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Rolbaken Country Guesthouse & Cape Mountain Zebra Reserve
Ranked #45 of 81 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 3, 2009

thank you so much mary and dick (owners of rolbaken guest house) it was a wonderful experience for my three young cousins. jordan, demi and Nicholas. they enjoyed it so much and so did my two aunts and i. we will definatley be back some time. it is a nice place for little children to bring thier bikes and ride around, i was a wonderful thing to actually see a lamb being born. im not really used to being on a farm so this was a nice thing for me to do i enjoyed it so much thank you for making us feel like family... it was also very nice to see only 1 lamb with a black leg soooo cute. thank you for letting us name a sheep that was also very fun...
lotsa love...
xoxox
makayla bezuidenhout
age 13

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2009

We stayed here for 3 nights in early April. It was during the KKNK Festival in Oudtshoorn and we were glad we had booked well in advance. We travelled into the area via the beautiful route R62 and Oudtshoorn was heaving with people. The farm and accommodation is a little way out of Oudtshoorn and the final 20km is along a very well maintained dirt road. The journey only actually takes 30 minutes. The welcome from both Dick and Mary was wonderful with a bottle of wine and fresh fruit. Mary hopped onto her quad bike and we followed her to the house. We stayed in the Outeniqua Room, which had a double bed and a bunk bed for the kids, furnishing was simple and in keeping with the house and there was an ensuite shower/toilet. The rest of the house was beautiful with a large kitchen with almost every utensil under the sun, fresh coffee in the fridge and a large cooker. There is a central room where you can relax in the evenings and plenty of books to borrow. Outside there is a BBQ area along with a freshwater plunge pool (none of us were brave enough to try it though). On our first night we had decided to have a BBQ and had arranged with Mary for some charcoal and some delicious local lamb chops to be available. In the evening it was lovely to sit in front of the room watching the sun go down drinking and eating well. The only small comment is that the BBQ area is shaded from the afternoon sun and was a little cool, but it was no problem to shift the furniture around.
The following morning we had one of our three “Rolbaken” breakfasts. Breakfast typically consisted of a fresh fruit salad using local fruit, a delicious muesli, yoghurt, cereals and toast with fresh local butter (the type that has salty bits and small drops of moisture, yummy!). There was loads of fresh cafetiere coffee and juice. Then followed the most fantastic hot selection cooked fresh. Each day the hot meal was different but usually included bacon, eggs and another meat dish. During our stay we had ostrich sausages, ostrich meatballs with a wonderful tomato sauce, and garlicky fried potatoes.

We decided on one night to eat in at Rolbaken and Mary certainly cooked up a treat, her cooking is absolutely superb and we all tucked into a great meal with locally sourced produce. I won’t tell you what we ate but it was “special” and we have asked for the recipe, and my 13 year old son excelled with his eating prowess.

Rolbaken is well placed to explore the area and we had two days trips, One of them encompassed Cango Caves (the adventure tour is a treat for those who do not suffer from claustrophobia!!), the incredibly “scary” Swartberg pass, including a short stopover in Prince Albert to sample the wonderful Lazy Lizard afternoon tea, finally to complete the circuit through the Meeringspoort pass and back to Rolbaken.

The other day trip was longer and extended out to Storms River we travelled along the southern access road to Rolbaken not quite as well maintained and took in the Outeniqua pass to George. Had we started earlier or had more time it would have been lovely to have taken in some alternative routes suggested by Dick.

As others have commented it would have been lovely to have stayed here longer to explore the farm and surrounding countryside in more detail, but alas our schedule demanded that we moved along to Graaff-Reinet which was an easy drive from Rolbaken.

During our stay Dick and Mary looked after us incredibly well and we met some lovely people also staying here. Dick and Mary have led very full and interesting lives and are great to talk to and can offer great advice on what to see and do in the area. The house is beautiful and wonderful without TV and other modern distractions. We did manage to look around the farm and we all loved the dogs, Gunter, Cocoa and Mac. Not forgetting the donkeys.

This was our best value accommodation in South Africa. Mary and Dick Carr are great hosts, the area is beautiful, the food is sensational and best of all locally sourced.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2009

We stayed in Rolbaken in January this year. It was the fourth place of nine that we stayed in on our honeymoon in South Africa, and it was certainly the most memorable. We had been in the country just over a week when we arrived in Rolbaken and in that time my new husband (!) had been sick for three days, so the honeymoon had become more of an endurance test than an enjoyable experience. As we drove in to Rolbaken we were greeted by Dick who was busy at work on the farm, he showed us to the guesthouse and later Mary arrived to greet us. The guesthouse itself was really lovely, bright and airy and filled with beautiful arrangements of fresh flowers, it didn't take long for us to relax and to catch up on some much needed rest. Dick and Mary (and the dog - sorry I can't remember his name) arrived that evening with our dinner, which was delicious and it was great to spend time chatting over the meal and hear about Rolbaken and the interesting lives of our hosts. We slept very well that night and the next morning we were treated to the most wonderful breakfast, including freshly baked muffins. We were truly relaxed and revived by the time we said good bye to Dick and Mary. We only came across Rolbaken by chance on Trip Advisor and having read Rick The Builder's review we decided to add it to our itinerary, and we're very glad we did - thanks Rick! Thanks also to Dick and Mary for their hospitality and for really adding to our overall experience of South Africa. I would highly recommend anyone visiting SA to pencil in at least one night in Rolbaken. If we ever get back to South Africa we will definitely be visiting Rolbaken again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2009

Our family stayed at Rolbaken Country House from 10-12 April 2009. Our main reason for visiting the area was to attend the KKNK. The rooms are spacious and the linen of the best quality. Mary is an avid cook and we had a delicious Breakfast with Ostrich Frikkadelle made with the special “Rolbaken “sauce. My son Johan ate at least 5 of Mary’s homemade muffins.
Mary is a wonderful trip advisor and with her guidance we drove through the Kamanassie Pass and the Montagu passes all the way to George. She also advised us to visit Herold’s bay for swimming.
Dick has an excellent knowledge of plant and wildlife and we enjoyed his company. My sons enjoyed Günter’s antics.
My children did not watch TV at all and did not even complaint about this. The rustic atmosphere of the gabled house with wooden floors added to the enjoyment.
We will definitely visit Rolbaken again, Dick and Mary treated as part of their family and we appreciate all the little things like the fluffy towels, the bottle of wine and the rusks and muffins. The best part of the stay is the fact that you can have an outside Braai at night under the awesome Karoo star filled skies.
Although Rolbaken is only reached via a gravel road, the road is in an immaculate condition and we had no problems driving from Oudsthoorn to Rolbaken at night.
We were also privileged to see a Blue crane pair with chicks- We will visit soon….
KKNK 2010
Regards Hennie, Lititia, Johan & Andre Kruger + Maryna Herman from Middelburg MP.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

What a friendly family environment. We boocked at Rolbaken as a stop from Durban on our way to Cape Town. From the minute we arrived to our late departure we treated like part of thier family. The rooms were comfy, spacious, private and clean. On the second nite of our stay we had an unfortunate accident 160km out of town . Fortunatly Dick was kind enough to come all the way out and get us. We would just like to thank Dick and Mary for making our stay in oudtshoorn the most wonderful part of our holiday ever.

p.s = Mary cooks the most scrunchious food . (with a bit of help from Dick)

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

We stayed with Dick and Mary in December for the second time and couldn't wait to get there! The absolute Peacefulness that welcomes you there feels like coming home! The hospitality is warm and from their hearts. The house is spacious and cleaner than most! The linen is so lovely, I felt like a queen at night. And then the famous Mary breakfast.... WOW! Delicious and fresh and from the good earth. My children enjoyed the sheep on the farm and were well entertained by the two donkeys. My husband savors the quiet night and millions of stars that come to life when night falls onto the Karoo! My personal favorite is sundown - take a stroll on the farm road and smell the fresh air and appreciate the beautiful cenery. We had the privilege to see 3 blue cranes (South Africa's national bird) fly past! In all - a night or 2 on this guest farm feels like a whole holiday of rest! We will keep going back and would advise everybody to experience the peace and quiet!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

We spent a few days here last August towards the end of our holiday in South Africa. We had a fantastic time and in fact the stay was the highlight of our month long trip.
Firstly the accomodation. It is very spacious with every conceivable comfort. It is very nicely furnished and you just feel at home there straight away.
Next the farm. It is beautiful with lovely walks, dams to swim in, just so much outdoor space for our two children to explore. The animals on the farm are charming. The dogs, sheep even donkeys all captured our hearts. Most days are children did not want to leave the farm to go on a day out.
The surrounding area of Oudsthoorn is lovely with so much to do. We visited an animal theme park, ostrich farm and the Cango Caves. All of which were great days out.
The weather was superb. Even though it was Souty African winter the days were warm and sunny.
I've saved the best till last. The hosts Dick and Mary reaaly make your stay. They are the most kind, charming friendly people you could ever meet. Mary laid on a lovely meal for my little boy's birthday and both showed such kindness and patience in letting our children explore their farm. We really do consider them friends just from this brief stay.
Basically, Rolbaken is one of the best places I have ever stayed and we have travelled the world quite extensively. We will be back like a shot next time we are in this part of the world.
An unforgettable experience. The Ribchester Family

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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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 #45 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: $31 - $43 (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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