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.

The best of everything and absolutely beautiful. All the aesthetic comfort and practical needs of a traveller are understood. Little things that make a huge difference to us. Thank you! Best place I ever overnighted in!
Julie Clarke, South Africa, November 2011
All were outstanding - Oswald the most helpful and versatile, from our tv to the drinks! Jessica was also super. It has been ages since we stayed in Grahamstown but have often driven through - we had forgotten what a beautiful and friendly city it is - thanks to all!
Mr and Mrs Adams, South Africa, January 2012
Thank you for a special time. Service Excellent. A piece of heaven!!
Meryl Baker, Bathurst, Jan 2013