Stay in a national monument and experience history

BY DARREN JOHN - OCTOBER 11, 2016

Camdeboo Cottages is situated at the heart of Graaf-Reinet on the corner of Bourke and Parliament Street. This B&B establishment is a combination of quaint 19th century self-catering cottages and newly built en-suite rooms.

This is one of the larger and older establishments in Graaff-Reinet and is very well run.  The cottages are all national monuments and have a sense of their own history in this, the town with more national monuments than any other in the country.

The nine self-catering cottages are in fact individual houses, all on the same block, which can accommodate pairs, families or groups, depending on the individual sizes of the cottages.  They come with fully equipped kitchens, braai areas and off street parking. Some cottages have private gardens. Each unit is serviced and linen, towels and basic toiletries are supplied.

Some self-catering units have reed ceilings and yellow wood floors too.  The décor is country style with a mixture of new, comfortable beds and old period and regional furniture. The bathrooms are modern with showers and some units boast old fashioned, cast-iron baths (please request the bath if required!).

The five en-suite B&B rooms are large and airy with a furnished veranda offering great views of the garden.  The rooms have easy access to the restaurant, swimming pool and parking areas.

The restaurant at Camdeboo Cottages is well known for its Karoo cooking and, apart from the large, scrumptious breakfasts, the restaurant also has an a-la-carte menu for lunches and dinners.

The dinners should be booked at reception and the expansive Karoo menu includes such local delicacies as Springbok and Kudu steaks, Bobotie, Karoo lamb and potjiekos. 

“Meals can then be eaten in a relaxed setting around the swimming pool, where guests can also enjoy a few sundowners. The pool side is great for socialising and watching the sun set over the mountains after a busy day,” says Camdeboo Cottages host, Chantelle.

Although the Camdeboo Cottages are national monuments and have period stylisation, they also have modern amenities such as air conditioning, electric blankets, satellite television and Wi-Fi to ensure every stay is comfortable.

The cottages are also child and wheelchair-friendly and they offer laundry facilities.  

I could not help, but feel at home at Camdeboo Cottages in its historic and peaceful setting. The host, Chantelle, is also very friendly and welcoming with much advice on things to see and do in the area.

To make bookings or to find out any further information on this historic national monumental accommodation visit www.camdeboocottages.co.za, call 049 892 3180 or e-mail [email protected]  .