The Retreat at Groenfontein

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The Retreat at Groenfontein, Calitzdorp


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Whether you are an avid mountain biker, a walker, hiker, bird watcher or plant and succulent enthusiast, winter is the ideal time for you to explore the Retreat. The cooler season has a unique and magical charm. Daytime temperatures reach into the twenties, with crisp, chilly evenings spent around a cozy fireplace. Come with friends or family to recharge your batteries, enjoy our hospitality and sample the delights of our home cooked Karoo fare.

Our winter rates from May 2nd to the end of September 2017 are again cheaper if you stay several nights and in the family suites in the converted milking-shed you pay R860- pppn for 2 nights, R740- pppn for 3 nights, all including a 3-course dinner and breakfast.

In the weaving-shed you pay, including dinner and breakfast R790- pppn for 2 nights and R 680- pppn for 3 nights.

We feed children under 12 before the adults and they can then watch a DVD whilst you enjoy dinner. In the suites we charge R80-each for children for supper, bed and breakfast, for teenagers, who eat with the adults, R350- each.

In the standard rooms you pay R760- pppn for 1 night, R650- pppn for 2 nights, R550- pppn for 3 nights, all for a 3 course dinner and our delicious breakfast in the sun on the verandah with the bird feeder right in front of you!

We accept children of all ages and your pets. We can organise a botanical guide to inform you about the different plants and succulents on our trails - he needs prior booking.

We enjoy treating guests to true Klein-Karoo hospitality with hearty breakfasts and traditional home-cooked dinners served with a continental touch. Vegetarians are welcome and we cater for problem diets. Please let us know if you have any allergies or intolerances. We have a full liquor licence and carry a selection of wines from the region. We are also happy to do banting meals.

We have made a new short trail adding on to the Blue Lizard; the Tumbleweed Trail. I stumbled across a large area of Boophone Disticha - they were a delight flowering in the summer and I collected lots of seeds to plant! We do ongoing maintenance on the walking trails making them clear and easy to negotiate and have put some benches in strategic places.

Bonny, our new rescue dog - a true Canis Africanus from the streets of Oudtshoorn, found at the O'hoorn pound, gets on well with Spikey and Misty!

The little flock of guinea fowl which started to breed and hang around the gardens two years ago has become tamer and they come in for their ‘mielies’ every day – they had two clutches of chicks this season and are now 25 strong. We are very happy!

IMPORTANT: Bookings for our special rates should be made directly with The Retreat by email or phone.

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