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This old Karoo home, circa 1856, has been created into a small boutique-type accommodation centrally situated in Graaff-Reinet, the jewel of the Karoo. Our guesthouse, named Aa`Qtansisi, is derived from the authentic original Khoisan language, meaning “We welcome You”.

Dating back 350,000 years ago, the Khoisan were the first human inhabitants, in Graaff-Reinet & our town, Graaff-Reinet may well be the Origin of Mankind!

Be prepared to be spoilt & delighted with personal attention & unique flavours of decor in each part of this accommodation so that Aa`Qtansisi, will become your first choice of accommodation, when passing through Graaff-Reinet.

Graaff Reinet became the centre of British military operations for the whole Eastern Cape during the Second Boer War. In 1901, a
number of captured Boer rebels were tried in the town for crimes ranging from high treason, murder, attempted murder, arson and robbery.

Nine were sentenced to death, with eight of these being executed by firing squad on the outskirts of the town, while the ninth sentence was carried out in Colesberg. The Burgher Monument in Donkin Street commemorates the fallen rebels.

-Full Breakfast
-Private Entrance
-Special Diets catered for
-Private Bathroom
-Tea & Coffee Facility
-Ice in Summer
-Air Conditioning
-Electric Blankets
-TV (sabc channels)
-Swimming Pool
-Braai Facilities
-Safe Off-Street Parking
-Pets Welcome
-Children Welcome
-Fax Service

Rooms and Units Available:

Classic Twin
A classic singles room, featuring traditional barley twist oak furniture. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a shower, fully equipped with aircon, tv, coffee station and toiletries. This room has its own entrance from safe parking area.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Four Poster French (Double)
A reminder after the medieval period of the French Huguenots. This Queen -size four-poster cast iron bed, is dressed in blue & white. The bathroom has bath and a shower. The room also boasts a private entrance from safe parking area.
Sleeps 2 Adults and 1 child

French Room (Twin)
A tranquil room, hosting extra large single beds, with a distinct French flavour. The beautiful wheelchair friendly en-suite bathroom has a shower and a victorian style bath. This room has a private entrance from safe parking bay, and is fully equipped.
Sleeps 2 Adults and 1 child

Gypsy Room
This enchanted Gypsy quarter, conjures up magical & musical memories. The bed is draped with extravagant bejewelled fabrics transported by the nomadic travellers from India.
Sleeps 2 Adults and 1 child

Karoo Room
Step into this bedroom en-suite; filled with unique Karoo Keepsakes; memories from yesteryear ? oil lamps, shuttered headboard, hat box, & enamelware. It will take you back in time; into the charming grand ol? Karoo lifestyle.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Moroccan (Double Room)
Step into colourful Marrakesh..... This room features Moroccan lanterns, carved kist & arched doors, mosaics & a Queen-size canopied bed. The bathroom is in true Moroccan style and is equipped with a corner bath, shower, aircon, coffee and hairdryer.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Slave Quarters Family suite
A Luxurious Family Unit drawing inspiration from antique elegance and slave quaters alike. It has one double bed and three single beds,with a bathroom,bathtub and toilet.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Zanzibari (Double Room)
A taste of the exotic island of Zanzibar! This room boasts a XL King-size 4 poster mahogany bed, enveloped in a mosquito net.& saddlebags. Fully equiped with en-suite old style bathroom, Aircons, TV, coffee-station, hairdryer & toiletries.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool


From Cape Town: ( N9 )
- Follow N9 into Graaff-Reinet. Follow this road straight into town, heading straight for the old Dutch Reformed Church.

- Cross over the first 4-way stop street.( Middle Street - Midas on the corner). At the next 4-way stop (Somerset street), turn left.

- Cross straight over the next stop street (Corner of Bourke and Somerset Street). We are 3 houses down on the left hand side.

* 69 Somerset Street.

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