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Bethesda Tower
Reviewed 13 January 2012

We found Nieu Bethesda not a very pleasant place. From what we saw, it is a community that are somewhat parasitical on the Owl House. Indifferent service.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

My family booked this tower for the Easter weekend as who wouldn’t want to stay in a fairytale tower! The top room is especially fun – with a huge round bed and beautiful reed –lined turret ceiling (very romantic!) The middle room is a twin and there is a kitchen on the bottom floor where all the café food is prepared. The small toilet and shower is also on the ground floor, so if you stay here in winter – be warned to take your sheepskin slippers to brave the walk down to the toilet at 2am!

The B&B, café, and gallery are all run as a non-profit organization – with the aim of building skills and job creation within the local community. Considering this, and the fact that Nieu Bethesda is stuck in the 1900’s, don’t expect speedy world-class service. Rather, stay here if you want to give something back to this fantastic little town’s community. Expect quirkiness, genuinely warm local staff and a long wait for a well-worth-the-wait breakfast (all the better to enjoy your morning brew and get into the pace of rural life).

If you are coming to Nieu Bethesda over a busy period (like Easter!) I would suggest booking dinner ahead as there are only 2-3 places to eat in the whole town and they close pretty early. We didn’t have dinner at the Tower Café but their curry certainly smelled amazing. I highly recommend a visit to the Brewery for some excellent beer and a home-made cheese platter - heavenly!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Thank hatter08
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Address: Muller Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Nieu-Bethesda
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Nieu-Bethesda
Price Range: £20 - £22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bethesda Tower 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique accommodation experience in a fairy-tale tower at a vibrant Arts Centre in the Karoo village of Nieu-Bethesda. The Bethesda Arts Centre Tower is two minutes walk from the fascinating Owl House, surrounded by stunning mountains, under an amazing array of stars. See the artists at work making huge colourful wall hangings and lino-prints, or catch a performance at the outdoor theatre while enjoying a Karoo-style meal at our great restaurant. ... more   less 
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