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About Clarendon Guest House

Clarendon Guest House invites you to spend your night with us in this historical building that was an orphanage for girls until 1962. We offer you Old World elegance with modern facilities. The orphanage was started in 1918 by Reverend MTR Smit when he took in 12 orphaned children. 120 girls were housed here until 1962. A new orphanage was built and in March 1962, they were moved to the new building complex.

The guest house offers 16 comfortable rooms; some have fully equipped kitchens and others share kitchens. Meals can be provided on request and is served in the dining room that has a warm inviting fireplace for those cold winter nights. There is ample parking in front and behind the building.

The area offers a variety of things to do. From skiing in the mountains in winter and hiking trails to enjoy in summer. Explore the rock art and Tractor Museum, or spend a leisurely day on the riverbed fishing.

  • Response Rate: 97%
  • Response Time: 12 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 32
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 29 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Room availability and prices

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    • Rooms Adults

      Reviews for Clarendon Guest House

      29 guest reviews Reviews of

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      Jenny steytler, South Africa
      05 January 2017

      We were so pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Clarendon Guest House. We were welcomed personally by Chris, the owner, who showed us to our room and made sure we had everything we needed. The house itself is steeped in history, and decorated with the most beautiful antiques. Be sure to book in advance if you would like a meal. The breakfast was delicious, and excellent value for money!

      Yvonne Vosloo, South Africa
      10 October 2016

      Thank you very much for the stay at Clarendon Guest House. We felt very welcome and it was a wonderful experience. The tranquility of the area and Guest House is commendable.

      Roy Bushell, South Africa
      19 September 2016

      Loved our stay, the history of the building, the furnishings and ambiance was wonderful - wished we could have stayed longer and dined in that wonderful colonial dining room.

      Julia Norman, South Africa
      14 September 2016

      We thoroughly enjoyed our night''s stay . The house is beautiful - lovely old furniture just oozing history. We will certainly recommend CGH to our friends. Thank you.

      Jim Phelps, South Africa
      03 August 2016

      I stayed one night in July 2016 at the Clarendon Guest House, and will stay again when I next find Ugie a stopover. My comfortable self-catering room with its decor from a previous era was charming. The friendly and helpful welcome was a pleasure arriving late on a cold afternoon.

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      Clarendon Guest House Map

      Clarendon Guest House is 0.7km from the centre of Ugie , the nearest airport 62.5km (Mthatha Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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