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Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

CALITZDORP ACCOMMODATION

(OUT OF TOWN)

MATJIESVLEI GUEST FARM

Top class Calitzdorp Accommodation

Need a break?
Come visit Matjiesvlei – the gem of the Little Karoo.

Matjiesvlei is a must see when visiting the Klein Karoo. Come enjoy the serene and tranquil beauty of this valley, situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains between Calitzdorp and Ladismith. Farming in this area dates back as far as 1821.

We offer you a peaceful, relaxing stay in one of our four self catering units – Douglas-huis, Thiart-huis, Cloete-huis and Huis Oppie Rant. If you prefer being even closer to nature you can unwind at our camping site, Die Damrivierkamp (the dam river camp), situated on the shores of the Gamka River.

This is an anglers paradise, with a wide variety of fish species including Yellow fish, Black bass, Eel and Carp. There are also fantastic water holes perfect for swimming and rowing. The Bôjaankop 4×4 route takes you to the top of Bôjaankop from where you can enjoy stunning views of the Little Karoo. Matjiesvlei is conveniently located for day trips to Oudtshoorn with all its tourist attractions, The Garden Route, Die Hel (Gamkaskloof) and beautiful mountain passes in the area.

We invite you to come kick back and relax. Enjoy some of our delightful local wines while savouring the tranquil beauty as only mother nature can provide.

Our Rooms:

Thiart-Huis

Built in 1936 by Pieter Thiart, this comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated cottage has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate 9 persons Two of the bedrooms each have a double bed while the third room has both a double and a single bed. Please note that electricity is only available in the kitchen.

Douglas-Huis

This comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated cottage dates back to 1860 and consists of 3 bedrooms accommodating 9 persons in total (2 Double and 5 single beds). Please note that electricity is only available in the kitchen.

Cloete Huis

Cloete Huis is amongst one of the oldest buildings in Matjiesvlei and provides for the ideal honeymoon breakaway. The house is fully furnished with one bedroom and a beautiful view of the valley and Swartberg Mountains. A seperate bedroom with 2 single beds and bathroom is also available in the outbuilding. The house does not have electricity, but is equipped with sufficient candles, oil lamps and a donkey boiler for hot water.

Huis Oppie Rant

A 3 bedroom self catering cottage with beautiful wooden floors and ceilings and a magnificent view of the mountains. The cottage does not have electricity, but is equipped with sufficient gas lamps and a donkey boiler for hot water. The cottage can accommodate 6 people, has its own braai facilities, fully equipped kitchen and bedding. Completely isolated from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from the veranda.

The Dam River Camp

A shady 4×4 bush camp with modern ablution blocks and hot water, on the banks of the Gamka River. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating in Die Dam. Also walks and hikes. Starting at the Bush camp, ride the rugged Bojaankop 4×4 trail climbing steelpy to 540m with stunning views. Self catering cottages are available where you can relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Bojaankop 4×4 trail

The trail runs through and along the Gamka river with spectacular views. The river crossings can be very interesting especially when the river runs high. For most of the trail you need low range, but the trail is people and vehicle friendly and is great fun and a tremendous experience for the whole family. It is easy to get to approximately 13 km out of Calitzdorp (15 minute drive) and only 3/4 hours from Cape Town and P.E. The trail is also mountain biking and hiking friendly.

4×4 Route:

The route has an interesting history. It started in the 1800’s when Bennie’s ancestors and their sharecroppers dragged bundles of Wild Plum wood straight down the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains to distil Witblits and to make raisins. During wintertime the sharecroppers also sell the wood in town for an extra income. Most of the route is in these drag paths or in the wagon trails along the lower lying areas where they loaded the wood on ox wagons and donkey carts.

Originally the veld was infested by prickly pears till cochenille (a pest on prickly pears) was imported from Australia to get rid of it. A lot of wild donkeys were also roaming the Gamka river valley.

Since then the Spekboom and other plants have taken over and nowadays it is one of the finest succulent areas in the Karoo with a large diversity of plants being found in such a small area. In spring the veld is a carpet of wild flowers and in the distance is the imposing and sombre backdrop of the smudgy blue Swartberg Mountains.

The trail runs through and along the Gamka river with its spectacular views. The river crossings can be very interesting especially when the river is in flood. For most of the trail you will need a vehicle with a low range of gears. The trail is people and vehicle friendly and is great fun and a tremendous experience for the whole family. Like photographer, Richard van Ryneveld said: “A truly beautiful area, Matjiesvlei a hidden and undiscovered gem in the Klein Karoo.”

It is easy to get to – approximately 13 km out of Calitzdorp (15 minute drive) and only 3 – 4 hours from Cape Town and P.E. Mountain bikers can use and enjoy most of the trail. We find that many people also like to hike the route.

At the end of the drive you can relax and socialise at The Dam River Campsite or in one of the three self-catering chalets with bedding and towels provided and fully equipped kitchens. The spacious campsite is shady and well grassed offering privacy at each site as well as an ablution block with showers (donkey boiler) and toilets.

At the campsite and along the banks of the river there is a rich variety of bird life including black eagles and fish eagles. Sometimes if you’re lucky Cape otters can be spotted. The river contains about seven different fish species so bring along your fishing rods and inflatable boats if you enjoy angling.

When visiting us we would recommend that you bring along, binoculars, fishing rods, mountain bikes, hiking boots, canoes or inflatable boats and swimsuits.

Nearby, Calitzdorp is a lovely and fascinating town to visit. It has good restaurants and wine tasting venues. From Matjiesvlei you can also go on day trips to several places of interest in the Klein Karoo.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 44 050 3346
Cell: +27 73 174 1028
Email: matjiesvlei@telkomsa.net
Website: www.matjiesvlei.co.za
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Check In / Check Out

Check In: From 14:00
Check Out: At 10:00

Coordinates

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.473225
Longitude: 21.625026

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 28 23
Longitude: E21 37 30

GPS
Latitude: S 33 28.394
Longitude: E 21 37.502

Matjiesvlei Cottages

Matjiesvlei Cottages

CALITZDORP ACCOMMODATION

(OUT OF TOWN)

MATJIESVLEI COTTAGES

Die Bokwagtershuis

Die Bokwagtershuis, “Goat keeper’s house”, was originally built during the 19th century as accommodation for Matjiesvlei’s goat keeper. His task was to tend to all the goats of the different farmers in the valley. The house has been authentically restored to maintain its atmosphere, with addition of modern amenities. 

  • Sleeps 6.
  • In the main bedroom there is a double bed, the second and third bedrooms have 2 single beds each.
  • All linen included.
  • The cottage has an open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge, overlooking the veld and mountains.
  • There is a wood burning closed combustion system for heating in winter and an air conditioner for cooling in summer.
  • This is the ideal entertainment area with a built-in braai and more than enough seating for guests.
  • Braai grids, fire tongs and swartpotjie available.
  • The kitchen is equipped with all the required utensils, including a dishwasher.
  • The washing machine is in the kitchen.
  • The one bathroom has a shower, the other has a shower as well as a bath.
  • Hot water is provided by electrical geysers.
  • On hot summer days you can cool off in the nearby farm dam or in the river.
  • The entrance to our private picnic spot at the river is opposite the Skuur.
  • The cottage has security screens in front of all windows and doors.
  • Free WiFi access in the cottage.

Middelplaas

The history of the cottage on Middelplaas (Middle Farm) is unknown. It is the only house on Middelplaas and was probably many decades ago used as a residence for the people looking after the farm for the owners who lived elsewhere in the valley. Over the years it became very run down before it was renovated by the present owners into a cottage with the most beautiful view over the olive orchard, veld and mountains. It is a cosy 2 bed roomed self catering cottage, only 3 minutes walk from the private picnic site next to the river. 

  • Sleeps 4.
  • Shower.
  • Gas geyser.
  • Linen included.
  • Air-conditioner in lounge.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Fireplace in lounge for heating or to braai during winter.
  • Outside built braai on grass.
  • Kitchen is fully equipped, including braai grid, tongs and swart potjie.

Die Stalle

Die Stalle (The Stables) was originally built as the residences for two of the owners of undivided shares in the agricultural land bordering the Kleinrivier (Little River). Later owners turned the houses into stables. It has now been restored into a comfortable 3 bedroomed cottage with a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. It is next to the farm dam. 

  • Sleeps 6.
  • In the main bedroom there is a double bed, the second and third bedrooms have 2 single beds each.
  • All linen included.
  • Two of the bedrooms have Queen Anne stoves for heating in winter.
  • The cottage has an open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge, overlooking the veld and mountains.
  • There is a Dover Stove for cooking or heating in winter and an air conditioner for cooling in summer.
  • This is the ideal entertainment area with a built-in braai and more than enough seating for guests.
  • Braai grids, fire tongs and swartpotjie available.
  • The kitchen is equipped with all required utensils, including a dishwasher.
  • The washing machine is in the lobby.
  • The one bathroom has a bath and shower, while the en suite bathroom has a shower. Hot water is provided by gas cylinders.
  • On hot summer days you can cool off in the nearby farm dam.
  • The entrance to our private picnic spot at the river is opposite the Skuur.

Our Rates:

Please contact us for our rates.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 66 221 4452
Email: matjiesvleicottages@gmail.com
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Check In / Check Out

Check In: From 14:00
Check Out: At 10:00

Coordinates

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.447549
Longitude: 21.649144

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 26 51
Longitude: E21 38 56

GPS
Latitude: S 33 26.853
Longitude: E 21 38.949

The Retreat at Groenfontein

The Retreat at Groenfontein

CALITZDORP ACCOMMODATION

(OUT OF TOWN)

THE RETREAT AT GROENFONTEIN

4-stars

Top class Oudtshoorn Accommodation

The Retreat is a Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the beautiful Groenfontein Valley Conservancy, bordering on the 129 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve.

The house, filled with yellow-wood and mellow Oregon pine, has a lounge and dining room – each with its own ceramic fireplace to keep them cosy on chilly winter evenings – leading onto a wide verandah, overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg mountains.

Your Hosts, Grant and Marie, enjoy treating guests to true Klein Karoo hospitality. The smell of fresh coffee welcomes you back from a morning walk, to a hearty breakfast on the terrace, where dinner – cooked with Marie’s continental flair – is also served when the weather is warm. Guests and hosts eat together at a long table and the conversation is convivial and lively! By request we can do meals at the room.

The meals at Groenfontein have a health emphasis, vegetarians are welcome and we cater for problem diets. Our Guests can enjoy Karoo lamb dishes and local Cape specialties. Meals are served under the stars on the veranda in the summer or in the beautiful dining room, with a crackling fire, during the cold winter evenings.

The Retreat has a full liquor licence and carries a selection of fine wines of the region.

We are pet friendly and love our own well-behaved, disciplined dogs!

Rooms:

This lovely home has 2 garden family suites in the old milking-shed and 2 garden rooms in the converted weaving-shed, all with spectacular views of the mountains, king-size beds which can be made up as twins, sitting-areas by a fireplace, 3 with Victorian bath and shower, the smaller with only shower, the 2 suites have an extra room with 2 single beds.

We have 1 cozy standard room in a converted buttery/creamery, with king-size bed, fireplace and shower and 3 comfortable standard en-suite bedrooms in the main Victorian house with French doors leading onto a patio. The guest-lounge and dining-room in the house, each with a fireplace, lead onto the verandah overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg.

Our Facilities:

  • Television in the main lounge
  • Ceiling fans (4 garden rooms)
  • Tea and Coffee facilities
  • Fireplace on premises
  • Meals at the room available on request
  • No mosquitoes

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 44 2133 880
Fax: +27 44 86 271 5373
Email: info@groenfontein.com
Website: www.groenfontein.com
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Check In / Check Out

Check In: From 14:00
Check Out: At 10:00

Coordinates

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.437802
Longitude: 21.786098

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 26 16
Longitude: E21 47 09

GPS
Latitude: S 33 26.268
Longitude: E 21 47.166