My wife and I stayed at De Opstal for one night as part of our honeymoon tour of South Africa, and we loved the place. We arrived in the evening after a 5 hour drive from Cape Town and were shown to an amazing converted farm building. The room was huge with a large open fire, a King size bed, walk in shower and jacuzzi bath. The decor has been skillfully done giving the rooms a rustic feel but with a few modern touches. It was far better than we were expecting and the staff member took our dinner order for us there and then. Due to it being the quiet season there was only us and another couple staying at the hotel, but this only added a 'personal touch' by the staff. The food is excellent and I would recommend the ostrich steak. There is a small bar area where you can enjoy local beers and more importantly local wines which are very cheap compared to prices in South Africa.
I t was great heading back to the room with a bottle of wine which we drank in front of a roaring fire. Breakfast was also very good with a large selection of fruit, cereals and the usual bacon & eggs etc. The grounds are amazing with lots of quirky features and colourful foliage. There is a nice swimming pool and patio area but it was a tad on the chilly side when we were there so i bottled it.
De Opstal is also well placed for visiting the Cango caves and several of the Ostrich farms. The Cango caves are worth doing - especially the adventure - tour but be warned you have to crawl through two really small spaces called the 'devils chimney' and the 'letterbox'. The caves are surprisingly warm and there are also now lockers in which to put valuables coats etc. There are also staff patroling the car parks so your car is also safe whilst you visit.
In hindsight we both wished we had stayed at De Opstal for an extra night instead of hotels further down the garden route. If you stay here i am confident you will love it and i honestly can't say a bad word about the place
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relive the past in the luxury of the present. De Opstal Country Lodge is the best choice for your stay in the county side of Oudtshoorn. The Lodge consists of a group of typical Little Karoo farm buildings, beautifully restored and fitted with modern conveniences, set in a lush, beautifully maintained garden. The complex has a salt water swimming pool and a rustic restaurant where traditional breakfasts and hearty farm–style dinners are served. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Opstal Hotel Oudtshoorn