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Die Groenhuis Gastehuis includes 7 carefully restored Karoo townhouses from which the oldest dates back to 1890. These guesthouses accommodate up to 30 guests in en-suite bedrooms. Die Groenhuis is a perfect halfway house between Gauteng and the Cape. The quiet road (R717) from Colesberg via Philippolis to Trompsburg provides a shorter route than the N1.

Die Groenhuis is situated on the edge of town and evokes memories of being on a farm. Enjoy a late afternoon stroll and don’t be surprised if you come across peacocks and blue cranes.  Olden-day flowers add to the calm atmosphere and spirit of Die Groenhuis. Relax on the wooden bench nestled on the stoep and savour the stunning view of the Karoo with its “koppies”. Walk barefoot in our garden taking in the lusciously green grass and smell the sweet aroma of our pear and lemon trees who are always grateful for the area’s sporadic rainfall. The irrigation reservoir has been stripped of its koi carp by overzealous feeding by the local stalks. When the rains come in January, the Vaaljapie (tractor) from 1956 will be used to prepare the vegatable garden for the new growing season.

Area Info:

Philippolis was aanvanklik ‘n sendingstasie van die Londense Sendinggenootskap en is naas Graaff-Reinet, Cradock en Beaufort-Wes die oudste in die Groot Karoo. Philippolis is ook die oudste nedersetting in die Vrystaat en het die meeste nasionale gedenkwaardighede in die provinsie naas Bloemfontein en Bethlehem. 


* Transgariep Museum - exhibits of Emily Hobhouse’s weaving school and the Griqua period.
* Birdwatching:  More than 200 species. 
* Walkabout through Philippolis historic streets. 
* The old Kruithuis (ammunition depot), a national monument.
* The annual Horse Show held in November.
* The Dutch Reformed Church seats 1000 people.
* Outstanding fishing spots in the Oranje River. 
* Close to Gariep and Vanderkloof, the two largest dams in the country.
* We can accommodate up to 30 guests in our Karoo town houses - an ideal venue for family reunions, weekend breakaways, small weddings ...

Health and Climate:

* Temperatures for midsummer are on the average (December) minimum 14 degrees Celsius and maximum 30 degrees Celsius and for the midwinter (June) 1 degree Celsius and 16 degrees Celsius respectively.
* Die Groenhuis is situated in the heart of South Africa, in a malaria free and safe area.

Rooms and Units Available:

*  We cater for 30 guests in 12 en suite rooms equipped with fans, electric blankets and electric blankets.
*  Own entrance and stoep.  
* All of the units of the Philippolis Groenhuise have at least a kitchenette with a bar fridge, kettle, basic cutlery and a microwave.  
*  There is also a braai at each unit.  Wood and Blitz are for sale at the reception.  
*  Basic groceries can be bought in town at shops along the main street.

Standard Room
Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Parking (off-street - open)
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
Mountain Biking
Historic Sites
Arts and Craft

Cancellation Policy:

- cancellations of 30 days and more from the time of arrival: 100% refund
- cancellations between 29 to 15 days from the time of arrival: 50% of total cost be refunded
- cancellations 14 days or less, a no-show or early departure: 0% refund


Especially during the holiday season, the R717 is an ideal alternative route to the N1. This tarred road is both quiet and 7 km shorter than the N1. Turn off at Colesberg or Trompsburg and avoid heavy traffic for about 120km.

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Children Policy

Children welcome. 

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  • Guests Rating: (1)
  • Accommodation Type: Caravan park, Guest Farm, Guesthouse and Self-Catering
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM