The Retreat at Groenfontein
Calitzdorp, Klein Karoo Kannaland - Accommodation
ESTABLISHMENT OVERVIEW: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 ceramic fireplace to keep them cosy on chilly winter evenings - leading onto a wide verandah, overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg mountains.
Your Hosts, Grant and Marie, 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 - cooked with Marie's continental flair - is also served when the weather is warm.
The meals at Groenfontein have a health emphasis, vegetarians are welcome and we cater for problem diets. Our Guests can enjoy Karoo lamb dishes and local Cape specialties. Meals are served under the stars on the veranda 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 four suites in two garden annexes with breathtaking 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.
The Retreat is ideally situated for day trips to the Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, Seweweekspoort, Montagu Pass, the coast and more (See our map).
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.
Facilities & Amenities includes:
Facilities available at The Retreat at Groenfontein, Calitzdorp, Klein Karoo Kannaland
- Animal Friendly
- Children Welcome
- Gay Friendly
- Secure Parking
- Non Smoking
Accreditations & Gradings:
Accreditations for The Retreat at Groenfontein, Calitzdorp, Klein Karoo Kannaland
- AA Travel Guides
- Portfolio Collection
- Tourism Grading Council
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GPS Co-Ordinates: 21° 47' 20.9" E / 33° 26' 15.6" S
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|Address: 37 Aviation Crescent, Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town 7490, South Africa|
|Distance: 397 km / Duration: 4 hours 46 mins|
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Reviews for The Retreat at Groenfontein
"A Garden of Eden meets Victorian Grace meets Home Sweet Home"
Dinners in winter in a cosy dining-room with tasteful furnishings, a crackling log fire and a dinner-table set for good food and good conversation. The Retreat attracts an interesting array of guests from all over South Africa and around the world, and the three-course meal is always delicious. Dinners in summer on the long front verandah, to the enchanting backdrop of the night skies and sometimes a full-moonrise. As if all of that is not bounty enough, breakfast is served on the same verandah facing out towards the mountains and the extensive gardens surrounding the house - to the sound of unceasing birdsong (the birds being fed at the same time as the guests). Another of the many charms of visiting The Retreat is that one can choose how much one wants to socialise, or pull away and do one\'s own thing - whether that means reading, sleeping, walking, birdwatching, or whatever. And the service is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble for Grant and Marie - whether it is making tea or coffee on request, or allowing guests to enjoy their breakfasts and dinners at a leisurely pace, or preparing separate food for guests with dietary issues, or simply the very warm welcome they always give. And their staff are the same. The service is personalised, friendly and willing. It feels like home - except that one would never eat, relax and be waited on hand and foot at home as one is here ! If this sounds like a personal plug - it is. I have been a paying guest on very many occasions and they never miss a beat. Each visit has been different and I have been delighted always - disappointed, never.
Reviewer: Penny Alder
Country: South Africa
Posted: August, 18th 2012 12:17 PM
Thanks you for the most wonderful stay. We have loved every second. You have a truly beautiful place, very peaceful and relaxing. Hospitality and food has been outstanding. We will definitely be visiting again. Thank you for making our honeymoon so memorable. With love and best wishes Tristan & Caroline Lee
Reviewer: Tristan & Caroline Lee
Country: London, UK
Posted: August, 17th 2012 17:17 PM
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