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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Under the most trying circumstances while on a business trip to Parys, the friendly hosts, and idyllic gardens where a welcome respite from the noise. The rooms were very comfortable and the breakfast was very good. It was a serene refuge from the hustle and bustle of the first ever Free State Madeira Flower Festival.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This very nice place in parys has a very nice collection of things of a French Region. We were very surprised to see how much effect has gone into this place. Furniture ,plan of the garden, and the people were very very nice. Staff very helpful.

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Thank 789Bronwyn
Guangzhou, China
Reviewed 30 June 2016

What a beautiful little place. We loved staying here and would have enjoyed being there a few more days. The gardens are fantastic and had little hidden areas one could escape to with a good book. It was very well situated in the town as well and they gave fabulous recommendations of places to see and things to do.

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Stilfontein, South Africa
Reviewed 14 April 2016

We were booked at Secret Place for a birthday celebration of a friend and we could not have chosen a better location!. Our hosts treated us like royalty and made sure that we felt at home. The rooms are decorated exquisetely, from the theme to the linnen quality, up to the smallest details. Daline welcomed us with a tray of...

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Trondheim, Norway
Reviewed 30 January 2016

We had a rather strange stay at Secret Place, since we were the only guests and it seemed like the guesthouse was in the process of changing owners. So unfortunately there was not much service to speak off, which we luckily did not mind that much, since we were just looking for some peace and quiet. The beautiful and peaceful...

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Thank HenriCloete
Suzette G, Manager at Secret Place, responded to this review

We apologise if you felt neglected. The guest house has not been sold as yet and thus not in the process of changing owners. When people come to relax at our guest house, we leave them to enjoy the tranquility and peace. Should you require any assistance and/or service, it will be gladly adheared to upon receiving your request. The...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 11 December 2015

From the photos I thought I was taking the kids: 12, 10 and 7 to an enchanted magical little hideaway. While the place has that promise of enchantment,, it simply fails to fulfill thanks to the arrogance and mismanagement of its owner. When we booked as a large group of three families with varying kid ages, they welcomed us and...

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Suzette G, Manager at Secret Place, responded to this review

Apologies from all concerned at the guest house. One of those weekends one cannot find words to describe.

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the Coach House part of the secret place. We were pleasantly surprised by the decor and hidden away atmosphere of this establishment. Beautiful layed out rooms with rustic feel of quality. I would have liked to see more of the quality in the bathrooms as there was no tiles the walls had water stains and the towels...

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Suzette G, Manager at Secret Place, responded to this review

My personal apology for the towels and the shower wall. We are in the process of training new housekeeping staff and the problem has since been resolved. Regarding the tiling - that is part of the ambiance of the interior decorating. The rusty marks on the walls are caused by extremely old piping as the building is over 100 years...

Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Outstanding hospitality, great breakfasts, clean and spacious room and beautiful gardens! Thank you for hosting us. I would recommend this place to any one who is looking for a relaxed stop over at this hidden gem.

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Suzette G, Manager at Secret Place, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review

Southbroom, South Africa
Reviewed 1 February 2015

Eddie and Daline and reception team, thank you for an awessome stay. Tastefully decorated rooms with every detail you can think of and to please every need. GOOD GOOD GOOD FOOD! Friendly staff and hospitality that you don't find around every corner these days. Crisp clean-secure comfortable comfortable accommodation in Parys. Treat youself-spoil yourself....book at Secret Place and relax in...

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Suzette G, Manager at Secret Place, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review.

Reviewed 28 December 2014

We arrived late last night - the (I assume) owner was very friendly and welcoming. Strange thing though is that he asked us what the price was that the woman who did their bookings (who is on holiday) negotiated with us. He just guessed it was R950. There are only (I think) 8 rooms - one should know what the...

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Suzette G, Manager at Secret Place, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind response. The problem has been resolved.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Babysitting
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Additional Information about Secret Place

Address: 21A Venus Street | Parys, Free State, Parys 9585, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Parys
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Secret Place Hotel Parys
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“All the rooms are good.”
 of 5 bubbles 789Bronwyn, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The honeymoon suite is to die for! All other rooms are situated in such a way that one can sleep undisturbed.”
 of 5 bubbles NinnieVanVuuren, 13 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Avoid the Veranda room unless you're an early riser who likes very loud music and the clatter of pots and pans at 7 am”
 of 5 bubbles Laila-Saada, 11 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Take your bathing suit and towels and enjoy the relaxing pool.”
 of 5 bubbles maretha30959, 1 Feb 2015 | Read review
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