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Overview
7 bedrooms
7 bathrooms
25 guests
30 nights minimum 
Guest house
ABOUT A LITTLE GUESTHOUSE ENJOY WELL-DESERVED REST Situated just off the N1, in Groenvlei/Bainsvlei, Bloemfontein, A Little Guesthouse is an accommodation establishment providing a happy marriage between Platteland & city. Whether traveling for work, pleasure, or both, professionals & families enjoy well-deserved rest when visiting us. Your hosts, the Van der Merwe family, share your love of travel, homeliness & hospitality. They have carefully selected & integrated certain fruits from their family tree, like the Groenewald business culture **. Returning to South Africa, from Germany, during the 1980s, they decided to raise their children in Bloemfontein, acquiring the land in 1985. A sports bursary attracted them to the City of Roses. A passion for business, combined with the Van der ...ABOUT A LITTLE GUESTHOUSE ENJOY WELL-DESERVED REST Situated just off the N1, in Groenvlei/Bainsvlei, Bloemfontein, A Little Guesthouse is an accommodation establishment providing a happy marriage between Platteland & city. Whether traveling for work, pleasure, or both, professionals & families enjoy well-deserved rest when visiting us. Your hosts, the Van der Merwe family, share your love of travel, homeliness & hospitality. They have carefully selected & integrated certain fruits from their family tree, like the Groenewald business culture **. Returning to South Africa, from Germany, during the 1980s, they decided to raise their children in Bloemfontein, acquiring the land in 1985. A sports bursary attracted them to the City of Roses. A passion for business, combined with the Van der Merwe offspring's nest-leaving, brought the idea: create a home away from home for professionals & families. BE BLESSED BY THE VELD & FIERY BAINSVLEI SUNSETS Restaurants, pubs, banks, 4 shopping complexes, various garden & lifestyle centres, a hospital, churches, wellness centres & fuel stations with convenience shops, are minutes away. Glide through Bloemfontein to reach the Bram Fischer Airport in less than half an hour, or Tempe airport in 11 minutes, flat. Same-day laundry services are provided in the area. A Little Guesthouse's proximity to Nelson Mandela drive provides effortless access to the University of the Free State, the Central University of Technology, schools, the CBD, malls, Naval Hill, hospitals, sports stadia, etcetera. Guests become family at this 3 Star, ranked guest house. ABOUT YOUR STAY at A LITTLE GUESTHOUSE WHERE GUESTS BECOME FAMILY Enjoy your own access to your self-catering unit, with patio. A Little Guesthouse is situated next to a kopje (hillock), which adds to its rustic atmosphere. Each unit has an en suite shower room, air-conditioning, gas heater, free WiFi, good quality linen, comfy red blankets, electric blankets, summer fans & towels. Kitchens are equipped with general kitchenware & electric appliances including a fridge, stove, microwave, electric frying pan, toaster & kettle. NOURISH YOUR CREATIVE SOUL For your convenience, we have added to the lounge area a dining table/desk and chairs, comfy lounge chairs, a flat-screen TV with 40 selected DSTV channels, including sports channels, KYKNET & movie channels. Self-catering amenities are standard features of all units. Each unit has secure undercover parking inside the premises & a private patio with braai facilities. Refer unit-specific descriptions, below, in this respect. Units 1 through 7 pay homage to the ancestral rivers flowing into the Van der Merwes' present-day hospitality & business acumen: Groenewald, Aucamp, Jackson (Seeff) & Van der Merwe. UNIT 1 – GROENEWALD Honouring the Groenewald lineage: the importance of family & entrepreneurial spirit. Sleeps 3 adults, double-bed & 3/4 sleeper couch. UNIT 2 - AUCAMP The Aucamp tradition contributed a family focus on the importance of education. They say opposites attract, and the Aucamp – Jackson attraction is no exception. National Party support coloured the Aucamp political and world-view. Sleeps 3 adults, 2 single beds & 3/4 sleeper couch. UNIT 3 - JACKSON The Jacksons, having changed their name from Seeff, remained more liberal in their political outlook and staunch South African Party (SAP) supporters. Ask the owners about a twist in the Jackson tale: Round table discussions, emphasising business & family – a Jewish tradition. A Jewish family came to South Africa during the 1910s. They changed their name to Jackson, to avoid labeling and persecution as Jews, in South Africa. Sleeps 3 adults, 2 single beds & 3/4 sleeper couch. UNIT 4 – SELMA'S REST Named after an independent, self-driven individualist in the family. A competitive, unpredictable spirit, combined with surprising fun-filled moments and love for horses. Sleeps 2 adults, king-sized bed, convertible to 2 singles. UNIT 5 – VAN DER MERWE Sport and competition have been passions in the Van der Merwe genealogy for at least four generations, and possibly more. Sleeps 4 adults, double & 2 single beds. An additional bed, added upon request (the unit then sleeps 5). A BRIEF HISTORY OF BAINSVLEI Andrew Hudson Bain was a prominent member of Bloemfontein's small population, in the mid to late 1800s. An Englishman from the West Indian Islands, Bain came to South Africa's dry climate for health reasons. He became a big game hunter in central South Africa, acquiring sixteen properties in the newly founded Bloemfontein. He owned eight farms in the greater Bloemfontein, of which he called one Bainʼs Vley, his homestead from 1849 to 1870. Bainsvlei, today.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
No parties are allowed. Quiet times from 09:00 PM to 07:00 AM. Smoking allowed in the garden.
Bedrooms
2 Queens3 Doubles7 Singles
Bathrooms
7 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Annalie V
Hosting since September 2016
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsKeys: the day before arrival you will receive a sms with the code to open our gate as well as a code for the key box next to the front door of the unit. So you may arrive any time after 2:00 PM. Although we don't have a 24 hour reception desk, one of our managers will be present most of the day and you will receive beforehand the contact details of the manager on duty. In the unit you will find our manual with a map showing how to easily find all the shops and restaurants in the vicinity. Although we also stay on the premises, we do respect your privacy.

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Reviews (2)
Pat W
Pat W
Johannesburg, South Africa87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A gem in Bloemfontein
We stopped over here on our way home from the Eastern Cape. It was a last minute booking (Made 1 hour before we arrived!) The room was ready when we got there. It had 2x single beds, and an en suite bathroom, small, but functional and clean. All the usual toiletries were provided. There was a small kitchen and lounge with a TV and limited DSTV package. We were very impressed overall. The security is good and it is close to the N1 highway, so very convenient for travelers passing through. We will definitely stop over here next time we are in Bloemfontein
Visited September 2018
Written September 9, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Annalie_VdM
Annalie_VdM
Thank you for the kind, detailed review. Hope to see you soon again.
Written September 10, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pierre J
Pierre J
Philippolis, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pierre
Great experience every time. Cozy, homely yet private.!! Very efficient and professional with sincere friendliness at booking.!!
Visited September 2017
Written September 25, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Annalie_VdM
Annalie_VdM
Thank you. Much appreciated.
Written October 1, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Entertainment
  • Television
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
Outdoor amenities
  • Patio
  • Private yard
Indoor amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Additional amenities
  • Gym
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)

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About the neighbourhood
Restaurants, pubs, banks, 4 shopping complexes, various garden & lifestyle centres, a hospital, churches, wellness centres & fuel stations with convenience shops, are minutes away. Glide through Bloemfontein to reach the Bram Fischer Airport in less than half an hour, or Tempe airport in 11 minutes, flat. Same-day laundry services are provided in the area. A Little Guesthouse's proximity to Nelson Mandela drive provides effortless access to the University of the Free State, the Central University of Technology, schools, the CBD, malls, Naval Hill, hospitals, sports stadia, etcetera.
Access
Car required
How to get there
Directions are available on our website as well as on our interactive email signature. Together with the codes you will receive a direction message. We can arrange a shuttel to pick you up at the airport (at extra cost) as we don't have a convenient public transport system in Bloemfontein. The most convenient way of transport is to personally rent a vehicle. Our guest house is approximately 25 minutes from Bloemfontein Airport and 10 minutes from Tempe airport. All our units have a next to the unit undercover parking spot inside our premises. Our premises is protected by a fence, a gate to open with the remote control, cameras and a community watch group.
Activities nearby
Golf course (within 30 mins drive)

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 2 p.m. Check out by 10 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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