Stuurmansfontein Corbelled House

Stuurmansfontein Corbelled House is situated near Carnarvon in the Karoo and has been restored to its former glory to provide guests with an experience of the way life was over 200 years ago. This National Monument offers guests three bedrooms; two furnished with double beds and the other room with two single beds.

The shared bathroom features a large wash basin for bathing and water needs to be boiled for hot water, while the outdoors shower only has cold water. Water is pumped from the fountain to the house with the use of a "windpomp" and the house has a modern flush toilet, as well as a long-drop away from the house. The kitchen is fully equipped, with a Dover stove and a gas fridge and stove. Guests can also relax in the lounge and enjoy the old world feel of the Corbelled House or do their cooking or have a barbecue in the asbosskerm, which is only found in the Karoo.

The Corbelled House is available for self-catering or bed and breakfast and dinner is available on request. Situated on a farm, guests have wide open space to go for walks or cycle along the paths, while the lack of electricity ensures that guests will enjoy beautiful starry nights. For absolute peace, tranquility and security, no better retreat will be found than Stuurmansfontein Corbelled House.

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  • "Romantic stay in the Karoo"

    02 September 2018

    "A remote and private but very special place about 4 km away from the farmhouse. Ideal for a 2 Night stay (or longer if used as a base for exploring the Karoo) on self catering basis. Arrive early and consider driving time of nearly one hour from Carnavon. A historic building but with modern comforts."

    Mike von der Heyde
  • "great hospitality and location"

    01 May 2018

    "The house is beautifully restored and decorated. One has everything one needs. The location is amazing. The owners were very friendly and helpful and even organized meat for our braais. The lack of cell phone reception did not bother us at all and we were not far from the owners house but still very private."

    Doris Zimmermann
  • "Comforts of old"

    04 January 2018

    "What a special place! Its about as remote as one can imagine so the sense of peace and relaxation is profound. The house is quirky and old and we had to adapt especially in the kitchen to no electricity or plumbing and just an outside tap but very quickly it all seemed natural and charming (there is gas for cooking, fridge and hot water and plumbing in the bathroom). It is a very comfortable house with much care taken with the decor. Our only difficulty was no cupboards to unpack clothes into but for a short stay this was a small issue. Charmaine supplied a most delicious picnic basket of supplies for supper one evening. Piet and Charmaine were very charming hosts and very close should we need anything - their farmhouse is 5km away so all relative to this city dweller. We want to return for longer next time."

    Helena Janisch
  • "Exceptional place"

    21 December 2017

    "Wow .. wonderful place ..,lots of detail even fresh flowers in house .. very safe ... will be back again soon"

    Malinda Nell
  • "A Merle experience"

    20 March 2017

    "Loved every bit of it, tastefully decorated, spacious and comfortable in all respects"

    Tommy Scriven
  • "A little piece of heaven on earth"

    04 January 2017

    "Wow! That is the only word I can use to describe this beautiful house in the middle of nowhere. The stark beauty of the surrounding area and the fact that there is no cellphone reception or electricity just lends to the absolute charm of this old home.<br/>We had a wonderful braai dinner organised by Charmaine - absolutely delicious - karoo lamb, boerewors, roast potatoes, salad, koeksisters and chocolate brownies and accompanied by a bottle of chilled white wine. <br/>Once the sun set you light the candles and enjoy the peace and quiet and complete solitude. The outdoor shower is delicious as well.<br/>Charmaine catered breakfast at the farmhouse as well and we loved every minute of our stay. What a very special place."

    Gina Kuhlmann, South Africa
  • "Beautifully preserved, wonderfully isolated"

    08 January 2014

    "We had a wonderfully relaxing time. The house is preserved really well and it felt like we were back in 1930s with no electrics or phone signal. Upside is we could see a million stars and get back in touch with nature. I would recommend a good car though as the place is down a farm road which needs some off-road steering. Although, to be fair we had 3 people in a VW polo and just made it as we had an experienced off-road driver. All in all, it was an awesome experience; makes you appreciate nature and a great place to clear the head. Already planning my next visit!"

    Somari van der Westhuizen, England
  • "Best night of our tour"

    03 September 2012

    "The place, accommodation, food and everything else was really fantastic. A big thank-you to Vharmaine & Piet for sharing this remarkable part of history with us."

    David Bryant, South Africa
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