- Reviews: 116
Trymore Cottage at Wellwood Farm: Historic farm cottage with fossil finds
This was a special experience. It is a genuine, authentic experience: an old building in immaculate condition that feels like home.
The dinner and breakfast were true wholesome farm fare, and they went out of their way to make sure that both the carnivores and vegetarians in our party were well fed.
The farms is a Merino stud farm, and I loved photographing the bemused sheep. ("Who is this crazy woman creeping up on us so early in the morning?")
If you have time, GO SEE THE FOSSIL DISPLAY! It was an incredible surprise. We had expected a couple of glass display cases, and instead found an enormous display of historical and significant fossils. The "smilosaurus" was my personal favourite, but there are plenty more to choose from. The collection shows some fascinating aspects of the start of the evolution of mammals, and Marian Rubidge - our hostess - had some interesting insights to share.
Wooden floors, polished porch (stoep in South African lingo), wholesome food, Merino sheep, fabulous fossils and a great place to stop to break a journey between Gauteng and the Cape.
- Reviews: 3
V illa Reinet: Good food and comfort
We arrived after dark, having travelled about 700 km, and were met by Nick Grobler, who made us feel welcome, and showed us to a very comfortable room in the courtyard (I have to declare an interest here, as Nick is married to my second cousin, and one of the reasons for choosing Villa Reinet is that we wanted to meet them, but after staying there we'd recommend it even if they weren't related!).
There's a comfortable sitting room available to residents as well, with a small library, and TV, DVD player etc. Breakfast was ample and delicious, with a fairly wide choice of cooked breakfasts being offered, as well as a sideboard full of fruit and cereals.
It's a bit more expensive than many B&B places, and we would not have chosen to spend as much every night of our trip, but for a couple of nights it was certainly worth it. There are several rooms available, around a very pleasant courtyard, and some of them are also available as self-catering.
It's a good base for exploring the Eastern Karroo, or, as in our case, a good place to stop for a night or two on a journey to somewhere else.
The main house is an old house, typical of Graaff Reinet, where all the houses seem to be white-painted ones built in the 19th century. The courtyard has lots of places to sit reading and relaxing under trees. There is a small pool, not much space for acually swimming, but good to cool off and relax on a hot summer day. We were there in autumn, so didn't try it.
The really outstanding thing is the breakfasts, with a wide choice, plenty of food, and very well cooked and presented.
- Reviews: 5
Camdeboo Cottages in Graaff-Reinet - B&B or self-c: B&B at Camdeboo Cottages in Graaff-Reinet
I'm the manager of Camdeboo Cottages in Graaff-Reinet & I have been working at Camdeboo Cottages for nearly 10 years already!
Contact me directly for bookings or organized tours in the Graaff-Reinet region
See our website www.camdeboocottages.co.za
Bed & Breakfast or self-catering is available & a variety of evening meals are on offer - dinner is served in the cottages or on the veranda next to the swimming pool
All cottages have :
Electric Blankets on all beds in the winter
Televisions with Satellite / cable TV
Fully equipped kitchens with a stove, microwave & fridge
A lounge/dinning room
Coffee & tea making facilities
All linen and towels are provided
Rooms are serviced daily
Breakfast and dinner is also available / Meals provided
Smoking allowed / Non-smoking upon request
Swimming pool with braai facilities available to all visitors.
Restaurant facility available
Room service available
- Reviews: 6
Obesa Lodge: Cheap and cheerful
This motel/hotel is the only complex in Graaf=Reinet that is not painted white, but rather a riot of colors. It's several buildings surrounding a swimming pool and gardens -- the owner's ex-husband was a cactus aficionado and he imported and planted millions of rand worth of cactus. There are swings and playground equipment for children. Coffee and tea is included and there's a small fridge and electric teakettle in the room. Nicely decorated but not luxurious rooms. A full breakfast (eggs bacon etc.) is 30 rand extra. I paid about 80 rand for my room, a double but I was the only one in it. There are larger and smaller rooms too, a couple of which have full kitchens. The compound includes free secure parking. It's about three blocks from the center of town.
The owner, one Mr. Brouwer, had been one of the most prominent lawyers in town; when he and his wife divorced, he got the world-class collection of cactus across the street, and she got the Obesa Lodge. It's a great, very reasonable place to stay, not historic but very cheerful and family-friendly. Almost all the guests are South African. For some reason this place is not in foreign guidebooks. I highly recommend it. You can wander around in the cactus garden across the street -- it's amazing. Mrs. Brouwer is very knowledgeable about the town, things to do and see etc., and knows everybody in town. Graaf-Reinet is not full of nightlife or sights, but there are some interesting side trips and it's a very restful place to spend a few days especially if you've been traveling hard. The town is popular with vacationing South Africans, partly because of its historical importance, and there are lots of good restaurants and shops. Prices are very reasonable across the board. It kind of reminded me of Santa Barbara without the beach.
- Reviews: 1099
Le Jardin: Backpack
Good backpackers in Graaff Reinet, nice homely place at a good price, run by older people here you can really experience home life in South Africa.
The lady is very attentive and very helpful.
- Reviews: 105
room: Le Jardin Backpackers
i found two backpackers on the karoo's brochure for Graaff Reniet, one was Blue Crane Backpackers and other was Le Jardin, so before i left i emailed to both but both came back as un delivered, so i tried to call Blue Crane first and the number didnt exist so i called that Le Jardin, and the woman who runs that place responded in very friendly way and booked me for the night i asked for. it was the only place which was on per person basis and not the room. it was R 95.00 per person at that time and second cheapest was a room in town for R 265.00 anyway, once i was in Graaff Reniet I called her on her cell phone and she guided me to her place. it was located in very peaceful and clean area, and the town is not so big so one can walk to everywhere around, though its not in the middle of town...
the rooms are double bedded, and everyone has full excess to kitchen for coffee or cooking etc. and tv room.. and she served coffee and cookies next morning..
i would say it was wonderful experience in such money...
the reception area is full of maps and brochures of town and surrounding attractions and every rooms have got the book shelves as well
parking inside the yard, and great view of the mountain if you are staying in the room at the road side.. mmm i would say the unique quality is its price
- Reviews: 1409
Aloe Lodge: Aloe Lodge (SC)
This is a friendly set of self-catering rooms in a garden setting in Bourke Street. Although it doesn't have the atmosphere of some of the self-catering and B&B accommodation in Graaff-Reinet, it is also somewhat less expensive (R350 per unit per night), making it a good budget place for a few nights or longer. I must admit that we were pesterd by mosquitos in the evenings, requiring the purchase of more plug-in mosquito mats. We didn't notice them so much elsewhere in the town.
The units have a TV set, kitchenette and full cutlery and cooking equipment. They also include a carton of milk, coffee and tea, which not all self-catering units provide these days. The complex includes a very small pool with a slide, but with no shallow end. It is fenced in, but those with young children should still take care as the gate is usually open. There is secure off-street parking.
About R700 per self-catering unit
The gardens are small but with some established trees and flowers that attract a good variety of bird life, including a number of entertaining resident pin-tailed wydahs..
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