// Your review so detailed and beautiful, worth the // answer J Staying at Riebeek's Valley Hotel was a real treat! The house was built in 1903 as an orphanage to house children whose parents were killed during the Anglo Boer War. The hotel has a long history but it was eventually restored and extended as a 4 star hotel, function and conference venue. // Thank you so much for filling in some of our history, you take great care in explaining, I really appreciate. J We were allocated Room No 1 which is an absolutely humungous suite, boasting a beautiful period style mahogany looking queen size bed and some beautiful antique style pieces, including a chez lounger, chairs, coffee table, dressing table and exquisite décor. A white crotched cover over the comforter on the bed and under the glass on the dresser completed the early 1900's charm. Huge windows with stunning white curtains went half way around the room, and a more then efficient air conditioner and bar fridge added a touch of 21st century indulgence. // It IS a beautiful Suite, that said, one needs to have an appreciation for the Olde Worlde Charm to enjoy and appreciate. You clearly have. J The en-suite bathroom was beautiful, and featured an old style bath with claw feet, an early 1920's cistern and chain flush system and a beautiful hand basin. A chair covered in towelling, a heater for the winter months and huge fluffy white bath towels completed the ambience. // Most of our older rooms don’t have showers, (exception Suite 3) but when one walks into this different era ambiance, it becomes easily forgiven. J The room also featured a balcony with a stunning view of the gardens. The dining room and private dining room were also exquisitely decorated with antique pieces and the breakfast and dinner was delicious. Breakfast was included in the price of the room and featured a buffet which included cereal, yoghurt, cheeses, cold meats and hot freshly baked muffins. A hot breakfast was available to order. We had omelettes, which were scrumptious. Juice and coffee were also freely available. // We really pride ourselves on our breakfast spread, and take great care to stock just the finest ingredients building up into our buffet display. J Being vegetarians, we appreciated the wide choice of vegetarian dishes on the dinner menu. The food was well prepared and tasty. // Thank you for the feedback, we try our best with special requests kosher | halaal | vegan | vegetarian etc. J The hotel also has an organic swimming pool, and an indoor pool, and breath-taking gardens. A vintage car and old ox wagon near the reception area add a nice touch, and add to the authenticity of this 4 star establishment. // We have just renovated the starter motor of our Vintage Chevy, trust to have it on the road again soonest. J The service was great! Manager, Johan, is a jovial, friendly and endearing man, who bent over backwards to please. His newly adopted rescue dog, Sage, was friendly and adorable, and so well-behaved. // :) J. Alda, the admin lady, was also friendly and helpful, as were all the restaurant and guest liaison staff. // Alda is the best securing our Reception gateway. J One of the owners, Naomi, as well as Johan, live on the property and are always available should they be needed. Naomi is a friendly, no-nonsense lady with exquisite taste and a real green thumb. // :) J I was so sad to leave this uniquely beautiful hotel, set in the Swartland, and surrounded by wine and olive farms, including the well-known Het Vlock Casteel, Kloovenburg and Allesverloren. // Always welcome, you are part of family. Going back one day soon is definitely high up on my wish list.