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About The Barracks

An AA Superior, full service guest house situated in a quiet area of Colesberg. The Barracks so named as the property was used as barracks during the Anglo-Boer War was built in 1851 and substantially renovated in 2004. The original building, which is now our family unit, was soon augmented by the main house as the owner, David Arnot, was a prolific breeder of children and needed plenty of accommodation to house his large family.

The comfortable and spacious double rooms, all with private access, have their own bathrooms each with a bath and separate shower and private patios. They are all fully air-conditioned to ensure a comfortable stay no matter what the season is. All rooms have TV with M-Net or any other channel from the DStv bouquet. We also have a large family unit with its own private courtyard shaded by a large oak tree and grape vines. This unit is also ideal for guests traveling with dogs. A further unit, which is ideal for pets, has a self-catering option. Secure off-street parking is available, but limited, so guests towing trailers, boats, caravans, etc. should inform us, at the time of booking, so that arrangements can be made.

The Dining Room is open for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast, served from 7:00am, is a choice of continental or full English or both and is included in the rate, dinner is extra. Whilst Karoo Lamb is very popular, we can arrange for any dish that you desire, provided that the ingredients are available. Special dietary requirements are also catered for - please advise us of your needs at the time of booking. We are fully licensed and the pub has, amongst the usual beverages, a collection of over 150 SA brandies whilst there is also a fair selection of Malt Whiskeys, wines and beers.

Besides a large selection of up-to-date magazines in each room, there are folders containing much information about the history of Colesberg and its involvement in the Anglo-Boer War. The Barracks - The reason for the N1.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 118 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Superior
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Note : Rates for 2018, R550 pp sharing pn including a full English Breakfast
R750 per single person pn including a Full English Breakfast
R30.00 p pet Per Night - No Meals
Dinner must be booked prior to arrival at...
Note : Rates for 2018, R550 pp sharing pn including a full English Breakfast
R750 per single person pn including a Full English Breakfast
R30.00 p pet Per Night - No Meals
Dinner must be booked prior to arrival at least 12 hours prior
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Reviews for The Barracks

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Lisa Moyers
20 September 2018

Perfect stopover with your pet, huge gated courtyard for them to roam in freely. Room was good, good restaurant 50m down the road, delicious breakfast, welcomed on arrival in the evening with sherry after our long drive, friendly host! Only downside was the sheets in the king bed had dust and sand between them (not sure why) but the sheets in the two singles were spotless and we slept in those very comfortably.

Sandra Pienaar
28 August 2018

The historic ambiance and warmth of hosts were impressive! Food was great. Spacious characterful rooms with thickest walls ever seen.

Rebecca Marten
16 July 2018

We arrived at the Barracks and where received with such warmth and good food. The bedrooms are lovely and the breakfast fabulous. We highly recommend the Barracks.

Dilip Jade
03 April 2018

We had horrible experience at this establishment. We arrived late at 9.00pm. We could not sleep the whole night as there were so many insects and bugs in the bed. There were so many mosquitoes in the room, it was impossible to sleep. There is great risk of Guests falling sick ! Ceiling fan was shaking abnormally and making so much noise, it could be unsafe for the guest. Safarinow should not include such establishments into their recommendation.

Rod Gray
11 February 2018

Fans need replacing.

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The Barracks is 0.8km from the centre of Colesberg , the nearest airport 216.1km (Kimberley Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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