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“More than a pleasant stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Karoo Retreat
Jan v Riebeeck str 238a | Wesbank, Oudtshoorn 6225, South Africa (Formerly Shades of Africa)   |  
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“More than a pleasant stay”
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 received.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 electric heaters as well as electric blankets and the huge kitchen was beautiful. We really hated that we only had one night there. One family member wants to return to Oudtshoorn in the summer, just to experience the house (and pool) again! The owner does not live there anymore but she rectified a mistake made by Booking dot com and gave us a free room. The only recommendation I have is for the owner to have firewood because the living area was very cold without a space heater, like the bedrooms had. We had no time to go to the store to pick any up because we arrived late. In spite of that, we still loved staying at the true retreat. Beautiful.

Room Tip: They are all so comfortable with fluffy bedding and space heaters.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 room and kitchen area large and well equipped. Unfortunately the rooms are situated where they do not get much sun (which no doubt is great for beating the Karoo summer heat) so were extremely cold and dark.

The supplied breakfast was very good, plentiful, delivered promptly every morning. The place was very clean and nicely kept, and the gardens and pool area restful.

The laundry situation was very confusing too. While I could see a laundry facility behind a locked door there was no access given to it and it was not clear how we got laundry done. We toughed it out and did a few things by hand, but better direction on what laundry service is available would be helpful.

Overall we found the Retreat nice, but in need of better heating or insulation.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We are from PE and came across Karoo Retreat on the internet saw the pics got pricing and booked straight away (very affordable). Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly host and settled in well. Karoo Retreat is a wonderful home away from home and we truly enjoyed every mintue of our stay. Will recommend Karoo Retreat to anyone and will definantly come again.

Nicole Oberleitner

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This place is amazing. My girlfriend and I stayed there and were treated with excellent, friendly service and an incredible breakfast. Beds were made when we got back from our excursions and the place was very neat and tidy. We are definitely going back again soon.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

Very lovely guesthouse with a really nice host. She gave us many recommendations for restaurants and hints for trips. We spent only one night at Shades, but the breakfast was good, the surrounding quiet and the rooms functional.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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