Experience the quiet, gracious comfort of these 1820 Settler Cottages in the heart of historic Grahamstown. Its location within easy reach of Church Square, places if interest, the university and schools, makes Historic Cottages Guesthouse ideal for tourists, business people and parents. We offer a full breakfast or a self catering option.
Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a longe area equipped with television and tea&coffee facilities. Kitchenettes provide for your self cateriing needs. Secure parking is available for your peace of mind and the use of a separate entrance for your privacy.
Reception - 1 Scotts Ave from 07h30 - 21h00
Breakfast - Breakfast is served from 07h00 to 09h00 (unless otherwise arranged) in the Historic Cottages breakfast room or courtyard.
Departure - Departure time is 10h00. Please inform us if a late departure is required. Also, if you would like to leave your luggage until a later time.
Reception - Please vacate your room by 10h00 for servicing or later by arrangement.
Security - Please be aware of security! Keep doors and windows facing the streets closed and locked securely. Please do not leave anything visible in your car. If these precautions are adhered to there is no cause for concern.
Reservations - Please contact reception to make a restaurant reservation on your behalf, or to arrange tours and excursions, transfers and vehicle hire.
Visitor's Guests - Reservations are made per person. If you would like anyone else to stay overnight, please inform us. We need to know who is staying on the premises.
Kitchenettes - You are welcome to use the kitchenettes to prepare a snack or light meal only.
Medical assistance - Please call at reception should you require assistance or dial Roswitha Hobson on 046 622 8936. A basic first aid kit is available on request.
Magazines - Please do not remove magazines from the premises.
Newspapers - The local news papers will be available at breakfast. Please do not remove any news papers form the premises.
Laundry - Please contact reception should you require laundry services. Your laundry will be charged per load. Ironing and cleaning of shoes can also be arranged.
Smoking areas - Due to legal regulations, we regret that smoking areas are limited to the courtyard and outside areas of the guesthouse.
Guest questionnaires - We would appreciate your completing the guest questionnaires. We appreciate your feedback. Please post in the box in the breakfast room.
Visitor's book - Please make an entry in our visitor's book at reception.
Good old Grahamstown is a dorp with a difference. |This little town is probably better known for its annual National Arts Festival and its distinguished schools and university, than for its magical mirror , famous coelacanth, or its botanical garden. Truth be known, this different little dorpie is by far one of South Africa's best kept secrets and has something for everyone, whether it is a historical holiday or an outdoor adventure.
Situated in the heart of frontier country, Grahamstown is steeped in history and is not called a frontier town for nothing. Museums are plentiful and the gems of the city's tourist attractions includes the Albany Museum complex - which is the countrys biggest museum complex and includes the Natural Science Museum, the History Museum, the Observatory Museum, Fort Selwyn and the Provost Prison. The National English Literary Museum and the International Library of African Music amongst others are also situated in Grahamstown. Some even say the town is a living museum.
The Botanical Gardens, or "Bots" as it is called by locals, was the first botanical garden to be established by the English in the Cape Colony, it started in 1853 and has somehow managed to keep growing. Recently "Bots" is being revived to its former glory and what a spectacular sight to behold.
This little dorpie boasts the only Victorian camera obscura in the Southern Hemisphere, the oldest post box in the country and the Cathedral of St Michael and St George as the highest spire in the land. South Africa's first dinosaur was discovered near Grahamstown and the story of the coelacanth, believed to be extinct and then discovered, plays it out in the JLB Smith Institute for Ichthyology. So many other firsts and only awaits the hungry tourist.
It is easy to explore the surrounding area by doing daytrips o the Sunshine Coast (a mere half and hour away) and the surrounding frontier country towns: Bathurst, Alicedale, Salem, Alexandria and many more.
There are various outdoor adventures to choose from: 4x4 trails, abseiling, birding, cycling, dune boarding, game viewing, hiking, rock climbing, golf, fishing, township tours, boat cruises, kayaking, diving, river rafting, surfing and whale watching.
So if you are looking for a peaceful and decidedly different holiday, let Grahamstown be your holiday destination!
Revitalise your soul and energy away from the maddening crowds - Visit Grahamstown and Frontier Country.
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