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“Comfortable relaxing and yet magical too”
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Red Tin Roof
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 November 2013

This was our second visit to Riebeek Kasteel and our mini holiday / weekend get away would not have been as amazing as it was, if it wasn't again spent at "Travellers Rest". We had spent a stunning weekend at Travellers Rest in late August and now again in the first week in Nov 2013.The guest house itself is charming, quaint and comfortable, yet it is the people who make the experience unforgettable and magically enchanting! A big thank you to all for making us feel welcome, relaxed and for most assuredly for you all 'going the extra mile' in that nothing seemed too much to ask or trouble and for taking the initiative in making our stay even better than imagined! Thanks for making the experience and memory one to treasure (again). The food is out of this world too! Yet the most endearing has been the interaction with the people who allow us guests to feel special. Thanks to George, to Michael and to Clare for a wonderful fantastic time. With fondest regards Julie & Christoan Smit (from the Stand)

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We had a pleasant stay - but after reading all the good reviews expected more. We would also have rate the accommodation 5 stars if it had not been for a couple of things - the probable reason for these issues the fact that it was off-season and the owners were away on holiday. We got the overall feeling that the place was " closed for business"...let me explain:
- at night it is completely dark outside and the lights at the pool ( which is not fenced and on your path to the room) not on - this is not a good idea and dangerous.
- the pool is covered - OK, we understand it is winter...
- the outside furniture is dirty and left without cushions - although the cushions are stacked away on the side - OK, again winter - but it was such a sunny weekend...
- gas fireplace inside not working and "for decorative purposes only" ...Uhh???
- Bar and restaurant closed...??
- No TV available to watch Saturday afternoon rugby - although this did not bother our party to much..
- Our room was not 100% clean - carpets were dirty, old amenities of other guests left in the bathroom, and our bed linen did not seem to be fresh...
Having said that, Claire was most friendly and helpful, and she did cook us a nice breakfast...so she made up for the glitches....

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank WEALLLUVTRAVEL
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We spent a lovely sunday evening to celebrate our anniversary at Traveller's Rest drawn back by the friendly atmosphere and divine Sunday lunch we had enjoyed previously on our way through Riebeeck Kasteel. We had a wonderful lunch (the bread and butter pud is divine) and were very impressed with the lovely and very comfortable rooms and facilities. Again everyone was super friendly and we will be back :-) Thanks again! Fran

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We booked the entire guest house for the Olive Festival weekend. What a fantastic time was had by all. The welcome, service and hospitality of the owners and staff was exceptional. Our thanks to Travellers Rest and team for a fantastic weekend in a congenial setting during the weekend of a wonderfully entertaining and interesting Olive Festival in a beautiful country town. Thanks in particular to George, Mike and Claire.

Room Tip: The four en-suite rooms located at each corner of the guesthouse are all equally comfortable. The ce...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

We were met by Claire (the Manageress) the first day who was so friendly and welcoming and made us feel right at home. The room's decor was very tasteful and the bed was so comfortable ! Claire cooked us a beautiful breakfast the next day and after wandering around the village we spent the afternoon lounging by the pool, sipping sundowners and enjoying the peace and quiet of this lovely B & B. We met George on the last night (what an amazing host) and Michael (the chef) cooked us the most incredible dinner. We really really had a most enjoyable 3 days.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

We visited Cape Town for 2 weeks in January 2013 what a fantastic surprise this place is Traveller's Rest is in beautiful settings and a beautiful Village feel, The owners make you feel truly special, the decor is gorgeous and tactfully done, well what can i say about the accommodation except I give it a five star,clean, fresh, wonderful decor so tasteful and the linen is to die for, Michael cooking is exceptional and every detail and need is catered for. Without going on I would definitely give this five star, well done to George and Michael for giving us this wonderful surprise in a little corner of South Africa.

Room Tip: I would definitely book in advance, and this is well worth a trip and visit, all the rooms overlook...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

During our stay in South Africa we normally venture outside the Cape Town city centre and head for some peace & quiet one of the weekends and boy did we make a great find here.

On arrival to the Travellers Rest we were meeted & greeted by George Heathcote one of the owners and taken thru a lovely peaceful garden with pool to our rooms.
The rooms are actually suites as they are big in size and attention to detail was noted as George talked us thru the amenities & details of Travellers Rest.

Our afternoon was spent in the beautiful garden around the pool area reading books and drinking some lovely local wine which the staff served us with no problems and all during the time we were there felt totally relaxed and pampered as the staff kept our wine bucket topped up with ice .

As my partner & myself did not know the area we had booked an evening meal with George at a cost of Rand 120 being £9 sterling for a three course menu and were not expecting such a culinary delight for the cost because if we were in London this would have been £30 per head !!!

Michael Clarke is the Head Chef and I can honestly say even having just 3 choices of Starter, Main & Desserts these were of brilliant standard all presented like a Michelin Star establishment.
Just to say my Duck main course was one of the best I have had for a very long time.

Our morning of departure we sat in the courtyard garden under the trees where George came long with breakfast menus and again we offered three kinds of juices, teas, coffee and a delightful dish of fresh fruit, yoghurt & muesli plus a choice of cooked breakfast being full English or some lovely Smoked Trout with eggs , I can honestly say that these two guys know how to look after there customers and nothing was to much trouble from start to finish... Well done Travellers !!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Paul S
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Additional Information about Red Tin Roof

Address: 23 Hermon Road, Riebeek Kasteel 7300, South Africa (Formerly Traveller's Rest)
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Riebeek Kasteel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Riebeek Kasteel
Price Range: £52 - £58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Red Tin Roof 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Tin Roof is a manor house that has been sleeping guests, feeding strangers and quenching thirsts for decades. The new owners gave her a complete facelift and donned her in new colours. Known as a bit of a party animal, they enlarged the bar - and added another! They have re-vamped her from head to toe and decorated her with an eclectic mixture of art and collectibles from around the world. ... more   less 
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