The majestic facade of the Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet speaks for itself. Built in 1806 and designed by famous French architect Louis Michel Thibault as the "Drostdy" of the district. "Drostdy" is the Dutch word for magistrate's court. Restored to its former splendour by De Oude Meester group in 1977, it plays host to many of the group's priceless antiques and paintings.
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Enter the doors; take a step back in time and a journey through this living national monument.The foyer, with it's doors open, has a perfect view down the street of another national monument, Reinet House, one of 220 national monuments in the oldest town in the Eastern Cape and the fourth oldest in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet.The yellowwood floors, Persian Carpets, and antique furniture give you an idea of what lies ahead. Next to the swimming pool area is Stretch's Court, which is a cobblestone street, lined with colourful shutters and bougainvillea.
The accommodation is situated here with safe parking close to the rooms.The imposing slave bell reminds of a time when these cottages were emancipated slave quarters. Each and every of the 51 rooms varies in size, shape, and decor.All are en-suite, equipped with air-conditioning and all modern day amenities to ensure a luxurious stay. Each room also houses one or more priceless antique from the Rembrandt collection in pristine condition. A Victorian addition to the accommodation belonged to the family of the Graaff-Reinet born and bred renowned banker G.T. Ferreira.
Explore Graaff-Reinet and discover its rich history in the many museums, indulge in its plethora of century old indigenous Karoo architecture or drive to nearby Nieu-Bethesda and experience a typical Karoo village.
Graaf-Reinet established 1786 - The magnificent century old Dutch reformed Grootkerk gazes imposingly down on the wealth of national monuments in the Gem of the Karoo, the fourth oldest town in South Africa.An excursion to the Valley of Desolation should be undertaken by every visitor to the Drostdy Hotel to experience the aweinspiring rock formations and the splendid view across the Plains of Camdeboo.
The old vine in the garden of Reinet House - planted in 1870 and by 1983 had attained a circumference of 3,10 metres.The Graaf-Reinet pharmacy - a mid 19th century chemist shop with some of its original Victorian equipment still in use.The Lex Bremner Collection - fossilized remains of reptiles which inhabited the area some 200 million years ago.The Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda - home of the late artist Helen Martins and subject of renowned playwright Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.
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