Formerly the parlour in Victorian times, from 1971 to 1981 this elegant room became André Brink’s study where he wrote four books: Looking on Darkness, An Instant in the Wind, Rumours of Rain and A Dry White Season.

Floor to ceiling bookshelves used to adorn the entire wall space, even stretching above the doors, prior to restoration as a guest house by Peter and Belinda Tudge in 1991. 

Today this room is a comfortable retreat, where guests can unwind with a book and enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink from the bar.  The log fire gives welcome warmth on cold winters’ nights.  

Current owner Richard Anker-Simmons' recent refurbishment of this room includes his intriguing print collection of paintings by 18th century English artist and pictorial satirist William Hogarth.  From the series ‘Marriage à-la-mode’, this is regarded by many as Hogarth’s finest project, a pointed dig at upper class 18th century society.  The story behind each of the six prints is also on display.

 

Everything was clean and well cared for. Dining room and breakfast room very inviting and pleasant. Excellent food (loved the prawn salad) wide variety at breakfast. Jessica and Oswald had a perfect blend of always being ready to help, but giving us our space. Such a lovely, warm and beautiful place to stay. Sorry to have to leave.
Mrs Patricia Pope, United States, April 2012
A most enjoyable visit. Thank you for your warm hospitality.
Jenny Nel, Somerset West South Africa, September 2011
You have made me feel so welcome when I most needed it. Thanks.
Ariel Dorfman, Chile, Jul 1997