Murrayfield Guest House - Self Catering Accommodation in Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Visiting Nieu Bethesda and the Owl House? Enrich your experience with a stay at Murrayfield Guest House, owned by the author of the "The Owl House", Anne Graaff. Murrayfield Guest House is a gracious village home built in the 1850's, set in a country garden with barn, dam and orchard.
A stunning example of a Victorian farmhouse, Murrayfield features a lovely front verandah ideal for sunsets and star-gazing, high ceilings with fans for the heat of summer, a fireplace for cosy winter evenings, an old-fashioned full length bath for a good soak after a country walk, a large verandah overlooking the garden, and of course a large brick braai (BBQ).
Murrayfield is artistically and entertainingly furnished with a mixture of old and new, and is equipped with heaters, electric blankets, bed linen, towels, and tea and coffee. There are three units that can be rented separately or together:
The Main House: The main house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and sitting room and can accommodate up to ten guests.
The Cottage: The cottage has one bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and sitting room and can accommodate two guests (one double bed).
The Loft: The loft is an open-plan sleeping and living area with a one double and two single beds. There is one bathroom off the stoep
The accommodation is self-catering. Breakfast and dinner can be arranged upon request. Domestic help can also be arranged. The house is suitable for couples, for families or for large groups. It is ideal for workshops and retreats.
Keys to Murrayfield are collected at the Village Inn which is open right through the day for meals, refreshments and information about all that is going on in Nieu Bethesda and its history.
Rates: From R250 pp
Nieu Bethesda is a pretty and authentic Karoo village situated in a beautiful valley in the Eastern Cape, about an hour's drive from the town of Graaff-Reinet. It was founded in the mid nineteenth century and the village has many wonderful country homes which exemplify the Victorian architecture of this period. The village is of course famous for being the home of outsider artist Helen Martins who created the Owl House, and a visit to the Owl House is almost obligatory for visitors to Nieu Bethesda. The Owl House inspired the well-known writer, Athol Fugard to write the play The Road to Mecca.
The village provides a wonderful venue for a Karoo holiday, offering good walks, a great variety of bird life for the bird-watching enthusiast, an artistic and relaxed atmosphere for those who want to unwind and enjoy the creativity and tranquility of the place, and lots of choice from where to eat and what to do.
Nearby Graaff-Reinet is a centre of Karoo culture and history featuring National Monuments, and several significant museums and art galleries including the Pierneef Exhibition. Also nearby are the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park and the scenic Mountain Zebra National Park which protects one of the world's rarest land mammals.
Please contact Jenny at Murrayfield Guesthouse directly for rates & bookings.