A place to stay: Kestell Hotel and Guesthouse

by Maretha Langenhoven

“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future” – Corrie Ten Boom

What seemed like just another building in this small town actually turned out to be a real gem filled with character, old world charm and lots of antiques. This hotel has been renovated and the owners did a very good job of preserving the “feel” whilst at the same time giving the property a new lease on life.

Rumours has it that on the opening evening a bit more than a hundred years ago, the second floor burned down and it was then decided not to have a double story building. The original owners are not known, as the deeds cannot be found.

This little hotel and the town (almost the same size) is very central and just a short drive from “Golden Gate” and “Clarens” so we treaded off on a site seeing trip and enjoyed the beautiful mountains and scenery.

While relaxing in the foyer next to the fireplace we met some very interesting people and as you know us, started chatting to Dr. André Kruger, his wife Monica and their daughter Annie from Hoogland Health Hydro. They were travelling with Dave Barr, a remarkable American man who lost both his legs when his Jeep hit a landmine in Angola while Dave was the legendary colonel Jan Breytenbach’s machine gunner. “Dave Barr’s Rough Riders” are touring South Arica on motorcycles raising funds for Cheshire Homes. Annie organised this entire tour. You can follow them at www.chutzpah.org.za.

Lesson learned: “I have learned that the biggest disability any of us may ever face is our own attitudes.” – Jeffery F Walton

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