Sunday Times

VIC­TO­RIAN BEAUTY

- Recreation · Travel · Port Elizabeth

LO­CA­TION

About 185km north­west of Port El­iz­a­beth.

ROOMS

There are nine rooms in to­tal, which in­clude fam­ily rooms, dou­bles and two self-cater­ing units, which sleep four and five re­spec­tively.

The rooms all have en-suite bath­rooms, fans and heaters (only two are air­con­di­tioned), tea and cof­fee fa­cil­i­ties, free wifi and bot­tled wa­ter. Some rooms have TVs but only of­fer SABC chan­nels.

STYLE

The ed­i­fices and ar­chi­tec­ture rose out of the late Vic­to­rian pe­riod (1897) and the cor­ru­gated-iron-roofed build­ings, with their long, cov­ered ve­ran­dahs, high ceil­ings and wooden floors are redo­lent of a more grace­ful era. Most of the rooms and com­mu­nal ar­eas, such as the bar, lounge and din­ing room, are fur­nished with an­tiques, and many orig­i­nal art­works adorn the walls.

FA­CIL­I­TIES

Bar, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, a chil­dren’s play area, swim­ming pool, big-screen DStv in the com­mu­nal area, jacuzzi (pre-book­ing re­quired at an hourly rate), laun­dry and a braai area. The ho­tel also does events, such as wed­dings and year-end func­tions.

SER­VICE

Very good, and with a smile.

THE EAT­ING

The menu is com­pre­hen­sive and of­fers some­thing for most — in­clud­ing kid­dies and veg­e­tar­i­ans — but on a cold night af­ter a long day in the sad­dle, I opted for the lamb curry and bas­mati rice. Its authen­tic In­dian flavours made it an in­spired choice.

THE ‘DO’ LIST

Most guests are pass­ing through, but it’s worth spend­ing a bit more time in the area. The town’s Gre­go­rian-style Dutch Re­formed Church is one of the big­gest in the south­ern hemi­sphere; and a night stroll down the wide main street will give you an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the clean Ka­roo air, star-stud­ded skies and the well-pre­served ex­am­ples of Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian ar­chi­tec­ture. There’s also the op­tion of a day drive to Addo or one of the other game re­serves in the area.

BEST TIME TO GO

Mid-sum­mer is pro­hib­i­tively hot, so I’d rec­om­mend April - Oc­to­ber.

RATES

From R430 sin­gle per night to R770 for two peo­ple shar­ing, and R240 per per­son in a five-sleeper self-cater­ing unit. Break­fast is be­tween R45 and R90 and chil­dren un­der 11, shar­ing with par­ents, stay free.

CON­TACT

Mail royal@dieseli.co.za or see steytlervi­l­leac­com­mo­da­tion.co.za.

 ?? NICK YELL Pic­ture: Nick Yell ?? THE ROYAL HO­TEL, STEYTLERVI­LLE, EAST­ERN CAPE STOEP RIGHT UP The Royal Ho­tel in Steytlervi­lle harks back to an­other era.
NICK YELL Pic­ture: Nick Yell THE ROYAL HO­TEL, STEYTLERVI­LLE, EAST­ERN CAPE STOEP RIGHT UP The Royal Ho­tel in Steytlervi­lle harks back to an­other era.

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