The Retreat at Groenfontein

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Eco-friendly Accommodation Calitzdorp – Western Cape; Groenfontein Valley, Nature Reserve, Guesthouse, Country stay, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly, Retreat, Romantic

Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 11:00

From R610 per person per night *Seasonal

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Seal 5 - Green Hearts for Green Acts - Eco-friendly Accommodation Calitzdorp South Africa - awards 5 green hearts to The Retreat at Groenfontein for its efforts to protect and conserve the environment by implementing the following practices: Recycling, Use of local & organic produce, Water Wise practices, Sustainable energy acumen, Conservation.


The Retreat at Groenfontein is a gracious Victorian farmhouse in the lovely, scenic Groenfontein Valley conservancy, bordering on the 129,000 hectare Swartberg World Heritage Site and situated 20km northeast of Calitzdorp, just off the magical Route 62.

We offer Klein-Karoo hospitality with a touch of luxury in a vast and unspoilt natural landscape. The secluded Groenfontein Valley with its historically intact, charming architecture is one of the Western Cape‘s best kept secrets.

Stroll along the charming lanes of the Groenfontein valley, hike into the foothills of the majestic Swartberg or simply relax at the pool and soak in the peace, silence and humbling majesty of this special place.

The 2 Garden Family Suites both have 2 bedrooms, one with a king size bed (or 2 twin) and the other with 2 single beds and charming Victorian bathroom with ball and claw bath, double basin, shower and separate toilet. The lounge area has a fireplace and the private verandah boasts magnificent views of the Swartberg. Each suite in this beautifully renovated milking shed sleeps 4.

The old waving shed have been transformed into 2 Garden Rooms, one large and one small, the rooms are both equipped with a king-size bed (or twin beds) and en-suite bathroom with shower, the larger room also has a beautiful Victorian bath. The living area has a fireplace and there is a study/writing room containing a third bed. Spectacular views of the majestic Swartberg mountains can be viewed from the private terrace.

Our cosy Standard Room in the converted creamery has a king-size bed (or 2 beds), en-suite batroom with shower and a lounge area with fireplace. The room opens onto a patio. There are 3 comfortable Standard Rooms in the main Victorian house, 2 with Queen beds and shower, 1 with twin beds and a bath, all have separate patio entrances through stunning French doors.

The guest lounge and dining area in the main house has a fireplace and leads onto the verandah overlooking the sweeping gardens and splendid Swartberg.

All rates are per person sharing and include dinner & breakfast. The Retreat serves hearty breakfasts and delicious, traditional but healthy, organic, home-cooked dinners with continental flair, paired with regional wines; we are also happy to cater for vegetarians and other specific dietary requirements.


Swimming Pool, TV in the shared lounge; Wi-Fi; full liquor licence with range of fine South African wines and German, French, Swedish and Italian are spoken. No cellphone reception.


The Retreat at Groenfontein is set in a magnificent natural area with plenty of enthralling walking and hiking trails. There are beautiful spots for picnics which we will gladly prepare for you. We are a ?Birder Friendly Establishment ? and will provide birdwatching guests with a great experience. You can cool off and relax in our swimming pool or take a dip in the sparkling pools of our river. Other treats like wine tasting and pampering massage treatments can also be arranged to further enhance your relaxing experience with us.

The Retreat is also ideally situated for day trips to the Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, Seweweekspoort, Montagu Pass and the coast.


Only 4 and a half hours from both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and 1 and a half hours from George Airport.

GPS Location: (WGS84) – dms: S33 26′ 15.6″ E021 47′ 20.9″. Click here for directions and map.


We are situated in the middle of Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR), a conservation area established in the Little Karoo in 2011 that covers an area from the Swartberg Mountains in the north, to the Indian Ocean in the south; and from Uniondale in the east, to Montagu in the west. The GCBR aims to protect three international, biodiversity hotspots that overlap in this region, namely the Fynbos, the Succulent Karoo and the Valley Thicket. The Retreat is proud to be playing its part in these efforts with the conservation of the environment and heritage of the Groenfontein Valley.

Our water (mountain champagne) comes from our crystal-clear, mountain stream.

We are off the grid, powered up by the sun with generators for backup.

We recycle almost everything, or make compost to enrich our own organic veggie patch.


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