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The Retreat at Groenfontein


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About The Retreat at Groenfontein

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About The Retreat at Groenfontein

 Sleeps 22
Type: Guest House
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM

The rates include dinner, bed and breakfast.

Retreat is an old Victorian farmhouse in the lovely Groenfontein Valley conservancy, bordering on the 129.000ha Swartberg World Heritage Site and situated 20kms northeast of Calitzdorp on a scenic, winding gravel road, 59kms northwest of Oudtshoorn, and 48kms southwest of the Cango Caves, on scenic winding gravel roads, just off the magical Route 62.

Graded 3 and 4 stars by the TGCSA.

This lovely home has four garden rooms in two annexes with magnificent views of the mountains, all with fireplaces, King-size beds, which can be made up as twins, the three larger with a Victorian bath and shower, the smaller with shower, all with magnificent views of the mountains, two with separate bedrooms with two single beds; while in the main house, we have four comfortable en-suite bedrooms leading onto a patio, and the lounge and dining room - each with a fireplace - lead onto the verandah overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg.

Your hosts, Grant and Marie, enjoy treating guests to true Klein Karoo hospitality. The smell of fresh coffee welcomes you back from a morning walk to a hearty breakfast on the terrace, where dinner – cooked with Marie’s continental flair - is also served on most summer evenings. Vegetarian and problem diets are well catered for. The Retreat has a full liquor licence and carries a selection of the fine wines of the region.

Take a lazy afternoon stroll in the peaceful lanes of the Groenfontein Valley, stop for a swim on the new rock-pool trail, enjoy energetic walks into the foothills of the Swartberg in the sparkling mountain air, or simply relax at the pool and let the peace and silence soak into your soul. You can also go swimming in the river or dam.

Children and pets welcome.

Proud holders of AA Accommodation Award 2003, 2004 and 2005 and Hall of Fame 2006 - 2010

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  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Italian
  • Swedish


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended
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The rates include dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Guest Reviews

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bridgid hill
December 2017
Room lovely; food delicious; staff very friendly; surroundings stunning; lovely walks; peacefullness ay its best.
April 2016
Wonderful place and great hosts. Probably one of the best places Ive seen in SA to relax and enjoy some time away from city life.
cecco giovannini, south africa
March 2015
Grant,Marie and Casey were all so welcoming and provided for my wife's gluten free requirements . A first stay away for our dog Jo Jo just added to the wonderful experience . We had the sweet which made it that much more special . The walks are splendid the dam is swimable so much so that we made no use of the pool .The evening dinners with all the guests were delightful we had Germans, Belgians... Read more
mrs bold
September 2014
I would recommend this lodge to everyone - especially visitors from other parts of the world. The setting is in a beautiful, tranquil mountain area which ordinary tourists tend to overlook.Our rooms were warm and cosy and the food and company wonderful.
August 2014
We spent two nights at \The Retreat at Groenfontein\"

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The Retreat at Groenfontein is 15.9km from the centre of Calitzdorp , the nearest airport 91km (George Airport).
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