We went to Die Voordeur at a perfect time, to get away from home for 2 nights, and were told that for two weeks before we came, the place had been packed, and noisy. When we got there, all the other guests had left and we had the place to ourselves. It was quiet and nice. The lush vegetation is lovely and we enjoyed it. The guest house has changed hands since the reviews we read about -- a young couple with a new baby is running it, has been for a few months. They are doing their best, I'm sure, but we didn't see the extra care spoken of in the reviews, with the former owner. The lady was very nice over the phone and in person! We had got the idea that there was actually a restaurant on the premises. No, if a guest from the guest house wants a meal, there is no menu to choose from, but a meal is made for them. The cost seems quite high for the meal. We did enjoy the cool of the pool 2 or 3 times, but the pool water was quite cloudy and we might have gone more often had it been a little cleaner. (We couldn't see our feet at waist deep, and we had to skim all the dirt off the surface.) The top light in our room was not working and the toilet broke while we were there, but as soon as they heard about it they sent workmen to look at it, and offered to move us to another room (we didn't want to move, as we liked the size of our room as compared to some others). The toilet was fixed while we were there, but the light switch would have to be done after our departure, which was fine. Our experience for the two nights we were there, was that the wifi worked very well in the morning, sporadically in the afternoon, and not at all in the evening. (we had some work-related projects that had to be done online, so we noticed.) In our opinion, the 4 star SA tourism rating is a bit over-rated. With just a little extra care, the place could have a 4 or 5 rating, I am sure. Ants were a bit of a problem in the yard, which should be taken care of. However, that being said, I think now that we know what it's like, we WOULD go again for a short get-away.
We booked at "Die Voordeur" sight unseen on line, so didn't know what to expect on arrival after a long drive from Cape Town en route to Johannesburg. As we entered the property and parked at the front of the house, the first impressions and beautiful gardens immediately made us feel a little easier. At the front door the friendly owner Tienus Coetzer welcomed us by name and made us feel at home. He took us through the tastefully decorated and remodelled 1930's farmhouse to our en suite room overlooking the pool and tranquil gardens. It was an extremely hot and humid day and the efficient air conditioner in our room along with the ice cold drinks served to us within minutes by Tienus gave welcome respite from the heat.
For dinner we were served a home made freshly baked bread roll, bobotie, yellow rice and a garden salad accompanied by an ice cold bottle of Nederburg Savignon Blanc, followed by a home made koeksuster and Illy coffee in the superbly appointed dining room. "Heaven".
We were leaving at 07h00 the next morning so declined breakfast, but at 06h30 our kind host delivered freshly brewed coffee to our room which we had with rusks which are available in all the rooms.
Although we made a 28km detour from our route home along the N12 to get to Jan Kempdorp as we saw nowhere on line in either Christiana or Warrenton that looked remotely inviting, it was certainly worth the drive and we will definitely stay at Die Voordeur again.
David and Cheryl Callan.
I did a motorcycle trip following the Vaal river from Parys to the Bloemhof dam on the 1st of January 2014. The goal was to try and get to the Kalahari. I arrived at Die Voordeur in 35 degrees Northern Cape heat. I was met by the owner, Tienus Coetzer, who spotted my severe state of dehydration and rectified it immediately with drinks served from frozen glasses.That was the beginning of an excellent service experience in this beautiful oasis in Jan Kempdorp. It has magnificent gardens,and a lovely pool. The rooms are all en-suite, tastefully decorated and have wonderful air conditioning. The heat wave prevented any further travels into the Kalahari, and on Tienus's advice I spent the next day at the guest house, relaxing, eating great food, sleeping and enjoying the very efficient aircon in my room. I headed back to Johannesburg the next day, well rested and fed, and no longer dehydrated! I will most certainly return when I am once again in the area.
From the moment you arrive you feel at home here. The peaceful, beautiful gardens; the friendly greeting of the owner and staff, the tastefully decorated reception rooms and suites, all make for this lovely place to be a true home away from home, whether used as a stopover on a long trip, a business trip or attending a function, or just to get away from it all. This is an undiscovered jewel in the 'platteland'.