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…!”

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
The staff were attentive, welcoming and the best we've had. Thank you for a great experience. We will miss the food! Amazing job everyone. Wonderful time
Lauren Moore, Scott and Justine Wollaston, Denver Colorado/ Pilst Point texas, Nov 2013