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  • Elegant country homestead offers great comfort
  • The combindation of antiques and local artwork is especially charming
  • Well located to explore the quaint Karoo town and surrounds

Calitzdorp Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

3km from Calitzdorp

 

-33.5127, 21.6944

About

Built in the style of a modern country residence, but incorporating charming Klein Karoo features, Calitzdorp Country House boasts all the amenities to be expected from a top-class luxury guest house, while allowing guests to enjoy picturesque mountain and vineyard views.

Throughout the house, the collection of antiques and pretty South African paintings is something to be admired, and the guest rooms are elegant and well-appointed. King-size beds guarantee a comfy night’s rest, and the en-suite bathrooms are luxuriantly fitted with Italian granite slabs, twin basins and large corner baths.

To make the most of the balmy outdoor weather, guests can enjoy the privacy of their own patios, small gardens and water features. Air conditioning ensures cooling comfort during the hot summers, and additional amenities include televisions and tea/coffee facilities.

There are four luxury rooms, with two providing a bit more space to move around in than the others. The garden suite has particularly scenic views and is a good option for those who want a little bit more privacy and space. 

The classic Karoo feel of the rooms extends to the guest house’s dining and sitting areas, which both open onto a peaceful flagstone-paved courtyard overlooking vineyards and orchards. This is an ideal place to enjoy the guest house’s hearty breakfast, socialise with your hosts or simply relax with a cooling drink.

Appetising suppers can be savoured in this tranquil setting, with the water fountain providing a soothing soundtrack. A verandah on three sides of the house provides cooling shade, and guests can experience the life of a Karoo local by relaxing on a traditional rawhide-strung farm bench.

The garden attracts plenty of bird life, so be sure to take your binoculars along. A gazebo next to the swimming pool is also a wonderful spot to enjoy a sundowner after taking a refreshing dip. Once the sun has set, the sky is an unspoilt carpet of stars and gives a beautiful closure to the day.

Apart from being able to go on scenic walks through the vineyards, guests are well-positioned to experience the best that Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn have to offer. During winter, the hot springs at Calitzdorp Spa, just down the road, are an ideal place to revitalise the mind and body.

There are numerous scenic road passes to drive along, and the spectacular Cango Caves are within easy driving distance.

A visit to one of the ostrich farms which have made Oudtshoorn famous is a must, and additional attractions such as the Cango Wildlife Ranch and meerkat safaris will also contribute to an entertaining stay in the beautiful Karoo.

Rates & Summary


2 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and twin basins
Private patio, garden and fountain

2 Large Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and twin basins
Private patio, garden and fountain

Garden Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and twin basins
Private patio, garden and fountain
Mountain views

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Dinners available

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Nestled amongst vineyards in the town of Calitzdorp, close to Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp Country House is a comfortable retreat offering accommodation in rooms with King-size beds, and gives guests a taste of well-heeled Karoo living. An authentic Karoo style, created by original Oregon wood floors and sash windows, complemented by a large collection of antiques and South African paintings, gives charm to this country house. The rooms house outsize baths and offer lovely views over vineyard and mountain scenery.

Summary

  • Elegant country homestead offers great comfort
  • The combindation of antiques and local artwork is especially charming
  • Well located to explore the quaint Karoo town and surrounds

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 guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: wine tasting, 4x4 routes, ostrich farms, donkey trail, camel rides, hiking, nature reserves, meerkat safari, wildlife ranch Cango Caves, township tours, cultural experiences, Calitzdorp Spa.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed

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 conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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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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