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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Property Info

1 Are there pets on the property?

Yes, we have pets on the property. We have a large but friendly dog. A few feral cats and even a few fish!

2 Are you wheelchair friendly?

Regrettably, we are not wheelchair friendly as there are many steps all over the place.

The bathrooms are not large enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

3 Can I bring my well behaved dog?

Our property is not dog friendly. There is no secure place to keep your dog.

We need to look after our fury friends. (see pets on property)

If you really, really need to bring your dog, please contact us directly. Special arrangements can be made during low season. Please request special terms and conditions for fur babies.

4 Can we book a combo of wagons, vans and house units?

You’re welcome to book a combo of wagons, bands, and house units. Each one has its own charm, and we understand that different members of your party will prefer the different options.

You can select whichever units you choose and confirm it as one booking.

5 Can we braai?

You can request a private braai outside your wagon or unit. Or you can braai at the outdoor gypsy lounge.

The wagons also have lovely bonfire fire pits.

Please bring your own charcoal, firewood and firelighters.

6 Can we bring our kids?

Children over 10 years old are welcome.

7 DIRECTIONS and best routes To Gypsy Life: Wagons, House, Vans and Gypsy Massage in Clarens

Remember… the journey is part of the holiday. Take it slow n easy, and feel the city stress seep out of you.

Clarens is about a 3.5 hour journey from Johannesburg and about 4.5 hours from Durban.

 

If travelling from Pretoria & Joburg East, travel on the N3. You can take either the Villers offramp or the Warden off ramp.

The Villiers, Frankfort, Rietz route has been terrible in the past, but the road works are nearly complete, and the road is good again.

The route via Warden is also good.

 

From JHB North travel via Sasolburg.

Drive slowly (60km) through Bethlehem. The traffic cops are always out n about.

 

If travelling from Durban, on the N3, you can go via Harrismith, or you can take the R74 Colenso/Bergville offramp. (194) This will take you on a shorter and more scenic route, via Winterton, Bergville and past Sterkfontein dam.

Both routes take you through the spectacular Golden Gate Highlands Nature Reserve. If you are fortunate enough to time your arrival for dusk you will get to see why the massive sandstone out crop is named Golden Gate. The golden hue of the sandstone cliffs around sun down make for phenomenal photos!

 

When travelling from the Eastern Cape, don’t be tempted to drive the scenic route that hugs Lesotho, passing Ficksburg. The road is appalling. It highly advised that you take the freeway past Bloemfontein. Then Senekal, Bethlehem to Clarens. It is longer, but much safer.

 

ONCE IN CLARENS

Drive into town on main road.

Pass the square.

Continue Straight. Pass the NG Church.

Turn right into Malherbe Street at the Primary School.

We are the first house on the right hand side, just after the town houses. You will see the sign on the pavement.

 

101 Malherbe Street Clarens, Free State 9709

8 Do you have issues with water supply?

We are fortunate that we run on borehole water. So you can be assured of fresh, clean, clear water at all times. Our water has been tested and is safe to drink!

9 Do you have load shedding in Clarens?

Yes, we do have load shedding. We have put in a number of Systems in place to help our guests feel more comfortable. You will get information about how to deal with load shedding in Clarens on your arrival.

No we don’t have a generator, as it is just makes far too much noise, and will spoil our peaceful vibe.

Star gazing in the darkness, makes up for it – we promise!

10 Do you host retreats or craft getaways?

Our property is ideally suited for special retreats. It is peaceful and a little magical.

This is a perfect location for a crafty group getaway.

Fab discounts for midweek events.

Please contact us directly for more info.

11 Do you host weddings?

We would absolutely love to host your wedding.

We can accommodate small weddings of between 20 and 50 people. For weddings, you will need to book the entire property.

Please contact us for more info.

12 How cold does it get in Clarens in winter?

It can get really really cold in winter. Temperatures often drop well below zero degrees.

The wagons have been specifically built and are well insulated to keep you warm and cozy in winter. Generally, temperatures are much colder than in Joburg and Durban.

13 How do I sign up to receive the Gypsy Love Letter?

CLICK HERE to

Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE letter  to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

We promise that we wont spam you, and we respect your privacy.

Our friends on our email list are always the first to be notified of any specials!

Then a few days later the info is shared on our socials.

So you will get first option!

14 How far away from Clarens town is Gypsy Wagons, Vans and Guesthouse?

Our property is a short 700m walk from the town square.

Close enough to walk, far enough away for peace and quiet.

15 How far away is Gypsy Life from Golden Gate and Drakensburg?

The spectacular Golden Gate National Park is a mere 25 minutes drive from Clarens.

Drakensburg is between 1 hour and 2 and half hours away, depending on your destination.

16 Is there a Woolworths food store nearby?

There are no franchise food stores in Clarens. We advise that you visit your Woolies store before you leave home. There is a mall in Bethlehem that has a Woolworths, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Clicks.

17 What is the road to your place like?

Once you turn off the main road, which is tar, there is a short 50 metre stretch of dirt road. For more info, see Best routes and Directions

18 What must we bring?

All you need to bring is your food, drinks, firewood for the braai, and bonfire.

And of course some Gypsy Adventurous Spirit!

Towels, tea, coffee, milk and rusks are provided.

Kitchenettes are fully equipped.

Braais available

19 What size are the beds?

Jade has a double bed.

Magenta has a huge king size bed.

Topaz has a Four Poster queen bed.

The wagons have queen size beds.

The vans have Super King size beds.

20 Where do we get a Coupon Code to get a discount?

If this is your first booking, you can use coupon code “DIRECT”

Check your emails for promotional coupon codes and other codes for return visits.

CLICK HERE to Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE Letter to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

 

21 Will Ouma like it?

Yes, Ouma will love her stay at Gypsy life. Although she might not be comfortable in a wagon, as there are steep steps without hand rails and a very high bed which may be difficult for her to climb into. The vans have an outside ablution. Ouma will probably be more comfortable in a house unit.

Remember, you can book a wagon for you, a van for the teen kids and house unit for ouma. All in one booking.

22 Will you make my wedding proposal special?

Gypsy life is thee ultimate romantic destination.

We have already helped arrange a number of surprise proposals. Please contact us to see what we can do to make your Proposal super unique, memorable and romantic.

Gypsy House

1 Can we book a combo of wagons, vans and house units?

You’re welcome to book a combo of wagons, bands, and house units. Each one has its own charm, and we understand that different members of your party will prefer the different options.

You can select whichever units you choose and confirm it as one booking.

2 Can we braai?

You can request a private braai outside your wagon or unit. Or you can braai at the outdoor gypsy lounge.

The wagons also have lovely bonfire fire pits.

Please bring your own charcoal, firewood and firelighters.

3 DIRECTIONS and best routes To Gypsy Life: Wagons, House, Vans and Gypsy Massage in Clarens

Remember… the journey is part of the holiday. Take it slow n easy, and feel the city stress seep out of you.

Clarens is about a 3.5 hour journey from Johannesburg and about 4.5 hours from Durban.

 

If travelling from Pretoria & Joburg East, travel on the N3. You can take either the Villers offramp or the Warden off ramp.

The Villiers, Frankfort, Rietz route has been terrible in the past, but the road works are nearly complete, and the road is good again.

The route via Warden is also good.

 

From JHB North travel via Sasolburg.

Drive slowly (60km) through Bethlehem. The traffic cops are always out n about.

 

If travelling from Durban, on the N3, you can go via Harrismith, or you can take the R74 Colenso/Bergville offramp. (194) This will take you on a shorter and more scenic route, via Winterton, Bergville and past Sterkfontein dam.

Both routes take you through the spectacular Golden Gate Highlands Nature Reserve. If you are fortunate enough to time your arrival for dusk you will get to see why the massive sandstone out crop is named Golden Gate. The golden hue of the sandstone cliffs around sun down make for phenomenal photos!

 

When travelling from the Eastern Cape, don’t be tempted to drive the scenic route that hugs Lesotho, passing Ficksburg. The road is appalling. It highly advised that you take the freeway past Bloemfontein. Then Senekal, Bethlehem to Clarens. It is longer, but much safer.

 

ONCE IN CLARENS

Drive into town on main road.

Pass the square.

Continue Straight. Pass the NG Church.

Turn right into Malherbe Street at the Primary School.

We are the first house on the right hand side, just after the town houses. You will see the sign on the pavement.

 

101 Malherbe Street Clarens, Free State 9709

4 Do you have a unit that is suitable for 4 people?

In the Guesthouse

If you are a group of four, we suggest that you book the Topaz and Magenta unit. These two units are next to each other and do have an interleading door.

This unit has 2 ensuite bedrooms, and a shared open plan lounge, dinning and kitchen area with fireplace.

In the Wagons

we suggest Queenie and Thisbe, as these are our sociable wagons.

They are closer together and there is shared outdoor area, perfect for socializing.

5 I’m on a budget – which is your cheapest unit?

Magenta is our smallest unit.

It does not have a kitchenette. It has a king size bed with ensuite bathroom. There is acoffee station equipped with kettle, microwave and fridge.

This unit is not ideal for a long stay but is perfect for an overnight or short stay when you don’t need to self cater.

No cooking allowed in this unit. No Braai.

Use a coupon code, midweek, in low season, for a crazy low rate!

6 What must we bring?

All you need to bring is your food, drinks, firewood for the braai, and bonfire.

And of course some Gypsy Adventurous Spirit!

Towels, tea, coffee, milk and rusks are provided.

Kitchenettes are fully equipped.

Braais available

7 What size are the beds?

Jade has a double bed.

Magenta has a huge king size bed.

Topaz has a Four Poster queen bed.

The wagons have queen size beds.

The vans have Super King size beds.

8 What time is check in and check out?

Check in between 2pm and 7pm.

Check out is between 8am and 10am.

Please let us know your arrival time, as we like to be here in person to welcome you.

If you would like early or late check in and out, please arrange with us, we will do our best to accommodate you. Sometimes this can only be confirmed on the day, subject to availability.

Sometimes an additional fee is charged for this.

9 Where do we get a Coupon Code to get a discount?

If this is your first booking, you can use coupon code “DIRECT”

Check your emails for promotional coupon codes and other codes for return visits.

CLICK HERE to Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE Letter to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

 

10 Where is there a loo in the wagon?

Yes, there is a modern flushing toilet in the wagon. It is behind the wooden Well, as you walk in the wagon. It has a privacy curtain.

11 Which is your largest, most spacious unit?

Topaz is the largest unit. With its queen size 4 poster bed. It has a spacious open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge area with the fireplace.

IF you are booking for a group, choose this as one of your units, as it has a large kitchen.

You can book this unit with the wagons or vans.

12 Will Ouma like it?

Yes, Ouma will love her stay at Gypsy life. Although she might not be comfortable in a wagon, as there are steep steps without hand rails and a very high bed which may be difficult for her to climb into. The vans have an outside ablution. Ouma will probably be more comfortable in a house unit.

Remember, you can book a wagon for you, a van for the teen kids and house unit for ouma. All in one booking.

Gypsy Vans

1 Can I drive Delilah and Tilly?

Yes, you can drive Delilah and Tilly away on a road trip.

You will need to sign a car rental agreement. And provide Proof of funds to cover the excess payment, in the event of an accident. Please contact us directly for more Info on Self drive options.

2 Can we book a combo of wagons, vans and house units?

You’re welcome to book a combo of wagons, bands, and house units. Each one has its own charm, and we understand that different members of your party will prefer the different options.

You can select whichever units you choose and confirm it as one booking.

3 Can we braai?

You can request a private braai outside your wagon or unit. Or you can braai at the outdoor gypsy lounge.

The wagons also have lovely bonfire fire pits.

Please bring your own charcoal, firewood and firelighters.

4 Can we cross the border and How far can we go?

Tilly and Delilah are proudly South African and don’t want to leave the country.

Distances and destinations are subject to our approval. Please contact us directly for more info.

5 Can we hire the vans with a Driver?

Yes, we are happy to drive the van on your behalf. We can drive it to a campsite. Or we chauffeur for you for your special event.

Please contact us directly for more info on camp set up and chauffeur drive.

 

6 Can we stay in a van, at the Gypsy Life property?

You’re welcome to experience van life and stay in the comfort and security of our property. Prices are quoted on this option.

7 Can you help us design and build our own van?

Yes, we would love to help you design your van around your needs.

We do not get involved with the actual build.

We have written a short book, with tips on how to design your dream van. Drop us a line and we will share it with you.

8 Can you recommend wild camping spots?

We do not allow wild camping in our vans as it is just not safe in South Africa.

9 DIRECTIONS and best routes To Gypsy Life: Wagons, House, Vans and Gypsy Massage in Clarens

Remember… the journey is part of the holiday. Take it slow n easy, and feel the city stress seep out of you.

Clarens is about a 3.5 hour journey from Johannesburg and about 4.5 hours from Durban.

 

If travelling from Pretoria & Joburg East, travel on the N3. You can take either the Villers offramp or the Warden off ramp.

The Villiers, Frankfort, Rietz route has been terrible in the past, but the road works are nearly complete, and the road is good again.

The route via Warden is also good.

 

From JHB North travel via Sasolburg.

Drive slowly (60km) through Bethlehem. The traffic cops are always out n about.

 

If travelling from Durban, on the N3, you can go via Harrismith, or you can take the R74 Colenso/Bergville offramp. (194) This will take you on a shorter and more scenic route, via Winterton, Bergville and past Sterkfontein dam.

Both routes take you through the spectacular Golden Gate Highlands Nature Reserve. If you are fortunate enough to time your arrival for dusk you will get to see why the massive sandstone out crop is named Golden Gate. The golden hue of the sandstone cliffs around sun down make for phenomenal photos!

 

When travelling from the Eastern Cape, don’t be tempted to drive the scenic route that hugs Lesotho, passing Ficksburg. The road is appalling. It highly advised that you take the freeway past Bloemfontein. Then Senekal, Bethlehem to Clarens. It is longer, but much safer.

 

ONCE IN CLARENS

Drive into town on main road.

Pass the square.

Continue Straight. Pass the NG Church.

Turn right into Malherbe Street at the Primary School.

We are the first house on the right hand side, just after the town houses. You will see the sign on the pavement.

 

101 Malherbe Street Clarens, Free State 9709

10 What must we bring?

All you need to bring is your food, drinks, firewood for the braai, and bonfire.

And of course some Gypsy Adventurous Spirit!

Towels, tea, coffee, milk and rusks are provided.

Kitchenettes are fully equipped.

Braais available

11 What size are the beds?

Jade has a double bed.

Magenta has a huge king size bed.

Topaz has a Four Poster queen bed.

The wagons have queen size beds.

The vans have Super King size beds.

12 What time is check in and check out?

Check in between 2pm and 7pm.

Check out is between 8am and 10am.

Please let us know your arrival time, as we like to be here in person to welcome you.

If you would like early or late check in and out, please arrange with us, we will do our best to accommodate you. Sometimes this can only be confirmed on the day, subject to availability.

Sometimes an additional fee is charged for this.

13 Where do we get a Coupon Code to get a discount?

If this is your first booking, you can use coupon code “DIRECT”

Check your emails for promotional coupon codes and other codes for return visits.

CLICK HERE to Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE Letter to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

 

14 Where do we park the van when travelling?

There are numerous campsites where you can safely park the van. We will make recommendations for you. There are many online sites, where you can get info.

Camps sites are generally well maintained and secure. Facilities vary from site to site.

15 Will Ouma like it?

Yes, Ouma will love her stay at Gypsy life. Although she might not be comfortable in a wagon, as there are steep steps without hand rails and a very high bed which may be difficult for her to climb into. The vans have an outside ablution. Ouma will probably be more comfortable in a house unit.

Remember, you can book a wagon for you, a van for the teen kids and house unit for ouma. All in one booking.

Gypsy Wagons

1 Can we book a combo of wagons, vans and house units?

You’re welcome to book a combo of wagons, bands, and house units. Each one has its own charm, and we understand that different members of your party will prefer the different options.

You can select whichever units you choose and confirm it as one booking.

2 Can we braai?

You can request a private braai outside your wagon or unit. Or you can braai at the outdoor gypsy lounge.

The wagons also have lovely bonfire fire pits.

Please bring your own charcoal, firewood and firelighters.

3 Can we cook in the wagon?

The wagon has a fully equipped Self catering kitchen. There is no stove or oven. There is a microwave, and funky microwave egg and bacon cookers. There is a kettle, toaster and fridge.

You are welcome to braai outside your wagon, or at the Gypsy Lounge. Braais provided.

The wood burning Queenie stove is for warmth and not cooking.

4 DIRECTIONS and best routes To Gypsy Life: Wagons, House, Vans and Gypsy Massage in Clarens

Remember… the journey is part of the holiday. Take it slow n easy, and feel the city stress seep out of you.

Clarens is about a 3.5 hour journey from Johannesburg and about 4.5 hours from Durban.

 

If travelling from Pretoria & Joburg East, travel on the N3. You can take either the Villers offramp or the Warden off ramp.

The Villiers, Frankfort, Rietz route has been terrible in the past, but the road works are nearly complete, and the road is good again.

The route via Warden is also good.

 

From JHB North travel via Sasolburg.

Drive slowly (60km) through Bethlehem. The traffic cops are always out n about.

 

If travelling from Durban, on the N3, you can go via Harrismith, or you can take the R74 Colenso/Bergville offramp. (194) This will take you on a shorter and more scenic route, via Winterton, Bergville and past Sterkfontein dam.

Both routes take you through the spectacular Golden Gate Highlands Nature Reserve. If you are fortunate enough to time your arrival for dusk you will get to see why the massive sandstone out crop is named Golden Gate. The golden hue of the sandstone cliffs around sun down make for phenomenal photos!

 

When travelling from the Eastern Cape, don’t be tempted to drive the scenic route that hugs Lesotho, passing Ficksburg. The road is appalling. It highly advised that you take the freeway past Bloemfontein. Then Senekal, Bethlehem to Clarens. It is longer, but much safer.

 

ONCE IN CLARENS

Drive into town on main road.

Pass the square.

Continue Straight. Pass the NG Church.

Turn right into Malherbe Street at the Primary School.

We are the first house on the right hand side, just after the town houses. You will see the sign on the pavement.

 

101 Malherbe Street Clarens, Free State 9709

5 Do you have a unit that is suitable for 4 people?

In the Guesthouse

If you are a group of four, we suggest that you book the Topaz and Magenta unit. These two units are next to each other and do have an interleading door.

This unit has 2 ensuite bedrooms, and a shared open plan lounge, dinning and kitchen area with fireplace.

In the Wagons

we suggest Queenie and Thisbe, as these are our sociable wagons.

They are closer together and there is shared outdoor area, perfect for socializing.

6 How cold does it get in Clarens in winter?

It can get really really cold in winter. Temperatures often drop well below zero degrees.

The wagons have been specifically built and are well insulated to keep you warm and cozy in winter. Generally, temperatures are much colder than in Joburg and Durban.

7 Is the wagon cold in winter?

The wagons were custom built with cold Clarens winter in mind. They have extensive insulation and are actually warmer than modern buildings. You will be super warm and cozy inside.

8 Is there a shower in the wagons?

There is an outside waterfall shower with hot steamy water from a gas geyser and an outdoor loo with a view.

The bath has a hand held shower option. There is a flushing loo in the wagon.

9 What does the bathroom look like in the wagon?

The bathroom in the wagon is ultra romantic. It has a full size ball and claw freestanding bath, which is colour coded to match the wagon. The bath is right in front of the fire place and has views out the window.

Please note it is an open plan bathroom.

There is also an outside waterfall shower with hot steamy water and an outdoor loo with a view.

10 What must we bring?

All you need to bring is your food, drinks, firewood for the braai, and bonfire.

And of course some Gypsy Adventurous Spirit!

Towels, tea, coffee, milk and rusks are provided.

Kitchenettes are fully equipped.

Braais available

11 What size are the beds?

Jade has a double bed.

Magenta has a huge king size bed.

Topaz has a Four Poster queen bed.

The wagons have queen size beds.

The vans have Super King size beds.

12 What size is the bed?

All the wagons have a raised queen size bed with luxury linen, down duvet and funky throws.

Queenie and Thisbe have a single bed underneath the queen size bed, as per the original Gypsy wagons.

13 What time is check in and check out?

Check in between 2pm and 7pm.

Check out is between 8am and 10am.

Please let us know your arrival time, as we like to be here in person to welcome you.

If you would like early or late check in and out, please arrange with us, we will do our best to accommodate you. Sometimes this can only be confirmed on the day, subject to availability.

Sometimes an additional fee is charged for this.

14 Where do we get a Coupon Code to get a discount?

If this is your first booking, you can use coupon code “DIRECT”

Check your emails for promotional coupon codes and other codes for return visits.

CLICK HERE to Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE Letter to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

 

15 Will Ouma like it?

Yes, Ouma will love her stay at Gypsy life. Although she might not be comfortable in a wagon, as there are steep steps without hand rails and a very high bed which may be difficult for her to climb into. The vans have an outside ablution. Ouma will probably be more comfortable in a house unit.

Remember, you can book a wagon for you, a van for the teen kids and house unit for ouma. All in one booking.

HELP with making a booking

1 How do I make a booking on this site?

Enter the dates of when you would like to stay.

You will then see which units are available.

You will see the rate per unit for your dates. NOTE : Our rates vary per unit, per season, weekend and midweek.

If you don’t see the unit you want, this means it is booked.

If you specifically want a particular unit, check out the calendar view for that unit, to see what dates are available.

If you still don’t have success – feel free to email us and we will make the booking for you.

Sandy@gypsylife.co.za

Shane@gypsylife.co.za

2 Why is the price different when I make my booking?

Our rates vary based on the season, unit, weekend and midweek.

If you don’t enter your dates, the lowest rate will be visible.

Once you enter your dates and select your unit, you will see the correct price and can then proceed with your booking.

Remember that the rates on our site are the lowest possible rate.

Payment

1 Can I make a provisional booking without a payment?

We understand that sometimes you need to make a provisional booking and that you need a few days to make arrangements with everyone in your party. Please contact us directly to make a provisional booking for you.

Please note that coupon codes and discounts do not apply when making a telephonic or e-mail bookings.

(we will probably still make a plan for you!!)

shane@gypsyguesthouse.co.za

 

 

2 Can I pay on arrival?

Online Bookings can only be confirmed with a credit card payment.

You can pay by credit card on arrival if you book and arrive on the same day.

You will need to call us directly to make this booking, as our system does not reserve bookings without payment.

3 Can I pay online?

Yes, you can pay online.

You will need to pay with your credit card to confirm your booking.

We use Yoco, which accepts master card and visa.

If you already have a booking, you will not be able to purchase services. Please email us and we will invoice you directly for extra services. You can pay Eft or credit card.

4 CANCELLATION POLICY

STANDARD POLICY

Forfeit 100% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 7 days before arrival

Forfeit 50% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 14 days before arrival

Forfeit 25% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 21 days before arrival

One night stay not refundable

 

HIGH SEASON & SPECIAL EVENT POLICY

Forfeit 100% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 14 days before arrival

Forfeit 50% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 21 days before arrival

 

PROMOTIONS & SPECIALS

100% Deposit to confirm booking

Non refundable, non transferable, non exchangeable

 

BREAKAGE DEPOSIT

R250 per person is payable in cash on arrival.

This will be refunded in full on departure if all in order.

Breakages and damages will be deducted from this amount.

 

REFUND

Refunds will be paid by EFT, less bank charges and a R50 admin fee.

Guest to supply banking details.

5 Do you have a credit card machine?

You can pay online with our secure booking portal using your credit card. We do have a handheld credit card machine on the property for your convenience. No cash is accepted on the property.

6 How do Coupons Codes and Discounts work?

Our coupon system is a reward and a thank you for our previous guests.

If you have stayed with us previously, you will qualify for various different coupons.

You will be notified of these coupon specials and promotions via e-mail.

Discounts associated with coupons are only valid when booking directly through our website.

NOTE: Coupon discounts are not valid for telephonic or e-mail bookings.

Keep an eye on your inbox and our socials for promotional coupon codes that offer occasional once off, amazing limited offers and special deals.

Those that receive our Gypsy love letter will always be notified of any specials and promotions before it is posted publicly on our socials.

CLICK HERE to sign up to our Gypsy love letter. We promise not to spam you, and we’ll protect your personal information.

If you have stayed with us before and are not receiving our emails, but would like to receive coupon codes just send an e-mail to Sandy@gypsyguesthouse.co.za.

7 How do I get the best rates?

You will always get the best rates, directly on our website. Previous guests get even better rates!

Our rates are affected by various factors and are different at different times.

Rates are affected by seasons, events, weekend and midweek, specials and promotions and fun campaigns.

If you are flexible on your stay and looking for the

best rates, we advise that you book in low season, midweek, using a coupon code.

Coupon codes are only valid for online bookings.

The more often you stay, the bigger the discount is for your next stay.

8 How do I make a booking on this site?

Enter the dates of when you would like to stay.

You will then see which units are available.

You will see the rate per unit for your dates. NOTE : Our rates vary per unit, per season, weekend and midweek.

If you don’t see the unit you want, this means it is booked.

If you specifically want a particular unit, check out the calendar view for that unit, to see what dates are available.

If you still don’t have success – feel free to email us and we will make the booking for you.

Sandy@gypsylife.co.za

Shane@gypsylife.co.za

9 If I cancel do I get my money back?

Please see our cancellation policy to see if you qualify for a part or full refund.

10 What payment amount do you need to confirm my booking?

Online bookings require full payment by credit card to confirm.

Request can be made to pay 50% on booking and then balance is due 1 week before arrival.

Special arrangements available for group bookings.

11 Where do we get a Coupon Code to get a discount?

If this is your first booking, you can use coupon code “DIRECT”

Check your emails for promotional coupon codes and other codes for return visits.

CLICK HERE to Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE Letter to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

 

12 Why is the price different when I make my booking?

Our rates vary based on the season, unit, weekend and midweek.

If you don’t enter your dates, the lowest rate will be visible.

Once you enter your dates and select your unit, you will see the correct price and can then proceed with your booking.

Remember that the rates on our site are the lowest possible rate.

Services

1 Can I book a massage if I am not staying at Gypsy Life?

Yes, you’re welcome to book a massage with Shane, even if you’re not at the property. Please contact him directly on 083 441 7905.

Bookings need to be made in advance.

If appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, full payment is due.

2 Can I book a massage in advance?

Yes please. We encourage you to book your massage in advance, to ensure that Shane is available.

If appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, full payment is due.

3 Can you help us design and build our own van?

Yes, we would love to help you design your van around your needs.

We do not get involved with the actual build.

We have written a short book, with tips on how to design your dream van. Drop us a line and we will share it with you.

4 Do you offer breakfast?

We do not offer breakfast as they are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from in town, which is 600 metres away.

CLICK HERE for list of Restaurants in Clarens.

5 Do you teach online business start up? How do I book an appointment to get started?

Yes, we do. We offer one-on-one coaching and consulting as well as online courses.

Yes, you can build your online business while living in South Africa. You can charge dollars from the beginning. Once you are earning a steady online income. You will qualify to apply. For digital nomad visas which are valid for 23 countries.

How do I book a business consultation with Sandy?

Call Sandy on 0833243780. Or e-mail her Sandy@gypsylife.co.za

How do I join the Vanlifers Financial Freedom Community?

This is a great Facebook group community where we share tips and trainings on how to start your online business. And embark on the van life. CLICK HERE TO JOIN

6 How can Sandy, as a business coach, help me grow my business?

Feel free to call Sandy for a free 20 minute Chat to establish how she can help you with your business. She will evaluate where you and your business are and where you want to go, and then work out the best strategy to go forward and grow!

She is very experienced and passionate about business start up!

We offer digital marketing services, specifically e-mail marketing. This is a done for you service.

We offer business coaching and consulting.

And we have a few online courses.

All focusing on starting and growing your business. It can be a physical business or an online business.

7 How do I sign up to receive the Gypsy Love Letter?

CLICK HERE to

Sign up to our Gypsy LOVE letter  to ensure you receive the latest news, special offers and promotional coupon codes.

We promise that we wont spam you, and we respect your privacy.

Our friends on our email list are always the first to be notified of any specials!

Then a few days later the info is shared on our socials.

So you will get first option!

8 How do you become a Digital Gypsy or Digital Nomad?

Speak to Sandy and Shane. They will tell you where and how to start and introduce you to their online courses to get you going.

You can join their facebook group, which has load of free training and resources.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN VANLIFERS AND DIGITAL NOMADS FACEBOOK GROUP.

9 Request for couples massage

As we are such romantic destination, we receive many requests for couples massage, but as good as Shane is – he can only massage one person at a time. But this does not mean that the gypsy massage therapy experience should not be a couples affair! (Shanes Healing Touch is unique, and therefore we don’t employ additional staff)

What Shane does, for couples, is massage one person while the other relaxes in the chair in the same room. Shane will then show you some basic massage techniques, which you can then apply on each other. Then the other person has a massage, and he shows you some more techniques.

It is therefore, still a special, quiet, romantic time together, you both have a massage, and the bonus is you learn to how to massage each other in the privacy of your own home, when ever you feel like it.

This combined massage lasts about an hour and a half, including the pre massage consultations.

Otherwise you can stick to the hour each.

Contact Shane for more info and read our blogs.

10 What is a romantic turn down service?

When you got out for dinner, we sneak into your room and lay out rose petals, chocolates, candles and some bubble bath to up the romance of the evening.

A special finishing touch for a romantic getaway.

11 What special additional services can we get to make our visit more special?

We love to celebrate special events!

CLICK HERE TO ADD OUR SPECIAL SERVICES TO YOUR BOOKING.

Let us know what you are celebrating, so that we can make it even more special for you.

 

Below are special services.

If you have already booked, you can send us an email, otherwise you can add required items to your booking.

 

CLICK ON THE HEADINGS FOR MORE INFO

 

Massage

Shane is a qualified massage therapist, that will sooth your soul and rejuvenate your travel weary muscles, all in our own onsite tranquil massage studio.

This is not a spa treatment, it is self love on the next level. Your body and mind will thank you!

 

Bubbly served on ice

JC Le Roux on ice in a silver ice bucket, served in your room on arrival.

Personalized card arranged on request. (email us the names and message)

R 150

 

Luvely Bubbly served on Ice

Prongraz on ice in a silver ice bucket, served in your room on arrival.

Personalized card arranged on request. (email us the names and message)

You can make a special request for your wine of choice – subject to availability in Clarens.

 

Romantic Turndown service

A special extra touch to add to the romance. Rose petals, bubble bath, candles, and chocolates.

Done in secret to surprise your special person. Personalized card arranged on request.

 

Special events

We like to do a little something special for Birthdays,  Anniversaries and return guests. Let us know in advance.

 

If you have something else in mind, chat to us so we can do our best to make a plan.

 

For larger events, like an intimate wedding, a special birthday, a retreat or gathering, where you would like to book out the entire venue, please contact us directly, so that we can plan and accommodate your needs.

 

Our venue and vans are also available for photoshoots, subject to availability.

 

To arrange any of the above, contact us at

Sandy@gypsyguesthouse.co.za

Terms and conditions

1 CANCELLATION POLICY

STANDARD POLICY

Forfeit 100% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 7 days before arrival

Forfeit 50% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 14 days before arrival

Forfeit 25% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 21 days before arrival

One night stay not refundable

 

HIGH SEASON & SPECIAL EVENT POLICY

Forfeit 100% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 14 days before arrival

Forfeit 50% of total booking fee, if guest cancels less than 21 days before arrival

 

PROMOTIONS & SPECIALS

100% Deposit to confirm booking

Non refundable, non transferable, non exchangeable

 

BREAKAGE DEPOSIT

R250 per person is payable in cash on arrival.

This will be refunded in full on departure if all in order.

Breakages and damages will be deducted from this amount.

 

REFUND

Refunds will be paid by EFT, less bank charges and a R50 admin fee.

Guest to supply banking details.

2 HOUSE RULES
  1. BE HAPPY, relax, explore and enjoy your unique Gypsy Experience.
  2. BE KIND, considerate and respectful to your fellow guests and our neighbours (keep the noise down and no running around in the garden naked 😛)
  3. NO NOISE AFTER 10pm. Clarens is a peaceful town. Please help us keep it that way.
  4. NO NOISY PARTIES and NO VISITORS
  5. NO SMOKING in the rooms. Ashtrays provided on tables outside. (You will be billed R1000 cleaning fee if you do, or if the room smells of smoke on your departure)
  6. DON’T FEED OUR FURRY FRIENDS. They are well cared for and snacks and treats often make them sick. Please don’t let the cats and dog into your unit. You may love them, but the next guest may not.
  7. NO JUNK IN THE LOO! Don’t flush sanitary products, condoms, wet wipes, cigarettes or your hopes and dreams down the toilet.
  8. SWTICH OFF APPLIANCES when you go out and help save the planet. especially heaters and electric blankets.
  9. PUT AWAY BEAN BAGS at night and when it rains.
  10. Ensure your bonfire and braai is completely extinguished before you go to bed. Water buckets in each kitchen. Fire is a real threat here.

 

You will find more info about your stay in your room booklet.

3 What time is check in and check out?

Check in between 2pm and 7pm.

Check out is between 8am and 10am.

Please let us know your arrival time, as we like to be here in person to welcome you.

If you would like early or late check in and out, please arrange with us, we will do our best to accommodate you. Sometimes this can only be confirmed on the day, subject to availability.

Sometimes an additional fee is charged for this.

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