Overnight stop in Graaff Reinet

Overnight stop in Graaff Reinet

As I mentioned previously, this is the first time hubby and I have done this route from Colesberg to Graaff Reinet on our way down to the Cape.  From there the highway reaches George along the Garden Route – a road trip we have done quite a number of years ago (from Port Alfred to Cape Town)

Graaff Reinet, in the Eastern Cape, is 4th oldest town in South Africa.   Founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1786 and named after the then Governor of the Cape Colony, Cornelis Jacob van de Graaff and his wife whose maiden name was ‘ Reinet ‘ .

It is well-known for the magnificent Dutch Reformed Church, a national monument, in the town’s centre.  We arrived at lunch time and thought we’d marvel at this beautiful structure, seemingly out of place in Karoo town, before venturing to find a spot for a bite to eat

We didn’t go far !!!   As luck would have it, opposite the Church is The Coldstream Restaurant where we had a light meal on the old verandah which is part of the Graaff Reinet Club.  Founded in 1875 it is the second oldest club of its kind operating in South Africa

 

 

 

I went for a quick walk-about to take photos of the Church while hubby waited for our order.  This building, built in 1862, is situated next door to the Club

Somerset Stables, our fabulous B&B for the night, is owned and run by a charming host, Reinette.  What an interesting woman and fascinating home …  it needs a post on it’s own.   She suggested a drive to the Valley of Desolation, a delicious Karoo lamb dinner at a restaurant called within walking distance from her B&B with a drink first at Maria’s next door and recommended their pink gin !!  Well naturally I had to try it – even though I’m not a gin drinker!  I am an easy convert 😉

All still to come …

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