This is a real find in Graaff Reinet. It says 'gracious living' on it's strap line and it is certainly that. We stayed as 2 couples, and had the Honeymoon room, and the Feather Baron suite, both were beautifully appointed, and the furnishings matched the house. The bathrooms were very good, with plenty of towels and toiletries, and the beds were really comfortable. The Feather baron suite had better outside space and a fridge, but the honeymoon room was nicely tucked away, so it's a choice. There are many other rooms, mostly smaller. The gardens were well tended, with shrubs and trees and flowers to give many shaded areas to rest and relax, and the pool area was pleasant. Water trickled away through out the garden to offer a respite from the heat. Nico, the owner couldn't have been more helpful. It is well situated in the town, for walking, and for the historic sites and museums. The breakfast were good, not the best selection, but well cooked, but you do have to ask for a pot if you would rather tea that way and not in a cup. That's the worst I can say about the place. I would thoroughly recommend.
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- In the heart of Graaff-Reinet lies Avondrust, an imposing Guest House and B&B. Built in 1911 it offers you 4000m2 of gracious living as its philosophy. History Of Avondrust Guest House Avondrust - A Home from Home in the Karoo Cradled in a loop of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is home to some 200 national monuments. Around every corner a piece of history is revealed to the visitor. And it is here, in the centre of town, that Merino sheep farmer and breeder, Jan Stephanus Minnaar, built his dream house during 1911. Avondrust ("evening rest") was to be his retirement home. He lived here with his wife, Maria Magdalena Smuts, "Ouma Smuts". After he passed away, his daughter, Cora Luckhoff inherited Avondrust. Cora did not want to live in the house and sold it to her brother, Eduard Smuts (Eddie) Minnaar. After his and his wife's death, Cyril Minnaar bought Avondrust from the estate. His grandfather was Jan Minnaar's brother. Graaff-Reinet Accommodation Two Luxury Suites in the Manor House, one with its own private lounge and veranda, the second is upstairs with its own balcony and Bay window overlooking the front garden and water fountain. A romantic Honeymoon Suite with a king size four poster bed and slipper bath. Five Deluxe Rooms, of which one is a lofted room in the Manor House with its own balcony that has a treetop view of the garden. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with private entrances leading out into the tranquil garden behind the impressive Edwardian Mansion. All rooms boast space, privacy and comfort plus the use of a large pool overlooking the mountains. Wake up to a full country breakfast, served with a crackling fire on the side to warm up your cold winter mornings. Avondrust is within walking distance from all shops, museums and restaurants. Accommodation is offered on a bed and breakfast basis. During the 1990's, the Van Hoffen Family converted the house into a guesthouse. It is still a home away from home for guests today with Nico Hattingh and Tess Erlank as the current owners. ... more less
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