New Holme Karoo Guestfarm is rated 5/5 by visitors (12 reviews)

New Holme Karoo Guestfarm

Hotel at Karoo Gariep Conservancy, Off N1, Hanover, 7005, Upper Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

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Showing 12 reviews (ordered by date of stay, most recent appearing first)

March 2018


Review by Clayton LeConey (Johannesburg)

I honestly couldn’t give a better, stronger, more positive recommendation for this place.

I was driving with my girlfriend from Joburg to Plettenburg Bay for a week’s vacation and needed a last minute place to stay for the night in between and split up the 13-hour drive. I booked it only 3 days in advance and honestly didn’t have high expectations. I just wanted a clean place, maybe a glass of wine, food and some scenery.

New Holme Guestfarm exceeded my expectations in every way. It doubles as a working farm and we had arrived on a Sunday, unknowingly about two hours after they had hosted 300 people and 90 horses for an event. Despite the lingering feeling that we’d just barely missed a really good party, the property was spotless. While clearly exhausted from the weekend, the owner was as gracious as can be. After we got settled in our spacious, fully stand-alone guest house (kitchen, sitting area, porch, bedroom, full bathroom, great shower) we had a great bottle of stellenbosch red on our porch. Then, along with one of his friendly and lovable dogs (Elvis, the beagle), he drove us to the “Hippo pool” for sundowners on a deck that overhangs the river, where there were indeed hippos and a gorgeous sunset.

Once back at the main house, we were served a fantastic, delicious, 3-course meal (cooked by his lovely wife). Shockingly, we were literally the only people there. For R800/night, I dare you to find someplace better. And if you do, seriously, let me know.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - for couples, families on a weekend away or if you’re just passing through like we were. 5 stars.

January 2017


Review by Karin (Johannesburg)

My kind of life! To our wonderful hosts, Mariska and PC with baby Blesbok Bambi.. cherry on the cake, WELL DONE in every aspect. Henk and I LOVED all we saw overnight stay in a lovely spacious room overlooking beautiful gardens and pool. as 'my' tradition, where there is water, I'll swim, be it a bubbling Drakensberg river, or the beautiful Scarborough Ocean, New Holmes 'passed' with flying colours. Sadly we could only stay one night (we'll be back!) Staying on for breakfast was definitely worth every morsel of a super Karoo spread. Thank you both and the kitchen staff for a fabulous stay! One more thing... the 300 odd lambs being herded by three border collies to outer pastures, a sight to behold! :)) Thank you PC and Mariska for sharing your BEAUTIFUL KAROO JEWEL!. Hope to visit again... Warm and kind regards, Henk & Karin Behnken.

August 2016


Review by GT Pugin (Boksburg)

Excellent see you again

July 2016


Review by Dagmar (Johannesburg SA)

Such friendly and welcoming hosts. We truly enjoyed our stay, the large fire place, the delicious dinner and the very spacious guest rooms. What a pity we could only stayed one night. Highly recommended :-)

April 2016


Review by Jono (Jhb)

We stayed in the Log cabin (Family of 3) - comfortable accomodation with enough bedding to keep us warm. The dinner & breakfast were excellent - definitely worth booking for dinner. A great stopover from along the N1

June 2014


Review by Dean (Johannesburg)

We stayed at New Holme as a half-way point from Jhb to Cpt and weren't 100% sure what to expect. We arrived slightly later than planned due to circumstances beyond control, however when we arrived it felt as if we had stepped through our own doors at home. The atmosphere was warm and we were welcomed with open arms by P.C and his family. We unfortunately did not have the opportunity to eat as we only stayed one night and left early, but we did have a magnificent evening sharing a glass of wine with P.C and talking until all hours beneath a beautiful blanket of Karoo stars. Our place of slumber for the evening was a splendid log cabin which, despite the cold winter temperature, kept us very warm and cosy, making it slightly difficult for us to leave the next morning :) Definitely worth a repeat and highly recommended, it was an experience akin to a fairy tale. Thank you P.C. And God bless

May 2014


Review by Beavan Gwilt (Port Elizabeth)

Supremely comfortable, and hospitality as boundless as the Karoo. Highly recommended.

January 2013


Review by Siska Vd Westhuizen (Johannesburg)

We were saved by PC and his family on the 2nd January 2013. After a terrible experience at our previous accomodation we were welcomed with open arms and traeted as if we were family. The New Holme Lodge has such a warm homely feel to it and PC and his family create such an awesome environment. We arrived very late that evening with no prior bookings but PC made a plan for me and my sister and we were able to rest peacefully that evening. I spoke to some of the regulars that go there every year and many of them said "its our home away from home!"
Thank you so much for that wonderful evening!

December 2012


Review by Jonathan Davimes (San Diego, CA USA)

Outstanding in every respect. Marisca and PC are the most wonderful hosts you can imagine. We immediately felt at home and did not want to leave after such a short stay.
Location is amazing, the solitude and star gazing are just what one needs after a hectic year of stress and work. This is undoubtedly the best guest houses i have stayed in and i have traveled extensively world wide. We look forward to our next visit in December.
God bless you both.

September 2012


Review by Judith And Marius Malan (Pretoria)

Dear Marisca and PC,
I woke up this morning feeling disoriented: I was at my home, and not at New Holme! Truly we all (@21!! of us), so enjoyed our week at New Holme. Thank you for the excellent food and friendship, daily attention to detail, and for your extra hospitality that made us feel so at "holme" benchmark: well done! May God bless your every plan and purpose.

Sincere regard, always: Marius and Judith Malan, Pretoria, Gauteng

October 2010


Review by Kirsten Bell (Cape Town)

Absolutely fantastic, if you are looking for a stop on the JHB to CT drive that is past Colesburg stay here, but try stay for more than one night. There is so much to see from the hippos, horses to the nothingness of the karoo and what we loved was the stars, billions of them.
The hospitality was out of this world, our 3 year old got to feed a lamb a bottle of milk which made her year, the food was so good we had to get rolled out and that was only the conservative Sunday evening buffett. Truley a fantastic stay in clean homely accomodation. Highly recommended. (Kirst, Will, Lils and Rae)

September 2004


Review by Robin Chandler (Clevedon, England)

Since my stay at New Holme I have compared it with stays at hotels, farms, guest houses in various countries and can state categorically that it is the best! The braai in the boma was unforgettable, under the stars, sipping drinks and chatting with PC. We had a selection of excellent meats, and Marisca's spread of beautifully cooked and presented vegetables was mind-blowing. The dessert range was fabulous, on par with the fine wines offered by PC. My room was elegantly furnished and comfortable, and I slept with great contentment. I left New Holme after a bumper breakfast, extremely satisfied, and determined to return, which I intend to do in October this year(2009). Thank you, to a host and hostess who treated me with great courtesy and personal interest. Overall impression: 10/10

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -30.965305555555556
Longitude: 24.655

Closest airport(s)
Bloemfontein Airport - 230km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

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