Oudekloof was not as we expected when we booked the accommodation, stayed in the Blanc suite, which is apparently their best room...
There is no airconditioning, no TV, not that you need it but it should be mentioned if you advertise "luxurious accommodation".
To our amazement the shower was outside, which would be fine, but its not private! There is a fenced gate where anyone can walk past and look through, the upstairs bedroom has a window looking down on the shower and there is a big hole in the wall next to a dirt road. So no privacy at all! How can you have an outside shower where anyone can look in?
The room itself is spacious but looks tired and old, there are no curtains, so you have to close the shutters from outside. Also not very sensible.
Worst of all are the thin walls and creaking wooden floors, we could hear absolutely everything from the room upstairs (snoring, walking, talking, bathroom) so it was extremely noisy.
Seeing that the upstairs guests woke at 6, we had no choice to do the same seeing that it was so noisy.
Breakfast is from 8 to 10, but at 8:20 the breakfast still wasn't ready. There is 1 large table where all the guests need to sit next to each other for breakfast, feels like hostel breakfast.
Breakfast was the most basic as you can imagine, 1 yoghurt, 1 muesli, 2 jams, toasted seed-loaf and grated cheddar. The lady did make us eggs but this also disappointed, the bacon was burned and was too oily. To top it all off, the coffee was the worst we've ever had.
We checked tripadvisor before booking and found the reviews very good, we however were very dissapointed.
Also note that there is a 8km gravel road to get to Oudekloof, something that isn't mentioned.
If you value a little privacy then this place is definitely not for you.
We really didn't like this "accommodation", its definitely not luxurious, more a home run B&B. For the price we pad we expected much more, compared to what you pay in SA.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oudekloof is a charmingly restored Cape Dutch farmhouse, nestled on the slopes of the Obiquamountains. It has four en-suite bedrooms, and one double bedroom in the main house, with alarge kitchen, wrap-around verandah, pool, and outdoor braai area for entertaining.takes its name from the age-old mountain pass that led early settlers over the Obiqua mountains and into the fertile Tulbagh valley. Today, the quaint town of Tulbagh is regarded by many as the "heart of the Boland", luring visitors from all over the world to share in its colourful history and proud traditions.Oudekloof Wine Estate, situated at the foot of this historic gateway, has been cultivated for nearly 300 years and today produces award winning grapes for local boutique cellars. The farming philosophy is sensitive and sustainable; over half the estate's 340 hectares is set aside to protect indigenous wildlife, fynbos and renosterveld for future generations to enjoy. ... more less
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