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Jan v Riebeeck str 238a | Wesbank, Oudtshoorn 6225, South Africa (Formerly Shades of Africa)
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patricia_St_0602 Munich, Germany
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Munich, Germany
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed one night and had our own cottage, gets very cool in winter. Unfortunately we had only a bathtub and no shower, pretty difficult to "shower" will freezing as no heater in the bathroom. Nice decorated room, comfortable bed. The outside light was impossible to switch off, so we had a very bright room over night, which made sleeping a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Splendid decor, well located, delightful accommodation and privacy in cottage, value for money, ambiance - just delightful overall, could have stayed longer and a MUST return establishment! Loved the funky little touches to the interior!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Very cool. Cute little cottage in Oudtshoorn. Very cosy but very cold in winter with no shower, only bath. Nicely furnished and decorated and very friendly greeting by Ina. Lovely place overall but couldn't switched off outside light which lit up whole cottage throughout the night.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We stayed in the small cottage and really enjoyed it. Central location, well equipped, neat and clean. Great recommendations for things to do in the area were left in the room which was really helpful. Would recommend block out curtains. The outside light was a bit disturbing at night. Overall we had a great overnight stay!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

the Property is quite central to the CBD of Oudshoorn and the rooms are spacious. The unit we stayed in didn't receive a lot of sunlight and the Kitchen was a bit unpractical. both rooms had an on suite bathroom which was great for our son to also have a separate bathroom from ours. it has all the facilities you... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stayed there for two nights in February. To use A/C in the rooms we were requested to keep windows open. We didn’t feel secure at night so we had to switch a/c off and use fan instead. It didn’t help much and it was difficult to sleep. The garden and pool area are quite small but we were lucky... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We stayed there for two nights and had a very pleasant stay. The name "Retreat" is more than fitting - very quiet and safe area. The owner - Ina - was more than helpful. She washed our dishes and even offered to bring our laundry to cleaning. All in all, we couldn't have asked for anything more than what we... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Recently my friend and I stayed at Karoo Retreat. We had a very nice stay at this self catering house. Very well equipped kitchen and spacious room. Although rather cold at night.......the electric blanket was very helpfull. It had a homely and cosy atmosphere.

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Reno, Nevada
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29 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My family of 6 just spent 3 weeks in South Africa and we are still talking about how much we loved staying at the Karoo Retreat. You can tell a tasteful woman once lived there, as her special touches still remain. It is strictly a house, with no front desk or meals, but the comfort level is 5*****. We had... More

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Alexandra, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

My husband and I recently spent several nights at Karoo Retreat. Communication for booking was very good, prompt and helpful. We were able to pay with credit card, which we found not all properties in South Africa accept. Our room was very spacious and nicely furnished. The bed is comfortable with nice linens. The bathroom is excellent and the common... More

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Address: Jan v Riebeeck str 238a | Wesbank, Oudtshoorn 6225, South Africa (Formerly Shades of Africa)
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Located in the beautiful Little Karoo, conveniently close to both the Garden Route and Route 62, we offer a unique base from which to enjoy and explore the beauty of this region. For the sophisticated young at heart, we offer an African experience with comfort, tranquility and style, furnished with hand-picked Karoo interior. We offer 4 double or twin bedded rooms with private entrance and patio each with own bathroom plus shower. All rooms are equipped with DSTV television, overhead fans, air conditioners, heaters, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. Beautifull enclosed indigenous garden and Private Swimmingpool. All this for you to enjoy! We welcome you! ... more   less 
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