The Retreat at Groenfontein - Calitzdorp / South Africa


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Hosts: Grant & Marie
Address: PO Box 240, Calitzdorp 6660,
Western Cape, South Africa
Tel + Fax: ++27 (0)44 2133 880
Website: The Retreat at Groenfontein


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The lovely Victorian house at Groenfontein is situated 20km north-east of Calitzdorp and 59km west of Oudtshoorn on its own winding road into a kloof with no passing traffic. The property borders on the Swartberg Nature Reserve and is traversed by the crystal clear Nel's River, which rises in the Swartberg mountains and feeds the Calitzdorp dam.

Five comfortably appointed en-suite bedrooms with a veranda, two dining rooms and a large lounge with fireplaces, opening to another spacious veranda. Two new luxury rooms in a converted weaving-shed, both with fireplaces, King-size beds (can be made up as twins), the larger with a Victorian bath and shower and a magnificent view of the mountains, the smaller with shower and a view from the verandah. Magnificent rose garden and large lawns. Cool off in a plunge pool, in the rock pools of the river or in the large dam. Numerous trails and walks.

The meals have a health emphasis, using herbs and vegetables from the garden. Our guests can enjoy Karoo lamb dishes and Cape specialties. Vegetarians are welcome and we cater for problem diets. We have a full liquor licence and carry a selection of wines from the region.

German, French, Swedish and Italian spoken. Children welcome.