Cypress Cottages

Eastern Cape

Rooms: 2 cottages with 6 rooms: 4 kings and 2 twins. All with en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, DStv, air-con and heating.

Prices: R550 - R650 pp sharing. Singles on request.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Self-catering possible.

Directions: From south enter town and pass police academy on L and go over bridge. Two filling stations on L - take road between them (West St). Follow to very end, turn R into Donkin St, guest house first on L. From north: R at T-jct (Caledon St). 4th Left is Donkin St. House last on R.

GPS: Elevation 749 Meters, South 32.25857 degrees, East 24.52946 degrees.

Hillary Palmé
76 Donkin St, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Tel: (0)49-892-3965
Cell: (0)83-456-1795
Fax: (0)866-840-166
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After a hot and particularly bothersome drive to this historic Karoo town, it came as a huge relief to step wearily through Cypress Cottage’s heavy wooden doors and immerse myself in the quiet coolness lurking within. Minutes later, cold beer in hand and propped up on a stoep with a magnificent mountain view, my recent hardships evaporated into the heat-hazed sky. Both cottages are of the beautiful early 1800s Cape Dutch variety and are understatedly decorated with a highly developed taste for the natural and comfortable. Thus, the bedrooms display high reed ceilings, solid pine and slate floors, antique chests, fresh flowers and free-standing baths. Fresh and perfectly wholesome breakfasts are laid up on the terraces - free-range eggs from the house chickens, succulent figs, peaches, prunes and apricots straight from the orchard. You can escape the heat by splashing in the bore-hole-fed reservoir that has been converted into a swimming pool. Across the sleepy street, a familiar smell wafted over from the other cottage, where guests were merrily braaiing under the shade of its vine-covered pergola. The main garden is an extraordinary feat of will and clever engineering - desert has been transformed into an oasis of lush vegetation despite the difficulties of brackish water. Historic Graaff-Reinet is worth at least a two-day stopover in my opinion.

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