Formerly the parlour in Victorian times, from 1971 to 1981 this elegant room became André Brink’s study where he wrote four books: Looking on Darkness, An Instant in the Wind, Rumours of Rain and A Dry White Season.

Floor to ceiling bookshelves used to adorn the entire wall space, even stretching above the doors, prior to restoration as a guest house by Peter and Belinda Tudge in 1991. 

Today this room is a comfortable retreat, where guests can unwind with a book and enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink from the bar.  The log fire gives welcome warmth on cold winters’ nights.  

Current owner Richard Anker-Simmons' recent refurbishment of this room includes his intriguing print collection of paintings by 18th century English artist and pictorial satirist William Hogarth.  From the series ‘Marriage à-la-mode’, this is regarded by many as Hogarth’s finest project, a pointed dig at upper class 18th century society.  The story behind each of the six prints is also on display.

 

Thank you for a fantastic stay again! Despite the icy weather, we had a great time!
Graham and Grace Vermaak, Pretoria, July 2011
Discovered great food in peace and tranquility.
Danny Jordaan MP, Cape Town, Oct 1994
I really enjoyed it (my stay), a good alternative to a hotel.
Patrick Meyer, South Africa, August 2011