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“Welcoming atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of De Oude Huize Yard

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De Oude Huize Yard
Ranked #1 of 18 Harrismith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
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“Welcoming atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

My husband and i needed a break after a long year and wanted to spend some quiet time alone and in comfort, so decided to do a stopover in Harrismith on our way back from hectic Ballito. We felt like we were invited into a family home! The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful without being obtrusive. The Decor is warm and welcoming, making you feel at home.
The breakfast and coffee were excellent and highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank jessievaneck
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Jessie
Thank you for spending time to write a review for De Oude Huize. We hope to see you again in the future. May you have a wonderful 2014.
Hennie & Sandra
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

There you have it! There is after all a reason to visit or stop over in the sleepy-hollow town of Harrismith. Apart from all the different denominations of churches, the deteriorating roads and the beautiful municipal building in the main road....

De Oude Huize is not your ordinary B & B. It is a unique experience you will never forget. Hosts, Hennie and Sandra make you feel as if you have come home and that you would like to stay forever. Sandra and her amazing team of local ladies prepare the most amazing food - best in Harrismith and vicinity. The attention to detail, unique interior and the spotless rooms, confirm that Hennie and his team care about your experience. Not only will you be treated like royalty, you will also be entertained by the raconteur, Sandra. Hennie's awesome coffee will also ensure that you stay awake for the best part of your trip!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lulublulub
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Lulu
Thanks for your wonderful review for De Oude Huize and for our town. We appreciate the time that you put into writing a review. We hope to see you again
Many blessings for 2014
Hennie & Sandra
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

After traveling for nearly two days from Boulder, CO to South Africa we felt we had died and gone to heaven when we arrived at De Oude Huize. Although it was a bit of a drive from Joburg to get to Harrismith, it was wonderful to be out of the city and on our way to the Drakensburg. The six of us (three couples) were given our choices of rooms and immediately settled in for afternoon naps. We had arranged to have dinner at the B&B which was a brilliant idea – we didn’t have to go anywhere! We spent three weeks touring SA, but the meal we had that night was absolutely one of the best we had on our entire trip. Our hosts were genial and informative and made us feel as though we were honored guests. The rooms are all interesting with fascinating antiques and nice amenities. Very comfortable beds, lots of hot water and quiet sleeping. I can’t imagine there is a better place in the vicinity to stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BldrRvrGirl
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Beverly
What a wonderful review. Thank you for your time to write a review for De Oude Huize. We hope to see you again when visiting our country. '
Blessings for 2014
Hennie & Sandra
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Kempton Park, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

We absolutely adored the style of this B&B the food was fantastic, the room spotless and was a peaceful breakaway from the busy life in Johannesburg. Hennie and Sandra were very friendly and accommodating would recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a breakaway to a unique and peaceful place look forward to going back next year.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Daniela M
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 26, 2013
Dear Koos and Daniela
It was wonderful of you to stay at De Oude Huize. Thank you so much for your wonderful review and the time spend to write is.
May you have a wonderful 2014.
Love
Hennie & Sandra
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We enjoyed an excellent stay at this B&B in Harrismith. They also do evening meals which we can highly recommend. The hosts were excellent in every way and provided all the information we required.

we would certainly stay here again if we were visiting this area and had a wonderful day trip to the Golden gate National Park which is nearby.

Harrismith is also a nice town to have a wander around.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank bostonengland_11
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 26, 2013
Thank you once again for staying at De Oude Huize but most of all thank you for your wonderful review! May you have a wonderful 2014 and hope to see you on your next trip to South Africa.
Love Hennie & Sandra
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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

It was a quiet and peaceful experience, 4 days on my own. Very safe and sound. Felt totally spoilt, and cared for. Great Great breakfast and supper, romantic set-up and beautiful surrounding in and about the house.
Sleep over on your way to Natal? NO, rather sleep over for a week, before off to Natal!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank Lili471
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Dear Lili
Thank you for your time to write this wonderful positive review on our establishment. It is much appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at DeOude Huize looking forward to your next visit.
Hennie & Sandra
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

We stayed one night and had dinner. The place is very clean and the service is perfect. The unique side of this place is that the owner made most of the house with his own hands. And in a beautiful and very artistic way. So we felt like we had the honour to stay at a house of an artist with all the comforts and service of a high rated hotel. The only small thing was the length of the bed in the room we stayed. It could have been a few inches longer (we are 6 foot 1 tall). But this did not ruin a beautiful stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank davidecollini
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deoudehuize, Owner at De Oude Huize Yard, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Dear Davide
Thank you very much for your time to write your review. We appreciate you comments and hope that we will meet again.
Regards
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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