Dennehof Guest House

Experience the grandeur of South Africa's unexplored spaces from Prince Albert's oldest homestead, a serene & comfortable base at the foot of the Swartberg Pass.
Well on its way to a double century, Dennehof Karoo Guest House is the oldest surviving building in Prince Albert . Built in 1835 on part of the fertile Kweekvallei farm for old Zacharias de Beer's granddaughter on the occasion of her marriage, this sturdy two-roomed farmhouse (as it was then) conformed to a style popular in this part of the country in those early pioneering days. In its original guise it had a thatch roof and whitewashed walls and the exposed timbers were painted green.
Dennehof consists of several buildings that once constituted the original farmstead. Each room is uniquely designed and decorated to provide you with luxury, whilst experiencing the grandeur of Karoo-living. Each of our rooms has their own character and is infused with great personality.
The Patio Room has a classical Victorian feel to it, with an old wrought iron double bed and en-suite bathroom where an old Victorian tub forms the central feature of the fully equipped bathroom.
The Cottage is one of our most loved rooms. It consists of a bedroom with two twin beds, a small elegant lounge with an enormous fireplace, a quaint little kitchen as well as a large bathroom. Both the room and the lounge walks out onto the main stoep, where one can sit gaze at the mighty Swartberg Mountain. This room offers all the comfort youll find in a home, from a color television, to a microwave and gas stove. The unit can also be utilized as a family room as it leads onto the Dairy
The Dairy, with its high reed ceilings and poplar wood beams, consists of two twin beds and has its own private en-suite bathroom equipped with a shower. The room walks out onto a private patio, that is lovely for sun-bathing during the winter months or simply relaxing in the cool shade provided by a pepper tree.
The Wagon Shed is definitely one of our most special and sought after honeymoon suites. The room has a double bed, en-suite bathroom, small kitchenette and lounge with color television. Despite the romantic dcor, the room has its own secluded outdoor spa bath, where one can sit and star gaze while relaxing in the tub, or view the koppie from ones own private patio.
The very historic outbuilding - The Forge was once a place of hard work, but now consists of a double bed, en-suite bathroom and color television. Loved by our regular guests, this room offers all the simplistic necessities, whilst emphasizing Karoo-relaxation.
The Windmill Rooms. The name describes the rooms, Two separate rooms built around the old farm windmill. The one room The Windmill Room is a spacious room with two twin beds, en-suite bathroom and a patio overlooking the mountain and flowering garden.
The Windmill Suite is our second honeymoon suite. This spacious room has a double bed, en-suite bathroom a small kitchenette. But what makes this room so romantically special, is the fact that it has a spa bath situated intimately inside the room.
Some of the facilities & services we offer to our guests include:
Babysitting services
Bicycle hire
Color TV (DSTV)
Dinner reservations
Housekeeping services
Laundry services
Manicure & pedicure service within the privacy of your own room
Mini-bar facilities available
Pool & extensive landscaped garden
Private braai/barbeque facilities
Readily available tour packages with your own personal SA accredited tour guide
Safe within rooms
Ria & Lindsay also cater for small groups booked well in advance

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  • "Beautiful Guest House and excellent service"

    01 January 2015

    "We arrived at Dennehof after a 400km drive from Knysna (de-touring incl. the 7 passes route and the Swartberg Pass which is absolutely stunning and can be done even without a 4W drive) and got a warm welcome. The place is just a few 100m outside the little town of Prince Albert and has a magnificent location. Green, lush surroundings, a natural swimming pool, beautiful gardens and a great breakfast. We stayed in a small (but definitely big enough for a couple) 'hut/house' which was nicely designed and decorated in detail (plus AC, a filled fridge, rusks and tea/coffee, lovely bed) everything you need you've got it here! This beautiful place has all you need & great service for a perfect stay. Wish we could stay longer than only one night. Next time!"

    Karin Lambrechtse, Netherlands
  • "Excellent"

    21 December 2014

    "Outstanding, The whole place is tasteful and neat. The breakfast was excellent."

    Estie van Zyl, South Africa
  • "Perfect Karoo B&B"

    03 September 2014

    "Four of us had a great stay at Dennehof Guest House. We spent a great evening in front of the fire in our accommodation with good red wine! The breakfast was top class and eaten on the deck outside on a perfect day. Will definitely return!"

    ian Robertson, South Africa
  • "Great stay"

    24 March 2014

    "Great place to stay - lovely rustic rooms and great breakfast"

    rosita Markwald, South Africa
  • "Very nice!"

    03 April 2011

    "It has a lovely setting and friendly and efficient owner."

    Ann Vanwezel, South Africa
  • "What a gem!"

    05 January 2010

    "I loved my stay. The room was spectacular, the hospitality was superb. I will definitely visit again."

    Gareth Morgan,South Africa
  • "What a gem!"

    05 January 2010

    "I loved my stay. The room was spectacular, the hospitality was superb. I will definitely visit again."

    Gareth Morgan, South Africa
  • "A good choice off the tourist routes"

    18 November 2009

    "The B&B is about 800m from the centre of PA so handy for the town and the rooms are cosy and decently equipped with fridge, TV etc. We stayed in the forge (a converted detached outbuilding) which was nice and quiet......until the rain started thrashing on the tin roof, but you can't help that in SA ! Breakfast was excellent, outside on the terrace. The recommended restaurant in the local art gallery is also excellent, especially for game (you need to take your own wine since there's no licence but they keep bottles in the B&B)"

    Lee Taylor,United Kingdom
  • "Highly Recommended!"

    12 April 2009

    "A pleasant and peaceful setting. Open fresh air and no cars up and down a street. All our requirements were catered for and was just the "right thing"."

    Willie van der Merwe,South Africa
  • "A Welcome Return "

    19 February 2009

    "This was our 3rd visit in 3years. The standard of the establishment remains first class. We had the Windmill suite yet again and enjoyed the spa bath and queen sized bed. Breakfast was a delight, served on the open deck. Would recommend Dennehof to anyone seeking peace and quiet in luxurious surroundings. Their recommendation for evening meal turned out to be one of the best meals we had in South Africa. "

    John Mason,United Kingdom
  • "Wonderful"

    13 January 2009

    "We loved our stay at Dennehof, just wished we had planned to stay longer to have more time to explore the area - we will be back. Our family was well accommodated in a series of interlinked rooms."

    Louise Grantham,South Africa

    03 January 2009

    "The place and decor are fantastic!Quiet a lovely,just as we wanted!"

    Melanie Revaz,South Africa
  • "Perfect"

    28 September 2008

    "Comfortable, tasteful and relaxed atmosphere in a tranquil setting. It doesn't get much better than this."

    Mark Gelman,South Africa
  • "Recommended"

    26 September 2008


    Richard Rausch,Germany
  • "Excellent! "

    08 August 2008

    "I have no reservations about agreeing to the star rating. Ria and Lindsay were outstanding hosts and i have rarely stayed in such a beautiful establishment."

    Michael Mullen,United Arab Emirates
  • "Very good"

    29 April 2008

    "Very pleasant in beautiful surroundings."

    Liana Steenkamp,South Africa
  • "Character and style"

    13 April 2008

    "An awesome experience. Dennehof oozes with character and style. We had a lovely stay and Ria was friendly and accommodating. A perfect destination after a beautiful crossing of the Swartberg pass. An Oasis!"

    Anonymous,South Africa
  • "An excellent stay. "

    06 April 2008

    "Our room facilities were 5 star, with a spa bath, and a huge queen sized bed with mosquito netting. Only wish our stay could have been longer. Hostess very friendly and helpful. Not sure about the 'tower' breakfast, a little over elaborate for our tastes, but certainly did not spoil our stay"

    john mason,United Kingdom
  • "Fantastic"

    06 March 2008

    "Our stay was fantastic. The decor was lovely and absolutely spotlessly clean.Such a charming place with friendly people and such good food.We will absolutely recommend it to all our friends and family."

    Roy Moore,Canada
  • "Recommended"

    07 January 2008

    "We had a wonderful relaxing stay at this very beautifully decorated guest house.The breakfast was set out beautifully on the deck overlooking the fields.We have recommended Dennehof to many of our friends."

    Bev Reid,South Africa
  • "Highly recommend"

    10 December 2007

    "We were very impressed by the friendliness and romantic surrounds of the guest house and enjoyed our stay.We would highly recommend the establishment to any traveller."

    Peter Walker,Australia
  • "A little gem in the Little Karoo"

    20 March 2007

    "Lovely accommodation, very clean and well presented. Nice and friendly hostess. Excellent breakfast. Would certainly use again."

    john mason,United Kingdom
  • "Mind blowing"

    20 March 2007

    "It was mind-blowing in every possible way : location, decor, hospitality, accommodation, food, views, name it.We will definitely recommend it, & try to return ourselves."

    Anonymous,United Kingdom
  • "Lovely"

    13 February 2007

    "We enjoyed our one night stay in the "Wagonshed" very much. The Dennehof does indeed provide a serene and comfortable base. The room was very stylish, the gardens are lovely and the whole place is decorated with character and individuality. "

    Philippa Kelsall,United Kingdom
  • "The Olive House"

    12 November 2006

    "We stayed in the Olive House, a short walk from the main house. It had wonderful views, was peaceful, plenty of room to spread out and lovely furnishings. A fabulous place to stay. The restaurant recommended by Ria provided some of the best food we tasted in the Western Cape."

    Kay Chambers,Australia
  • "We wished we could stay longer"

    15 July 2006

    "High value for money! Wonderful atmosphere, very warm welcomed by the host RiaExcellent breakfast on the patio, beautiful furniture rooms in the windmill house. Highly recommended!"

    Thorsten Reulen,Germany
  • "Great vacation"

    11 July 2006

    "Thanks for your hospitality, we had a wonderful time in your lovely town."

  • "Dec accomodation"

    09 January 2006

    "Will definately return"

    Carol Kuhn,South Africa
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