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About Osfontein Corbelled Guest House

Corbelled houses appear only in the Karoo in an attractive small area. These were the first houses built by the Voortrekkers in the early 1800’s.

At Osfontein, guests will have the experience of staying in one of these rebuilt houses and, as it is built entirely of stone with a well-insulated roof, the house is warm in winter and nice and cool in summer. The house has four rooms, one of which is furnished with a double bed and the other with two single beds. The bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a flushing toilet and a shower. Hot water is also available.

The house is self-catering with the necessary cutlery, bedding and towels being provided. There is an electric stove and a fridge with a freezer. Candles are used for lighting so as not to spoil the atmosphere of this unique experience. The original fireplace with a thick yellow wooden beam can also be found inside and now serves as a barbecue area. Fires can also be made outside and wood can be bought at the farmhouse for R20.

If anything is needed, the farmhouse is within walking distance and also has a swimming pool where guests can cool off. With all the wide open spaces guests can go for long walks or mountain biking.

Sitting outside, guests will see the incredible star-filled sky at night which adds to the unique experience of staying in the Karoo.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 19 Reviews


  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Swimming Pool

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

Please note that our rates are subject to the number of guests staying at Corbelled House, hence we advise guests to request the appropriate tariffs.

Osfontein Corbelled Guest House Rooms

Reviews for Osfontein Corbelled Guest House

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Xavier Cristofol
29 September 2017

Osfontein corbelled house is a special and unique place. An old building from XIX century where you can feel the spirit of the old Karoo pioneers. Peace, calm and - good news!- no cell- phone signal. Totally recommended.

Petula Philpott
27 September 2017

The Corbelled House is absolutely adorable and although we only stayed 1 night it was unforgettable. We bought some ready defrosted lamb chops from Natasha and cooked them to perfection in the amazing fireplace inside.

Peter Gordon Grant, South Africa
20 September 2016

Very nice unique place to stay. In summer it must be fantastic. A definite for us again when passing by.

Walter Galloway, South Africa
24 May 2016

Osfontein was ideally located for an overnight stay on our trip from the Karroo NP to the Tankwa NP. The added bonus was staying in the Corbelled House. What an unique experience. Will certainly consider staying there again should our travels take us in that direction. 

Ruth Engelbrecht, South Africa
31 August 2015

We had a wonderful and fun stay The peaceful Karoo surroundings were good for our souls. Starfilled skies. Friendly hosts. Beautiful sunsets and long walks with the two special dogs who guarded us day and night. But best of all were the "skaaptjops" which we purchased from the farm. Thank you for a wonderful stay.Margrit and Gerhard, Hubert and Ruth

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Osfontein Corbelled Guest House Map

Osfontein Corbelled Guest House is 38km from the centre of Carnarvon , the nearest airport 307km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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