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“Outstanding guest house”
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Tradouw Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 6 Barrydale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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126 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Outstanding guest house”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Leon & Denis - we were made to feel so welcome, immediately we felt part of the family at this very affordable, super comfortable, amazing place in Barrydale.
Leon made us feel as though we had always belonged there - he has a special way of putting one at ease.
Great room with everything that we needed (I like puffier pillows though) and the hot water bottle was just the nicest at-home touch.
Lovely hidden gardens, a gigantic pig to commune with and lots of interesting nooks and crannies.
If we could go back there right now we would do it - in fact I would like to spend my next holiday at the Tradouw guest house.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge UK
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

After a long drive from Paarl we were warmly welcomed by Leon. Our room overlooking the garden was fitted out with all one might require. Sadly we missed the in house bar experience as we returned a little late and didn't make enough noise to alert Leon. What a view from the front door. The garden at the rear is beautifully tended and the chickens with chicks ( not chips) scratching about completed the picture wonderfully. As suggested we also made our acquaintance with Priscilla who was not looking forward to a manicure. Certainly an unusual place but well appointed without being flash & glitzy.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have stayed here 3 times on visits to South Africa. It is very cosy and rustical. The owners make you feel so at home and it is certainly good value for money. Nice Garden for sunbathing, and dont forget to ask to meet Priscilla the pet pig.

Room Tip: the garden bungalow
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2013

It's not the first time that we, and our brood, have stayed at Tradouw. And each time we've had an excellent stay, wishing it was longer.

Leon and Denis offer excellent, good old fashioned South African hospitality in the quaint and rather eccentric town of Barrydale. Behind the guest house, a living museum of vintage objects (owners excluded :), is a large tranquil beautifully landscaped garden, tended by Denis himself, a prolific gardener. And, across the road is another indigenous garden belonging to the guest house, Priscilla the pig, and collection of chickens and other animals. Priscilla herself should be an attraction. She is the largest pig I have ever seen, and clearly very happily 'at home'.

Everything at the guest house is done with a detail and a very loving touch ... and over the years the rooms and communal areas have been repeatedly renovated and refurbished - so it's always interesting to return.

This is not the place for perfectionists looking for a star rated establishment. How boring! No, Tradouw, like a fine old lady, has her wrinkles, defining her character. This is the perfect spot for those looking for a unique stay.

It's a guest house and home, you'll remember with a smile.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We had a great time at Tradouw Guesthouse. We had the place to ourselves and were made to feel very welcome by Leon. The bar is a little gem and the fireplace is very cosy. The rooms are comfortable and Dennis serves a decent breakfast. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone travelling through Barrydale!!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2013

What a wonderful weekend! Would recommend anyone to stay there. Absolutely loved everything! Leon, you are amazing! We will definately go again. Its always wonderful having a warm welcome. Everyone in Barrydale is friendly!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Delightful village in a stunning setting. The guesthouse oozes rustic charm and the hosts - Leon and Dennis are very attentive and helpful. Rooms comfortable and two are up a short flight of steps looking onto the large garden. breakfast is under a shaded vine covered yard. Chickens patrol the gardens and across the road you will find Priscilla the pot bellied pig (Queen of the Little Karoo and Bertie the bullock) together with a native american medicine garden. A refreshing stop on the R62 - well worth adding to your itinerary.

Room Tip: The garden rooms are a little more spacious
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Tradouw Guesthouse

Property: Tradouw Guesthouse
Address: 46 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Barrydale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Barrydale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Tradouw Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tradouw Guest House offers value for money comfortable rustic private and quiet en-suite bedrooms for overnight or longer stays. Quoted rates are for bed only with full breakfast optional, thereby giving guests the choice of not having breakfast should they wish to sleep in late, or enjoy breakfast at one of the many restaurants in Barrydale. The building, dates back to the late 1800s and was once the local trading store in the town. Situated in the charming village of Barrydale just off the now famous Route 62. There are 6 bedrooms outside the main house, four with a small bathroom with shower opening onto a vine covered courtyard and two larger queen bedded rooms with private patio and en suite shower facilities opening onto a large private landscaped Garden with abundant bird life. There is a Guest Lounge and Brel's Bar with open fire place and various board games.Listen to music from Leons extensive collection of Classical, Opera, Broadway musicals and his all time favorite French singer Jacques Brel. Relax, unwind or go for a walk through our large extended indigenous gardens across the road from the guesthouse meet our family of sheep and cows and take a stroll down to the to the river. Spend some time in Barrydale and experience the Little Karoo. ... more   less 
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