Between 1971 and 1981 the noted South African author, André Brink, lived here and was responsible for much of the initial restoration work, including saving the veranda which was in a sad state of repair.

The present drawing room was his study, wall to wall with bookshelves, where he wrote four of his books including "A Dry White Season" and "Rumours of Rain." 

In a letter to the Tudges in 1991, André Brink recalls that, “apart from a number of lovely old bottles and shards of porcelain, our restoration did not bring to light much of value.  In the sheds outside were some charming old brass items including a bugle.  I retrieved a great load of broad yellowwood boards and beams from the sheds, most of them in good condition.  Then, without my knowledge, my gardener carted them all off to the township and used them as firewood…!”

That was exactly the right place to get our batteries reloaded after our trip from Durban. Great food and service!
Kirsten and Rudifer Harenberg, Bonn, Germany, September 2011
Well firstly, we have never had the privilege of experiencing the amazing service we received. A huge thank you to Jessica for all her help, to Oswald who went the extra mile. What an amazing evening. To Pam for her excellent service in the dining area. The food was superb and the accommodation absolutely amazing.
Kim Landsberg, South Africa, September 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