Old Mill Lodge & Restaurant  Verified Listing

  • Old Mill Lodge & Restaurant in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape , South Africa
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Member since: 4 Dec. 2007

Property Type:   Bed and Breakfast, Bungalows, Chalets, Guest Farms, Self Catering

Swimming Pool
Bar
DSTV
Patio
Braai Area
Bath towels
Fridge
Restaurant
Parking on Premises
Breakfast included
Garden
Room service
WiFi
Cable TV
Hairdryer
Selected DSTV Channels
Conference Facility
Ceiling fans
Heater
Serviced Daily
Dining Area
Child friendly
Internet access
Tea and coffee facilities
Safety Deposit Box
Cleaning service
Laundry facilities
TV
Aircon
Deck
Linen
Balcony
Dry cleaning service
Mini Bar
Have lunch or dinner at our restaurant. Our 4 Star rooms consist of air-conditioners, TVs and coffee and tea making facilities; book with us for an unforgettable stay.
We are also a working ostrich farm in season and the children can go fishing, hiking and swimming. We also have a playground for the children with swings, trampoline and jungle-gym. We are near the Swartberg Mountains, Cango Caves, Rust en Vrede Waterfall, Cango Wildlife Ranch and the Cango Ostrich Farm.

Property Facilities:
A la carte Restaurant
Working Ostrich farm in season
playground for children
Fax Machine
Photocopy Machine
Caters For Conferences
Conference Room (25 - 75 people)
Conference Room (> 75 people)
Wedding facilities & venue
Function facilities & venue

Area Information:
Oudtshoorn, the largest town in the Little Karoo, is most well known as the centre of the ostrich farming industry. Taller than many men, these huge flightless birds weigh in at about 150kg and are very fast and â?? surprisingly â?? very dangerous. Donâ??t tangle with one. How embarrassing would it be to have to explain to the guys in the office that, while you were on holiday, a bird kicked you almost to death and you landed up in hospital with broken bones, concussion and a few major lacerations. Youâ??d never live it down. But they are interesting â?? and delicious. Their almost totally fat-free and cholesterol-free red meat is reputed to be particularly healthy, and is made into a huge range of innovative dishes in local restaurants. The most traditional way to eat an ostrich, though, is in the form of biltong â?? sun-dried, spiced strips of meat. But, hey. Why eat the bird, when you can wear it?

Ostrich feathers have moved in and out of fashion a few times over the last couple of centuries but, at their heyday, they were worth more than their weight in gold and they funded the building of some magnificent mansions, which were dubbed â??feather palacesâ?? by the envious neighbours. Le Rouxâ??s Townhouse, which is an annex of the CP Nel Museum, is an excellent example of this early form of conspicuous consumption.

There are also a number of farms where you could watch an ostrich display, learn all about these amazing birds and go wild buying ostrich feather and leather products. The leather has almost overtaken the feathers as a must-have fashion accessory. Distinctively knobbed (how many leathers are plucked) and very hard-wearing, itâ??s used to make anything from key rings to full length coats, car upholstery and even saddles. (OK â?? so far, one rather weird Cape Town polo player has decided that a knobbly ostrich leather saddle is a good idea. But, who knows, it could take off.)

You could, if you were totally heartless, also ride an ostrich. Sure â?? they weigh 150 kg and are very strong but â?? and this is a big but â?? they have really tiny little ankles so many of the birds that are ridden are permanently injured. Which is not really a problem, as theyâ??re destined to be turned into biltong and handbags, anyhow, but itâ??s worth thinking about.

Speaking of handbags, thereâ??s a crocodile ranch just outside the town, and also a â??wildlife ranchâ??, where you can dive with crocodiles from the safety of a cage, see a range of predators, including lions, tigers and jaguars, and you could even â?? for a price â?? â??adoptâ?? a baby cheetah. While weâ??re on the animal thing â?? thereâ??s a bunny farm, where you can pet the angora rabbits and buy lovely soft garments from angora wool, and even a lovely, child-friendly restaurant where you can ride a camel. Camels, fortunately, are renowned for their sturdy ankles.

The other major attraction in Oudtshoorn is the Cango Caves, which extend for miles into the extensive limestone hills and exhibit beautiful crystal and flow structures. You can do a one hour tour or tackle the more adventurous one and a half hour tour, which includes some tight squeezes.

One of the best ways to see Oudtshoorn and its surrounds â?? if youâ??re relatively energetic â?? is to do a semi-escorted cycling trip on the Swartberg Pass. You (along with the bikes) get driven to the top of the pass 50km from town, from where you make your own way back. The first 10km is a steep, twisting, turning, incredibly scenic unpaved mountain pass â?? but all downhill. From there the next 10km is a relatively steep downhill on tar, and the last 30km is mostly downhill or flat.
En route back to town, you can stop to visit the Cango Caves, the Wildlife Ranch, an ostrich farm, and even stop to ride a camel. A short detour (with some uphills) could take you to a lovely waterfall. Itâ??s a full day ride but â?? hereâ??s the best part â?? if you decide youâ??ve had enough cycling, you can phone to be picked up and only pay a small â??rescue feeâ??.

There are some great restaurants and a smattering of lovely guest houses. The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival), which is a whole load of fun, is held in April.

In Room Facilities:
Air-Conditioning
Fan
Tea and Coffee Facilities
Bar
Fridge
Wi Fi
DSTV

Attractions:
WE OFFER FISHING
4X4 RIVER AND BUSH TOURS WITH KUBOTA MACHINE
PICNIC BRAAI AREA
Wilgewandel children holiday farm
Rust en vrede waterfall
Game lodge
Cango Caves
Desert Express Day Tour
Swartberg Pass
Cango Ostrich Farm Tours
Meiringspoort
Crocodile & Cheetah Farm
Karusa Wines

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Extra Info
Conditions

Check in from 14:00 - 17:00(please let us know if later) Check out 10:00 am
No pets allowed.
No smoking inside the rooms.

Cancellation Policy Moderate
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots, Wedding
For more info Contact Host

Reviews

Judith
08 August 2016

The Old Mill Lodge was very relaxing, beautiful scenery, we felt as if we were in the middle of know where surrounded by mountains. Lovely. The family were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. We have a really nice relaxed time walking and seeing the animals. They also had a great little park for the children along with a swimming pool which we all loved.

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Nearby Attractions & Landmarks

Cango Caves