In 1835 Dr John Atherstone, the most prominent among Grahamstown's first medical practitioners, bought the property.  Formerly resident surgeon at Guy's Hospital in London, Dr Atherstone emigrated to South Africa in 1820 and initially left the Albany district, of which Grahamstown formed the centre, to practise in Cape Town.  He returned in 1828 to accept the post of District Surgeon in Grahamstown.

 

He was later somewhat overshadowed by his celebrated son, William Guybon, noted for authenticating South Africa's first diamond.  Details of this discovery form part of the display at The Observatory Museum in Bathurst Street.

During Atherstone's tenure, we believe the stable (now rooms 1 and 2) was used as a grain store for Gradwell's Mill, situated on the opposite corner of George and Market Streets and illustrated in Francis Dashwood’s 1876 painting in the entrance hall.  We found an old trap door half way up the George Street wall of the stable which would have served as the inlet for the grain.

Accommodation great, service great, food awesome.
Miss Skuse, South Africa, March 2012
Everything was clean and well cared for. Dining room and breakfast room very inviting and pleasant. Excellent food (loved the prawn salad) wide variety at breakfast. Jessica and Oswald had a perfect blend of always being ready to help, but giving us our space. Such a lovely, warm and beautiful place to stay. Sorry to have to leave.
Mrs Patricia Pope, United States, April 2012
A most enjoyable visit. Thank you for your warm hospitality.
Jenny Nel, Somerset West South Africa, September 2011