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“You'll either love or hate this Ostrich Palace”
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Foster's Manor
Ranked #71 of 78 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 August 2011

Foster's Manor can either be classified as a truly funky turn-of-the-century discovery or a creepy castle straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I vote for the former, while my wife was firmly in the let's-leave-at dawn camp.
Someone with a bursting wallet lovingly restored this 100 year old mansion, and probably doesn't care that few tourists find their way here. Some very fascinating architecture throughout, and the place feels like a museum. Rooms are shockingly huge--we felt like we should have brought in three or four other beds just to absorb the echoes in the cavernous space. Staff are very gracious and helpful, although it was a bit tense watching the porter lighting the archaic propane room heater.
Making a good or bad recommendation about Foster's is a tough call--if you're ready for period quirkiness, go for it. If you want comfort and no surprises, don't stop here.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

A beautiful old manor, well kept and maintained, this place gives you you a wonderful english feel and touch of its own rich history. The rooms are huge, the bathroom has a cute bath-tub and 24x7 hot water supply. We had very filling english breakfast served early morning at 6.30am on our request. Warm hospitality and middle of the town location at a reasonable price.
One really can't ask for anything more for a cozy stay.
Check out my blog on our trip to south africa, am sure you would get a good insight-
http://tryingmymind.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-time-for-south-africa-2010-trip-of.html

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

A visit to this absolutely stunning old manor house is a must. Was a bit concerned at first as location in the town is not the greatest, but once you walk through the front door and step into the past - the grand building the lovely antiques and most of all the incredibly friendly staff. Had an enormous room, comfortable bed with good linen and one of the best breakfasts. Unbelievable value.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank andrewDurban
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

Ants in the beds. Don't try to have a shower unless you are a midget as the length of the cord is 2 foot long so you have to sit down for a shower only to find the water alternates between boiling hot & freezing cold ..... no middle ground. We had booked for 3 nights and stayed just one. No airconditioning and in January VERY uncomfortable one ceiling fan in the room, you may open the window but beware of the noice coming up from the street as the local drunks enjoy their party.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank ozzietrio
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Reviewed 3 January 2009

I only stayed there for one night. The whole place is huge and so are the rooms. It has soething special to it, since it used to be the palace of one of the ostrich barons, but somehow lacks atmosphere. I felt a bit lost in the rooms since they are so big, but lack adequate decoration. Also, the bathroom looked nice, but could use some proper refurbishment. A good thing was that the gardener had washed our car the next morning.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled solo
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Thank mme_chauchat
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Reviewed 21 August 2008

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+ This is one of the original "Feather Palaces" which were built during the Ostrich Feather Craze of the early 20th Century. With their new wealth the barons created lavish mansion like Foster's Manor
+ Historic Setting
+ Great hospitality
+ Run by local college as a training site for students, nice mission

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- Do you like the smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)? With KFC across the street, you get the overwhelming odor over and over and over again
-Located on a main street in the middle of an town that is not very scenic
-I am not a fan of Oudshoorn and would skip this town. Stop at Kango Caves and keep going

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Boston2Bronx
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Reviewed 21 August 2007

We booked a night at Fosters Manor through the tourist office in Outsdhoorn. We had stayed at 4* B&Bs/Guesthouses for the previous week along the garden route, which were outstanding value and quality, so we presumed a 3* would be fairly good too.

We were wrong. This is not a 3* property, or else the grading system in South Africa is odd. The gap between this B&B and 4* B&Bs is enormous, both in service, quality of rooms and value for money.

Fosters Manor is grand, but a bit old and eerie. We had a massive room, too big. Like the other reviewer, the furniture looked too small. It was clean etc but not conducive to sitting in your room for long. The bathroom was more modern but very small.

Breakfast was fine, but again the staff do seem to stand and stare as you eat breakfast. Not as warming/welcoming as other B&Bs.

We only stayed one night but Im sure there are nicer places to stay in this town.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Vickym59
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Address: 52 Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Ranked #71 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Number of rooms: 8

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