Graaff-Reinet Guest House Avondrust B&B

Graaff-Reinet Guest House Avondrust B&B


Gracious Living

Guest House

In the heart of Graaff-Reinet lies Avondrust, an imposing Guest House and B&B. Built in 1911 it offers you 4000m2 of gracious living as its philosophy.

History Of Avondrust Guest House

Avondrust – A Home from Home in the Karoo

Cradled in a loop of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is home to some 200 national monuments. Around every corner a piece of history is revealed to the visitor.

And it is here, in the centre of town, that Merino sheep farmer and breeder, Jan Stephanus Minnaar, built his dream house during 1911. Avondrust (“evening rest”) was to be his retirement home. He lived here with his wife, Maria Magdalena Smuts, “Ouma Smuts”. After he passed away, his daughter, Cora Lückhoff inherited Avondrust. Cora did not want to live in the house and sold it to her brother, Eduard Smuts (Eddie) Minnaar. After his and his wife’s death, Cyril Minnaar bought Avondrust from the estate. His grandfather was Jan Minnaar’s brother.

Still later Avondrust became a residence for trainee female teachers. A series of new owners followed. Eventually an investment company from England purchased the house, but their plans never materialized and Avondrust stood empty for quite a while.

During the 1990’s, the Van Hoffen Family converted the house into a guesthouse. It is still a home away from home for guests today with Nico Hattingh and Tess Erlank as the current owners.

Current Specials

Currently no specials are running. Please book online or contact us for more information.


Luxury Rooms
Single / Double R 1550.00 per unit per night
Deluxe Rooms
Single R 925.00 per night
Double R 1050.00 per night sharing
Family Units
Single R 1000.00 per night
Double R 1200.00 per night sharing
Triple R 1400.00 per night sharing
Quadruple R 1600.00 per night sharing
December R 2000.00 per unit per night
(valid from 01 Dec 2017 to 22 Jan 2017)

All accommodation exclude breakfast:

  • Option 1: R 100.00 p.p. (Fruit cocktail, yoghurt, a choice of 3 cereals, coffee, tea, fruit juice and a full country breakfast)
  • Option 2: R 75.00 p.p. (Coffee, tea, fruit juice and a full country breakfast)

Contact Details

Nico Hattingh & Tess Erlank
083 377 4381
049 892 3566
049 892 3577
086 607 7381


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AvondrustGuest House

Payment Options

  • American Express
  • Bank Deposit (EFT)
  • Diners Card
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

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