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About The Old School House

The Old School House is a spacious free-standing three-bedroomed house which stands alone on a hill overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains. It can accommodate eight guests over three bedrooms. Two of which are double and the third room has two bunk beds in it. There is one central bathroom with both a shower and a bath.

The Old School House has a large open-plan lounge, kitchen dining room area with a central wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen is fully-equipped for self-catering. It has a four plate electric stove top, an electric oven, a microwave and a full-standing fridge and freezer.

We only take one booking at a time, so you would occupy the whole house.

Outside there is a barbecue area, as well as a boma with all that you will need to braai with.

You can take leisurely walks on the farm roads, along the river’s edge and to explore the Karoo Koppies. If you feel inclined towards more exertion, there are a variety of challenging hikes which take you into the pristine wilderness of the area.You can swim or canoe in the Gamka River. The yellowfish in the Gamka River provide many passionate fishermen with their favourite fly-fishing. There are also black bass, mogga, and eel for those who prefer stationary fishing. The area is a bird watcher's paradise with over 118 different species spotted. The resident pair of fish eagles share a view of the river with you. The Grey heron, hamerkop, cormorant and various kingfishers also favour the elevated vantage point above the river. Smaller birds like weavers, bee-eaters and swallows are always active between the river and the vegetation. The region also boasts the highest concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk in the southern hemisphere. High over the Swartberg, the black eagle can be spotted gliding in search of prey. Also for those who appreciate the micro level, a wide variety of succulents abound in the area. Succulent enthusiasts come from far and wide to observe the tiny, the small, and also the larger succulents of the area. The veld, even when dry, is perpetually green, because of the abundance of Spekbos, and Guarrie. During autumn the Aloe Ferrox flowers dominate. Spring is ushered in by a diverse array of flowering veld bulbs. The Old School House is situated in the heart of a World Biodiversity Hotspot. This means that we are situated in one of the most biologically rich and most endangered areas on earth. There are 35 such areas in the world and three of them – Succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket – intersect in this area. For an area to be declared a Biodiversity Hotspot, it must contain at least 1500 species of endemic plants or animals and have lost at least 70% of it’s original habitat. This is what gives it it’s special conservation status and makes it especially interesting. Eco-tourism, and the interested involvement of as many concerned visitors as possible, is an essential part of Biodiversity Hotspot conservation.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

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Reviews for The Old School House

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Floris Moraal, Netherlands
23 February 2015

What an absolute gem, peaceful, magnificent surroundings. We absolutely loved staying at the old school house. It was so comfortable. We appreciated the amount of detail that went into the place and how helpful Bronwyn was. The old School House takes you away from the hectic citylife and has the best location. We loved the walks and the canoeing on the river. THe kids enjoyed themselves very much playing in the garden, climbing trees and playing with the dogs. Thanks so much for letting us stay we will be back.

Elsabe Retief, South Africa
08 April 2013

An unspoilt gem, magnificence surrounds you! - a place to really unwind and let your hair down. Relaxation and peace, at its best!!Thank you colin and bronwyn and of course, safarinow!

Chris Rolfe, South Africa
12 January 2013

Great place.Great energy.Great vibe.Great amenities.

Krishni Maistry, South Africa
16 March 2011

Peaceful, quiet, secure and relaxing. Perfect getaway from city life, and Bronwyn was very accomodating and friendly.

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The Old School House is 10.8km from the centre of Calitzdorp , the nearest airport 102.5km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling