Report on wheelchair accessibility of Karoo View Cottages, Prince Albert by Thomas Micklem :
I am a T4 paraplegic, thus paralysed from just below my armpits down. I am only able to move my arms, shoulders and neck.
I stayed at Karroo View cottages for 4 nights in October 2013 for the first and most definitely not the last time.
The cottage was without a doubt the most wheelchair friendly accommodation I have ever stayed in. it started from the parking which is level concrete with a smooth level path to the cottage door, which also has a completely level entrance.
19TH JULY 2011:
Life is a journey..and we thoroughly enjoyed this pause with you on our way. Thank you for sharing your ‘heaven’ with us and we will definitely be back to read Chapter 2 of your story.
- DANIE & HELEN NIEUWOUDT
14TH JULY 2011:
Thank you for your hospitality and tastefully decorated cottage. We enjoyed every minute of our short and 2nd stay – the stillness, tranquillity and fresh air – fabulous. Next time we will have a longer st ay in Prince Albert. All the best and many thanks.
- CHRIS & HANLIE DE WET – PRETORIA (2nd visit)
12TH - 15TH JULY 2011:
Our star rating = 25 *************************
Thank you for your hospitality and tastefully decorated cottage. We enjoyed every minute of our short and 2nd stay – the stillness, tranquillity and fresh air – fabulous. Next time we will have a longer stay in Prince Albert. All the best and many thanks.
- WAYNE & TRACY-ANN MORRIS – CAPE TOWN
10th - 12TH JULY 2011:
2 Nights are simply not enough! ! Fabulous accommodation in a fabulous little village. Your cottages are luxurious and extremely comfortable – so enjoyed our stay.
- DON & HEIDIE ROBERTSON – BRYANSTON
04TH JULY – 5TH JULY 2011:
We enjoyed the stay in your beautiful cottages. It is such a high standard and your attention to every detail is amazing. We will definitely recommend your place to our friends. The experience is more about accommodation – learning about “conservation” and environment. We appreciated the welcome of our kids.
- DOLFFIE, ELDI & 4 BOYS – MALMESBURY
25th – 26th JUNE 2011:
Sitting on the stoep, looking towards Prince Albert with the early morning light on the hills behind the village, I could not imagine a more perfect setting for your perfect cottage. Your adventure has found a perfect ending. Thank you for the many caring touches and the beautiful garden. Your creativity and passion are evident everywhere. We will return and recommend Karoo View to our friends. Good luck and thank you.
- ALISON & RICHARD FARADAY, COLE & ELLAN – NOORDHOEK
21ST – 23rd JUNE 2011:
Souls dry-cleaned and batteries re-charged. We have had a wonderful time in your lovely, comfortable and very well appointed guest cottages. Thank you for your kind and generous hospitality! The touch we loved was being able to harvest ingredients for our salad from your tunnel. We wish you both every happiness here in PA and trust that all your dreams will be realised.
- BRUCE & SANDY WATTERS
16TH – 17TH JUNE 2011:
Wat ’n wondelike, rustig en pragtige plek. Ons het so lekker in die mooi cottageGbebly en sal verseker terug kom. Richard, julle eenhede is voorwaar goed beplan en heerlike om in te bly – jul het aan alles gedink. Baie Dankie.
- HENNIE & ESTELLE HERBST – WORCESTER
15th – 18th JUNE 2011:
Dear Richard and Julie, Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day in your cottage a special day. We will always remember your place with love and fondness. We will certainly be back, as we couldn’t have chosen a better spot.
- IAN & NICOLE SUMMERS – P.E. (Got married here in Kanon Suite – Richard & Ricardo were Best Man, Photographer & Witnesses)
03rd – 4th JUNE 2011:
Dear Julie and Richard, Prince Albert is enriched by your efforts to establish Karoo View Cottages as a choice destination for luxurious self-catering accommodation. We have discovered a jewel in the heart of the Karoo by meeting you and experiencing the charm of the village, the warmth of her hosts, the comfort of the cottages and a longing to return. Thank you for your meticulous attention to detail and the care with which you treat your guests.
- MIKE & OCKIE – CAPE TOWN
16th -17TH MAY 2011:
Your superbly professional approach to detail and comfort, together with your warm welcome makes this a truly memorable stay. The meticulous attention to detail in every facet of the cottage ensures that all who stay here cannot fail to be impressed and to recommend your wonderful cottages to all their family and friends. WORLD CLASS! !
- CLAUDIA & NEIL KISCH – CAPE TOWN
11TH – 12TH MAY 2011:
Thank you for your welcome and for providing such a magical place to stay. I wish I were here for longer – Next Time! ! ! A lovely braai, a lovely cottage and a marvellous Karoo garden. I felt very happy to be in such an eco-friendly and comfortable spot.
- EMILY FAIRBAIN
10TH – 11TH MAY 2011:
Thank you Richard and Julie for a very special 2 days. We are very grateful to you for your hospitality and your patience and kindness towards the children. Your place is amazing! The scenery and Prince Albert, beautiful. Love
- JEANIE & TERENCE WATERSTON – JO’BURG
27th – 28th APRIL 2011:
Thank you so much for a relaxing, peaceful stay – it was like a breath of fresh air. We so enjoyed all the ‘little touches’ in the cottage and especially enjoyed the sherry in the evenings. What a beautiful place this is, we will hopefully be back soon! God Bless you.
- IOLINE REDFERN ,DIANE, LIESBET & NICK ASHTON(Nick’s 2nd visit) C.T. & HOLLAND
22ND - 25th APRIL 2011:
What a wonderful find this has been! The scenery in this area has been spectacular! Jared says his stay has been ‘awesome’. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and the great attention to the smallest of details – it’s been a real treat. Jessie wants to come back and we definitely will as well as sending our friends your way. Regards
- BRANDON, CAROLYN, JARED & JESSICA - HILLCREST KZN
22ND APRIL – 24TH APRIL 2011:
Dear Richard and Julie, thank you very much for everything you guys did for us for our wonderful breakfast basket for us, we enjoyed every minute here. The view is absolutely stunning, especially since Prince Albert is our most favourite place to be. Thank you again. Lots of love and God Bless.
- WAYNE & EMMERENTIA DU TOIT – NEWLY WEDS
18TH – 20th APRIL:
What a perfect end to our Honeymoon road trip! Thank you Richard and Julie for providing such excellent accommodation in this beautiful part of our country. We will most certainly be seeing you again when we return with our 4 x 4 to explore ‘Die Hel”.
- PATRICK & KENDALL – CAPE TOWN
14th - 15TH APRIL 2011:
Richard and Julie, baie dankie vir ‘n heerlike oornag. Alles is baie gerieflik vir my rolstoel en dis wonderlik om die Karoo to beleef.
- DUDLEY & HELEN GRASNER – PRETORIA
11TH - 15TH APRIL 2011:
My stay was wonderful! Thank you for being such considerate people, that is also so evident in your cosy and lovely cottages. Needless to say I shall be back. The best to both of you, Ricardo and Greg. Thank you.
- CARMEN – CAPE TOWN (Returned for extended stay)
05TH APRIL 2011:
Thank you so much for doing this and for having us. This should be how all self-catering accommodation is done. Our only complaint is that we couldn’t stay longer. This is perfection. We wish you enormous success and happiness. All the best.
- DANIE & HANNELIE BERRANGE – ROODEPOORT
01st - 03rd APRIL 2011:
Dear Richard and Julie, you have chosen a delightfully charming dorpie in which you let your creativity flow. The cottages are beautifully done, and furnished in such a way that comfort is never sacrificed for fashion. Your friendliness and warmth added to our feeling of well-being, and we fully believed your promise to do absolutely everything in your power to make our stay memorable. See you again soon.
- SANTE PRETORIUS
27TH MARCH 2011:
Dear Julie, Richard, Jock, Cleo & Mistophles, The accommodation is marvelous. Well appointed – feels like one is at home, just with better views. We had a great stay, great braai and lovely experience. Thanks for the bubbly and the garden salad too. Will certainly come again and recommend you all round. Regards
- RONAN & MARTIE BESTER – KUILS RIVER
23rd – 24th MARCH 2011:
Julie and Richard, You have here a winning combination of modern luxury and a touch of old school charm. The view is indeed wonderful and we loved it, to see the sun set. We will definitely come back for our 1st celebration as Mr & Mrs. We had a great honeymoon in Prince Albert and will tell all about it. Regards.
- Marinus & Katrien Kruger - on Honeymoon
22ND – 23RD MARCH 2011:
What a lucky find this was for us!! The suites are beautiful, so well appointed, you seem to have thought of everything. We hope to return and will definitely be recommending you to friends.
- BETTY & BOB O’CALLAGHAN – U.K.
22ND MARCH 2011:
The best accommodation yet on our trip. Well done Julie and Richard for anticipating your guest’s needs and meeting them so eloquently. A delightful stay in a delightful place. We will certainly recommend you to our friends.
- GRAHAM AND KATE GRIEVE
16th – 17th MARCH 2011:
Dear Julie and Richard, thank you for the opportunity to share in your ‘dream’ – we came to Prince Albert to wind down and relax . . . exactly what we did! The peace and tranquillity in this breath taking environment was a true blessing. We are looking forward to visiting you in the hopefully near future.
- EBEN & ELNA GENDENHUYS – CAPE TOWN (referred friends Okkie & Mike)
14TH – 16TH MARCH 2011:
A re-union of 6 friends after an interval of 15 years has been a huge success thanks in no small part to Karoo View, a top class, amazingly well appointed and well run venue. We hope to be back !!!
- PETER & DEBBIE MURRAY
11TH MARCH 2011:
We are full of admiration for what you have done here. We hope we will be back for a longer stay – one night is nowhere near enough. We defy anyone to find anything you have missed to ensure a perfect stay. Many thanks.
- BARBARA & GRENVILLE – HAMPSHIRE – WORCESTERSHIRE – UK.
26TH – 27TH FEBRUARY 2011:
Thank you for another lovely stay at “heaven close to Die Hel”. Hope to come again soon. Take care
- SHANNON & HILTJE KRIEL – JHB ( returned 2nd visit)
25th FEBRUARY 2011:
What more can one ask for? A great memory to take back home. You are excellent ambassadors for the Karoo. Thank you so much for a hearty welcome and most pleasant stay.
- GEORGE & MIRINDA JOCOBS
25th FEBRUARY 2011:
Julie and Richard, “Ons almal weerspieel die heerlikheid van die here, want die sluier is van ons gesig af weggeneem. Ons word al meer verander onm aan die beeld van Christus gelyk te word. Die harlikeheid wat van ons uitstraal neem steed toe. Dit doen die Here wat die Gees is. Dis is wat julle plekkie in die Karoo ook vir ons doen. Dankie.
- FRIK & GERDA VON WILLIGH
18TH FEBRUARY 2011:
What a wonderful surprize! Incredible accommodation and really warm hospitality – and a Glider pilot too, that really was the ‘cherry on the top’. We will be back.
- ALISON & JOHNNY NAVARRO – STELLENBOSCH
17TH FEBRUARY 2011:
Guys, I am speechless. We had a great time and will definitely return for a longer stay. It is going to be difficult to have this type of standard through the rest of our trip. Finally, I know just what to say, let me sum it up in 2 words: ‘WORLD CLASS’. Thanks again.
- THEUNS ROSSOUW & IGME JACOBS
07TH FEBRUARY 2011:
Dear Richard and Julie, thank you so much for assisting us at 11pm at night. I believe that all things happen for a reason, we simply had to discover your gem! ! ! What an amazing place to stay . . . . My God bless you. Love
- WILLIE, YVONNE, WIYAN & LUAN VAN DYK
31ST JANUARY - 03rd FEBRUARY 2011:
Dear Julie and Richard, Karoo View Cottages is such a delightful and charming place to stay with every imaginable facility. Very tasteful and so comfortable! We enjoyed Prince Albert very much and hope to return although we won’t do Die Hel again. Best wishes for your future success.
- TESS & BARRY REIDI
25TH - 28TH JANUARY 2011:
Dear Richard and Julie, thank you for a most enjoyable stay, calm, peaceful and serene. We loved our cottage with all the marvellous amenities. Your veggie tunnel is excellent – well done. Very impressed by the kindness and friendship, encountered by all the inhabitants we have met here. We wish you every success for the future. Best wishes
- KATH & PERRY BENNET – UK
24TH JANUARY 2011:
Dear Julie and Richard, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay – perfect in every way! The veggie tunnel was a pure delight and our salad scrumptious – what a brilliant idea! Will certainly recommend Karoo View Cottages to all!! Kind regards.
- TOM & RENE KRUGER
18TH – 25TH JANUARY 2011:
Dear Richard and Julie, we had the most wonderful stay at Karoo View Cottages. The décor and all the ‘special touches’ are lovely and made us feel special in this “oasis in the Karoo”. The surrounding area is so interesting and we explored it all! We shall go home with many memories of this very special and rare gem of an area. Wishing you all the very best with your venture here and hope to see you again soon.
- STANLEY & AUDREY – DURBAN
06TH JANUARY 2011:
Julie and Richard, brilliant, attention to detail second to none. Will be back for a longer stay next time. You deserve all the success that will come your way, Karoo View is 6 star. Thank you.
- MARK & PHILLIPA HELE – GUY & JIGI
03rd JANUARY 2011:
Dear Julie and Richard, what a thoughtfully built and furnished cottage this is. What great stop over after the scary, magnificent Swartberg. I wish my kitchen was as well stocked with all the appliances and equipment at home. The 06h15am breakfast on the stoep – what a restful joy. Great Jam and Marmalade. Thanks to both of you.
- ROZ & BEN ROSENTHAL
30TH DECEMBER – 02ND JANUARY 2011:
We had such a wonderful time. Mountain biking is amazing in this area, especially to Die Hel and Back, if anyone is up to the challenge. Attention to detail at Karoo View is such a pleasure and a spoil. Thanks to the lovely hosts, Julie and Richard.
- GENE & KEITH SCOTT
27TH – 29TH DECEMBER 2010:
This being our first visit to Prince Albert, will be remembered with very fond thoughts. After staying in many B & B’s in SA and abroad, we’ve been astounded by the comfort, attention to detail and the superb views offered by Karoo View Cottages. We enjoyed our dips in the ‘wee pool’ and braais in the boma, despite the wind. We especially enjoyed a delicious hand –picked salad from the tunnel. The breakfasts exactly as required! We will definitely recommend your place to all our friends.
- TIM, MARGIE, MEGAN & KATIE WADE – CAPE TOWN
19TH – 20TH DECEMBER 2010:
Dear Richard and Julie, what an exceptional start to our honeymoon this place was! We will forever remember it and will dream of coming back one day. We will definitely recommend to our family and friends. May the Lord bless you richly. Many thanks.
- LOUWRENS & RITA – NEWLY WEDS – PRETORIA & RUSSIA
18TH DECEMBER 2010:
Julie and Richard, Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. The cottages and their position are quite a beautiful and your attention to detail exceptional. Congratulations on creating a little piece of heaven and I wish you all the best in living your dream. Thank you and we will definitely see you again.
- CLARE & TODD ANDERSON
17TH DECEMBER 2010:
The impression on entering your beautiful suite is the love with which it was created. Love is not always enough and the immense amount of hard work and attention to detail is everywhere apparent. This treasure is surely the closest that one can get to heaven whilst on earth. We loved the peace and quiet and awesome views of the mountain and town. One night is not enough, we will be back again – soon! Love and congratulations and best wishes for continued excellence.
- GEOFF & MARLENE GIBBS
16TH DECEMBER 2010:
We really enjoyed our short stay with you and it should have been longer! We were so comfortable and happy in your lovely well-appointed cottage. The fresh air, lovely views and beautiful sunrise were breath taking. Thank you and have a great Christmas and all best wishes for 2011. See you again
- BARBARA & PETER FORMBY
15th – 16th DECEMBER 2010:
An oasis in the desert! We count ourselves as fortunate to have been here during the rare rainfall. The air smelt sweet and the plants were a brighter green when the sun shone. Thank you for your hospitality and the gem you have created here.
- KATINA & VERNE HARTMAN – GAUTENG
31ST OCTOBER – 01ST NOVEMBER 2010:
From the first internet contact it was efficiency and friendliness all the way. The cottage is amazing – what attention to detail! We wish you all the best in your venture and would love to be staying longer. Best wishes.
- MIKE & SANDRA CLEARY– PORT ELIZABETH
28TH OCTOBER 2010:
Thanks for a wonderful stay. Only regret is that we could not stay for another night and enjoy sitting on the stoep with the wonderful view. Everything you could ever wish for and more. An example for anybody else in the hospitality industry.
- RICHARD & HANNEKE JAMISON – CAPE TOWN