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Cavers Guest House

Cavers Country Guest House was built in 1860 by William Ross as a family home. The generous proportions of the two-story stone house’s rooms and ceilings create a sense of space and luxury that is all too rare in these modern times. The 4-star hotel is set in award-winning gardens that stretch across four acres and are expertly managed by Rozanne Ross, the wife of Kenneth Ross who is the fourth Ross to farm on Cavers.

The luxurious house reminds one of a homely yet stylish farmhouse. The house’s four bedrooms are large and beautifully decorated with period furnishings. All rooms are provided with DSTV and WiFi, and each has views over the gardens or toward the Winterberg Mountains. In addition to the four suites in the main house, there is also a cottage on the grounds that has two spacious and comfortable en-suite bedrooms.

The house’s lounge is spacious and extremely comfortable. It features a wood-burning fireplace that burns each night, drawing you in on the cold nights. The entrance hall has a beautiful timber staircase that sweeps up to the private rooms. The dining room is almost baronial in size, and the dining table and Oriental carpet under the table are certainly palace size. In addition, there is an honesty bar and TV “snug” for those sporting events that just cannot be missed.

The Cavers farm provides the finest ingredients for meals at the hotel, including tender Merino Lamb, well-seasoned venison, Holstein beef of the highest grade, and various dairy products. Candle-lit dinners around the dining table or a barbecue under the stars are equally excellent ways to enjoy the hotel’s cuisine.

Guests of Cavers enjoy exploring the large gardens and observing its many bird species. Fishing for large-mouth bass and bluegill in the dams is also a favorite activity. In typical country house style, there is a clay tennis court for the more energetic. There are also reliable farm horses that can be taken with a guide into the surrounding veld.

History buffs will enjoy this area enormously as the Eastern Cape was the scene of many so-called “Kaffir Wars” between the settlers and the indigenous peoples. The hotel is also well placed for those who want to use it as their base to make day trips to the Cradock Mountain Zebra National Park, the Addo Elephant Park, or Double Drift Game Reserve.

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