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.

 

Best wishes to an institution whose staff is highly professional.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa, June 1999
Staff is friendly, competent, informative. Food is just right. I'll be back. An asset to the local Hospitality sector.
Michael , Robertson, Cape Town, September 2011
A charming place to stay with great food, wonderful staff and a lovely atmosphere
William & Nadine Stein, Malkerns, Swaziland, March 2012