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The Thorntree Country House
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

We had a disappointing stay here. Although the setting and general layout is good, these are let down by the poor standard of the rooms' fitments and the indifferent food.

On arrival at our room it felt drab and unloved. All the furniture, carpets and fitments seemed about 20 years' old. The TV had maybe three channels maximum. Plenty of food is provided at breakfast and dinner, but the choice is very limited and the quality well below what we ate elsewhere.

It was nice to have the car washed and some laundry done. We were welcomed by Louis and had the odd wave and 'everything ok?', but that seemed to be as far as his management went. The staff ran the place as if to suit them. For example, in summer, why not offer meals outside? The fact that the same musak CD was played each day summed it up. It was nobody's job to change it or even think about it. The boys who cut the grass round the pool forgot to clean the cuttings out of the pool until a guest started to do so with the pool net.

We met other people who stayed there elsewhere on our trip who had the same reactions.

Whilst it is not as expensive as most other places where we stayed, that does not excuse the generally low standards. Quite a few aspects can be changed without serious investment.

Would not recommend to anyone until it has been refurbished.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank HFielding
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

What a warm welcome from owner Louis. His staff is well trained and always friendly. A place where I felt Immediately home from home. 3 course dinner is for the very hungry ones. If one had too much to eat find out about running routes in the area. Louis seems to have endless knowledge about activity options and even gave me lift to a running race at 5.30 am! Really prepared to go the extra mile to make stay special.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Frogy007
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

Good points:
Good location for the wildlife ranch and Ostrich farm
Beautiful location
Friendly staff and owner (and cat)
Good breakfast
Tasty evening meal, reasonably priced
WIFI connection in bar and restaurant

Bad points:
Rooms need a good spring clean
Rooms need a refurb - e.g some of the windows close but there is a gap (ok in summer, not so good in winter)

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank pinkcat123
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

We arrived at Thorntree late one winter afternoon. This guest house is very nice, with wonderful gardens and I expect it's even nicer in the summer when you can sit out until late. Dinner was great - it's the first time I've ever eaten ostrich. the staff were attentive and we even had the car washed before we left!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Flanders4
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

We arrive at Thorntree and there was no-one to meet us so we wondered what our stay was going to be like but all I can is, that from that point forward it was wonderful. The hotel is out of Oudtshoorn centre so some people may not like that but as evening meal can be taken here then its not a major issue especially as the meals were fantastic - just what was needed after exploring the Swartberg pass and the Caves. Louie and Tanya have a great team who are very helpful and looked after us really well. The rooms are simply but very big and have everything you need. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to other travellers.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank KathMacca
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