3rd June 2014
We are very proud to have such elegant, upmarket and stylish guest houses, game lodges and hotels as part of Karoo Lavender.
Showcased here, in no particular order, are some of the customers we supply in the Karoo.
Graaff-Reinet: Cypress Cottages
These two charming cottages date back to the 1800s and combine authentic Karoo style and ambience with every modern comfort. Beautifully restored and furnished with antiques, they face each other across the shady quiet of one of the most picturesque streets in the town. Each cottage has its own private garden. All our beautiful rooms are air conditioned (cooling and heating), with en-suite bathrooms, white linen & towels, DSTV and flowers from our lovely garden.
Our rate includes a full Karoo breakfast (cereals, yoghurts, fruits from the orchard, our own free range eggs, bacon). We are right next to the nature reserve, nestled in the shadow of Spandau’s Kop – an easy walk takes you right into the best of Karoo nature. The town centre is an easy 10 minute walk, where we organize dinners at any one of our variety of good restaurants. We have swimming facilities in our bore-hole-fed dam and secure off-street parking. Trampoline and swings on spacious lawn for the kiddies. As the Gem of The Karoo, this town warrants a two night stopover.
Graaff-Reinet: Langfontein Guest House
Langfontein Guest Farm is situated in the scenic Camdeboo Conservancy 50km from Graaff-Reinet. The fully equipped, individually decorated self catering cottages all have fireplaces, veranda’s with beautiful views and comfortable lounges and spacious bedrooms with crisp linen.
Cradock: Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor
Die Tuishuise are beautifully restored Victorian era Karoo-style guest houses lining historic Market Street and leading up to Victoria Manor, a grand, colonial hotel circa 1848. Period prints and antique furniture create elegant spaces within the cottages, reflecting the lifestyles of the English and Dutch Settlers at the turn of the century.
The Victoria Manor Hotel on the corner of Market street, offers beautifully decorated en-suites, dining and conference facilities. Dining at Victoria Manor is a country affair, an indulgence of superb traditional Karoo and South Africa food - evening meals are by candlelight. For relaxation of the body and mind, Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor has a health, beauty and wellness centre called 'Karoo Comfort Zone' .
Graaff-Reinet: @Karoo Guesthouse
Centrally situated @Karoo Guesthouse offers from self -catering units to double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as rooms for single travellers.
@Karoo serves as a newly renovated and updated version of this historic building, which originally opened its doors as the first guesthouse in Graaff-Reinet dating back to the 1950s.
Graaff-Reinet: Heathers B and B
Heather’s B&B/Self-catering accommodation is located within walking distance of historical Graaff-Reinet. Barry and Heather welcome you at Heather’s.
We offer three comfortable units. Each unit is separate with a private entrance. Stay in one of our fully equipped units to suit your needs. Park Street House is a 3 bedroom house. Fig Tree Cottage is a 2 bedroom cottage. Citrus Grove Flat is a bedsitter with a bathroom and small kitchen. All bedding and towels are supplied as well as tea, coffee, milk, sugar and rusks to start your day. Guests can enjoy either self-catering or bed and breakfast option. There is off street parking , a fenced pool, children’s play area and free-standing braaiers.
Richmond, Three Sisters: Bloemhof Karoo Country House
Bloemhof-Karoo is a historic home, once owned by Professor Chris Barnard, that rests graciously in an oasis amongst kopjes on a working farm in the Great Karoo.
Bloemhof is ideal for family getaways or overnight stops, and is well situated between Three Sisters and Richmond, just 5km off the N1. We look forward to welcoming you with our authentic Karoo hospitality.
Graaff-Reinet: de Kothuize
De Kothuize consists of seven lovingly-restored classic Cape Karoo houses in historic Graff-Reinet, Eastern Province. Most are national monuments and have been furnished and equipped in a manner which is harmonious with their historical character. All have modern amenities.
Four of the properties are situated in Parsonage Street, Graaff-Reinet’s most historic street (stretching from Reinet House at one end to the Drostdy Hotel at the other), which is the core of the oldest part of town. The other three houses are situated in (or adjacent to) Cradock Street, sometimes described as a “one mile and 230 years of history”, being full of historic houses, but close to the town’s museums and other facilities.
Willowmore: Finchley Farm
Finchley Farm is conveniently located 3 kilometres outside the Karoo town of Willowmore, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa on the Prince Albert Road.
The beautifully restored farm cottage is located in the shady garden of the homestead.
The cottage, dating back to the late 1800s, is fully equipped for self catering and tastefully furnished and decorated with numerous historic items which will without doubt be of interest to visitors.
The geographic location of the Cottage makes it suitable for rustic accommodation for the visiting businessman or for the family that want to experience a Karoo Farm Stay and day to day life on a working Karoo farm.
Graaff-Reinet: The Stone Cottage
Graaff-Reinet: de Erf Manor House
About 3 km directly south of Graaff-Reinet, the majestic Spandaukop towers over an almost forgotten architectural relic of early Graaff-Reinet, the homestead of the farm De Erf which lies along the Sundays River.
The building, with its whitewashed walls and towering gables, was built circa 1806. It has the distinctive Cape Dutch H-shape design which it shares, in Graaff-Reinet, only with Reinet House. Almost all of the outbuildings used over the years such as the forge, coach house and blacksmith’s shop are still intact and have been renovated and converted into a guest house of note.
Graaff-Reinet: Andries Stockenstroom Guest House
Situated in the historic town, Graaff-Reinet, the centre of the Karoo Midlands, this guest house is one of the culinary oases of South Africa. Food is a passion here and the dinners are legendary, the highlight of your stay, an experience to be savoured and remembered. The owners Gordon and Rose Wright, invite you to become part of this experience, Karoo hospitality at it's best. Bedrooms are cosy and with comforts and extras to pamper. The floors in the old house are all original yellow wood. Relax on the pool terrace or in the lounge. Stroll streets filled with architectural treasures, of which more than 200 are National Monuments. Visit the awesome Valley of Desolation and nature reserve stocked with plenty of game.
Middelburg, E Cape: Erin Country House
Farm Stay on the Eastern Edge of the Great Karoo, the vast central plateau of South Africa, with landscapes on a grand scale, sweeping skies and wide horizons.
Our farm stays are all on real working or grazing Karoo farms. Walk amongst the sheep, angora goats and cattle. You may have time to help with the feeding of the animals. Depending on the time of year you could even witness the shearing of the sheep or goats. Enjoy fresh fruit and veggies from the farm. (when available) Relax by the dam or mountain house and enjoy your sundowners from these venues. Experience sunrises and sunsets like nowhere else. At night see the stars and milky way as only in the Karoo. Meet some of our locals and experience hospitality like you have never done before.
Graaff-Reinet: Thyme and Again Guest House
Thyme and Again B&B is a place where everyone can relax and enjoy the warm hospitality Brenda and Johnnie freely provide.
Each of the 3 suites has air-conditioning, TV with satellite, DSL internet connection and a mini kitchen with a microwave and fridge – ideal for those who want to relax and not move after a long journey.
Colesburg: Karoo Lighthouse
Centrally situated with 4 restaurants nearby
Secure parking provided
13 en-suite units ideal for the family or business traveller; all with own DSTV channels
Tastefully decorated with antiques
Quality white linen and fresh towels
Air conditioning, fans, hot blankets and heaters for your comfort
A hearty Karoo breakfast served in our new dining room