A peaceful and tranquil retreat - this beautiful house filled with light
 
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Willem Strydom House (1.5km from De Lande Guest House and 8km from the main Papkuilsfontein Farm).

This very old house is part of the historic Matjiesfontein 'werf' a group of thatch and sandstone buildings evocative of Nieuwoudtville's unique architectural heritage and the idiosyncratic social structures of the late 18th and early 19th century. Willem Strydom house belonged to the artist and marble sculptor, Willem Strydom, where he worked for the past 20 years since moving from Pretoria when he was commissioned to do a huge Namaqua marble sculpture, and fell in love with the open spaces and remoteness of this area.

The H-form, and recently newly thatched house, faces east with lounge and two bedrooms on the eastern side, one of which was his "tekenkamer" where he painted the most wonderful watercolours. (His studio where some of his marble work still can be seen, is a short distance from his house). The ceiling of the one bedroom , Willem's tekenkamer", has been changed to accommodate a glass panel high up in the gable, a beautiful addition with extra light streaming into the room. This room has been made into a bedroom with two ¾ beds in it. The other room has a double bed.

The two bedrooms lead out of the "voorkamer" (lounge) on opposite sides of it. Out of the lounge is the dining room, out of that the kitchen and next to the kitchen, the bathroom, which could be a bit awkward, but trusting that you will be able to live with it. The bathroom has a lovely shower, heated towel rail, wall heater and bidet. Both bathroom and kitchen floors have baked clay tiles. The kitchen is fully equipped to be self catering with 5 burner gas top and electric oven and most things you may need, coffee plunger and perculator.

Tariffs for The Strydom house are R2400.00 per night self catering for the house, meal options in the next paragraph This house is self catering with the option of having your breakfast at the main Papkuilsfontein farm in the lovely Die Waenhuis restaurant, 9km further down the road. In season (August and September) this restaurant is open for lunches too, when you sit in front of a fireplace, looking out of huge glass stacking doors to view the landscape beyond. You may order dinner from Papkuilsfontein to be delivered to your house, and the house is serviced in the mornings at a time discussed with you. if you want to book meals, please inform us which dinner you would like to book (we prepare slow food): a three course dinner at R360.00pp, or R280.00 for a two course dinner, and a full English breakfast at R180.00pp. We deliver your dinner at your cottage around 7 to 7.30pm.

We service your cottage while you are enjoying breakfast (PLEASE NOTE:) at the restaurant 9km away at Papkuilsfontein the next morning, if you do not book breakfast, we service the cottage at around 10am the next morning. We prepare slow food and would therefore like to know which dinner, two or three course, you prefer. Unfortunately no children at the Willem Strydom House. We need to know a few days before your arrival whether you would like meals, we live 110km from the nearest good shops and need to plan ahead.

Please note that strictly no animals are allowed in Willem Strydom House.

A small private reserve at the back of the property comprises of "fynbos', a marshy section and some deep sandy flat ground. You are therefore in the midst of an extensive diversity of plants, in a part of Nieuwoudtville particularly noted for its

We supply you with a map to explore Papkuilsfontein at your leisure.

 

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