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“First Belgian visitors @ Rolbaken”

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Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve
Ranked #46 of 77 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 21, 2012

What an experience we had at Rolbaken when we stayed there for 2 nights.It was part of our honeymoontrip through South Africa and the Karoo Farm of Dick and Mary was recommended by our friends Rob & Terry from Benoni.The breakfast and dinner prepared by Mary was delicious and they joined us both every meal.They tell you very interesting stories and it happened all as we were family of them.The location of this farm is just what we needed: pure nature,silence,no stress,a beautifull and clean guesthouse and the perfect hosts.They adviced us to visit the Ostrich Farm 'Safari' nearby and Dick recommended us to do Swartbergpas.One must you have to do,is to take a look in the foto album you'll find in the guesthouse.It tells you how Dick and Mary converted an old school farm into a beautifull guesthouse.As Mary told us we were the first Belgian visitors @ Rolbaken , there's only one thing left to say...it was our first but surely not our last time we visit Rolbaken.Peter,Lydia & Kevin

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Peter R
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is home away from home on a farm that has been lovingly restored to it's original state. Dick and Mary are the perfect hosts - one is made to feel so welcome from the moment you arrive. The house is spacious, beautifully furnished and every need catered for. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to Mary's cooking - it is delicious and worth every cent. In fact, get Dick and Mary to join you for dinner - they have a wealth of knowledge on the wildlife, environment and conservation in this area. We only stayed overnight on our first visit but within an hour of arriving had already discussed our return and made tentative arrangements to do so. Rolbaken is a gem in more ways than one.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank CherylQCapetonian
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Just what we were looking for - perfect hosts , wonderful food served with peace tranquillity & stunning scenery !
Suffice to say Dick & Mary couldn't do enough for us - they couldn't have been more hospitable or informative.
A big plus was that I was treated to an early morning trek with Dick to explore the magnificent Bushman Paintings Cave - a privilege indeed.
We would recommend Dick & Mary's hospitality to anyone.
This was a never to be forgotten stay - thank you both so very much .

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Set amidst some of the most beautiful Klein Karoo scenery, about 20 kilometres south of Dysselsdorp, is a guest house run by a most dedicated farming couple, Dick and Mary Carr. The spacious, three bedroomed cottage, with en-suite bathrooms is a pleasure to behold. Lovely bedrooms and comfortable beds provided a most welcome rest from the rush of city life. A sizeable kitchen with all that is needed for self-catering, really comfortable lounge (with a diverse assortment of literature to suit every taste) and front veranda overlooking the farm, valley and mountains in the distance. We chose all three catering options, dinner for six to celebrate a 60th birthday and breakfasts served on the veranda. Both catered for with the warm hospitality of Dick and Mary who dovetail their many talents in a smooth and skilled manner.
Our self-catering evening meal consisted of local produce procured in the area and included bread, cheese, tomatoes, olives and wines.
Some of the guests also availed themselves of walks on the farm to take in the fresh Karoo air. We found this gem really value for money and worth the drive on the very well maintained dirt/gravel road (which was traversed a number of times in exploring the area, including visits to De Rust , the Prince Albert olive festival and the Calitzdorp winery, Boplaas, for wine tasting and wine orders).
If anyone deserves a Customer Service Award it is this hands-on team of Dick and Mary. Nothing was too much trouble and they provided a wealth of knowledge on South African wildlife, outdoor environment and conservation in general. Sadly our Rolbaken experience was soon over and time to say farewell to our hosts with promises of meeting again in the future. This was a truly wonderful Klein Karoo experience with old and new friends.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Pierre_041_29
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Rolbaken is a really special place. 45km from the nearest town in beautiful countryside you stay on a farm. Your detached house is well away from the main farmhouse, with space & views all around. We stayed here with our 2 year old son, this was his favourite place, a ride on Dick's blue tractor was the highlight of his holiday and he still talks about it. We stayed 2 nights, I would stay 3 minimum, there is lots to do in the area but also you will not want to leave Rolbaken with the peace & quiet and views down the valley. A lot of thought, time & effort have been put into this holiday accommodation and your living areas have been beautifully decorated. It is a place to sit, be with loved ones, stop, relax, take it all in & really have a restful break, in many ways it felt like our holiday really started here. I would also take advantage of Mary's cooking, really delicious and fantastic value for money. We were all very sad to leave but it is comforting to know it will live in our memories for many years and that we will go back one day, this is a very special place & fantastic value for money.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jamie007
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Within a year, our second visit to this hidden Little Karoo gem – again, holidaying together with younger generation of family members. Rolbaken hosted two major events for us – wedding anniversary and New Year’s Eve – both of them handled superbly by our generous hosts Dick and Mary (from the incredibly pretty flowers to the delicious dinners and breakfasts) . The cherry on top was the guided tour to the most incredible Cave – certainly the richest in Bushman Rock Art we’ve seen in South Africa. If we add the walks and the swim in the dam – this was the best way to end 2011 and begin 2012! Thank you Dick and Mary!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Colin S
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Yet again we so enjoyed Dick and Mary's warm hospitality. We recommend Rolbaken to anyone looking for peaceful, luxurious and beautiful retreat in the country. Dogs love it too!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Ling K
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Additional Information about Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve

Address: Daskop Road, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #46 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: $29 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rolbaken lies in the southwestern foothills of the Kammanassie Mountains. The farm nestles in a long valley, only 40kms from Oudtshoorn, and has magnificent views of both the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains. The guesthouse is situated on top of a hill and has its own garden which is safe for children and pets. Rolbaken is the perfect farm getaway for families and friends. ... more   less 

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