lounge and restaurant below permeate up to the room above. NONE of this was explained to us when we booked. Really bad on the part of the owner.

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Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Howick, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

This is a great place to be during flower season and there are unexpected finds even during April.The guest cottage that we stayed in was very clean and had all that we rquired. But the bed was the hardest and most uncomfortable I have ever slept in. Breakfasts were a disappointment and I suggest that future guests take provisions and make their own meals. The cottages are not serviced.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Spent 2 nights at the Olive Campsite (part of the Van Zijl Guesthouse stable). Lots of hard work has gone into getting the lawn to grow and it makes the campsite very pleasant indeed. It was out of flower season so we were alone and it was so peaceful. Great showers and very nice protected braai lapa.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2011

What can one say about Nieuwoudtville except that this collection of B & B's are most probable the best in town.
The operation is well run and "Piet se Huis" was renovated and comfortable
Dinner is on a first come first serve basis , you get what you are given and the food is eatable

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Van Zijl Guesthouse
Address: Neethling Street, Nieuwoudtville, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Northern Cape > Nieuwoudtville
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Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Nieuwoudtville
Number of rooms: 21

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