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 all your fabulous hospitality over the years. It has made my visits to my son at St Andrews especially memorable!
Julie Lovelace, Gauteng, Nov 2010
Discovered great food in peace and tranquility.
Danny Jordaan MP, Cape Town, Oct 1994
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