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  • Charming sandstone building dates back to the 1860's
  • Beautifully renovated with colourful, cosy rooms
  • On a quiet street near the heart of town

88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Oudtshoorn

 

-33.5852, 22.2043

About

This guest house in the heart of Oudtshoorn is a charming example of the unique sandstone architecture that was brought to the town by Scottish stonemasons all the way back in the 1860s. The house with green roofs has been maintained to look exactly as it was when it was first built, and original features such as wooden floors and doors with stained glass inserts still hold pride of place.

The guest rooms are by no means old-fashioned, having been decorated in a homely contemporary African style and kitted out with plush furnishings. The verandah rooms are the most spacious, and visitors can choose between Queen, King or twin beds. As the name suggests, each room comes with its own verandah, where guests can sip a cup of tea while enjoying the balmy Oudtshoorn climate. There is plenty of wardrobe space to pack your clothes, and the stylish en-suite bathrooms are appointed with twin basins and a large shower. 

Less spacious but still comfortable, the rest of the rooms have en-suite showers. Guests who prefer to stay grounded can choose to stay in one of the four twin barn rooms on the ground floor, while the more adventurous can take on the steep staircase leading up to the quirky barn loft double room. 

Also accessed by a staircase, the loft triple room is a good choice for energetic couples with a child over 12, or for travelling friend groups.

Standard amenities include televisions, hairdryers and air conditioning and heating, while the verandah rooms and loft double room have the added bonus of a bar fridge.

Owners Zoë and Huw pull out all the stops to ensure that guests are well fed, taking breakfast orders in the evening to ensure that everything is exactly as you want it the following morning. A wide range of continental and Full English treats - cooked by Huw - are on offer, accompanied by delicious homemade jams and marmalade. 

The couple also has a thorough knowledge of Oudtshoorn, having been to most of the town’s attractions themselves, and are very willing to impart travel advice to guests. The Cango Caves, meerkat safaris, township tours and of course a visit to one of numerous ostrich farms, feature high up on the list of things to do.

Oudtshoorn has almost year round sunshine and can get hot during the day, so after a day of exploring, guests will appreciate being able to cool down in the swimming pool. Dinner can be taken at several good restaurants an easy stroll from the guest house, and savouring a succulent Karoo dish is the perfect way to end the day.

Rates & Summary


4 Stoep/Verandah Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen, King or twin beds
En-suite shower and double basins
Verandah with seating area

4 Twin Barn Rooms

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower

Barn Loft Double Room

Upstairs rooms
Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower

Barn Loft Triple Room

Upstairs room
Sleeps 3 in double and single bed
En-suite shower

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in a quiet street conveniently close to the attractions of Oudtshoorn, 88 Baron van Reede is a charming bed and breakfast offering accommodation in a range of cosy, colourfully decorated rooms. The 150 year old sandstone building has been classily renovated while losing none of its rich historical charm. The refreshing swimming pool allows guests to take full advantage of Oudsthoorn’s 330 days of sunshine per year.

Summary

  • Charming sandstone building dates back to the 1860's
  • Beautifully renovated with colourful, cosy rooms
  • On a quiet street near the heart of town

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guesthouse are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bontebok National Park, hiking, golf course, Tradouws Pass, Route 62, Faerie Sanctuary, township tours, pottery studio.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Klein Karoo

Western Cape

About

The name ‘Karoo’ is synonymous with vast semi-arid landscapes, small rural towns, large farms, and few people, and here it is no different, except for that small word ’Klein’ (meaning little). There’s really nothing small about it, and only its modest title differentiates it from its big brother to the north, the Great Karoo.

The reason the Klein Karoo is dry is because it lies in the rain shadow between two long ridges of the Cape Fold mountains - these are made up of the Swartberg and Little Swartberg ranges in the north and the Outeniqua and Langeberg in the south. 

The 125 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve, which includes the lost valley of Gamkaskloof, embraces most of the Swartberg range from De Rust in the east, past Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and on towards Ladismith. It achieved World Heritage Site status in 2004. A section of the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ passes through the Klein Karoo from east to west, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘mountain route’ because the visitor is never out of sight of the impressive ridges. 

Getting to and from the region, the traveller has a choice of interesting options through or over the mountains. 

In the north, the amazing natural gateways of Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort wind beneath the plunging cliffs, while the high altitude route is via the Swartberg Pass. In the south the Outeniqua and Robertson passes are no less sublime.

Big, bold scenery aside, the Klein Karoo has lots of smaller natural wonders that make it interesting, one of these being its wealth of plant species - the region is part of the succulent Karoo biome. 

Plant lovers will be happy to know the region takes a healthy third place in the succulent diversity rankings in South Africa. Many of these unusual plants are tiny and finding them requires the donning of hiking boots and a sun hat and stepping out into the veld. Other outdoor pursuits are plentiful with hiking trails, mountain bike routes and bird watching being popular.

The Klein Karoo also has a wealth of tourist attractions, many of which are centred around the region’s biggest town, Oudtshoorn. The fascinating Cango Caves, for example, attract around 250 000 visitors a year.

However, every town along the route has something unique on offer.  

As part of the longest wine route in the world, each town has either wine estates or a wine co-operative. Running parallel with this viticulture, but not as well known, is the R62 Brandy Route. This should bring a gleam to the eyes of many a South African, as Brandy is amongst the nation’s favoured spirits. Producers include Mons Ruber near De Rust, Kango Wine Cellar and Grundheim in Oudtshoorn, and Boplaas in Calitzdorp. 

As a destination the Klein Karoo is generous in its offerings which, like all good things in life, should be enjoyed slowly.

Look out for

The Cango caves are situated at the end of the R328, about 40km north of Oudtshoorn. Of the 5.3km of caves, 1.2km is open to the public and the Standard Tour is an easy walk through the first six largest and most spectacular halls to the ‘African Drum Room’. The Adventure Tour lasts 90 minutes and takes one deeper into the caves, but is strictly for lean, fit people who are definitely not claustrophobic because adventurers have to squeeze through narrow fissures. There’s an interpretive centre offering a short film, a museum, gift shop, bureau de change, bar and coffee shop, and a photographic Fantasy Theatre; plus a restaurant specialising in ostrich dishes. Open 363 days a year, but closed on Christmas Day. 

Wine, Port, and Brandy tasting - each town has at least one cellar where visitors can sample some of their produce, from Mons Ruber in De Rust, through to Kango Wine Cellar and Gundheim in Oudtshoorn, Boplaas, De Krans, and Calitzdorp cellars in Calitzdorp and Ladismith Wine Cellar in Ladismith.

Swartberg pass - This sinuous road, which climbs and dips between Prince Albert in the north to Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

Gamkaskloof, or Die Hel, as it is more commonly known – this lost valley, which was only connected to the outside world in the 1960’s, was once home to a remote group of people for over a century. At the time, they were described as ‘the most isolated community within a community of their own kind in the world’. The valley is now a nature reserve and offers overnight accommodation in some of the restored houses from that amazing era, as well as camping. Getting there is half the experience.  It takes more than two hours along the narrow gravel road from the top of the Swartberg Pass to cover the 50km to the end of the valley.

Meiringspoort - is the eastern gateway into the region and once in the poort the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Grootrivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities, and it’s easy to spend half a day exploring from one end to the next. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop culminating in a deep pool.

Seweweekspoort - This spectacular gateway through the Swartberg Mountains is situated 24km west of Calitzdorp and winds below the imposing 2 325m Seweweekspoort peak - the highest in the Swartberg. In many ways it’s similar to Meiringspoort, except here the road is gravel and the atmosphere is more primitive. Visitors can also picnic in the poort itself, and one spot that’s perfect to break out the sandwiches is at the thatched umbrella below the cliffs.

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