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.

Food was excellent and Jess was very friendly and professional.
Jeannie Smuts, South Africa, September 2011
Fantastic and brilliant service by Oswald and Jean. Excellent food. I will recommend this beautiful establishment to anyone travelling to the Eastern Cape.
Matthew von Abbo, South Africa, August 2011
Absolutely great to be back. Service and eye for detail impeccable. Food is excellent.
Ms Nicky Vaders, Germany, January 2012