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Gumtree Guest House
Ranked #5 of 75 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Late Arrival”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

My partner and I booked for three nights in February this year but had to cancel the first night due to illness. On phoning Phil to let him know that we would be a day late , he said "not to worry will see you tomorrow" . On arrival we found that he had managed to rebook our room for a single occupant and shared the cost with us. Even at a days notice he made the effort to reduce our cost showing why the Gumtree comes highly recommended. We enjoyed our shortened stay , the food and service were excellent. The pool deck was great in the moonlight with a bottle of wine to add to the atmosphere. Phil and Linda helped with suggestions on where to have an evening meal. They did our bookings and it was one of the best meals of of our tour.
We look forward to our next visit.
Jeremy and Ivy

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Three of us stayed at the Gumtree last month and we all agreed it was a great place. The owners were so helpful and the rooms were clean and well appointed. This place was a great value and we would stay again.


  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Gumtree is in the centre of Oudtshoorn but remains a quiet haven by the river. The rooms are quite small but well-equipped and there is a lovely garden overlooking the river. Linda and Phil are excellent hosts, ready to offer good travel advice, book restaurant tables and generally welcome you. Breakfast is a substantial meal both cooked and continental. The coffee is especially good. Much recommended

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Miami
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The Gumtree provides good value and service. We expected more based on the rave reviews on TA, but it's important to have context. The South African hotel star rating system is a useful guideline to help understand what you are getting. The Gumtree is a 3 star i.e. "good" property, and within the 3 star context, it does very well. We were expecting 4 stars i.e more luxury but in retrospect, more homework would have steered us somewhere else. In addition, if you're a buisness traveler to Oudtshoorn, this is undoubtedly a good choice. For the vacation traveler, staying outside the hot, noisy and dusty town is probably a better choice.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Leicester
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

My wife and I were really looking forward to a 2 night stay at The Gumtree in Oudtshoorn particularly as there are so many excellent reviews. We made the booking whilst in Cape Town and Phil Putzel was most helpful and quick to respond to e-mails. Unfortunately, my wife was taken ill the day before we were due to travel and I expected to have to pay for at least one nights cancellation. Phil's answer was that he would do his best to let the room for both nights. I soon received a reply from him that he had managed to do this and would not be charging my card with any amount. With service and integrity of this standard without even visiting The Gumtree, both my wife and I are confident that Phil and Linda's dedication to their client's is second to none. We now look forward even more visiting them next year.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bamberg, Germany
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Linda and Phil were great hosts and had an open ear for all questions and enquiries. The guesthouse was clean and nicely furnished. Very comfortable beds and clean linen. Breakfast was offering everything you needed and eggs and sausages have been prepared with love and creativity. The location was very central and it offered safe parking and safe rooms. The pool area was super nice as well and we enjoyed the cool pool after the very hots days in Oudtshoorn. Phils diner suggestions were great and we enjoyed every minute in the gumtree.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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THC61, Owner at Gumtree Guest House, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Hallo Roland,
Thank you for selecting Gumtree to stay at and for your positive comments. We hope we will see you again during your next visit to Oudtshoorn. Next time you drink a bottle of Spezial, we hope you will remember the Gumtree bar :-).
Kind regards,
Phil
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I had an overnight stay last week. Was very impressed with the host who came to greet me personally and escort me to my room. Really loved the aircon as it was a scorcher of a day!
Breakfast was amazing!!
However, on my next visit, I will definitely request a room with a view as the view is simply stunning.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Gumtree Guest House
Address: 139 Church Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gumtree Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gumtree Guest House is one of the finest in Oudtshoorn, overlooking the Grobbelaars River and the historic Suspension bridge. This guest house offers luxury and charm, in the shade of a century old giant gumtree. Close to town but with a beautiful view, many restaurants and attractions are within 5-10 minutes walking distance for guests. Our rooms offer the comforts of air conditioning, ceiling fans, hairdryers, toiletries, beverage packs, electric blankets, TVs, tea/coffee trays and minibar fridges. Each room has its own external entrance. Amenities available to guests include laundry services, Wifi and Internet Access, and telephone/fax facilities. We are fully licensed and offer a cosy bar which is ideal for pre-dinner cocktails or post-dinner nightcaps and features a fireplace on chilly winter nights as well as satellite television. Our breakfast features as much locally sourced produce as possible and we offer Continental and cooked breakfasts. Barbecue facilities are available near the pool. ... more   less 
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