Stay in one of the Karoo’s most notable streetscapes, beautifully restored by owner Sandra Antrobus. The 30 houses and cottages are graded three and four star, and all are beautifully appointed with authentic antique furnishings complementing the 1850s architectural styles. All have kitchens, well-maintained gardens, are pet-friendly, and have safe parking. All have television and ceiling fans, while some also have DStv and air-conditioning. The CBD is within walking distance, as are museums and notable churches. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served at the Victoria Manor hotel, a very short walk down the road.
Phone 048 881 1322
Victoria Manor Hotel
Corner of Market and Voortrekker Streets
The Vic Manor, as it is fondly known, is one of the Eastern Cape’s first hotels. Built in the 1840s, and beautifully restored, it has an understated and comfortable elegance. There are 16 en suite rooms, all graded three star. All have DStv, heaters and electric blankets, and a number of rooms have air-conditioning. There is a cosy bar, a large lounge, and a dining room that is the stuff of legend. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served at the hotel.
There is safe parking and as with the Tuishuise, the CBD is within walking distance.
Despite the old-fashioned appearance, there is wi-fi available in the reception area.
Phone 048 881 1322
112 Adderley Street
There are 13 en suite rooms in 4-star graded establishment, set along a quiet, treed extension to one of Cradock’s main roads. The house was built in 1905 and retains its old-fashioned grace. There is safe off-street parking, and guests have access to the lovely gardens (including braai facilities) and a private lounge. There is access to wi-fi. Rooms have DStv, tea and coffee facilities, heaters and electric blankets for winter, and ceiling fans for summer. The CBD is a short walk away. Breakfasts are served, and dinners are available on request.
Phone 048 881 5241 or 082 649 1838
40 Dundas Street
This elegant house along a quiet street was built in the late 1800s and features large reception rooms, expansive gardens and comfortable rooms. It comes highly recommended by the AA. There is a variety of accommodation, with seven en suite luxury rooms and three separate backpacker rooms. All rooms have television, most of them with DStv and there is access to wi-fi. Some of the rooms have small fridges and microwaves. Breakfast is generally included in the rates and there is supper on request.
There is safe off-street parking and the CBD is a few blocks away.
Phone 048 881 4624, 082 8888 953
45 Bree Street
This beautiful Victorian homestead with its large gardens offers 7 en suite rooms, all with their own entrance. All are made comfortable with tea and coffee facilities, heats and fans, electric blankets and bar fridges. Guests have access to a swimming pool, wi-fi, and braai facilities. Breakfasts are included and home-cooked dinners can be arranged on request. Heritage House is highly recommended by the AA and is gay-friendly. There is safe parking. There are beautiful old churches and museums close by and the CBD is only a few blocks away. This establishment is pet-friendly.
Phone 048 881 3210 or 078 538 0555
56 Bree Street
This intimate guesthouse in a peaceful street offers four en suite double rooms (all with television, two of which have DStv), tea and coffee facilities, access to a well-tended garden, braai facilities and safe parking. Rates include breakfast, but dinners are also available on request. Nietgenaamd is gay-friendly.
Phone 082 2579 249
The White Rose Guesthouse
11 Dundas Street
The White Rose Guesthouse has two self-cater cottages and five en suite rooms with their own entrances. It is graded three star and is AA Highly Recommended. There is air-conditioning in every room, as well as DStv, tea and coffee facilities. Some bedrooms have bar fridges. Guests have access to a lovely garden (which features roses, naturally), braai facilities and wi-fi. The CBD is only a few blocks away and there is safe parking for vehicles.
Breakfasts are included. Lunchpacks and dinners are also available on request.
Phone 048 881 1450 or 082 499 5281
Karoo Manor Guesthouse
30 Albert Road
This lovely guesthouse, with graded three star accommodation, has 12 en suite rooms all with DStv, air-conditioning and tea and coffee facilities. All guests have access wi-fi, a garden with swimming pool, and braai facilities. Breakfasts are served and dinners are available on request. There is safe parking, and Karoo Manor is within walking distance of the Cradock’s business district, schools and sporting facilities.
Phone 072 222 7232
98 JA Calata Street
This guesthouse is centrally situated and close to Cradock’s sportsgrounds. There are seven en suite rooms as well as a self-catering flat that sleeps 6. There is wi-fi and DStv in all the rooms. Parking is off-street and secure. Breakfast is served every morning, and lunches and dinners are available on request. There are braai facilities in the gardens. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning or fans. There are restaurants and shops in walking distance.
Phone: 082 652 8704
42 Dundas Street
This guesthouse has remained a favourite for many years. There are en suite bedrooms or self-catering units. All have DStv, wi-fi and in some cases, fridges and microwaves. It is pet-friendly, with a carefully-tended garden, and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. There is safe parking. Breakfasts are part of the rate, and lunch boxes and dinners can be prepared on request.
Phone 048 881 1920073 997 5605
Oude Pastorie Guesthouse
84 Bree Street
The pastorie was always where the head of the local church lived – gracious old homes, often the finest in many South African rural towns. The Oude Pastorie is no exception. Centrally situated and close to Cradock’s famous mother church (a replica of St Martin in the Fields, London), the guesthouse has en suite accommodation with kitchenettes, safe parking, wi-fi and television. There are also braai facilities and a lovely garden. Pets are welcome. All meals are by arrangement.
Phone 083 320 2969
6 College Road
Amali, which has a three star grading and comes highly recommended by the AA, has six self-catering rooms and two Bed + Breakfast en suite rooms. Some of the self-catering rooms are pet friendly. There is DStv, access to a spacious garden and a large braai area. There is off-street parking and the guesthouse is in one of Cradock’s most gracious streets, within walking distance of shops and eateries.
Phone 072 222 7232
7 Cities Guesthouse
14 Staatspresident Swart Street
The latest addition to Cradock’s upmarket guesthouses is 7 Cities, which is graded 4-star, and which has facilities for disabled guests. It is situated in a quiet, leafy suburb. As the name indicates, there are seven en suite bedrooms, all with DStv, air-conditioning, hair-dryers, bar-fridges as well as tea and coffee facilities. There are fax and wi-fi facilities on request too. One room has been specially adapted for wheelchair use.
There is a Jacuzzi in the garden, as well as a firepit.
There is secure parking and each room has its own entrance. Rates include breakfast.
Phone 048 881 1125 or 072 520 7988