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In the heart of diamond country is a gem of a find – a luxury guesthouse situated in Kimberley’s Heritage Area.
The appeal of this 10 bedroom house, once owned by De Beers, is a carefully balanced mix of past and present. Buildings in this area date back to the diamond rush in 1866. Whilst Kimberley Country House captures the history and grandeur of a century ago, you will find all the modern-day amenities you would expect at a luxury establishment.
Kimberley Country House is situated in Kimberley’s Heritage Area. Buildings in this area were erected over a 50-year period, dating back to the diamond rush in 1866. The minute you step through the front gate, it’s as if you’re stepping back in time, but with all the modern-day amenities you expect when you have a stay-over in Kimberley. There are carefully selected original artworks adorning the walls, and furniture pieces chosen for their stopping power.
One such a piece is the beautiful antique Burmese Teak dining table in the dining room. This table belonged to Mr Weatherby, the valuator for the Diamond Corporation. Many famous characters of the diamond rush era were entertained around this very table. Two of these were Barney Barnato and Cecil John Rhodes, according to Mr Weatherby’s granddaughter.
Indeed, this De Beers Consolidated Mining Company house still has many memories of a bygone era, from the original stained glass adorning the entrance, and the ornate door bell. The De Beers Consolidated Mining Ltd bricks are visible here and there, and there are deep verandas, Oregon pine floors, Persian carpets, sash windows, restored shutters and chandeliers throughout the house.
We are committed to making our guests’ stay as memorable as possible. Tasteful décor with imported curtains and beautifully styled accommodation contribute to this experience. The appeal of this house is a carefully balanced mix of past and present.
The courtyard and pool area are at clients’ disposal, as are our braai facilities. Intimate ‘meeting places’ are scattered throughout our establishment. Our covered veranda has several such ‘meeting places’ for guests to make use of.
Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to the scrumptious breakfast.
Type Of Accommodation: Rooms
Amenities In Rooms (May differ in rooms):
- Queen Size Bed
- Double Bed
- No smoking in rooms
- Air conditioning
- En-suite bathrooms
- Other DSTV Channels
- Coffee and Tea
- Daily service
- Braai Area
- Safe Parking
Other Facilities Onsite: Free Wi-Fi
Other Facilities Nearby:
- Adventure Activities
- Historical Tours
- Shopping Mall
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The Big Hole
You can’t visit Kimberley without a trip to The Big Hole. Learn about the history around the first diamond found in 1866 South Africa. Find out how a featureless, flat-topped hill became the largest hand-dug excavation site in the world. Tours are conducted, and a memorable activity is a visit to the Old Town, next to the big hole. Step back in time and discover how our ancestors struck the big time!
The William Humphreys Art Gallery
One of South Africa’s most prestigious art museums, this gallery opened its doors in 1952. The Gallery’s namesake, William Humphreys, donated his personal collection of 16th and 17th centurion Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other valuable art pieces.
Anglo-Boer War Memorials
History enthusiasts love Kimberley and surrounds for the ample war stories of days gone by. One of the most impressive memorials is the Celtic Cross, erected in memory of the Highland Brigade fatalities at Magersfontein. Both British and Boer losses are commemorated at Magersfontein. The Honoured Dead Memorial was designed by the famous architect, Sir Herbert Baker, designer of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It is situated at the highest point in Kimberley and is considered among the finest memorials in South Africa.
Relish the glorious architecture of a bygone era with a visit to the Kimberley City Hall, designed by Fergus Carstairs Rogers and build in 1899 just prior to the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War. It served as a rations distribution point during the Siege of Kimberley.
Freddie Tait Golf Museum
South Africa’s first museum dedicated to golfing is situated at the Kimberley Golf Club. Golf artefacts and trophies are on display here. The museum’s namesake was an amateur British golf champion in 1896 and 1898. He died during an Anglo-Boer War skirmish near Kimberley in 1900.
The McGregor Museum
This museum features dazzling displays of natural history and the environment, and is the principal research institution in the Northern Cape. Well worth a visit.
Toast the past in Kimberley’s oldest pub, and consider doing the official ‘pub crawl’ of historic pubs in town.