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Han­tam Huis com­plex Er­win and Alta Coet­zee have re­stored houses and out­build­ings on about eight prop­er­ties in town. The fur­ni­ture and decor of each house has been cho­sen with care: an­tique cop­per beds, black-and-white pho­to­graphs, hand-carved chairs… Rates: B&B from R395 per per­son shar­ing; from R495 sin­gle. Self­ca­ter­ing units from R300 per per­son. Where? Most of the houses are in Wa­ter and Hoop streets. Break­fast is served at the Han­tam Huis in Hoop Street (op­po­site the red post­box). Con­tact: 027 341 1606; calvinia.co.za

Repub­lic of Rus­ticA The Van Rens­burgs also run a colour­ful guest­house, along with their bak­ery. It can sleep 12 peo­ple in to­tal. Each room is dec­o­rated in a unique style. There’s an arty lapa in the gar­den with fireplaces, a braai, shelves filled with records and friendly dogs to keep you com­pany. Sonja might even give you some paint and a brush! Rates: Sin­gle room R300 per night; dou­ble room from R600 per night, break­fast in­cluded. Where? 37 Stigling Street Con­tact: 027 341 1423; 083 656 8592 (Dirk); 079 552 1040 (Sonja)

Die Blou Nartjie This beau­ti­ful guest­house and restau­rant is sit­u­ated in one of the oldest houses in Calvinia. The guest­house has 10 rooms, safe park­ing and freez­ing fa­cil­i­ties for all the meat you’re go­ing to buy. The restau­rant is open from Mon­day to Satur­day for break­fast (7 am to 9 am) and din­ner (from 6.30 pm). Rates: Dou­ble room R355 per adult (R170 per child aged 3 – 12 if they share with their par­ents); four-sleeper fam­ily room R1 420 per night. Rates in­clude break­fast. Where? 35 Wa­ter Street Con­tact: 027 341 1263; her­man@nartjie.co.za; nartjie.co.za Die Blou Nartjie Calvinia Vleis

Carmel Villa This Vic­to­rian house dates from 1904 and was orig­i­nal owner Leon Helfet’s gift to his bride Sarah Levine. The build­ing ma­te­rial was trans­ported from Cape Town to Ceres by train and brought to Calvinia by wagon. The main house has three dou­ble rooms (two en suite) and there are two self-cater­ing chalets (sleep­ing two and four), plus a small swim­ming pool. Rates: Dou­ble room from R720 per night, break­fast in­cluded. Self­ca­ter­ing chalet from R550 per night for one per­son to R1 000 per night for four. You can book break­fast in the main house for R75 per per­son. Where? 19 Pas­to­rie Street Con­tact: 027 341 1446; carmel-calvinia.co.za

Die Ou Lady This guest­house has re­cently been ren­o­vated. The fur­ni­ture in the Flower Post­box units was made from old wooden floor­boards. Die Ou Lady has a restau­rant that’s open on week­days from 7 am to 5 pm for break­fast, cof­fee and lunch. There’s safe park­ing be­hind the house and a play­ground for the kids. Rates: There are two dou­ble rooms (Molly and Sarah) – R550 per night. There are also two fam­ily units that sleep four to six peo­ple – R680 per night. Where? 29 Wa­ter Street Con­tact: 027 341 1110; 1437 (Lu­cia Coet­zee) 083 411

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