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Swimming Pool
24hr Camera Surveillance
Dry cleaning service
Microwave
Cleaning service
Safety Deposit Box
DSTV
Mini Bar
Braai Area
Aircon
Electric Blankets
Oven
Parking on Premises
Airport Transfers
Fan
Patio
Pet Friendly
Balcony
Fridge
Restaurant
WiFi
Bar
Garden
Room service
Conference Facility
Bath towels
Hairdryer
Selected DSTV Channels
Fireplace
Cable TV
Heater
Serviced Daily
Dining Area
Ceiling fans
Internet access
Stove
Openview
Child friendly
Laundry facilities
Tea and coffee facilities
Full Kitchen
Deck
Linen
TV
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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Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Bungalow, Chalet, Guest Farm, Self Catering
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Cancellation Policy Moderate
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots, Wedding
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Reviews

Tessa De Wet
27 November 2019
Sadly we only stayed one night in the luxury tents, on a stop over between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape. Very comfortable indeed despite the load shedding which was beyond their control. The only minor flaw was the leaky hand shower attachment but otherwise excellent accommodation.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Lee-Anne Louw
25 September 2019
Old Mill Lodge is truly a gem tucked away. My family and I had a very short stay at Old Mill and wished we could stay longer. The rooms were lovely and clean and it had everything we needed for our short stay. The kids loved the bunny enclosure as well as the bass fishing and other activities at Old Mill. Very peaceful and serene.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Ruby Bernadette Jacobs
27 August 2019
What a lovely place. Room was beautiful and comfortable.
Lots of activities for families with children. Beautiful swimming pool.
It's close to the Cango caves and Cango wildlife ranch.
Supper was delicious. Service was good
Superb. 5 out of 5
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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Oudtshoorn Reviews

Sylvia and Marcus Althoff
25 November 2018
The very friendly people, the famous "Nostalgie"
Superb. 5 out of 5
Anonymous
25 September 2018
The scenic beauty and Red Stone Hills and of course BoPlaas.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Bruce Guthrie
22 August 2018
Can go Wildlife Ranch.
Fabulous. 4 out of 5

Nearby Attractions & Landmarks

Cango Caves