High Corner Guest House
is one of Grahamstown’s most loved landmarks.
Situated in upper High Street opposite the famous Drostdy Arch and Rhodes University, it is within easy walking distance of numerous restaurants and coffee shops, Rhodes University, the High Court, museums and businesses.
The property comprises the Messenger’s Cottage which is the oldest cottage in Grahamstown, built in 1814, a former Saddle Shop and Tannery, and the original Grahamstown Gentlemen’s Club. It was once home to District Surgeon Dr. John Atherstone, famous 1820 settler Thomas Stubbs, and author, poet and playwright Professor Guy Butler.
This gracious home has been meticulously restored and boasts a yellow wood staircase and floors, oregon pine paneling, high ceilings and generous rooms graced with Cape antiques and original art.
The Guest House has five beautifully furnished bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and, not forgetting modern comforts, heated towel rail,satellite television on the DSTV hotel bouquet, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and digital safes. Our upstairs rooms are air-conditioned for guest comfort whilst a fan / heater is provided in our garden room.
Accommodation at High Corner Guest House:
Two self-catering cottages are now also available.
Guests have use of the elegant lounge, vine-covered patio and salt water swimming pool, on-site beauty clinic (by appointment only) and secure off-street parking behind beautiful old stone walls.
- Laundry facilities on request.
- Children welcome.
- Internet access.
Sasol SciFest - The week long festival includes interactive exhibitions, popular lectures, workshops, a laser show, Science Olympics, game drives, primary and senior school quizzes, the PlayFair, field trips, a church service, Sunset Shows, `Talkshops`, a street parade and even a FilmFest.
National Arts Festival - Africa`s largest and most colourful cultural event offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. The festival offers more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music
Schools Festival - Pupils are given an opportunity to experience a carefully structured program of Arts and English related activities designed to empower them by developing their skills of communication.
See below a list of some of our historical monuments :
- 1820 Settlers National Monument
- 44 Air School & Grahamstown Military Base
- Artificer`s Square: the old artisan`s quarter
- Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George
- City Hall, settlers Memorial Tower
- Observatory Museum
- St Patrick`s Church
- The Drostdy Gate