Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor are located along the full length of Market Street, Cradock. They offer visitors accommodation with a difference. Both the hotel and cottages have been restored to show off the elegance of the 1800s.
The Victoria Manor was built in 1848 making it one of the oldest hotels in South Africa. The hotel reception also serves as the reception area for the Tuishuise. Both are liberally decorated with artefacts from the 1800s and are very comfortably furnished.
What I enjoy most about the Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor is their charm. The owners of these establishments have an absolute passion for the Karoo and its history. Perhaps even more important for a visitor is that the owners continue to offer the same wonderful hospitality for which the region was famous in the 1800s.
Each Tuishuis is decorated in its own distinctive theme of period prints and antique furniture. From large, four poster beds to scrubbed tables to period paintings, each house is full of character. As a history nut I love wondering from room to room to see what’s on show.
Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor have been awarded the coveted Simon van der Stel Gold Medal for restoration.
In the true Karoo hospitality style, kids of all ages are welcome as are well behaved pets!
Accommodation is varied and interesting
The hotel has 16 rooms and there are a total of 30 beautifully restored Karoo style cottages. Each of the cottages has its own name and character. The cottages have between one and four bedrooms. Some of the rooms have double beds and others two singles.
The cottages feature some special furnishings, for example, Mays House is decorated in an English Style and boasts a bed that reportedly belonged to Cecil John Rhodes.
Most houses have their own lounge with DSTV and a self-catering kitchen. It is worth browsing the Tuishuis website to see what is on offer and choose the cottage that is best suited to your travel needs, family size and special interests.
Despite the age of the buildings and some of their furnishings, the plumbing, you will be pleased to know, is modern. And so too is the fresh, white linen on each bed. Most cottages have two bathrooms that will include a bath and a shower.
The Victoria Manor’s rooms are all en-suite and found on the first floor of the hotel. Some of the rooms have air-conditioning others not. Much like the cottages, the rooms have period décor but are also equipped with DSTV.
Facilities available at Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor
There is no doubt in my mind that the best restaurant in Cradock is at the Victoria Manor hotel. Not only is the food excellent but so too is the service and ambiance.
Pre-dinner Sherries are served in the lounge before guests move through to the Albert dining room. The candle lit tables are adorned with white table cloths, an array of silver cutlery and sparkling glasses. The serving staff are friendly, helpfully and very efficient.
The buffet dinner can vary but on my recent visit, sirloin steaks, Karoo lamb pie, roast chicken, three varieties of vegetables as well as rice, roast potatoes and gravy were on offer. For those with a larger appetite there is also the option of a full buffet that includes starter of the day and dessert.
Cradock can get rather chilly in winter so my advice is to pop into the cozy pub, listed as one of the top 21 pubs of the Karoo, for a snifter or two.
Breakfast is served in a separate dining area to dinner. The room is bright and airy and the walls have beautiful photographs of the Karoo. Breakfast is a good mix of European, health and English.
Take you time to explore the hotel, view the artefacts, look at the pictures and enjoy the ambiance in general. It really is very unique and quite special.
Summer in the Karoo can be sweltering so thankfully there is also a small splash pool where you can cool down after a long journey.
There is secure off street parking at the hotel and some of the cottages have their own off street parking too.
Other features of the hotel are the library, free wi-fi , onsite beauty salon and four conference rooms. During my recent visit I discreetly popped into the conference rooms to have a peak.
The two larger rooms had just been prepped for functions. Prepped is probably not the right adjective. The rooms looked magnificent. The high ceilings, beautiful furnishings and elegantly laid tables were going to make for a wonderful event.
I look forward to my next visit to Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor.
Top reasons for visiting staying at Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor
- Both the hotel and the Tuishuise are full of history
- Karoo charm and hospitality
- Excellent restaurant
- Very good service
- Ideal stop of point on a long journey
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