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“Cool cottage” 4 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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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Cool cottage”
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.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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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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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
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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!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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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 need for a short stay and is well equipped. there is no motorized gate and little security. the unit is clean and tidy and we enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 to be there on our own. Bear in mind that in case of full occupancy (~10 people) it would be a bit crowded.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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 received.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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Reno, Nevada
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
67 helpful votes 67 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 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.

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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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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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