The Tin House in Riebeek Kasteel is a Magical Stay

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Tin House, Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape

It is seldom that upon arrival, one instantly gets a sense of enchantment; I experienced this during my stay at the Tin House located in the quaint town of Riebeek Kasteel. This establishment has managed to keep its charm and character throughout the years.

Named after Jan van Riebeeck, the town is one of the oldest within South Africa and is located 80km north-east of Cape Town. Several top wineries and olive oil producing companies can be found nearby.

This self-catering accommodation has antiques everywhere you look; it really manages to capture the essence of the surroundings. The attention to detail throughout the establishment is very impressive. A colourful assortment of various items are found throughout, each captivating in their own way.

I can see why the Tin House is particularly popular amongst couples, especially honeymooners, who can take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a romantic stay.

It is evident that owner; Suzanna du Preez, has put her heart and soul into her very aesthetically pleasing establishment.

The outside area is a great place where you can spend some quality time amongst friends and loved ones. There is also an outside dining area which is the perfect place to spend your evening whilst sitting back and relaxing.

This establishment has a Weber that can be used by guests should they wish to enjoy a cook-out. There are also a number of rustic furniture found throughout the yard and the outside dining area.

An experience at the Tin House cannot be complete without marvelling at their French-styled garden. This was one of the first things that caught my attention when arriving.

An array of bushes and flowers is found neatly kept here. It is clearly evident that the Tin House team take great care and pride in their garden.

A large White Karee Tree is situated on the premises and the sound of the tree gently swaying accompanied by a chorus of bird-calls outside your window, is like something out of a Disney movie, but at the Tin House, this is a likely possibility, further adding to the magical experience.

Accommodation at the Tin House

The stylings of the rooms are individually decorated, with each room offering luxury and comfort. The Tin House consists of three air-conditioned rooms for visitors to choose from.

There are two downstairs rooms, namely the Rose Room and the Music Room. I had the pleasure of spending the night in their upstairs room, also known as the Loft Room.  

The Loft Room has a view over the garden area as well as of one of the regions many wine and olive producing farms, Het Vlock.

The Rose Room takes on inspiration from the French-type garden found on the property, while The Music Room draws on opera and drama for its inspiration. The Loft Room overlooks the front side of the property and once again the stunning garden area is the attention grabber.

 All three of the rooms consist of Queen-sized beds. Both the Loft and Music Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, whilst the Rose Room has a bathroom tucked away around the corner.

The Tin House is a fully self-catering stay in Riebeek Kasteel. This establishment comes fully equipped with all the necessary kitchen equipment needed for guests to enjoy that ‘home away from home’ experience. There are a number of quality restaurants within the town should visitors wish to eat out.

Facilities at the Tin House

It is clear that the intention is for guests to have a break from their busy daily lives. The fact that this establishment does not have a television or Wi-Fi further highlights this.

A swimming pool is found outside near the dining area, allowing guests to be able to cool off during those hot summer days.  

The Tin House comes equipped with tea and coffee, as well as olives and various other preserves.

Visitors can choose to either dine inside or take their meal outside and enjoy the numerous outside dining spaces. Views of the garden can be enjoyed whilst digging into your meal.

There are a number of antique ornaments found throughout the establishment and paintings adorn the interior, further adding to the ambience.

Top reasons for staying at the Tin House:

  1. The beauty and attention to detail.
  2. Spectacular French-styled garden found on the premises.
  3. Fully self-catering accommodation.
  4. Each room is individually styled and decorated.
  5. Several restaurants and various activities are found nearby.

Find out more about the Tin House by giving Suzanna a call on 072 456 4156 or emailing Visit their website at Find the Tin House in Riebeek Kasteel on Google Maps.

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