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Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

This is a special place located on the banks of the Vaal River. We came back so relaxed, we sat on our patio every morning drinking coffee, listening to the sounds of birds along the picturesque river. It was cold, but the thatched roof rooms are well equipped with heaters and electric blankets. The food was delicious, definitely recommend the...

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Carryblaire, Owner at Carryblaire River Retreat, responded to this review

Loved having you guys here and so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Carryblaire. We look forward to seeing you again one day. Take Care Dave and Tess

Pretoria
Reviewed 17 December 2015

After travelling some distance on good enough dirt roads one comes to the beautiful river retreat. Dave created a very good impression when he welcomed us when our vehicle had barely come to a stop! The welcome didn't end there because we were then given a warm warm welcome by a number of friendly dogs. I asked Odie to show...

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Carryblaire, Owner at Carryblaire River Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much Brendan. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Nestled alongside the water's edge, Carryblaire River Retreat is a true soul-soother. It's an ideal retreat for weary parents- or couples just looking to re-connect with each other. It ticked all our boxes: from the comfortable bed, through to enchanting views and sumptous meals. We enjoyed a fabulous three-course dinner and scrumptious breakfast- both of which were excellent value for...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

We stayed in Water Edge. A nice little cottage close to the river, or so we thought. The service was no existing to say the least. We had to phone the owner just to order a cold drink. Zero staff available on the premises. After ariving back from dinner in Parys we found 2 bats in our room. After phoning...

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Carryblaire, Owner at Carryblaire River Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Izolde, Once again, as per the email that we sent you first thing on Sunday morning, we apologise for your experience at Carryblaire. We did refund you in full, first thing on Sunday morning, as we really do take unhappy guests very seriously. As we are situated in the country, on the river, and under thatch, bats are part...

Reviewed 28 September 2015

It is the ideal break-away from daily buzz - the room was lovely, clean and neat. Lovely tranquil atmosphere. Would recommend to everyone. The manager was very helpful and accommodated us on short reservation. Beautiful garden, wished we stayed longer.

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Carryblaire, Owner at Carryblaire River Retreat, responded to this review

Many Thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again in the near future. Regards Dave

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 March 2015

Tranquil surroundings. We enjoyed watching the river and bird life. There are numerous varieties. At night it is only the river flowing that you can hear and on a clear evening the stars light up the sky. Room tip. Don't stay in Serenity, as the light for the pathway shines straight into the room. There is no partition to dim...

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Carryblaire, Owner at Carryblaire River Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Carika, Thank you for your review. We are so sorry that the light was a nuisance. We would gladly have switched it off , had we known that it was bothering you. One of the reasons that we have excluded meals from our rates, is so that it gives guests the option of exploring other options in the area....

Centurion, South Africa
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Dave & Tess is the most welcoming and warm people you'll ever meet, they helped take me in when my accommodation the night before my wedding fell through and helped make our wedding day a magical one! The rooms was amazing and big enough for my whole wedding party to get ready in. The property is as explained right on...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

Everything about the service provided was highly efficient from booking to departure. The photo attached tells you everything you need to know about the setting - idyllic. River wildlife abounds - fish jumping, bird life everywhere, no noises apart from nature. No kids, no TVs, no internet, no distractions... Room wise, not luxurious in a 21st century kind of way...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 August 2014

If it's peace and quiet you're looking for then this is the place for you. Thatch chalets overlook what must be one of the most beautiful parts of the Vaal river. We went for a long walk and spotted wildebees and buck on the neighbouring farms, and tgetes a rich bird life to be enjoyed from the comfort of your...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We've stayed here twice now for weekends away from Joburg - once in summer and once in winter - and both times have come back feeling refreshed, relaxed and all-round happy. This is a perfect place for couples, there's an unspoken no noisy kids rule and so much space just to sit back and enjoy the tranquility. Just up the...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Only an hour's drive from JHB and nestled on the banks of the Vaal River near Parys, Carryblaire River Retreat embodies peace, tranquility and a sense of oneness with nature. With its own natural island and being a registered bird sanctuary, the views offered at Carryblaire are breathtaking and some of the most beautiful in Africa. Drink in the beauty and serenity around you, and let us and nature do the rest... ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carryblaire River Retreat

Address: Road S1052 | Vaal Eden, Vaal River, Parys 9585, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Parys
Price Range: $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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“I think that all of the rooms probably have a good view and discrete dividers between the units ensure privacy.”
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 of 5 bubbles BrendanH565, 16 Dec 2015 | Read review
“It would look like all the rooms are ideally situated.”
 of 5 bubbles TheRoyalTraveller, 14 May 2014 | Read review
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