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Avondrust Guest House and B&B
Ranked #12 of 38 Graaff-Reinet B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 March 2014

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.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

First impression on arrival-wow! It didn't disappoint. Lovely host, Nico, Superb room [Lavender Room] with excellent sleep quality. Beautifully furnished. Nice fresh cooked breakfast served by delightful staff.
Yes, agree there could be a few more sun loungers round pool.Great location for walking round town and restaurants.
If you have a quibble, just mention it to Nico. My wife thought the light could have been brighter in the bathroom. In no time a much brighter bulb was installed. Problem solved.
Thank you Nico for providing such lovely accomodation.

Room Tip: Lavender room and suite offer good privacy.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed for 2 nights and the accommodation was good. The breakfast was a little disappointing.
It is well situated to look around the Town and also for the small number of eating houses.
Good swimming pool but could have done with a few more Loungers and Cushions.

There is plenty to do in the Town and outside.

Room Tip: All the rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We stayed in the Lavender Room with its beautiful and thoughtful furnishings and had the most wonderful stay. Nico and Tess made sure it. The selection at breakfast was a little disappointing compared to other lodges we stayed in during our trip to South Africa but certainly was not grounds for complaint, hence our "very good" rather than "excellent" rating.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Maggie M
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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

Lovely setting next to a brilliant restaurant and coffee shop.
The owner allowed us to make a braai on the evening which was very much appreciated.
The only reason for the 3 star review is the very mediocre breakfast and the price which is very high. I think at half the price it would be well worth it.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Stayed here one night on our way to knysna.
This place is a gem, we stayed in the Lavender Room , all the rooms are themed which is a nice touch.
The Band B is right in the centre of town with museums and restaurants only a short walk away.
The room was a good size with lovely furnishings . Clearly a lot of thought and care has been put into the style of accommodation . Graaf Reinet has a huge selection of accommodation and competition must be quite intense but Avondrust would have to be one of the better places to stay.
Our room opened out to a seating area and looked over the beautiful garden.
Owner Nick and his staff are very helpful.
Breakfast served in the breakfast room and was cooked to order, Much nicer than the usual buffet.
We would love to come back again but it is a little too far for us from Australia.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Stayed there by chance and we are so lucky we did. Not only was there an eye for exquisite detail but the service and overall homely feel made you so relaxed. A gorgeous room with a very comfy bed and delicious breakfast! Thank you Nico for such a great stay.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 40 Somerset Street, Graaff-Reinet 6280, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Graaff-Reinet
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Graaff-Reinet
Price Range: £56 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Avondrust Guest House and B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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