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Facing the back of Spandau Kop, The Langhuis (or Longhouse) is a 19th Century house in a corner of famously preserved Graaff-Reinet in Donkin Street. With its green shutters and whitewashed walls, it contributes to the distinctive and homogenous character of the town, that which is synonymous with this part of the Great Karoo.
The 14-metre pool is the focal point of the back of the fruit-tree rich garden. Lying poolside on one of the loungers, you’re able to enjoy an interrupted view of the peak that, at the heart of the Valley of Desolation, takes its name from a castle standing sentinel over a town near Berlin. This part of the world is truly special, the secret to its preservation being the protective dolorite pinnacles that rise above it to the south west, as well as the river that borders its edge. These elements have protected it from development all these years.
The Langhuis actually consists of three houses that have been combined to form one long and spacious home. The old entrance door leads to two cool rooms that remain so during the day thanks to the shutters that help keep the intense heat at bay. There is a comfortable sitting room as well as an old-fashioned, en-suite bedroom with twin brass beds that make it appear as if it belongs in the attic of a Dutch country house.
A short passage leads to the back of the house – the real heart of The Langhuis. The vast living area is an absolute showstopper, one that is surprisingly unexpected in a place such as Graaff-Reinet, a place often characterised by old-style homes made up of tiny, boxy rooms. It runs the length of half of the house with a beautiful kitchen as well as an eating area dominated by a stunning 10-seater dining table. Your eye will immediately be drawn to the grand fireplace that’s capable of housing a couple of two-meter-long logs, so you can only imagine how cosy it is in the winter.
Neutral tones permeate throughout the house with modern furnishings making this slice of the Great Karoo more luxurious than any other – and one you’ll find hard to say goodbye to at the end of your stay.
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