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About The Retreat at Groenfontein

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

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 7 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 26
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 12 Reviews


  • 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
* Please enquire for further details.

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The rates include dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Reviews for The Retreat at Groenfontein

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Bridgid Hill
23 December 2017

Room lovely; food delicious; staff very friendly; surroundings stunning; lovely walks; peacefullness ay its best.

22 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 and Brits and all just exchanged stories . Waking up at dawn with a deluge of birds in the trees made you so appreciate this unique spot .Thank you all for the wonderful 4 days . Also took in the Red...
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Colleen Butler, South Africa
16 June 2014

Beautiful area bordering the Swartberg. Mt trails, rock pools and wonderful hosts. A big plus in that everyone eats together (like a large family). Good food and great fun.

Bernard Richards, South Africa
22 September 2013

Quiet guest house in beautiful surroundings with numerous hiking trails. Grant and Marie are wonderful and attentive hosts and could not have made us feel more welcome and special. The superbly cooked dinner was a lovely experience as was the breakfast on the verandah the following morning. We will definitely be back!

Wendy Hartley, South Africa
04 January 2011

The Retreat exceeded our expectations. The valley is outstanding and well worth the trip along the scenic road. Our room was very comfortable and we slept like babies. The food and hospitality was second to none. The walks are clearly marked. Our two nights stay there was the highlight of our trip to Cape. Do not miss the drive over the Swartberg pass - truly spectacular!

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The Retreat at Groenfontein is 15.9km from the centre of Calitzdorp , the nearest airport 91km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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