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De Oude Huize Yard
Ranked #1 of 18 Harrismith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Pretoria, South Africa
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22 reviews
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“What a find!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

From the time I booked until the time we left we received nothing but excellent service from Hennie and Sandra. When I mentioned in my booking e-mail that two of our party was mobility impaired, Hennie even told me how many steps there are in order to explain exactly what to expect so that we could make an informed choice. This guest house is unique – the house itself is more than 150 years old and lovingly restored. There are so many antiques and old curiosities to see in the lounge, dining room and bedrooms, I think if you stay a week you will continuously find little treasures you have missed before. Do make time to read through the file in the bedroom – this is not your standard hotel information file. It is a detailed history of the house, its people through the ages, and the surrounding area. You can pre-book dinner; highly recommended as it is most delicious and breakfast is scrumptious as well. The home-made bread and jam is yummy! The rooms are comfortable and comforting – a real home away from home. Toiletries and hairdryer are supplied. Thank you, Hennie and Sandra, for your hospitality. We hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review.
It was wonderful to have you and the family at De Oude Huize.
May you have a wonderful year ahead and we hope you will be back to visit us again.
Lots of love from a cold Harrismith
Hennie & Sandra
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We planned a weekend away, Harrismith. Sani Pass, Clarens and home. We found De Oude Huize on the Internet, with an open mind and keen for a road trip we arrived in Harrismith. We had our reservations upon entering the town, but wow were we surprised. De Oude Huize offered a warm welcome, really cozy room. So many little things to grab your attention. It was delightful. We had the best breakfast on our trip, with the warmest fire we slept soundly. Highly recommended, will def be back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you Jason for your kind words and for the time you have spend to write this report.
It was wonderful to welcome you at our establishment. Hope you will be back to visit us again.
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Schilde, Antwerpen, Belgium
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stopped 1 night in Harrysmith and stayed at De Oude Huize. It was wonderful! Hennie and Sandra are such nice people! We enjoyed their beautiful garden during the day and in the evening, we enjoyed a lovely diner prepared by Hennie and Sandra. The atmosphere was great! The accomodation is super, the house and furniture and old/funny decoration is top! I would love to stay there again if I ever had the chance! Peter, Sofie, Eleni and Felice, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Sofie and family
Thank you for your time to write your lovely review on De Oude Huize Yard. What a pleasure to have had you here, even if only for one night! Thank you for the compliments, we hope to keep everything as comfortable and beautiful as possible, and even to improve in the future. We look forward to your next visit!!
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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

All the previous reviewers have said it already. Hennie and Sandra are the perfect hosts . We've had a wonderful time at De Oude Huize . The food and hospitality was great . It's nice to have a place like this to stop on our way from Uvongo to Vanderbijlpark . It made the trip a lot more comfortable . Thanks once again , this was a remarkable experience

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for your time to write your lovely review on De Oude Huize Yard. What a pleasure to have had you here, even if only for one night! Thank you for the compliments, we hope to keep everything as comfortable and beautiful as possible, and even to improve in the future. We look forward to your next visit!!
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Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Me and my family had a very interesting stay at the interesting establishment of De Oude Huize. We were well taken care of, the water was a bit slow to come out of the taps and we did run out of hot water, but we are a family of six. Other than that we had a very comfortable stay with good food and wine.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thanks for your review and you time spent to write it. We sorry that you ran out of hot water - but now we know that the 300 litre solar geyer cannot supply 6 guests. Many blessings for the future.
Regards
Hennie
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Pietermaritzburg
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Every Easter the Howick Flying Club comes to Harrismith for a long weekend of gliding. Although my husband would willingly sleep in the hangar with the rest of the club members I enjoy my creature comforts & only come to Harrismith on condition we stay at De Oude Huize.
The hospitality & superb breakfasts offered by Sandra & Hennie are beyond words.If you haven't yet stayed there make a booking now, you won't be sorry.Sandra & Hennie thanks once again for everything.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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deoudehuize, Manager at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
We are so gratefull for your wonderful review. It is always a highlight of the first term to have you and the gliders in our time. Many blessings.
Regards
Hennie & Sandra
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This overnight stay where we stopped for a night driving from Durban to Johannesburg was certainly in the top 5 accommodation I have stayed at. I was on holiday from Australia and enjoying the lovely scenery in the area, and was blown away by the De Oude Huize, and the amazing owners, Sandra and Hennie. I have never felt so spoilt and comfortable and relaxed. The house is very interesting, the garden is beautiful, our room had every comfort, and Sandra and Hennie are just the best hosts one could ever imagine. Everything from their attention, their conversations, the wonderful food and wine - it was all so special. I certainly will spend more days there when I get the chance, and spend a lot more time there.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for wonderful review and for your time to write it, it is much appreciated.
Hennie & Sandra
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Property: De Oude Huize Yard
Address: 17 A Stuart Street | Eastern Free State, Harrismith 9880, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Free State > Harrismith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Harrismith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
De Oude Huize Yard is situated in a 150 year old building. It overlooks Platberg Mountain and is with-in easy access from the N3 and N5 highways. We are en-route between Johannesburg - or Thambo airport - and the Drakensberg. The house has been restored to its former glory and we offer a distinct olde world feel and hospitality. If you are looking for something different De Oude Huize Yard is for you. It's the place where time is standing still.We offer accommodation with a difference. Our furniture is historical - each with their own story but with modern amenities. We offer fire-places in the rooms, origan pine floors with the smell of wood, Sussex bath with soaps and pampers, toweling gowns, lots of books and chess set. Our rooms are en-suite with bath and separate shower. The suites do have private entrances. The stoep is equipped with Morris chairs for bird watching. ... more   less 
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