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“Place of spiritual tranquility”

Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery and Guesthouse
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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“Place of spiritual tranquility”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

We have just spent three days/2 nights at this pictureaque, tranquil friendly place. They offer accomkmodation to all in comfortable but basic private rooms - single and double. Only one has ensuite so be prepared to share a bathroom with a few other guests. This is a place of tranquility much favoured by artists and writers. Only 7 Km from Grahamstown on the PE side and just off the N2. There are wonderful walks but the ground is on a hill and there are megalithic-like rock slabs and mature trees all around. The approach is by a dirt road -so dont go there with your McLaren or Ferrari, but the average family car will be perfectly OK. Breakfast can be taken two ways 1) with the monks at 7.15 IN SILENCE!! or 2) at 8.00 and you can chat all you like. Breakfast is usually continental, but on ocassions they do cook. You can attend services at any time with the monks in the chapel. It is an American-based, Anglican Benedictine order. From vigils at 6.00 a.m. Lauds and communion at 8.00 a.m. Mid-day prayers, vesters at 17.30 . OR you can do nothing but relax in the gardens and enjoy the peace and beauty! You will not regret a visit to this magic place, even if you decide not to repeat the experience! Not the sort of B&B to take young children to!

Visited April 2014
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