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Bodrum City, Turkey
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The guesthouse is situated deep in the countryside, reached via an untarred road through very impressive scenery. The drive there takes three quarters of an hour. We had room 4 in the main part of the house – a double room with en suite bathroom and a door leading out to a communal patio area, shared with the other 3...

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We discovered the entrance to the Retreat at Groenfontein last year, while driving on the backroad from Kruisrivier to Calitzdorp, looking for a new remote lodge in the Karoo. We had the opportunity to sty here this year so we booked three nights. Getting to the Retreat isn't so much difficult as it is a bit long, especially for us...

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Callander, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked two nights here on the recommendation of friends and were glad we did. The Retreat is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the real South Africa and enjoy the tranquility of life off the beaten track amongst the bush of the Little Karoo. Don't expect luxury on all levels as this is off grid living 20 km...

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Wilderness, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the mountains surrounding the Retreat, swimming near the dam in the natural pool, walking to the rock pool and enjoyed the nice food and excellent service. We are ever so happy that we stayed for four nights and could have done with more. Thanks to Marie and Grant and staff!

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Retreat is 20Km along a good dirt road from Calitzdorp. Marie and Grant run a very relaxed ex-farm situated in the Swartberg mountains. It is a lovely place with pleasant walks and relaxed hosts. The room was fine, the food (taken all together at a long table overlooking the garden) is excellent. There are no night clubs, noisy youngsters,...

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Hawick, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2017

For the third time in fifteen years, my wife and I spent a couple of nights at this wonderful guest house amongst the Swartberg mountains. Grant and Marie are still most welcoming and kindly hosts, and the evening meal when all the guests eat together is a great way to meet fellow travellers and exchange tales of their travels in...

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Holt, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This was our second trip to the Retreat ( one of our fellow guests had been eight times!) and it was as delightful as ever. Swimming in the dam, following the trails and dining with the other guests was as good as ever. Marie and Grant looked after us very well and it will be the first place on our...

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This place really is a retreat, miles from anywhere along a long gravel and dirt road - do not be put off although don't tell your car rental firm about it! . The setting is very attractive and peaceful though and a perfect way to unwind. There is no mobile phone reception so be prepared to relax! The trails by...

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Fenstanton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is wonderful retreat miles from anywhere which is what makes it so special. No light pollution so the stars are stunning. Maria and Grant make you very welcome to your accommodation, which is very comfortable and considering they generate all their own power, very well specified. Meals are a communal affair set on the 1901 veranda, which are stage...

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Arniston, South Africa
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Hi Marie and Grant. We are the 2 motorbike cyclers that arrived too late at half past six in the evening at this wonderful peaceful place in South Africa. And we had only one night to stay there. Thank you for the help of Grant with the professionell plug on the tyre. Otherwise we couldn´t go further and would stand...

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This award winning destination, a nature reserve, 20kms from Calitzdorp, adjoining the Swartberg World heritage site, offers simple luxury, friendly service, and a relaxed ambience, with delicious, wholesome meals and caters for vegetarians and food intolerances. Evenings are spent in the company of fellow guests and friendly hosts. In this haven of tranquillity enjoy birding, walking trails, relaxing in the lovely gardens, at the dams, river or pool, or do day outings to attractions in the area, such as ostrich farms, Cango caves, Swartberg pass, and others. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Retreat at Groenfontein

Address: Groenfontein Valley, Calitzdorp 6660, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Calitzdorp
Price Range: ₹ 3,600 - ₹ 11,520 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Retreat at Groenfontein 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“We enjoyed our garden room as it was away from the main house”
 of 5 bubbles NigelFerrier, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Don't arrive late and try not to go for 1 night. We got a room at the back with no view.”
 of 5 bubbles Cally81, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The free standing suites are top class and recommended.”
 of 5 bubbles CharlandPhil, 11 May 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 8 & 9 have wonderful mountain views”
 of 5 bubbles SSeahorse, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Go for 2 nights in the bungalows”
 of 5 bubbles Avior, 26 Feb 2016 | Read review
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