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Rietfontein Ostrich Palace
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Munich, Germany
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11 reviews
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“Authentic location, friendly hosts”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

We stayed here for 3 days in January. Upon arrival we were friendly greeted by madam Elmare, a friendly host who isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for her guests. The cottage we booked, the Ostrich nest, is located on a secluded and quiet site which is about a 5 min. drive from the owner’s house and restaurant. The Hoepoe units are also located there. (Only Emma’s cottage is directly located next to the owners house and restaurant.) For us this short drive was no problem at al. Mister Kobus, madam Elmare's husband, offered to pick us up for having dinner and bring us back to the cottage, as a service, which we appreciated.
We enjoyed the food and wine in the restaurant. Cooked breakfast was excellent and of a remarkable high standard. Swimming pool was great, and offers excellent scenic views of the hinterland.
At the moment we were there, there were only a few ostriches left on the farm. Apparently this had to do with regulations following the bird flu in 2011. We took the farm tour with mister Kobus and were explained everything about ostrich keeping. The tour, about 1 hours, was very interesting, though just a little bit overpriced.
The cottage was kept very well clean and is authentically furnished and decorated. The cottage is equipped with everything you need (hairdryer, coffee & tea making facilities, bathrobes etc.). The only slight problems we encountered in the room was that the bed was a bit small and the ceiling fan was quite noisy and needed some fixing. One other slight detail was the fact that there are no shutters for the windows, making us city dwellers feel a bit unsafe at night with opened windows. But the owner assured us that this is a very safe area and the beautiful garden with its flowers and birds and amazing starry sky viewed at night from the veranda made well up for this.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kerkrade, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

nice place to stay, nice environment, very friendly people, birdwatching is a good possibility sitting before your hotelroom or on the hotelterrace; coöperative in bying oystrich leather products.....

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We stayed at Emma's near the Main House: A lovely house, beautiful furnished. We stayed just for two nights, the accomodation, the hospitality, the beautiful and interesting surroundings and the landscape would have deserved a longer stay. We also had two wonderful dinners - perhaps the best on our trip in South Africa.
Very recommendable

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wetteren, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Stunning view from the round pool . We stayed in the spacious and cozy "Emmas cottage" close to the farmhouse . In the evening we had the best ostrich steak we ever had . Very kind hosts . Very clean and quiet place .A lot of value for your money.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

The Rietfontein Ostrich Palace was our favourite place during our 12 day SA trip. Beautiful views, immaculate accomodation and the most delicious food and wine were accompanied by very charming hosts and a swimming pool with the best views ever. We also enjoyed a very informative private ostrich tour which I am sure outdid any show farm equivalent. We also enjoyed the company of Rex the Jack Russell, 'Old Lady' the lab, a few wandering tortoises and the odd peacock. It was a very magical stay!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

we enjoyed a superb stay in luxurious accommodation in our own cottage on a farm where it was quiet and beautiful with lots of fresh air! From the beautiful manor house we had a lovely view and there is a big pool to cool down in when the Karoo is hot! The farm is conveniently situated between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn to vist both towns. We were treated to a well-presentd and stylish breakfast - and all and all feel-good experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Rietfontein Ostrich Palace. The antique building and its setting were both beautiful, and our enormous room with luxurious en suite was really comfortable. Dinner and breakfast, prepared by our attentive hostess, were memorably delicious.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rietfontein Ostrich Palace
Address: On Route 62 | between Oudtshoorn & Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rietfontein Ostrich Palace 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The World's Oldest Working Ostrich Farm established in 1879, offers you 4 Star (TGCSA graded)and AA Superior accommodation in restored farm cottages.Restaurant offers you local and ostrich cuisine.Daily guided ostrich tours. Birder's paradise.Explore the Cango Caves, drive over the Majestic Swartberg Mountains to the little town of Prince Albert back to Rietfontein via Meiringspoort. ... more   less 
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