Rosenhof Country House

Country Retreat, Route 62


The town of Oudtshoorn is worth stopping at for ostrich farms, for the cathedral-sized Cango Caves and for its spectacular desert landscapes in which meerkats live.  The best place to stay is this old colonial homestead on the town’s outskirts, backing onto an extensive rose garden which provides the name and offers a lovely burst of greenery in this arid area. Inside, yellowwood-beamed ceilings and antique furniture deliver an authentic Victorian vibe.


Through the gardens are 12 individually-decorated bedrooms, each with air-conditioning, small verandas, a homely feel and all the usual mod-cons, framed around a courtyard.  Set 100 metres apart, two Executive Suites offer the additional boon of their own plunge pool, huge bathrooms, exercise bikes, lounges and private patios facing the Swartberg Mountain.  


In its main lodge, Rosenhof has a cosy ‘pub’ and several relaxing, understated lounges with fireplaces and works by well-known South African artists.  Award-winning country cuisine with a cordon bleu touch can be enjoyed in the dining room, ably supported by an extensive wine collection.  No need to worry about a sore head, either: the soothing Wellness Center offers massages and other treatments along with its sauna, fully-equipped gym and beauty clinic, plus there’s a large swimming pool with loungers, and a tranquil gazebo out among the fragrant roses and herbs.


All those Little Karoo sights mentioned above are within easy reach, as are quad-biking, golf and a cultural museum.  For those not off on safari, the nearby Cango Wildlife Ranch promises lemurs, red river hogs, Nile Crocodiles, jaguar, lion and even white tigers.

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