Calitzdorp - The Retreat at Groenfontein

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Calitzdorp – The Retreat at Groenfontein

The Retreat is a gracious Victorian farmhouse in the lovely Groenfontein Valley conservancy bordering the 129.000ha Swartberg World Heritage Site. Situated 20kms northeast of Calitzdorp on a winding gravel road, The Retreat is a mere 59kms northwest of Oudtshoorn and 48kms southwest of the Cango caves. The roads are all gravel and tar, located just off the magical Route 62.

This lovely farmhouse offers 2 garden suites and 2 garden rooms in two annexes with spectacular views of the mountains; king-size beds which can be made up as twins; sitting-areas at a fireplace; 3 of the units each come with a Victorian bath and shower; the smaller unit has only a shower. The 2 suites each have an extra room with 2 single beds.

We have 1 cosy standard room in a converted milking-shed, with a king-size bed, fireplace and shower.

In the main house, we have 3 comfortable standard en-suite bedrooms with French doors leading onto a patio. These 4 rooms do not have mountains views. The guest-lounge and dining-room in the main house each boast a fireplace, and both lead onto the verandah overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg mountains.

Here at The Retreat, we enjoy treating our 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.

Enjoy peaceful walks along the charming lanes of the Groenfontein valley, climb into the foothills of the Swartberg, or simply relax at the pool and let the peace and silence soak into your soul. German, French, Swedish and Italian spoken. Children also welcome.

PET POLICY: All well-behaved, friendly dogs welcome by arrangement. Dogs sleep inside bring own pet beds, bedding and bowls. Dry food, rice, meat & vegetables available on request and at a fee. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture and must be free of ticks & fleas on arrival. Dogs must be leashed at all times when outside. Easy access to walks. Consideration must be given to resident animals and wildlife. Pets stay FREE (charge for pet food only). Doggie Damages Deposit required: NONE.

Contact details:
Tel: 044 213 3880
Fax: 086 271 5373
Email: click HERE to send an email directly to The Retreat at Groenfontein

Winter Specials  2020

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. We are extending our Winter Rates for South Africans until 15th December 2020, due to the restriction of travel for our overseas guests

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.

We accept children of all ages and your pet

Milking-shed (Suites) R1010 pppn for 1 night,

R880 pppn for 2 nights,

R750 pppn for 3 nights

Weaving-shed R960 pppn for 1 night,

R830 pppn for 2 nights

R690 pppn for 3 nights

Standard rooms R830 pppn for 1 night,

R700 pppn for 2 nights,

R560 pppn for 3 nights,

All rates include breakfast and dinner

To take advantage of our offer, please reply to this mail



After the hectic, busy season we are now enjoying the calmer months!
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 and can’t wait to see them all flowering in spring! We do ongoing maintenance on the walking trails making them clear and easy to negotiate and have put some benches in strategic places.  
We have a new rescue dog , Bonny – a true Canis Africanus from the streets of Oudtshoorn – we found her at the O’hoorn pound. She 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 30 strong. We are very excited!
Bookings for our special rates should be made directly with The Retreat by email, or by phone.

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