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Overview
AA national heritage street hotel, looking back for the future Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor in Cradock is a national heritage and cultural treasure – an entire street of 30 Karoo-style houses and a heritage hotel have been authentically and conscientiously restored. It is a living museum... and one you can actually stay in! The beautifully preserved street and hotel date back to the 1840s. Cradock is a place of rich cultural diversity, much of which is preserved and promoted in Market street. Die Tuishuise are an elegant collection of restored Victorian-era Karoo-style guest houses lining historic Market Street and leading up to Victoria Manor, a grand hotel built circa 1848. Sandra Antrobus, the owner and restorer of Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, has decorated each house and hotel room in its own distinctive theme of period prints and antique furniture, to reflect an atmosphere of understated elegance, reminiscent of the lifestyles of the English and Dutch Settlers and ox-wagon artisans from all over the world at the turn of the century. Priceless antiques, Africana prints, books and original pieces, like the ox-wagon stretches, peg top tables and Bible desks, bring the 1800s to life. Guests are afforded a rare opportunity to escape the present and enjoy the historically rich surroundings, as well as the personalised service and modern amenities like beautifully appointed bathrooms, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and DSTV, as well as a focus on making the accommodation uplifting, light and bright as required by today's discerning traveller. Our passions and purpose are worked into every aspect of our business: • A staff of 40, of which 90% who have worked for longer than 10 years, some 25 years; • Cradock, Karoo and South African heritage beautifully and authentically preserved for present and future generations; • Community and job creation with daily employment and organising monthly events and festivals; • Youth training with partnerships for training with chef and hospitality students; • Environmental awareness with installation of solar panels and water tanks; • Water-wise and purposeful gardens with medicinal herbs, heritage scented roses for picking and pleasure, fruit and herbs for staff and kitchen use; • Traditional South African and local slow food. Our recipes reflect the culture of all the people of the Karoo; and • Local tourist attractions are promoted with daily tours and detailed information. Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor caters for conferences, special occasions, such as weddings and celebration teas. Dining at Victoria Manor is a country affair, an indulgence of superb traditional Karoo and South African food – evening meals are by candlelight in the beautifully decorated dining room. For relaxation of the body and mind, Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor has a health, beauty and wellness centre, and you will find a curio shop and libraries also on the property. We are a child and pet-friendly establishment. Cradock is a place of literary legends, war heroes and anti-apartheid struggle icons. But it is perhaps best known for street level, day-to-day, warmth and kindness – so typical of much of the Eastern Cape. For nature lovers, Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor is a great base from which to explore the unique landscapes, animals and plants of the nearby Mountain Zebra National Park. Adventurers have many opportunities to enjoy the amazing Fish River with rafting, tubing, canoeing and fishing abounding. Abseiling, 4x4, trail running, golf, jukskei, bowls, tennis, cricket and athletics are all community building and wonderful local attractions.
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