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“Rambling on Rolbaken” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve

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Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve
Ranked #45 of 77 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Rambling on Rolbaken”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

The first 3 nights of our family holiday saw us roaring into Rolbaken. We had a wonderful time from the first. The cottage has a lovely spirit and is fittingly furnished with oldy world furniture. We look the master room in the main house, with our toddler conveniently located in a twin across the lounge. Granny and Big Dave were just 'outside' but in a location that afforded them some privacy.

We spent our days admiring the very pretty hens and their demanding cockerels, collecting eggs, walking the sheep and donkeys from their day time pastures, rambles on the farm to the dam, birdwatching and chilling.

Mary and Dick are great cooks and we opted for the full dinner, bed and breakfast. These energetic two showed up for meals and whipped up a divine storm of home baked breads, mueseli and much much more. Mary makes almost everything from scratch so even the peanut butter was great. My wee one still asks for Dragon Juice (home made granadilla/passion fruit cordile). Big Dave is still over the moon at his impromtu flat bread lesson from a real indian woman's recipe and I am still clucking over the poached eggs on freshly picked mushrooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Ballito, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

This time Rolbaken hosted us during the KKNK Festival. During our six day stay we had busy time, shared between the Nature Reserve and the Farm (on one hand) and the Festival Activities in Oudtshoorn (on the other). We also visited Prince Albert via the picturesque Swartberg Pass and an olive farm. After each day filled with exhibitions, shows, tours etc. we enjoyed Mary's delicious meals (fresh farm produce!) and our hosts' incredibly warm hospitality. The perfect accommodation, combined with Nature, Art and Laughter with friends – all ingredients for a fantastic holiday!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

Anyone visiting Rolbaken will not be disappointed! We loved our 3 nights there and could have stayed a lot longer. There is so much to do and see and our kids enjoyed learning about animals and nature, collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and walking to the dam with the farm dogs.

Our hosts, Mary and Dick were simply wonderful people, true gems that come into our lives so rarely. Mary's cooking is amazing and I loved the fact that we all sat around a table and talked as though we were family, and Dick's knowledge of stars, nature and the area kept us entertained for hours. We were made to feel welcome and part of their lives from the minute we arrived.

It was with a tear in my eye that we parted, but I do hope we can visit again someday for another magical experience of the Klein Karoo!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013 via mobile

My family and I enjoyed staying here for three days in December. We were looking for a place we could comfortably stay in and Rolbaken Guest House more than sufficed! The property itself was spacious and beautifully decorated, with comfortable furniture throughout as the beds were great quality and the sofas and chairs implored you to use them.

In addition, Mary and Dick's hospitality was simply superb. There were so many examples of their kindness but one jumps out. After the wonderful walk to see the cave paintings, one of my shoes was worse for wear, with the sole detached from the rest of the shoe, so Dick kindly brought back a host of his own tools and materials to fix this shoe, which was accomplished. The willingness to help contributed to an amazing stay at Rolbaken. In addition, Mary's cooking simply cannot be missed. For anyone who stays here, I cannot emphasise enough that you should take advantage of the food on offer, as it is delicious!! The ostrich salad for a starter, the roast chicken for the main, and a chocolate pudding with ice cream as a dessert were just some of the highlights!

If you are looking for some wonderful company and a stunning guest house to stay in around the Outdshoorn area, then please look no further, as I'm confident that Mary and Dick would welcome you with open arms at the sublime Rolbaken Guest House!

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Struisbaai, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

We so enjoyed Mary and Dick's hospitality. Really felt like being at home from home with easy access to the facilities including complimentary tea/coffee and rusks. Dinner and breakfast were very tasty indeed! Highly recommended as a break in the quiet Klein Karoo!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

We spent two nights in Rolbaken just before New Year and had a wonderful stay - the accommodation is spotless and beautifully appointed and Dick and Mary Carr are gracious and accomplished hosts with a wealth of knowledge and experience of nature and the outdoors to share with their visitors. We had wonderful food and had the opportunity of being involved in farm activities like gathering eggs from chickens, which was very special for our three year-old. All in all a wonderful stay and a great base to explore the outlying area's - we went to visit De Rust and Prince Albert as well as traveling the Swartberg Pass, which is an amazing experience.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good sizes and well appointed with en suite bathrooms
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stabroek, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2012

What an experience we had at Rolbaken when we stayed there for 2 nights.It was part of our honeymoontrip through South Africa and the Karoo Farm of Dick and Mary was recommended by our friends Rob & Terry from Benoni.The breakfast and dinner prepared by Mary was delicious and they joined us both every meal.They tell you very interesting stories and it happened all as we were family of them.The location of this farm is just what we needed: pure nature,silence,no stress,a beautifull and clean guesthouse and the perfect hosts.They adviced us to visit the Ostrich Farm 'Safari' nearby and Dick recommended us to do Swartbergpas.One must you have to do,is to take a look in the foto album you'll find in the guesthouse.It tells you how Dick and Mary converted an old school farm into a beautifull guesthouse.As Mary told us we were the first Belgian visitors @ Rolbaken , there's only one thing left to say...it was our first but surely not our last time we visit Rolbaken.Peter,Lydia & Kevin

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Peter R
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Additional Information about Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve

Property: Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve
Address: Daskop Road, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rolbaken lies in the southwestern foothills of the Kammanassie Mountains. The farm nestles in a long valley, only 40kms from Oudtshoorn, and has magnificent views of both the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains. The guesthouse is situated on top of a hill and has its own garden which is safe for children and pets. Rolbaken is the perfect farm getaway for families and friends. ... more   less 

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