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“What a wonderful surprise”
Review of De Oude Huize Yard

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De Oude Huize Yard
Ranked #1 of 20 Harrismith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were forced to overnight in Harrismith due to a sudden highway closure. We chose De Oude Huize purely based on TripAdvisor ratings and we were not dissapointed. What a wonderful surprise to find such kind people and cozy rooms at a reasonable price. The owners went our of their way for us and our 8-month old baby and funny enough that unplanned night ended up being the most relaxing night of our entire holiday! I've stayed in three other places in Harrismith in my lifetime (another B&B, a large hotel group and a lodge), but from now on I know where I'm going to stay in future. I highly recommend De Oude Huize to anyone looking for a place to stay and relax in Harrismith.

Stayed: October 2013
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2013

Dear Willem
Thanks you for staying at De Oude Huize and for your contribution on our page. Many blessings for the new week.
Hennie & Sandra

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was our first night's stop after flying in from the USA - a perfect place to just sit in an enclosed yard, watch the sun set on the mountains, unwind and enjoy fantastic home-cooked meals. The hosts are also escapees from the big city and they know how to make guests comfortable. Absolutely worth the stop-over if you're on your way to the Drakensberg from Johannesburg, or anywhere else. Save your appetite for a classic "farm-style" breakfast. The optional dinner is highly recommended. You might even be surprised by the classic LP's they use for breakfast placemats. This is not a glitzy-ritzy place - it is cared-for classic vintage furniture, but with all the little luxuries thrown in on the side.

Room Tip: Don't choose the upstairs attic room if you are tall and have a problem bending over occasionall...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

David thank you for your kind words and for taking time to write the review. It was wonderful to have you all over at our establishment and we hope that one day our paths will cross again.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed overnight with our 2 small kids. A most enjoyable experience. The accommodation was very comfortable. The food was scrumptious. (The on site dining area is really cozy). The house has a rich history and you feel and see it all around the house. Hennie and Sandra's hospitality and historical knowledge of the house and area is excellent and just the cherry on top!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Brad thank you for your kind words and the time spend to write this review on TripAdvisor. It is much appreciated. Regards Hennie & Sandra

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was the second year we have stayed at De Oude Huise and hopefully they have space for us next year too. The personal service and attention to detail was again excellent which is what most places and businesses seemed to have lost...food was great too!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Brent l
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Brent thank you for staying over during Rally. Thank you for your time and the review that your have written on Tripadvisor. Hope to see you next year again.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Whether you are a local or international guest, the history displayed and recorded here is fascinating. Hennie & Sandra are fantastic hosts, making one feel right at home. When it comes to accommodation comforts and meals, it can't be beat. I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Robyn it was wonderful to have you over again. Thank you for your time and wonderful review on Tripadvisor. See you again in the new year.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

De Oude Huize is a fantastic stop over between JHB and Natal, alot of effort was done by the hosts to make our stay a comfortable and memorable one, 2 things that specially stood out was the antique decor where there is constantly something new that catches the eye and the fact that Hennie personally attends and serves the stunning breakfast in the morning.
I would most certainly advise anyone going through Harrismith to book a night or a few with them.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Thanks for staying over and taking time to write this review. Have a wonderful day.
Hennie & Sandra

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Hennie and Sandra were wonderful hosts. The fire in our room was so wonderful - it was freezing the night we were there. The decor is delightful, and very comfortable. The dinner was delicious and the breakfast was fabulous. This was the perfect place to break the trip from Joburg to Durban. We highly recommend this stay.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear Liz and family
Thank you for staying over at our establishment and for taking time to write this wonderful review. It was wonderful to have you over. Hope you have had a wonderful trip.
Hennie & Sandra

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Additional Information about 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 20 B&Bs / Inns in Harrismith
Price Range: $97 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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