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The Thorntree Country House
Ranked #32 of 75 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
York, UK
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31 reviews
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“Rural retreat”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

We found this hotel to be very welcoming. Lovely food served by the very pleasant staff. We had bought a bottle of wine but no corkscrew and they were happy to open it for us with no corkage charged, so we sampled and shared with them.

The accommodation was lovely with good views over the field of sheep and wonderful sunsets over the mountains. They even washed the car for us without having to ask, what more could you ask?

Well worth the short drive out of town for such a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Rooms are beautiful and modern. Staff are friendly and the gardens are stunning.

Your car is washed in the morning for free.

Just a pleasant relaxing experience. The perfect place for couples or families. Both will feel welcome.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Huddersfield
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Good accommodation in beautiful grounds with two swimming pools that are also well maintained. The accommodation is a little tired and not a lot of public rooms so socialising was very limited. Louis, the owner, cooks the evening meals should you decide to book, and it is a fair way out of town, and he also hosts the evening. The food is good but not great, breakfast could do with a little updating, the cocktail was not always to our taste.
The staff are very welcoming and helpful, but at times we felt they could have benefited from a little more management, that said we enjoyed our stay

Room Tip: Thee ones that face the gardens have the nicer view but are the least private
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape town
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

En route to the Cango Caves, ostrich farm, winery and Swartberg Pass - a good place to stay. beautiful gardens, well appointed rooms, food tasting. The service friendly, helpful and chatty without being too familiar. Will visit again when next in the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Nice clean, comfortable accommodation in beautifully kept grounds in easy reach of the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farm. Louis is an engaging and helpful host. We chose to have dinner here and it was well cooked, presented and good value. Try the ostrich steaks! A suggestion would be to re consider the breakfast menu and perhaps revert to the style of a fruit and cereal buffet rather than the breakfast cocktail which was presented. My observation was that this did not find favour with most people, particularly children. Generally though, a very pleasant place for a stopover.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Had a wonderful family holiday here.
The owner is welcoming and friendly, and has a cute dog that wanders around the premises.
There are two divine pools to relax in and lots of space to walk around the grounds.
Breakfast wasn't very good, with the coeliac in our group receiving hardly any food (South Africa in general a bit behind on the gluten free thing).
Wifi is available in reception but doesn't really work.
Overall a lovely trip, beautiful grounds, friendly staff and a relaxing holiday!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Louis made us feel welcome when we arrived. The room could have done with a makeover perhaps, but it was clean and comfortable. It would benefit from having Wi Fi access in the rooms and not just in the main reception
The evening meal was wholesome and well cooked, but there isn't really a large choice. Breakfast was good and overall the service and staff was very good.

Enjoyed the swimming pool as the day had seen temperatures up to 40 deg C.

Stephen & Sara Read

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Thorntree Country House
Address: Cango Caves Road | R328 (North), Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Thorntree Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thorntree Country House is a luxury 4 star establishment offering exclusivity in natural peaceful surroundings. Situated on route to the Cango Caves, Cango Ostrich Show Farm and Swartberg Pass, this is the ideal base from which to explore the Little Karoo or just to enjoy life. Owner run and managed, ensuring quality service and personal attention. ... more   less 
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