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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%
  • Response Time: 3 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 104 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


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

Important Information

Note: Rates for 2016, including a full breakfast, are R450 per adult. Children under 12 are charged R215 and children under one are free of charge. Please advise if there will be any accompanying pets who are charged at R30 per pet. Dinner must be booked prior to arrival, please advise any dietary requirements.

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Reviews for The Barracks

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Tony Mallam, South Africa
01 August 2016

Thank you Mike and Annalie for your wonderful hospitality. The room was lovely, perfect for my needs, very comfortable bed, no complaints at all. The food was exceptional, those Karoo lamb cutlets to die for, and all the veg too. Pea and ginger soup and milk tart to finish, very decadent. Highly recommended.

Jennifer Mathews, South Africa
25 July 2016

We only stayed 1 night but the hospitality was excellent and we were greeted by the very accommodating host Mike.Although we did not opt for dinner, we heard while out in the town that the dinners are simply excellent.Breakfast was amazing.And the room was excellent... Neat, tidy, decorated beautifully with unexpected extras like gowns, slippers and hot water bottles.Highly recommended.

Andrea Palmer, South Africa
10 January 2016

We stopped over at the Barracks going from George to Jo'burg. One of the best nights we have had on the road. Friendly, homely atmosphere, fantastic food for dinner and breakfast, definitely stay there again. 

Samantha Sparkes, South Africa
04 January 2016

Very hospitable host and a big room

Kuben Pillay, South Africa
14 December 2015

Exceptional personal attention by owner managers.Pride & attention to detail such a welcome from typical city service.Highly recommended as a rustic breakaway.

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The Barracks Map

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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