Springfontein – Springfontein House
Springfontein House is graded a 3-star guesthouse by The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Springfontein House is also in the Portfolio Collection and rated Great Comfort and Luxury.
In the bedrooms the comfy beds have crisp linen, plump pillows. Outside, white walls dazzle and creepers climb over the verandah. Adding to the interest of the obviously well-loved property, is a bricked patio, captivating and colourful flower-beds abounding in the garden. Something to be welcomed in Free State summers is our crystal clear swimming pool. Adding to the overall sense of peace and tranquillity is our series of fishponds.
Garden and Pool
The garden has been subject to a comprehensive replanting programme. A swimming pool has been built which guests find a welcome relief after a long and hot journey. In winter guests can relax in the warm sitting room or go for a brisk walk before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Rooms & Rates
Bed and Breakfast
Rates from 2014: R 425 to R 550 pp/s
Single on request. Breakfast included.
As is appropriate in a guesthouse of our standing, all bedrooms in Springfontein Guesthouse are fitted with their own Television, Fan, Wall Heater, Air-conditioning and En-suite facilities.
Luxury en-suite rooms
Of the five good-sized bedrooms, the Green Room, Blue Room and the Pink Room are attached to the main house but each has its own private entrance.
In the Green Room, adjacent to the front door, pride of place is a queen bed with en-suite shower. The room has a delightful view of the front garden and verandah on which to sit and relax.
The Blue Room is similarly equipped with 2 twin beds and en-suite shower. You enter the room from a verandah on the side of the main house and you look over a quiet rear garden.
The Pink Room, on the other hand, has twin beds and an en-suite bath with a hand-held shower. Its entrance is at the back of this garden. It also has an entrance into the main part of the house.
The Yellow Room has two 3 beds.
In a charming garden cottage are our two other bedrooms: The Coral Room and the Yellow Room.
Both rooms are large and both have full bathrooms, with baths and separate showers. The Coral Room has a queen bed and the Yellow Room has twin beds.
From R185 per person
Guests walk into one of the most welcoming aspects of Springfontein Guesthouse as they approach our most elegant dining room.
Facing them, through glass doors, they first find a bright, slate-floored, frond-filled sunroom bursting with a wide variety of plants literally enveloping the room and introducing some of the most attractive of outdoor plants into the house itself. There can be no better spot for guests to unwind before moving into the dining room.
Graciousness is the first impression one has on entering the dramatically decorated dining room, with its bright crimson walls, its fine works of art, and its Georgian tables and silver candelabras. This is clearly a fine room conceived for complementing the excellence of the meals served.
Three course meals
Yes, we believe it is appropriate that there should be a sense of occasion about dining at Springfontein Guesthouse. Meals are normally of three courses, served by a team of charming and obviously well-trained staff. Typically, guests are introduced to their meal by a choice of homemade pate, either chicken liver or snoek pate. In the winter a wholesome, warming soup could well be included on the menu.
Not surprisingly (bearing in mind that we are situated with direct access to the finest lamb in South Africa), the main course often is roast leg of peerless Karoo lamb or roast neck of pork. These dishes are served with green beans, carrots and potato croquettes. If available, the ever-popular venison pie can be requested by guests for whom game is the preference.
Springfontein Guesthouse meals predictably come to a fitting conclusion with a choice of puddings such as Mousse au Chocolat, Pear Poached in Red Wine or the speciality of the house; Home-Made Ice Cream with Death by Chocolate.
Bed and Breakfast
On our daily breakfast menu (which is included in the room rate) is an interesting selection of stewed fruit, yoghurt, and cereals, followed by what is generally acknowledged as the best scrambled eggs in the Free State accompanied by bacon, sausages and fried tomatoes. Together with steaming fresh coffee or a choice of several teas, this breakfast makes an excellent start to anybody’s day.
Enabling those guests anxious to continue on their long journeys, breakfast usually starts at the comfortable time of 07:30 a.m. For folk who just have to leave early, it is no problem for us to supply what in South Africa is known as Pad Kos but we do need to know a couple of days in advance as ingredients for such takeaways are sometimes difficult to source, living as we do in this truly rural part of the country.
PET POLICY: All dogs, cats and caged birds welcome all year round. Horses welcome by arrangement but must be kept in your horse box. Other pets by prior arrangement only. Pets sleep inside; bring own pet beds, bedding and bowls. Dogs are not permitted on the furniture and must be free of ticks and fleas. Enclosed garden plus easy access to walks. Consideration must be given to resident dogs and cats. Pets stay FREE. Doggie Damages Deposit required: NONE.