Retreat from tobacco barn
“Go placidly amidst the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence…”

Calitzdorp Accommodation

The Retreat is a Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the beautiful Groenfontein Valley Conservancy, bordering on the 129 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve. The house, filled with yellow-wood and mellow Oregon pine, has a lounge and dining room – each with its own fireplace to keep them cosy on chilly winter evenings – leading onto a wide verandah, overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg mountains.

Your Hosts

Your Hosts, Marie and Erika 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 is also served when the weather is warm. Guests and hosts eat together at a long table and the conversation is convivial and lively! By request we can do a separate table.

Calitzdorp Accommodation - One of the units at the Retreat at Groenfontein
Calitzdorp Accommodation - Swimming Pool with a view


The meals at Groenfontein have a health emphasis, vegetarians are welcome and we cater for problem diets. Our Guests can enjoy Karoo mutton dishes and local Cape specialties. Meals are served under the stars on the verandah in the summer or in the beautiful dining room, with a crackling fire, during the cold winter evenings.

The Retreat has a full liquor licence and carries a selection of fine wines of the region.

There are two suites and two garden rooms away from the house with breath-taking views of the mountains from their private terraces, and 4 comfortable en-suite bedrooms in the main house, with French doors opening onto a patio.


Here, there is no cell phone reception, so the tranquillity is unbroken by loud conversations that command attention. Likewise, there are no TV sets blaring forth from guest rooms to disturb the peace (we do have DVD  in the main lounge, mainly to entertain young children while their parents are enjoying dinner). We operate on solar power plus generator backup, so no inconvenient power-outs! It does mean there are no fridges or kettles in the rooms but we supply ice, cold drinks, tea and coffee on request. It also means that we have limited cooling systems – ceiling-fans only in the 4 garden rooms, but our ‘micro-climate’ and location in the mountains produces a prevailing coolth by late evening which makes sleeping comfortable – and windows can be thrown wide open because we have no mosquitoes.

Field with lavendar in front of house.
Our pet family at Retreat at Groenfontein

Pet Friendly

We are pet friendly and love our own well–behaved, well-socialised dogs!

Enjoy energetic hill walks or mountain biking in the clear air – or lazy summer afternoons cooling off in the shady, secluded rock pools that sparkle like jewels along the length of the tree-fringed river – or simply stroll along the peaceful, winding lanes of the Groenfontein Valley.

On parle francais, Wir sprechen Deutsch, Si parla Italiano, Vi pratar Svenska

Tourism Grading Council 4 star

GPS Location: (WGS84) – dms
(degrees, minutes, seconds):
S33° 26′ 15.6″ E21° 47′ 20.9″

One of the units at the Retreat at Groenfontein