The most favoured room, undoubtedly, is the Knegtekamer (Slave's Quarters), furnished completely in traditional style. Alta Coetzee feels so close to, even protective, over this room that she will only recommend it to certain people.
This unique room is the first building in the Hantamhuis
Kompleks that is equipped with sun panels to supply
electricity for an electric blanket in winter or a fan
in summer. There might even be enough power left over to
charge a cell phone or laptop computer.
Here you can snuggle down and watch the shadows from an
oil lamp play across the walls, and let your imagination
tiptoe across the threshold of another century.
Flagstone floors covered in animal skins, solid
furniture that dates to when craftsmen crafted lovingly
- even for minions living quarters, old cookie barrels,
candlesticks, snuff boxes, ball and claw bathtub - all
add to this special unit's character.
You may have to bathe by candlelight in the wonderful
old bathtub, and in summer you'll have to untie the
mosquito net above the bed and surround yourself with
the protective lace that spans like a tent around you,
but in all it adds up to a wonderfully memorable
experience. Stoic stares from portraits of two
presidents of the Old Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek framed
by their republic colours will watch over you while you
If you feel bold enough, you could make yourself a fire
in the hearth, or sit on the riempiesbank (riempie seat
settee) and page through an ancient Huisgenoot
(Afrikaans magazine). The architecture and furniture
will keep the interested spell-bound for hours on end.
The most intriguing thing about this room is, you'll
have to fight a terrible urge to come back again and
* Double bed
* En-suite bathroom
* Limited electricity
* Traditional living experience