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De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel

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8 Long street, Riversdale 6670, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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cape town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed over at De Doornkraal for one night and found the attention to detail impeccable. Not only is Christopher a fantastic chef, but such a welcoming and warm host. We travelled with our 9 month old little babygirl and the staff was so accommodating regarding our needs. We truely had a lovely experience which was worth every penny.

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Port Elizabeth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what a wonderful experience. Top quality service, food and wine. I love staying at De Doornkloof. It is a real treat. The breakfasts are just amazing. I love everything about the place, especially Chris.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

De Doornkraal is most definitely a stop one has to make when travelling to or from the Garden Route.The warm welcome,service, wonderful dinner and breakfast was fantastic. The staff and personalized service with attention to every detail was great. See you all soon.

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Stilbaai, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful building, gardens and rooms in Riversdale. The staff are well, trained and very friendly. Only hiccups: a short double bed let our feet hang out, no warm water in the evening and the WiFi not in working order.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Our stay at De Doornkraal was fantastic!. Chef Christopher and his staff went out of their way to make our stay unforgettable. From arrival to departure our every need was met and expectations exceeded!. The food was outstanding and the general neatness of the premises and all facilities including our room was outstanding (even though they were busy renovating) -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

How often do you get a chef wearing his tall chef's hat personally (with his staff) bowing before presenting your dinner to you? Or discussing his future plans for the establishment passionately and then giving you a free bottle of wine because you mentioned that the glass of wine you had the night before was surprisingly good? Probably never. Well,... More 

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DeDoornkraal, General Manager at De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

I wish to thank you kindly for your kind words which were a much needed respite; we do work very hard to show our guests that we appreciate and value them as the lifeblood of the business. We are very excited to be able to inform you that our new facilities are being built on schedule and we simply cannot... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Booked this place for one night onthe strenght of prior reviews. Owner not present when I arrived. A competant, young member of staff showed me my room. Walked in and was hit by an overwhelming smell of damp and must. Little if any natural light entering the room.On enquiring was told all other rooms were locked and not available, Left... More 

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DeDoornkraal, General Manager at De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

We wish to thank you for participating in the Tripadvisor community ! My apologies that Edgar did not contact me as he is trained to do; if guests are unhappy and need my personal assistance whilst I am on a short break (my schedule would have been to come in from 18h00 and cook for you - even though you... More 

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I have absolutely nothing remotely negative to say about De Doornkraal as everything from my arrival to my departure was flawlessly 5 star. The room was clean and very tastefully decorated with a extremely warm welcoming feel, the sheets were of the best quality and all the little extras were accounted for. I had the privilege of dinning in there... More 

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DeDoornkraal, General Manager at De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review on your experience of De Doornkraal; I note that this is you second positive review which gives myself and the team an indication that we are continuously maintaining the standards and quality - thereby having the honor of be able to be of service to a repeat visitor. We... More 

Durbanville, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

What a nice surprise it has been to stay at Doornkraal. Excellent service, beautiful rooms, delicious food and the most friendly staff. A most pleasant experience!!!! Will definately work in an extra day on future trips up country to stay over at Doornkraal.

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DeDoornkraal, General Manager at De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your participation in the Tripadvisor community; we are thrilled that you have taken the time to post your review. We hope to be of service to you again - sooner rather than later and shall count the days until then. More 

Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We stayed 2 nights at the Doornkraal and enjoed the stay in that beautifil place. But more of that we still remember the great food created by Christopher and his team. By leaving the Doornkraal we have never seen before that a complete team says bye-bye in front of the hotel. Thanks a lot to Christopher and the team.

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It was very kind of you to take the time to give us such a nice review. I am happy that your experience was a positive one and that you enjoyed your food especially; my young chef brigade has learnt quite a lot over the period I have been working with and teaching them; they make me very proud. The... More 

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