Arrive as guests and leave as friends pretty much sums up the experience at Graafwater Hotel. Presided over by a splendid couple, Leon and Susette Breedt, since 2003, the hotel is the life and soul of the village. However, top honours go to the bar where a steady stream of locals stop for some banter or to soothe parched throats throughout the day. The bar’s cowboy swing door – a cheeky nod to the Wild West – is definitely a head-turner.
Built in 1910 across the road from the station, the hotel offers two room options: double rooms with en-suite bathrooms or single rooms sharing a full bathroom. Although the immaculately clean rooms are basic, the bathrooms have been modernised. The hotel also features a swimming pool (dwarfed by a giant ficus tree), private braai area and one-arm bandits.
You’re assured of being pampered Sandveld-style here. Especially satisfying is that you have committed owners at the helm offering a warm welcome, decent food, peace and quiet. Susette oozes charm, while gorgeous feline Grysman lazily eyes the goings-on.
Breakfasts are served daily and dinners on request are traditional affairs with meat, vegetables and, you guessed it, potatoes aplenty.
While here, your to-do list should include rooibos tours (ph 027 4822022), Sandberg 4×4 (ph 027 4122662), hiking (ph 027 4822933) and biking (ph 027 4822022).
Rates are R300 pppn and dinners R80 pp. To book, phone 027 4221324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.