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Karoo View Cottages
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South Africa
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28 reviews
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

We spent one night here with our 9 month old baby and were so impressed I want to go back! The cottages are gorgeous and spacious. Super comfortable - fabulous linen and comfortable beds. The kitchen was so well equipped with everything you could think of. Lovely touches of milk and juice in the fridge as well as coffee and rusks and cereals. A beautiful and clean outdoor patio with table and comfy chairs. Lovely bathroom with very nice soaps and shampoos. Very friendly welcome and great service. The owners have really paid attention to detail and have not left one stone unturned. This is like your home away from home - only better! :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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KAROOVIEW, Owner at Karoo View Cottages, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thank you so much for the very nice review and kind compliments and taking the time to write, which is really appreciated. We are so glad that you enjoyed stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the future.

Thanking you and kind regards
Julie and Richard
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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed over for 2 nights - what a wonderful place, situated on a koppie within walking distance of the main street of Prince Albert. We were personally welcomed by our friendly hosts, Richard and Julie.

The cottages are tastefully decorated and well-equipped, with a lot of attention to detail and a comprehensive information brochure on worthwhile things to see and do in the area. From the private stoep one has spectacular views of the Swartberg mountains and the lovely village .

What impressed us, is their conservation awareness, like the typical Karoo garden with beautiful indigenous aloes and grasses, the solar-powered lights along the pathways and the special bins in the kitchen for recycling. In addition, the guests have the privilege of using daily supplies from their vegetable and herb garden. Over and above the healthy breakfast supplies (including homemade muesli), we had a daily supply of fresh milk and fruit juice.

This was really a place to recharge our batteries- a place of tranquility and peace.

Thanks for a wonderful stay - God willing, we'll be back!

Francois & Retha Visagie

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pennington, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was our third visit to Karoo View Cottages and every time we are amazed at the level of accommodation of this self catering guesthouse. We have never seen such attention to detail in any other place that we have ever stayed in. Prince Albert is a quaint clean safe little town and the Saturday market is an absolute must (all sorts of home made goodies). Thank you to Richard and Julie for making us aware of both their wonderful cottages and their town.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

What a wonderful place to celebrate a special birthday with family and friends. Julie and Richard went out of their way to make my sister's birthday extra special. We had a wonderful evening in the boma and despite the cold, we all sat around a roaring fire and had a great evening. The cottages are lovely and we had fires going inside as well. The staff are very obliging and efficient. Prince Albert is a quaint little town with lots of interesting galleries and shops. I was impressed at how clean it was.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Situated on a hill above the town, this four-star boutique guesthouse offers the convenience of being close to the shops and restaurants, while enjoying the expansive views of the Swartberg and the Karoo plains.

The Karoo View accommodation includes four private suites in two semi-detached cottages. Each unit has a bathroom en-suite, kitchen, living area with fireplace and patio. Braai facilities are situated in the garden.
The immaculate units are tastefully furnished and well equipped for self-catering. Every home comfort has been considered from the complimentary fresh milk, tea, coffee, cereals and rusks, to the decanter of port and the ready-stacked fireplace.
Nothing is too much trouble for owners Julie and Richard, who will arrange anything you need from braai packs to excursions.
The indigenous garden attracts an array of birdlife, from Bee-eaters and Guinea Fowl, to Chats, Cape Buntings and Sparrows. The owners have made every effort to make the facilities eco-friendly - In the cottages waste sorting bins and eco-friendly detergents are provided, the lights are energy efficient and grey water is used to irrigate the garden.
Guests have the option of picking their own fresh herbs and vegetables from an organic vegetable tunnel on the property.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Gordon's Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

It was a pleasure to spend 2 nights at Karoo View in comfort levels that exceeded our expectations. It is so good to see small towns such as Prince Albert becoming successful tourism destinations that benefits the local population. The town as well as the surrounding area is well worth another visit and we will be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Our first trip to the Karoo, and what a magnificent venue we stayed at. Nothing seemed too much trouble for Julie, Richard and staff who consistently provided service with a smile to ensure our week-long stay was a memorable experience. The town of Prince Albert and its people were special, which was an added bonus. The cottages set the benchmark for luxury and space and the recommended places to visit were spectacular, especially Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, Gamkapoort Dam and the sunrise view from the top of the Robert Gordon koppie. We can also highly recommend the braai and breakfast baskets, not forgetting the hosts very kind offer to also do your shopping prior to your arrival. The perfect venue and hosts whenever you decide to visit Prince Albert and the Karoo.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Julie53121, Owner at Karoo View Cottages, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Dear Paul and Ina

Wow Wow thank you so much for the really fantastic review which we really appreciate.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Prince Albert, our surrounding areas as well as your stay with us at Karoo View Cottages and it was an absoloute pleasure having you spend time with us.

Glad that you had pleasant and safe trip back home and wishing you all the very best for rest of 2013, which is flying past very quickly.

Take care to all
Sending love from Julie, Richard and all at Karoo View Cottages
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Property: Karoo View Cottages
Address: Magrieta Prinsloo Road, Prince Albert Municipality 6930, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Prince Albert Municipality > Prince Albert
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Prince Albert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Karoo View Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We would like to introduce you to our child, wheelchair & pet friendly 4 Star, AA Superior Self-Catering Accommodation. Luxurious yet married with “home from home" comforts, magnificent views overlooking the Swartberg Mountains yet within safe & easy walking distance into the village of Prince Albert only 350m away in the Karoo, Western Cape of South Africa & only 2 hours from the Garden Route. If you are dreaming of wide open vistas, spectacular views, peace, tranquility, sun rises, sun sets & clear starry nights, birding, nature, cycling, hiking or biking we would love to share our special Karoo View Cottages & 3 Bedroom Guest House with you. Our complimentary Home Comforts include the following for our guest’s convenience: • * Welcome sherry & gift pack including interesting information of what there is to see & do in the area • * Health breakfast supplies; 2 cereals, home baked Muesli & Rusks, fresh farm milk, assortment of tea & coffee including coffee grounds for plungers & mocha pots – all replenished daily • * Kitchens stocked with; salt, pepper, toothpicks, biodegradable detergent, spray n cook, serviettes & paper towels, dishwashing swabs & towels, emergency lamps • * Bathroom amenities including Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand Wash, Body Lotion, Soap, Mosquito repellent & Lotions as well as special Bathroom Emergency Pack, Hair dryer, Coat hangers • * Daily servicing & replenishing of the above at no additional cost • * Free self-service laundry including biodegradable detergent & car, cycle or bike washing or alternatively 1 of our friendly staff will gladly do at a nominal cost • * Indoor fireplaces of cottages & House are stocked with firewood & blitz – during the winter months • * Outdoor braai areas stocked with firewood & blitz – all replenished daily • * Unlimited WiFi at no cost. Excellent Cell phone reception • * DSTV Hospitality package including all Sports Channels • * Air-conditioners with heating & cooling in all 4 cottages, 3 bedrooms of House including kitchen • * Wall Heaters in all 4 cottage bathrooms • * Complimentary herbs & vegetables from our organic tunnel, season dependent, please check first • * We will gladly do grocery or refreshment shopping for ease of convenience upon arrival • * Guests are welcome to use our 2 Mountain Bikes at no additional cost Cottages and House are fully equipped with the following: • * Choice of EL King or EL single beds / Twins – Cottages. Double beds & Single beds - House • * En-suite bathrooms with either a bath & Twin Vanities or Walk in Shower • * Poly Cotton Percale Bed linen, 100% Cotton Throws, all weather Duvet & Pillow Inners, Electric Blankets • * Bath Sheets, Hand Towels, Swimming Towels, Mossie nets, Bath Robes, Hair Dryers, Trigger Showers, Electric Shaver points • * Full sized fully equipped kitchens; 4 plate hobs & ovens, microwaves, kettles, toasters, snack which makers including everything to “cook up a storm”, no need to bring anything • * Safe, secure undercover off street parking at cottage front doors & close to the house • * Plunge pool for cottages & private pool at the House Guests are welcome in the cottages for 1 night or more & even though we do prefer a minimum of a 2 night stay in the house we try to be flexible at the time depending on other bookings Children of all ages are welcome Socialised pets allowed by prior arrangement 2 Cottages endorsed for being Wheel-chair friendly, including an off road wheelchair path to the boma 2 Cottages are side by side with double inter-leading doors for convenience for families & friends sharing Braai baskets are available to order prior to arrival at an additional cost Description of our 4 spacious modern fully equipped Karoo cottages: Each of the 4 Cottages are 72sqm with double volume reed ceilings & open plan sleeping, living & dining area in keeping with the Karoo & allowing for the magnificent views from inside & out En-suite bathrooms Full sized fully equipped kitchens Private Stoeps, which lead down into the natural Karoo Gardens Private Entrances Safe secure undercover off street parking at the front doors Description of our Karoo View House: The open plan layout of the house boasts beautiful double volume natural reed ceilings throughout, thus being cool in summer and warm in winter, mock sash windows providing beautiful views in every direction & with North & South facing stoeps which lead off the main living areas. Fully equipped large open plan Kitchen: Smeg 5 Plate gas stove & electric oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, coffee plunger Large fridge with freezer capacity, ice trays, filtered water on-tap & stand-alone water filter Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Crockery, glassware, cutlery, pots, pans, egg boiler, blender, hot tray etc Emergency basket, recycle bins, thus providing all your “home from home” comforts for entertaining Air Conditioner & Hot Art fireplace Bedroom 1: Sleeps 3 Double bed & single bed Lounge area in front of large log fireplace Air-con with remote heating & cooling En-suite bathroom with large walk-in “his & hers” shower, double travertine vanities, wall heater, trigger shower, int. shaver point, leads out to private outdoor shower & garden Walk-in dressing room Opens onto north facing stoep with endless views over the Karoo plains Bedroom 2: Sleeps 3 Double bed & single bed in loft Sitting area in front of log fireplace Air-con with remote heating & cooling En-suite bathroom with shower Leads onto north facing stoep with endless views over the Karoo plains Bedroom No 3: / Private Stoep Suite is 50sqm & sleeps 1 - 5: Private outside entrance offering a spacious en-suite bedroom with beautiful double volume natural reed ceilings thus being cool in summer and warm in winter and mock sash windows providing beautiful views Double bed & single bed & vanity Double STD sleeper couch in living area Air-con with remote heating & cooling En-suite fully tiled bathroom with walk-in shower & bath Including 50sqm south facing enclosed stoep, with lounge & dining areas & large sliding glass windows with magical views overlooking the village of Prince Albert & the Swartberg – same views as cottages Fully equipped self-catering Kitchenette with fridge & freezer, convection microwave, mini oven, 2 plate cooker & induction plate, coffee plunger, toaster, egg boiler, wok, webber braai, crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots & pans, braai grids & tongs Private outdoor braai area North Stoep: Measures 50sqm, overlooks the natural Karoo plains for 100km’s, built-in braai, bar area, pool, enclosed private garden, dining area & lounge area. South Stoep: Measures 50sqm, overlooks the village of Prince Albert & the Swartberg, relaxing lounge area Parking & Security: Safe, covered, off street parking close to the house Property is fully fenced & the house has an alarm with 24 hour arm response Julie & Richard Waterston KAROO VIEW - PRINCE ALBERT – CENTRAL KAROO - WESTERN CAPE – SOUTH AFRICA Look forward to welcoming you to share & experience our True Karoo Destination - Karoo View “the name says it all” In the middle of nowhere, close to everywhere ... more   less 
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