Stay in a house rich in history: Barclays erected the small sandstone building in the early 1900’s as the first bank building in the district. It was recently renovated into a self catering guest house that can accommodate six persons in three en-suite bedrooms; it comprises two double bedrooms and a twin room. The living room and the fully equipped kitchen both have a fireplace. There is also an outside braai area.
The lake district in Chrissiesmeer
An ideal stop over on your way to the Kruger Park, KwaZulu Natal or Swaziland, Chrissiesmeer is a delightful gem located in the lake district of South Africa, with more than 270 lakes and pans in a 20km radius. Well known for its birding, it is also great for fishing, cycling, walks around the lake and a perfect hide away from the hustle and bustle.
Things to do in the area
Take a long walk, experience the lovely countryside on a bicycle, or do some bird watching (ask for us to arrange a skilled guide). The town is a perfect get-away place to just relax at one of the quaint coffee shops, or the historic pub and grill, The Billiard Room, built by the British for their officers during the Anglo-Boer War. Gin tasting at the Gin Shop is very popular. Be sure to visit the famous McClouds wool shop and bring some extra money to purchase a delightful wool duvet or pilow! Those interested in history can arrange to visit the Anglo-Boer war battle site and see Bushmen rock paintings.
History of the building
After the closing of the bank the property was used among other things as a coffee shop and art gallery. At the turn of the 2000’s it became the home of Ton Sanders, a retired professor and a legend in our town. He did valuable research about the history of the area and published a number of books on the origin and the early years of Chrissiesmeer as well as the Bushman that stayed in that area. He recently relocated and the house was renovated into a self-catering guesthouse, Die Bankhuis.