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The Thorntree Country House
Ranked #32 of 75 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Aachen
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“just "wow"”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

We came here during our ZA-roundtrip for one night. The staff was really kind and helpful. The romms are very generous and clean. The meal (ostrich) was very tasty. Unfortunately, we came here in winter time, so we couldn't try the pool. You habe a great view when the sun goes down. Come here and become happy.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Thorntree hotel in my opinion does not offer very good value for mones: The rooms were dark and not very clean. I perceived their decoration and the furniture as comparatively cheap. The pool is very small and the deck chairs were broken. The personnel was not very helpful in planning activities around Oudtshoorn and overall not very welcoming. They have a dog, in case you are allergic.
The breakfast offered wasn't very generous as you only received one slice of toast or one cup of tea and had to ask for every extra item. In addition the quality wasn't very very good as the toast was cold, for example. The dinner offered was ok, although on the expensive side and it did not change very much from one day to the other, so if you stay here - do not plan to eat here more than one night.
Positive remarks: The B&B has a very nice garden and is well-situated to visit Oudtshoorn by car. In addition, it is an old farmhouse so it feels very individual.
However, overall I think you can find better places to stay in Oudtshoorn.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Our host came out to meet us on our arrival and was very helpful in calling the ostrich farm up the road to inform them that we would be visiting as we were running a little late for the last tour. The views of the mountains from the cottage are breathtaking. The cottage is well equipped and nicely decorated. Braai facilities are also available. Sadly, the cottage was dirty; windows were not clean, the stove plate was extremely filthy and thus the reason for my 3 star rating which otherwise would have been a 5 star.

Stayed December 2013
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Durbanville, South Africa
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

With the personal welcome on arrival by the owner himself and the smiling faces of the staff, we felt at home immediately. The rooms were spotless, clean and even a welcome canister of Sherry in each room. The view overlooking the mountains from the dining room and terrace from the accommodation blocks is absolutely stunning.
Louis, the owner, is also the chef and cooks a mean ostrich steak. To my taste this is the best steak I have ever eaten, cooked to perfection with all the trimmings and other accompaning dishes.
The breakfast is also out of this world. You have a choice of a farm house or continental breakfast. My recommendation is to go for the farm house breakfast, with eggs to order.
Take time to enjoy the fabulous garden, which compliments the tranquility of the surroundings. They even have two pools to choose from. One is a salt water pool and the other a normal chlorine treated pool. You can order a resfreshing drink, served to you at the pool, fantastic.
We stayed for two nights and everyone agreed that this was one of the highlights of our tour.
Value fir money? Most definately. Even the prices of the wines and other drinks are very reasonable and not a rip-off like some other guest houses.
Service seems to be their motto. Well Done. We will be back.

Room Tip: The Three rooms, nos 1,2 and 3 we found to very good. Although these rooms date back to the 1800'...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Peron, France
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We stayed one night and found our room clean and comfortable. The owner Louis was around waiting for a tour bus to arrive and was happy to chat. We chose to skip the large dinner as we had a very good late lunch earlier and so I drove into Oudtshoorn to get a pizza. The staff were helpful in calling and giving me instructions to find the pizza place.

Very friendly dog, beautiful gardens and great breakfast. Good base for visits in the area.

Room Tip: high up to get a view
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We spent two nights here as part of Garden route tour, arriving after the long drive in a minibus from Cape Town. The welcome was very warm. The rooms were characterful, very clean and comfortable. The garden setting with the two small pools (one with chlorinated water, the other with salt water) was very relaxing. Due to everywhere in Oudtshoorn being fully booked because of the festival, we ate in Thorn trees both evenings. The Ostrich steak was superb (but you'd expect that at Oudtshoorn), on the second evening we tried the babotie (not sure about the spelling)- delicious, the waitress taught us how to eat it!
Would recommend but, ideally, you need your own transport as it is quite along way out of town.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

After driving Route 62 from Franschoek we arrived at Thorntree to find a green oasis.
We parked the car and as we opened the doors one of the staff came out to us and welcomed us in a wonderfully friendly way. Once inside the owner Louis joined us adding his welcome and setting the scene for a good stay.
Our room was spacious and well furnished, bathroom was large and modern with bath and shower and we had a small sitting area outside the room looking over the garden.
The grounds are beautifully kept spacious gardens with lawns, trellises, rose beds, shrubs and two swimming pools in separate areas.
Dinner was great fun - a 3 course meal with a limited selection of main dishes including local ostrich, but all well cooked and served. Wines were excellent value and a good selection including from the local area. We ate on both nights of our stay.
Breakfast was excellent and included a full English dish of Bacon, eggs etc.
Each morning when we got to our car we found it had been washed - what a pleasant surprise!
Louis and his staff were always there to make your stay as good as possible - they are a wonderful team.

Room Tip: Any room facing the garden will be quiet and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Thorntree Country House
Address: Cango Caves Road | R328 (North), Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Ranked #32 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Thorntree Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thorntree Country House is a luxury 4 star establishment offering exclusivity in natural peaceful surroundings. Situated on route to the Cango Caves, Cango Ostrich Show Farm and Swartberg Pass, this is the ideal base from which to explore the Little Karoo or just to enjoy life. Owner run and managed, ensuring quality service and personal attention. ... more   less 
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