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“Beautiful home that felt like our home”
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Karoo Retreat
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

My family of 6 just spent 3 weeks in South Africa and we are still talking about how much we loved staying at the Karoo Retreat. You can tell a tasteful woman once lived there, as her special touches still remain. It is strictly a house, with no front desk or meals, but the comfort level is 5*****. We had electric heaters as well as electric blankets and the huge kitchen was beautiful. We really hated that we only had one night there. One family member wants to return to Oudtshoorn in the summer, just to experience the house (and pool) again! The owner does not live there anymore but she rectified a mistake made by Booking dot com and gave us a free room. The only recommendation I have is for the owner to have firewood because the living area was very cold without a space heater, like the bedrooms had. We had no time to go to the store to pick any up because we arrived late. In spite of that, we still loved staying at the true retreat. Beautiful.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

My husband and I recently spent several nights at Karoo Retreat. Communication for booking was very good, prompt and helpful. We were able to pay with credit card, which we found not all properties in South Africa accept.

Our room was very spacious and nicely furnished. The bed is comfortable with nice linens. The bathroom is excellent and the common room and kitchen area large and well equipped. Unfortunately the rooms are situated where they do not get much sun (which no doubt is great for beating the Karoo summer heat) so were extremely cold and dark.

The supplied breakfast was very good, plentiful, delivered promptly every morning. The place was very clean and nicely kept, and the gardens and pool area restful.

The laundry situation was very confusing too. While I could see a laundry facility behind a locked door there was no access given to it and it was not clear how we got laundry done. We toughed it out and did a few things by hand, but better direction on what laundry service is available would be helpful.

Overall we found the Retreat nice, but in need of better heating or insulation.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank bluegoldhighlander
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

We are from PE and came across Karoo Retreat on the internet saw the pics got pricing and booked straight away (very affordable). Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly host and settled in well. Karoo Retreat is a wonderful home away from home and we truly enjoyed every mintue of our stay. Will recommend Karoo Retreat to anyone and will definantly come again.

Nicole Oberleitner

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

This place is amazing. My girlfriend and I stayed there and were treated with excellent, friendly service and an incredible breakfast. Beds were made when we got back from our excursions and the place was very neat and tidy. We are definitely going back again soon.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

Very lovely guesthouse with a really nice host. She gave us many recommendations for restaurants and hints for trips. We spent only one night at Shades, but the breakfast was good, the surrounding quiet and the rooms functional.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Travelbird888
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

Our one night at Shades of Africa remains one of our more memorable experiences in South Africa. After a long but impressive drive from Hermanus to Oudtshooorn on Route 62 we were charmed by this quirky guesthouse and the warm welcome from our host.

Knowing that we had little time to spend in the area, our host directed us to a lovely local restaurant the first evening where we dined in it's rose garden. The following day we found a personalized itinerary waiting for us at breakfast that suggested several pit stops not in the guide books!

I would highly recommend this guesthouse if you are looking for something a little different. Shades of Africa is a real little gem - it has the comfort and cleanliness that one looks for when travelling in addition to a fantastic host with a boundless imagination (part of the experience is appreciating the decoration) who takes real pleasure in chatting with her guests. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank hugsie
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

Stayed a couple of nights. A fantastic hidden place with very helpful friendly owner.

Breakfast comprised of fruit salad, yoghurt, breads, jams etc and bacon / eggs.

Spacious room with ensuite opening up to small pool area.

Definately recommend Jemimas restaurant just down the road.

Plenty to do in the surrounding area - don't miss the Cango Caves, De Vere Waterfall, Mergingsport Gorge and Ostrich Farms.

Would recommend as a peaceful little retreat.

Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
Thank K1000M
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Additional Information about Karoo Retreat

Address: 238a Jan van Riebeeck Road | Wesbank, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: £28 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Karoo Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the beautiful Little Karoo, conveniently close to both the Garden Route and Route 62, we offer a unique base from which to enjoy and explore the beauty of this region. For the sophisticated young at heart, we offer an African experience with comfort, tranquility and style, furnished with hand-picked Karoo interior. We offer 4 double or twin bedded rooms with private entrance and patio each with own bathroom plus shower. All rooms are equipped with DSTV television, overhead fans, air conditioners, heaters, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. Beautifull enclosed indigenous garden and Private Swimmingpool. All this for you to enjoy! We welcome you! ... more   less 
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