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La Plume
Ranked #10 of 74 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
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“One of our favourites?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

This is a stunning place. Beautiful setting about 10 minutes outside Oudtshoorn. The owners have made a fantastic effort with lush green lawns, outdoor pool, water fountain and shaded areas to enjoy the stunning scenery. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a traditional style with quirky antique furniture. We opted for the evening meal and found this to be very acceptable in a lovely dining room setting.
Only 5 minutes down the road there is Highgate Ostrich farm, and a little further away one can 'visit the wild Meerkats'.
Only 2 slight criticisms: the pool cleaner was in the pool all the time we were there. I asked about this and was told it was because in a farming area in the country it has to be there all the time?
It would have been nice to have had the cooked breakfasts individually cooked to order rather than the fried / scrambled eggs left on a hot tray for the 2 hours of breakfast service.
As far as the poor internet service mentioned in other reports is concerned, we live in a country area of the UK and speeds will not be as good as in big cities.
In spite of my minor criticisms, I'm still giving this place 5*. Will stay longer next time.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Corlu N, General Manager at La Plume, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear robinjn1

Thank you for your positive review of La Plume - please know it is much appreciated.

Regarding the pool cleaner - we are situated on a farm in a semi desert and there is no other way for us to ensure that a thin film of dust doesn't settle on the swimming pool floor. I would love to have a pool without a creepy crawly, but that is not in the cards for me! Sometimes guests take it out of the pool and then the next guests complain about the pool being dirty... talk about between the devil and the deep blue sea!

We have actually discussed preparing breakfasts individually, but especially with large numbers of people eating at the same time it results in people having to wait, which would just lead to the next complaint. Hot breakfast is prepared for every "time group" coming in, so it is changed every 15 - 20 minutes. We are still trying to fine tune our individually prepared breakfasts, we want it to work!!

I hope you left this country with fond memories and that you will return one day!

Kindest regards
Corlu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Stunning decor building and staff.
The antique furniture is so divine and the food and service sublime!
The manager is a delight to behold. There is nothing about this place I cannot recommend.
The local lamb dish is stunning!
Completely a thumbs up!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We used LA Plume as a one night stop over on our recent touring holiday and what a treat it turned out to be. After a long drive it was like an oasis in a desert. After a welcome swim and relax in the garden, our room turned out to be a fabulous experience of the wealthy lifestyle of the ostrich feather rich farmers. Our stay went from strength to strength as we enjoyed a wonderful evening meal(ostrich steak was stunning) and a perfect breakfast. Our host was great and sent us on our way with very useful information.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stopped here for two nights on our honeymoon and really liked the place.
It is a bit out of the way but the meals on both nights were very good, although it was the same menu both nights. Breakfast was also good, with plenty of choice.
Our room was beautifully done as was the bathroom. The setting was great with fantastic views. We were far to busy to use the pool, but it looked welcoming. Our car was washed each morning. The staff were very helpful. It was a lovely place to stay, but two nights was enough as it was too far out of the way for us to go for a meal elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Had a one night stay here and wished we could have stayed longer. Were upgraded to the Silver Floss suite which was lovely. Staff helpful and attentive. When we return to South Africa we'll definitely stay longer here.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

We stayed at La Plume on our way from Franschhoek to Plettenburg, and were only booked in here for one night. Our room was upgraded to a detached bungalow set in the grounds with a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside. The bathroom was enormous. The evening meal was excellent, as was the buffet breakfast. The swimming pool was great to cool off in after the long drive we'd just had. We wished we could have stayed longer because the staff were so welcoming and helpful. Our car was washed and ready for our departure - fantastic service.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Hotel situation convenient for 'meercat adventure' which was delightful, and Swartberg Pass. Large Room. Greeted and offered welcome drink, but there were some minor difficulties which marred our stay. Long way out of Outsdhoorn. Aircon situated directly above bed, noisy and blew cold air directly onto the bed. Door not secure ( another guest was able to open our door by pushing it hard despite it being locked! ) stayed 2 nights and meal offered in Restaurant was exactly the same both nights. ( choice of meat with salad and vegetable buffet). Good place for one night stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Plume
Address: Volmoed Road, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 74 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — La Plume 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Plume is a Boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where Karin has combined old-warm charm with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention. Our attention to detail, colour and texture is a contribution to the art of gracious living. ... more   less 
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La Plume Guest House Hotel Oudtshoorn

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