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…!”