Let’s Re­tire to Tarkas­tatd

South African Country Life - - Your Letters - Mark Hiles

I re­fer to a re­cent ar­ti­cle Triple Step­ping in Tarkas­tad by Chris Marias (May 2018).

What a won­der­ful ar­ti­cle of the life, cul­ture and peo­ple of this small Eastern Cape town. Hav­ing prac­ti­cally been brought up in Tarkas­tad, af­ter spend­ing many school hol­i­days on the farm Kle­in­fontein, and later in­tro­duc­ing my fam­ily to the town, its out­door life and the peo­ple, we have be­come in­creas­ingly fond of the area and spend as much time there as we can.

All the peo­ple and places men­tioned are well known but I be­lieve there is one in­sti­tu­tion that de­served pride of place in the ar­ti­cle the Huis Tarkas­tad for the re­tired.

This won­der­ful es­tab­lish­ment, well­main­tained and well-sup­ported by the com­mu­nity and oth­ers, is the pride of the town. The beau­ti­ful build­ing was built by mem­bers of the farm­ing com­mu­nity for them to re­tire to and has been lov­ing looked af­ter ever since. It has sin­gle rooms, flats and cot­tages, as well as a well-kept and frail care sec­tion plus beau­ti­ful gar­dens.

Although oc­cu­pancy is not at the lev­els it could be, much work is be­ing done by var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and fundrais­ing events to en­tice res­i­dents, to en­sure its sur­vival.

In my opin­ion, there’s no bet­ter place to re­tire to, what with the won­der­ful moun­tains as a back­drop, won­der­ful cli­mate and peace­ful coun­try liv­ing. (edited)

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