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The Angler and Antelope Guesthouse offers a unique experience on large landscaped grounds securely enclosed in the heart of the town. The venue has maintained the ambiance of yesteryear with the comforts of the modern era.

Slightly off the beaten track, 24 kms from Cookhouse west off the N10 between Port Elizabeth and Cradock, Somerset East lies at the foot of the Boschberg Mountain range. It is an undiscovered gem that reveals its depth of character when you are up close and personal.

The guesthouse`s elegance is its simplicity. Most of the original Oregon of 1893 has been restored, and each of the six en-suite bedrooms captures the grace and elegance of the Victorian era, boasting air conditioning, goose down and cotton Percale.

The bathrooms are something to behold, reflecting characteristics of the generations that inhabited the home previously, with underfloor heating. The accommodation comprises of three twin rooms, one double room and two double / twin / family rooms. Wireless internet connection is available on the premises.

St Francis, an old church built in 1906, boasts a spirited character and comprises of the lounge, dining room, kitchen, bar and fly fishing shop. Seated under Oregon beams on custom made Blackwood furniture, you might well find yourself contemplating, as your taste buds are tantalized by the aromas of wholesome country cooking in its open plan layout.

If you find yourself confessing to enjoyment and relaxation whilst sipping your favourite malt whisky in an old church you might be tempted to visit the old confessional.

Smoking is not permitted indoors, but the views of the mountain and the gurgling sounds of the interesting water feature create a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy smoking outdoors.

Accommodation at The Angler and Antelope Guesthouse:
The Guesthouse features 7 bedrooms. Six of these rooms have air-conditioning, underfloor heating and en-suite bathrooms with both bath and shower, as well as double vanity. Two family units have been added to the guesthouse, both with self-catering facilities, and both able to sleep 4 people.

Mountain Room
Family room with twin beds and sleeper couch for children 12 and under. The room has DSTV, full bathroom, air-conditioning and underfloor heating.

Trout Room
Semi-self catering room with twin beds. The room has a fridge, microwave and toaster. Also with a TV, full bathroom, air-conditioning and underfloor heating.

Train Room
Double room with DSTV, full bathroom, air-conditioning and underfloor heating.

Antelope Room
Semi-self catering twin room. The room has a fridge, microwave, toaster and private braai area. Private entrance, DSTV, full bathroom, air-conditioning and underfloor heating.

Gazania Room
Family room with king size bed and sleeper couch for children 12 and under. The room has DSTV, full bathroom, air-conditioning and underfloor heating.

Sunbird Room
Twin room with TV, full bathroom, air-conditioning and underfloor heating.

Pebble Room
Standard room with double bed, in-suite shower, fan and electric blanket.

Self-catering suite
The unit sleeps 4. The bedroom has a queen sized and single bed, and a further single bed is available in the lounge/kitchen area. The bathroom is en-suite with shower. Full self-catering facilities as well as DSTV.

Family unit
The units sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. The lounge features semi-self catering (microwave, toaster & fridge) and DSTV. The bathroom has a shower over the bath.

All the rooms in The Angler and Antelope Guesthouse feature:
- Percale linen and Mohair blankets. Goose down duvets and pillows
- Tea and coffee making facilities, homemade rusks.

Children Policy:
The lodge can accommodate children under 12 years on sleeper couches in parents room, or in the family units.

Activities:

- Exclusive fly fishing on top of the Boschberg mountain and in the Fish River for trout and yellow fish, as well as 5 other freshwater species
- Nature walks
- Game viewing
- Golf
- Historical tours
- Bird watching
- Mountain biking
- Walter Battiss Art Museum
- Centrally situated between 3 National parks

Health and Climate:

The Eastern Cape is malaria free. It must be mentioned that the temperatures can be in excess of 40 deg C during February and March, so air-conditioning in rooms are a must.

Rooms and Units Available:

Business room
Luxury twin room with down duvets and pillows, cotton percale linen, DSTV and air-conditioning. The bathroom is en suite with bath and shower, double vanity and has underfloor heating.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Business self-catering
Luxury room with two single beds, goose down duvets and pillows and cotton percale with mohair blankets. Some self-catering facilities, DSTV, air-conditioning. En-suite bathroom with underfloor heating, double vanity, bath and shower.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Executive King
Luxury room with kingsize bed, down duvets and pillows, cotton percale linen, mohair blanket, DSTV and air-conditioning. The bathroom is en suite with both bath and shower, double vanity and underfloor heating. Sleeper couch for children under 13.
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Executive King/Twin
Luxury room with king bed (can be twin), down duvet and pillows, cotton percale linen, mohair blanket, DSTV and air-conditioning. The bathroom is en suite with both bath and shower, double vanity and underfloor heating. Sleeper couch for under 13's.
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Executive self-catering
Luxury room with standard double bed. air-con, under-floor heating, DSTV, some self-catering facilites, seperate entrance, braai facility, en-suite with bath and shower, double vanity.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Executive Twin
Luxury room with two single beds, down duvet and pillows, cotton percale linen, mohair blanket, DSTV and air-conditioning. The bathroom is en suite with both bath and shower, double vanity and underfloor heating.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family unit
Comfortable family unit with two bedrooms, a bathoom with shower over bath, and lounge area with DSTV. Outsitde BBQ with self-catering facilities.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Babies
Children under 12
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Cots available
Garden
Parking (off-street - open)
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

- 21 days or more prior to arrival, deposit 80% refundable
- 20 to 14 days prior to arrival, deposit 50% refundable
- 13 days and less prior to arrival, deposit non-refundable

Directions:

By Air:
International flights arrive in Cape Town or Johannesburg, with connecting flights to Port Elizabeth Airport.
Somerset East landing strip is currently being upgraded.

By Road:
From Cape Town: Take the N1 to Johannesburg. At Beaufort-West, take the R61 to Aberdeen & Graaff-Reinet. From Graaff-Reinet, proceed on the R75 for 16km southwards towards Port Elizabeth, and then take the R63 via Pearston to Somerset East.

From Johannesburg: Take the N1 South to Bloemfontein. Continue with the N1 to Colesberg, and then take the N9 via Noupoort and Middelburg. At Middelburg, take the N10 split to Craddock. Proceed south on the N10 to Cookhouse. At Cookhouse, take the R63 to Somerset East.

From Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown, where it splits with the N10 Northwards at Nanaga, proceed via Paterson to Cookhouse/Craddock. At Cookhouse, take the R63 to Somerset East.

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