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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: 100%
  • Response Time: 11 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 32
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 23 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Budget
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Clarendon Guest House Rooms

Reviews for Clarendon Guest House

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Gerrie Scheepers, South Africa
07 May 2016

Very nice rooms in a historic building with antique furniture.  The history of the place really makes it unique.

Amelia Bodenstein, South Africa
05 May 2016

We enjoyed our stay very much.  We were there for three nights.  The rooms are spacious and the beds sleeps like your own. Chris is the most accommodating host and thinks of small little things before we as guests even asks for it.  Everybody was very friendly. The breakfast and dinner were outstanding.  I can highly recommend Clarendon Guest House when you need to stay over in Ugie.

Laurette Ebbers, South Africa
15 February 2016

Chris is an excellent host. Enjoyed the beautiful antiques and thoroughly enjoyed our stay getting lost in the "old world"

Claude Leroy, South Africa
07 February 2016

Charming host in a charming 100+ years old house with period furniture to match. Very interesting history. Comfortable overnight stay.

Susan Sadler, South Africa
05 January 2016

Excelent- Ons het die oornag daar baie geniet. Baie statege ou gebou- lieflike eienaar,sou graag meer van die geskiedenis wou lees terwyl ons daar was.

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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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Woodcliffe Cave Trail

(23.5 km from Ugie)

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Ecowa Trail

(44.5 km from Ugie)

This three-day trail is moderate to difficult and only one way. The total distance is 47 km and a maximum of 10 people can go at one time. Splendid views, cascading streams and rocky ravines cross private farms. The trail starts below Gatberg and...

Dinorben Rock Paintings

(53.9 km from Ugie)

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Historical Rhodes Village

(54.2 km from Ugie)

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