Calitzdorp Accommodation at The Retreat At Groenfontein Guest House in Karoo
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  • Property TypeFarm Stay
  • Guests22
  • Rooms/Units8
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights
  • Wir SprechenDeutsch

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  • Listed on since September 2000

The Retreat At Groenfontein is a 3 star graded guest house offering Calitzdorp accommodation in 8 guest rooms.

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 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 - 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 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.

Pet Friendly

We are pet friendly and love our own well–behaved, disciplined dogs. Enjoy energetic hill walks or mountain biking in the clear air - or lazy summer afternoons cooling off in the shady, secluded rock pools that sparkle like jewels along the length of the tree-fringed river - or simply stroll along the peaceful, winding lanes of the Groenfontein Valley

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • 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
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Garden Family Suite / Milking Shed

Garden-suite consisting of a room with a king-sized or twin beds, and lounge area with fireplace and an extra bedroom with 2 single beds. Bathroom with Victorian bath and shower and separate toilet. Private verandah with magnificent views of the Swartberg.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 3 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Garden Rooms / Weaving Shed

Situated in converted weaving shed. King-size or twin beds, 1 with en-suite Victorian bath and shower, 1 only shower. Sitting areas with fireplace, 1 with study/writing room with 3rd bed. Verandah with magnificent views of Swartberg mountains.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Standard Rooms / Creamery 5

In house and creamery adjacent to main house. King-size/twin or Queen-size beds and en-suite bath or shower. 1 with fireplace. Opens onto patio.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Garden Room (Weaving Shed 7) Larger

Situated in converted weaving shed. King-size or twin beds with en-suite Victorian bath and shower. Sitting area with fireplace. Small study/alcove room with 3rd bed. Verandah with magnificent views of Swartberg mountains.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 3 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Standard Queen Room

Standard Rooms with queen/twin beds, situated in the main house. En-suite bathroom with shower. Room opens onto patio. No mountain view.

Qty: 3
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Wonderful place. Quiet. Great landscape. A lot of Birds warm hospidality Best place we has been in this holiday.

January 2019

Rauthgundis Reck (Germany)

Verified reviewexcellent

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, fantastic Karoo flora, lovely walks and absolute silence at night...what bliss. You don't know what you are missing. It is a must!...Oh, and the food is to die for...try for yourselves.

November 2012

Jacky Donovan (Knysna)

Need to Know

Response timeThe Retreat At Groenfontein typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages welcome.

Closest airport(s)George Airport - 115km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-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.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since September 2000

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