29 Aug 2008
A few guest houses have recently come on to the market in the Eastern Cape coastal town of Port Alfred.
One of these is the listed Royal St Andrews Lodge with a price tag of R9,750m, according to Isobel Meyer, principal of Pam Golding Properties (PGP) in Port Alfred.
Set in an acre and half of indigenous garden, the lodge has 14 rooms, comprising fully equipped and serviced en-suite family units, single rooms and garden chalets. It is also home to the Thistle Restaurant and Highlander Pub.
The 1,151sq m hotel has been restored by its present-day owners, who have created a truly Scottish ambience around its polished Oregon Pine staircase, dark timber finishes and tartan trim above the bar counter, says Meyer.
The Thistle Restaurant opens out on to covered patios and decks that in turn lead to a sparkling blue pool.
For buyers interested in something with an Italian feel, the Portofino Hotel is also on the market for R6,950m.
The 2,191sq m property offers 11 en-suite bedrooms, all with air conditioning and kitchenettes. There is also a communal living room, bar and dining room as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
There is also the heritage-linked Halstead House on the East bank of the Kowie River. According to Susan Mclellan, principal of Unique Property Shop, the property with its eight en-suite bedrooms, four reception rooms and pool is on the market for R4m. It was run as the Seaview Hotel and then a boarding establishment for many years before being beautifully restored.
"It has been decorated in a minimalist style. The floors are white with Nguni cow skins casually anchoring the lounge while African portraits share space with chrome bar stools, couches and dark tables," says Mclellan.
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