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Altes Landhaus Country Lodge
Ranked #13 of 75 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Zug, Switzerland
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20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unfriendly owner”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

We got there in the afternoon and wanted to ask if they still had availability for one night. We were given a short, rude reply that sounded like "why the heck did you disturb my peace". Well, we certaintly won't disturb your peace ever again. Found great and extremely friendly accommodation at Montana Lodge, right next door.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

On our arrival the first thing we were greeted with was' you're the only people staying so we have closed the kitchen so you'll have to travel a 30 kilometre round trip to get food, although we will give you breakfast'. Our thoughts were that wether there are two or twenty we are paying 5* prices so should get 5* treatment. We were shown to our rooms which were very nice then given a key to the 'lounge' as again because we were the only people staying the one member of staff who was there could probably not be bothered to open it!! It smelt damp and wasn't very inviting so only used the fridge to store wine as with having to drive for our evening meal we couldn't drink. The breakfast they did supply us with looked like the cooked meats had been lying around for days and on ordering a full English it was running with grease so not sure who cooked it but it was disgusting, on our second morning we only had toast and made a quick exit. All in all a very disappointing stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

A most wonderful experience for my partner (Helena & I) staying at Helen Meyer's wonderful country lodge in Oudtshoorn, SA January last, even though it was for only one night, she made us so welcome, everything was absolutely wonderful, the room, the view, the pool, the weather & of course the sumptuous food, dinner & breakfast were magnificent, it being a small world Helen re-counted her time spent in North London during the 70's & all of us remembered those days, events & locations very well (well we both live in that part of the world) overall I/we would recommend this wonderful place to stay, our one regret, we didn't stay long enough, next time, we will!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2013

Wonderful old country house in superbly landscaped gardens. Our room was large and well appointed, with a lovely terrace on which to relax with a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing.
The restaurant does not do justice to the high standards of the lodge, with the menu being limited, which presents challenges when staying more than 1 night.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kildare
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

I was a bit disappointed when arriving in Outshoorn after Plett. Its a big contrast with Oudtshoorn having a frontier town type vibe. However that didn't last long and we totally enjoyed our two nights in Oudtshoorn.

Altes Landhaus is an exceptional property with lovely rooms, food and a genial and friendly host in Helen. They were really nice to us on our honeymoon and we couldn't have hoped for a nicer place to say. We ate in the restaraunt one night and the local cuisine was possibly the best food we ate in SA and that is saying something.

Loads to do in Oudtshoorn such as the Ostrich farm (who knew they were so interesting), the Cango Range (a fancy zoo!), the Swarberg Pass (amazing views though sadly was cloudy at the top when we got there) and the Cango Caves (beware the adventure route, it is a big challenge but very rewarding). We also had dinner in Kalinka in the town, 5 star food but really reasonable.

All in all, a bit surprise. Altes Landhaus is a perfect setting to unwind. Would love to go back someday.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

We stayed here for two nights in this 5* colonial house.The owners Helen and Heinz were perfect hosts and all the staff were both friendly and helpful.The food and wine list were superb and the house martins kept the guests amused during the dinner period.The bedrooms were large and well appointed with excellent quality toiletries.The swimming pool was solar heated to 27 degrees and located in a peaceful spot within the well manicured grounds.A gem of a hotel in this wonderful part of South Africa.When staying do negotiate the Swartberg pass-the view from the top is stupendous.

Room Tip: All rooms are well appointed so there would be little difference wherever you were allocated.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Altes Landhaus is everything a 5 star hotel should be. Excellent rooms, a wonderful setting, unfailingly helpful staff, excellent food, fantastic value for money. We cannot praise it highly enough - we just wish we had stayed there longer!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Altes Landhaus Country Lodge
Address: | P.O. Box 1491, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Ranked #13 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Altes Landhaus Country Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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