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Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages
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“Nice people, but overpriced”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

On our three week's SA trip we only stayed in B&B's, also with a Berluda Farm Cottage. Compared with other places in the same price range and also taken into consideration the location (rural SA area), we think Berluda is overpriced. Although people and staff were very friendly and welcoming the place needs some refurbishment to make the price acceptable (e.g. moldy shower, bathroom equipment fell off during our stay, etc.).
Highlight, however, was the breakfast: delicious and lots of things homemade!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Our friends from Cape Town booked 2 rooms at this Bed and Breakfast since their 'usual' inn, De Opstal (owned by another member of the family), was full. We were all thrilled with their choice and the welcome from Rosie Schoeman and her family was warm with hugs for everyone.
A farm that has been in the family for 200 years, the Berluda is named after a type of apricot originally grown on the property. You will find these dried apricots packaged as a little 'turn down' treats. The rooms are lovely, warm and friendly and the grounds are beautiful. Each bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, but we had so much to see and do in the area, unfortunately we didn't get to try it.
We booked dinner the first night in the farmhouse great room where all the upholstered furniture was covered in durable, colourful ostrich skins. Dinner was home-cooked with Ostrich patties and 'Boboti' while breakfast offered scrambled ostrich eggs and beyond fresh fruit salads and juices.
We roamed the grounds to check out the self-contained cottages but we enjoyed staying in the main farmhouse. Our friends were so impressed with the Berluda that they booked the large separate farmhouse room with kitchen and fireplace for their son and his wife as a future celebratory weekend.
Unfortunately, due to the Ostrich cull (due to Bird Flu- Sept- Oct? 2011), we saw only one male and female Ostrich on the property. However, the Berluda is across the road from the Cango Ostrich Farm where you can feed, be 'hugged' by an ostrich and learn the history of the Ostrich in this special valley. Laura Schoeman provided a wonderful overview of Ostrich farming for us and all in all, we would stay there again in a minute!
Since it was spring, a gorgeous time in the valley, white roses and lavender were blooming everywhere and made our 2 night stay extra pleasant. We even had a key to our own 19th century style sitting room where we made tea on the afternoon of a wonderful sunny day. In this room, guests have their choice of wine available on the honour system with very reasonable prices listed and a wooden cupboard full of sparkling glasses.
Rosie and Laura are wonderful hosts and we hope to return to experience their great hospitality again some time.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

I stayed in one of Berluda's cottages with my husband, parents and our toddler son. During our trip around the Karoo and Garden Route we stayed in a variety of different accommodations, but this was by far the favourite for all of us. The owners were super friendly and helpful, even presenting us with home made bread 2 days running! The cottage itself was very cosy and comfortable and spotlessly clean, just what a good farm stay should be. The view of the Swartberg mountains from our stoep was stunning. I was very sad to leave.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Sterrebeek
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

a very pleasant and clean cottage with all the comfort one need on holiday. Very friendly owners. This is one of the best addresses we stayed at during our holidays.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Somerset West, South Africa
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

We stayed in Berluda cottage nr 1 for 2 nights and had an amazing time. The view from the stoep is amazing. Every morning we had our first cup of coffee there! Berluda is a place where you can relax and just be.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, South Africa
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

I stayed in Berluda Farm House for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was very neat and provided for everything you can think off. The jacuzzi bath was a welcome relief after a long day and the food was delicious. The hosts made me feel very welcome so I'm taking the rest of my family over there during December. Recommended!!!

Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2011

We only stayed here one night but I wish it had been more! One of the favourite places we stayed on our trip to South Africa. The hosts were welcoming and friendly and even offered to babysit our son as we enjoyed a fantastic feast of Ostrich! The room was spacious and decorated to a high standard and our son had great fun watching these enormous animals roaming about! A lovely, relaxing stay.

Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages
Address: Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on route to the Cango Caves, in the Schoemanshoek Valley (14 kilometers north of Oudtshoorn), Berluda is an intimate guesthouse experience. 7 En suite bedrooms in the original Farmhouse and 8 self catering cottages. 2 Swimming pools are available to guests. Ostriches, apricot orchards, and hikes can be undertaken to enjoy the special indigenous vegetation. 4 X 4 routes and mountain biking. Ideal for family/friends reunions. ... more   less 
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