Budget Getaways Review
No two ways about it, if you're on the hunt for an elegant self-catering (or B&B) base in Tulbagh, the Cape Dutch Quarters is your one-stop shop. On offer here is a unique portfolio of heritage properties dotted in and around the slow-beating heart of old Tulbagh, with Church Street forming the main artery.
Since there is so much to this portfolio all we can hope to give you here is a small appetiser. So let's start with the piece de resistance: the graceful Wittedrift Manor House. An iconic (circa 1809) building appointed on Church Street itself, Wittedrift epitomises Cape Dutch living at its best. The manor house has all the features of an elegant bygone era and sleeps a whopping 12 in six bedrooms spread acrosss three wings. For that obligatory Pink Gin it's a throw-up between three reception rooms or the verdant garden with its glistening swimming pool.
For yet more of the same thing Yellowwood House (on 32 Church) is again iconic Cape Dutch. Built in the 1780s and true to name it is yellowwood floors and ceilings one end to the other. Furnished with antiques and original artwork one thing you won't complain about is lack of character! Sleeping five it's perfect for a family or two couples who appreciate the good things in life.
Close by is the Wagon Shed (sleeps 2), a lovely conversion of the original manor house shed, featuring sweet-smelling thatch, heavy timber doors with forged hinges, and an open-plan living area filled with yellowwood and antique touches. A veranda with small private garden looks onto Church Street.
Another conversion of an original outbuilding, the Coach House (on 25 Church) was once attached to a grand Cape Dutch homestead - sadly the latter was demolised in the 1960s, but as a result history left the Coach House with a lovely garden. The cottage sleeps two and makes for a perfect honeymoon suite with its queen bed, full deluxe bathroom and wet-room, living area and even a kitchenette. If booked together with The Victorian then you may use the main garden and pool, otherwise, feel free to take a dip across the road at Tulbagh Country Guest House.
Too posh for you? Well then, head along to the Traveller's Lodge, a funky pad that's not your typical backpackers. It only sleeps seven in three double ensuite rooms, which means you and your friends can book the whole place. There's a communal kitchen and TV lounge with DSTV and MP3 player. Best of all, you have access to the facilities, pool and garden of the Tulbagh country guest house next door.
Like we said, Cape Dutch Quarters is your one-stop Tulbagh shop!
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