In many a heart there is the longing to discover a place known only to a lucky few. Windmill Junction is that place.It's what you'd wish a country store to be, outwardly unassuming, but on the inside a place to discover treasures that recall childhood days exploring grandma's attic.
What makes this place special is not merely the decor; it's the thorn branch ceiling, quirky signage, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee from the restaurant and the happy hub-bub of friends visiting together; it's the chance of discovering that treasure you've always hankered after. Owner Carol-ann van Jaarsveld's careful selection of items, from original artwork to locally produced deli foods, furnishings from antique.
Stepping into Windmill's guest rooms is like taking a stroll into the past. Carol-ann's inimitable style, and attention to detail, pervades each room with the careful selection of each piece of furniture to capture a moment in time. As she has done with Buiten Verwagten B&B, Carol-ann has created warm, luxuriously comfortable spaces with timeless elegance.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant, or in the courtyard, which is part of the antique shop where one can discover that find of a lifetime. Items on the breakfast menu include delights such as fruit parfait (fresh fruit in season, local honey, homemade muesli and yoghurt), Springbuck carpaccio and Karoo lamb chops.
GRAAFF-REINET IS HOME TO MORE NATIONAL MONUMENTS than any other town or city in South Africa. Round every corner a piece of our history is revealed to interested visitors. A short stroll down Cradock Street will reveal more than 50 of these historic homes.
TAKE A WALK BACK IN TIME down Parsonage Street in the centre of town. On the western end is the seat of the former Dutch authority of the Cape (Drostdy Hotel), while facing it at the eastern end lies the erstwhile ecclesiastical power. Now known as Reinet House museum, it forms part of a museum complex of four historic buildings. The imposing stone structure of the Grootkerk at the northern end of Church Street overlooks the commercial hub of the town.
ART LOVERS meander through town and visit the Hester Rupert Museum, home to one of the best collections of 60's and 70's South African paintings, sculpture and graphics - Irma Stern, Alexis Preller, Maggie Laubscher, Judith Mason, Cecil Skotness and Walter Battis to name but a few of the "greats". Or visit the Pierneef Museum in Middle Street where the collection of Johannesburg Station panels are on permanent display. For collectors of art and antiques, Windmill Junction offers surprises wherever your eye wanders. There are many examples of bushman paintings in the area.
FOR THE ENERGETIC Graaff-Reinet offers a wide range of activities including bowls, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding trails, mountain-biking, squash, tennis and micro-light flights. There is also a very competitive nine hole golf course with excellent greens for the golf enthusiasts.
NATURE LOVERS will be delighted to discover that Graaff-Reinet is uniquely surrounded by the Karoo Nature Reserve which is a mecca for hikers, photographers and students of flora and fauna. Included in this reserve is the famous and awe-inspiring Valley of Desolation as well as the peak Uitkyk, from which paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world come to share the thermals of the vast Karoo skies with the resident Black Eagles.
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