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This is a luxurious, award winning restaurant, four-star Bloemfontein guest house, situated 35km south of Bloemfontein on the N1, Free State, South Africa. This Bloemfontein Guest house, Free State accommodation, is situated on a Merino sheep farm, allowing you to experience the best of the Free State’ Country lifestyle.

Owners Gerhard and Marie Lombard established De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa through hard work, dedication and love for all things native to the Free State, having built a legacy they want to share with you.

De Oude Kraal fine restaurant offers you our flagship five-course gourmet dinner, buffet breakfast, a light lunch or a three-course gourmet lunch. You may also enjoy tea and cake in the afternoon and an award winning wine list with a wide range of excellent wines. Booking is essential. De Oude Kraal is listed in the Top 100 American Express Fine Dining establishments for the eighth consecutive year.


“De Oude Kraal’s food originates from the traditional farm cooking done by generations of families, in other words ‘slow cooking method’ as generally known, but served with a French flair.

Food is a passion within me and I become inspired when working with good products. It nourishes my soul being in the Free State where I have access to wonderful ingredients that arrive in our kitchen from different sources; from our Helen-Joan’s vegetable garden; bought at the fresh produce market by Helen-Joan or plainly from the local butcher.


All the produce gets inspected, smelled, touched, appreciated and respected before we start to transform them. Only then can they be approached with humility.

Food originates from the product. Products come from the soil on which we live. I live at De Oude Kraal, south of Bloemfontein in the heart of the grass plains. My heart, my feet, my food, my family has its roots here, grows, flourishes and is sustained here. I am proud of the local produce.”




In order to reach us from the North side of the N1, from Bloemfontein, you can follow these directions after passing the Haldon Road overpass. At 35km, South of Bloemfontein on the N1 to Cape Town, you will see a sign that says De Oude Kraal. Take the Nr 153 exit of the N1 (this is also the turn-off for Riversford & Koppieskraal).

Turn right across the N1 at another Oude Kraal sign. After crossing the N1, the road becomes a gravel road almost immediately. Continue for 2km, pass a farm on your left and the railway track overpass. Turn left at the T-junctions (towards Tierpoort), and continue for only 700m. Turn right into De Oude Kraal road, and continue for 3.5km.


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N1 South
35kms South of Bloemfontein
Offramp 153, Tierpoort


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Food Served
Fine DiningGameSouth African
Average Price$$
Payment accepted
Trading Hours
Monday - Sunday:

Breakfast: 07:15 - 09:30
Lunch: 12:30 - 14:00
Dinner: 19:30 - 22:00
Smoking Section
Secure Parking
Outside Seating
Load Shedding
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