When we were booking guest houses to stay at on our trip we tried Oudtshoorn first before coming to realise that the Arts Festival was on that week and places were fully booked in town. So we had to look a little further out and thank goodness we did otherwise we would not have found Die Fonteine. This guest house is a sheer delight, as is the host Anzue, who made us feel so welcome from the minute we arrived. As others have remarked, attention to detail is second to none, there were so many nice little touches around our room that showed a lot of thought had gone into it. Spotlessly clean, beautifully presented. Our room, the Clivia Room, had a nice veranda area outside where you could sit and admire the view, or there was a larger seating area around the front of the veranda where you could meet and chat with other guests, which we did.
On arrival, we commented that eating out options in Schoemanshoek, which is tiny, looked a little limited and wondered what our options were. Anzue informed us that she had taken the liberty (her words not ours!!) of booking us in at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, about 5km down the road towards Oudtshoorn. What a revelation that was, set around a dam with the possibility of seeing hippo (we didn't) but we did see plenty of huge fish and some turtles. You need to arrive before it falls dark to appreciate the setting but it is also a very nice atmosphere once darkness has fallen.
Another recommended eating option, about 1km further down the road, is Surval. Located on an olive estate, again a beautiful setting and good food, and wonderful service.
Breakfast at Die Fonteine was plentiful, loads of options available, extremely generous. Added to that the ever-present home-made carrot cake available for guests to help themselves with teas and coffees. It would be hard to find a nicer place to stay and better value.
Would recommend Die Fonteine to anybody and we would stay again in a heartbeat if ever in this region again.
Handily placed for Cango Caves and the Swartberg Pass, now THAT was an experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This guest house is situated just outside Oudtshoorn on the way to Cango Caves. This guest house is owned and run by Anzue. There are 6 double rooms each with their own entrance and ensuite bathrooms. Rooms are spacious and new with wonderful finishes. The setting of the guest house is beautiful and we loved eating a delicious breakfast while being surrounded by mountains and watching ostriches nearby. I would have no hesitation in recommending this establishment especially to guests touring The Garden Route. ... more less
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