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Situated near the N12 Treasure Route from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Kimberley, the large suburban fenced in vast property was purpose built into thoughtfully appointed rooms to welcome guests.
16 Guest rooms are situated around two court yards named King and Queen’s Court which mainly refer to the size of the beds. Various options of rooms includes a family room, a wheelchair friendly room and self-catering capacity rooms.
All rooms are very spacious with sensible floor layouts. The décor is classic modern and elegant in stylish subdued pastel tones with quality furniture. It is the perfect haven for business and leisure travelers alike and provides a comfortable work desk with ample lighting.
The New-Victorian style main house features a semi open dining room and small informal lounge with a corner bar en route to the fully equipped Conference room. Noticeable antique furniture and heirlooms set the tone together with chandeliers and original pictures, paintings and quilts will contribute towards the enjoyment of meals.
In the early 1930’s local attorney Danny van Ryneveldt built the original gabled house on a large small holding for his wife called Pixie. The original imported wooden floors and pressed ceilings are to be seen in the breakfast room and throughout the main house. Only two families have owned this house after it was built by the Van Ryneveldt’s. At the time it was a smaller farm style homestead, complete with cows and water irrigation canals.
The Styger Family acquired the property in 1989. During renovations these irrigation canals were exposed and various artefacts were found. Extensive renovations and redevelopment were added on to the original home. Johan was instrumental in the layout of the initial and enlarged family home. The veranda added on the western façade became characteristic in all future extensions.
The Styger daughters enjoyed a whale of a time during their childhood here in all the big trees and vast property. When they misbehaved, they were ordered to walk around the big house until they could resolve their differences in a disciplined fashion. The cocker spaniel dog at the time called Rufus, started out with them until he got tired and sat next to their father Johan on the stoep, patiently waiting for the girls to solve their differences amicably while walking together.
After the three daughters left home, they would now allow their parents to sell the property. A unanimous decision was reached to share this big property with guests. Johan and Annemarie added the first six new luxury rooms (now Kings Court) to start a guest house during 2010.
After extension two and three was completed during 2014, ten additional luxury rooms were added (now Queen’s Court) situated around the former swimming pool area. Queen’s Court includes a family room, two self-catering capacity rooms and a wheelchair friendly room. The terrain is also wheelchair friendly in terms of universal access.
The original out building hosted a pre-school. This was converted into a stained glass studio for Annemarie where she taught the art and completed several commissions for buildings around South Africa while raising the three girls. A few stained glass items were kept in the main house and can be seen in the former dining room and bar area which Annemarie lovingly created for her husband, containing his initials. Many happy hours were spend around this bar with friends and family, admiring Johan’s many medals for running the Comrades and Two Ocean Races back to back.
A gallery depicting the history of the house and a glimpse of the family history is under construction. Joyce, former domestic worker with the family since 1999, is now Head of Housekeeping. The Styger’s is paying for the school education of Joyce’s granddaughter Rorisang, who is attending the same Afrikaans school that the Styger daughters attended.