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“Heaven in the Little Karoo”
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La Plume
Ranked #7 of 81 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Guest houses in the United Kingdom have a somewhat chequered reputation but when our driver brought us to La Plume we were totally overwhelmed. We were greeted with a drink on our arrival and there was a carafe of port in our room.This and all of the reception rooms were beautifully furnished with stunning Oregon pine window frames and flooring. The quality of the food at both breakfast and dinner was exceptional - the best ostrich steak ever!
We would thoroughly recommend La Plume and very much hope to return one day.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Peter F
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Corlu N, General Manager at La Plume, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2014

Dear Peter F

Thank you so much for your much appreciated review. It is always great to see that there are guests who notice and appreciate the effort we put in. I especially appreciate your comments regarding the meals, since that is the one area where we are exposed to unfair criticism.

We would love to have you as our guests again: Whenever in the neighborhood...

Kindest regards
Corlu

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

This is a stunning place. Beautiful setting about 10 minutes outside Oudtshoorn. The owners have made a fantastic effort with lush green lawns, outdoor pool, water fountain and shaded areas to enjoy the stunning scenery. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a traditional style with quirky antique furniture. We opted for the evening meal and found this to be very acceptable in a lovely dining room setting.
Only 5 minutes down the road there is Highgate Ostrich farm, and a little further away one can 'visit the wild Meerkats'.
Only 2 slight criticisms: the pool cleaner was in the pool all the time we were there. I asked about this and was told it was because in a farming area in the country it has to be there all the time?
It would have been nice to have had the cooked breakfasts individually cooked to order rather than the fried / scrambled eggs left on a hot tray for the 2 hours of breakfast service.
As far as the poor internet service mentioned in other reports is concerned, we live in a country area of the UK and speeds will not be as good as in big cities.
In spite of my minor criticisms, I'm still giving this place 5*. Will stay longer next time.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Corlu N, General Manager at La Plume, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2014

Dear robinjn1

Thank you for your positive review of La Plume - please know it is much appreciated.

Regarding the pool cleaner - we are situated on a farm in a semi desert and there is no other way for us to ensure that a thin film of dust doesn't settle on the swimming pool floor. I would love to have a pool without a creepy crawly, but that is not in the cards for me! Sometimes guests take it out of the pool and then the next guests complain about the pool being dirty... talk about between the devil and the deep blue sea!

We have actually discussed preparing breakfasts individually, but especially with large numbers of people eating at the same time it results in people having to wait, which would just lead to the next complaint. Hot breakfast is prepared for every "time group" coming in, so it is changed every 15 - 20 minutes. We are still trying to fine tune our individually prepared breakfasts, we want it to work!!

I hope you left this country with fond memories and that you will return one day!

Kindest regards
Corlu

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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

Stunning decor building and staff.
The antique furniture is so divine and the food and service sublime!
The manager is a delight to behold. There is nothing about this place I cannot recommend.
The local lamb dish is stunning!
Completely a thumbs up!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Paula H
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

We used LA Plume as a one night stop over on our recent touring holiday and what a treat it turned out to be. After a long drive it was like an oasis in a desert. After a welcome swim and relax in the garden, our room turned out to be a fabulous experience of the wealthy lifestyle of the ostrich feather rich farmers. Our stay went from strength to strength as we enjoyed a wonderful evening meal(ostrich steak was stunning) and a perfect breakfast. Our host was great and sent us on our way with very useful information.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank 609Christine
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We stopped here for two nights on our honeymoon and really liked the place.
It is a bit out of the way but the meals on both nights were very good, although it was the same menu both nights. Breakfast was also good, with plenty of choice.
Our room was beautifully done as was the bathroom. The setting was great with fantastic views. We were far to busy to use the pool, but it looked welcoming. Our car was washed each morning. The staff were very helpful. It was a lovely place to stay, but two nights was enough as it was too far out of the way for us to go for a meal elsewhere.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Vanessa C
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Had a one night stay here and wished we could have stayed longer. Were upgraded to the Silver Floss suite which was lovely. Staff helpful and attentive. When we return to South Africa we'll definitely stay longer here.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Annette C
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed at La Plume on our way from Franschhoek to Plettenburg, and were only booked in here for one night. Our room was upgraded to a detached bungalow set in the grounds with a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside. The bathroom was enormous. The evening meal was excellent, as was the buffet breakfast. The swimming pool was great to cool off in after the long drive we'd just had. We wished we could have stayed longer because the staff were so welcoming and helpful. Our car was washed and ready for our departure - fantastic service.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about La Plume

Address: Volmoed Road | (off the R62), Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: £86 - £240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Plume 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Plume is a Boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where Karin, the owner, has combined old-warm charm with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention. Our attention to detail, colour and texture is a contribution to the art of gracious living. ... more   less 
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