The Retreat At Groenfontein Calitzdorp Guest House, Karoo

The Retreat At Groenfontein

Bed & Breakfast at Groenfontein Farm, Calitzdorp, Klein Karro, Western Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

About The Retreat At Groenfontein

The Retreat is an old Victorian farmhouse in the lovely Groenfontein Valley conservancy, situated 20kms northeast of Calitzdorp on a scenic, winding gravel road, 59kms northwest of Oudtshoorn, and 48kms southwest of the Cango caves, both half gravel, just off the magical Route 62.

The Retreat offers all the comforts of home - with a touch of luxury - in the vast and unspoilt natural landscape. Here indulgence and simplicity go hand-in-hand, and among the hills and kloofs and gurgling streams is found the kind of peace and solitude that the soul craves. The secluded Groenfontein Valley with its historically intact, charming architecture is one of the Western Cape's best kept secrets. The 560 hectare property is in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR). It borders on Cape Nature Conservation land, and the Swartberg Nature Reserve, which is a World Heritage site. It is traversed by the crystal clear Nel's River, which rises in the Swartberg mountains and feeds the Calitzdorp dam, before flowing into the Gouritz River.

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.


This lovely home has four garden rooms (4 star graded), two in a converted weaving-shed and two in a converted milking-shed, all with sitting-areas by a fireplace, king-size beds, which can be made up as twins, three with a Victorian bath and shower and the smaller with only shower, and four comfortable en-suite bedrooms (3 star graded) in the main house with French doors leading onto a patio.

German, French, Swedish and Italian spoken. Children and pets are welcome.


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.


Enjoy peaceful walks along the charming lanes of the Groenfontein valley, climb into the foothills of the Swartberg, enjoy a dip in the rock pools or simply relax by the pool and let the peace and silence soak into your soul.


Winner of the AA Accommodation Awards 2003, 2004 and 2005, Hall of Fame 2006 - 2010 (Category: Guest House Full Service).

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Pets allowed (by arrangement)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Tour assistance

Accreditations (as claimed by The Retreat At Groenfontein)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)
AA Quality Assured Accommodation Highly RecommendedRecommended on TripAdvisor

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -33.437666666333335
Longitude: 21.789138888555556

Closest airport(s)
George Airport - 115km

Children policy
Children of all ages welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 13h00
Check-out by 11h00

Arrangement can be made to come earlier or leave later. If you arrive and your room is not ready, you can sit in the garden, have some tea or go for a walk.

Listed on
September 2000 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

I have just had a the most wonderful week at the Retreat. Marie & Grant are the most perfect hosts and the ambiance is perfect. Wonderful bird life,...

Jacky Donovan, Knysna Travellers' Rating


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