Continuing the legacy of Graaff-Reinet architecture and design at the Drostdy Hotel

Since 1805, the Drostdy building has been a hub for the small town of Graaff-Reinet and continues to bring locals and visitors to its doorstep today. A team of renowned South African experts who exemplify the best in the industry brought together their passion and restored this historic destination with luxurious modern inserts and 5 star facilities.

From dhk Architects, international interior designer Stephen Falcke and acclaimed landscape architect Jan Blok’s restoration of the Drostdy Hotel include the Stretch’s Court cottages, the Kromm’s Inn building, the De Camdeboo Restaurant and the Kromm’s cottages.


They integrated the architecture, landscape design and interior design at the Drostdy Hotel; and were also responsible for the master plan of the entire site, the restoration of historic buildings, as well as the design of the new interior elements. The team transformed it into a 5-star country style luxury themed hotel.

Upon arrival, guests will notice the impressive main Cape Dutch magistrates building, a signature of the hotel. Once inside, the complex colourful touches, natural plants and warm inviting buildings prevail.  Lemon trees lead the way into the dining area, picturesque vines crawl up freestanding structures with a flourishing herb garden outside, which is used in treatments at the onsite Africology Spa as well as in Karoo-inspired dishes at De Camdeboo Restaurant. Jan Blok intuitively paralleled the natural setting of the Camdeboo National Park within the grounds of the Drostdy Hotel converting the ordinary into a future garden paradise.

Interior Design:

The award-winning Stephen Falcke’s inspiration for the Drostdy Hotel is derived from the surrounding terrain. Natural details with comforting touches feature in each of the 48 rooms, where modern colours of relaxing sky blues and soft floral themed textiles invite guests into a calming atmosphere. This translates throughout the property with contemporary rustic touches in every room. A stunning checkered bathroom with a stand-alone tub, walk-in shower, soft linens and a leisurely couch offer a decadently fresh and relaxing space from where guests can retire to their room with all of the modern amenities.

At the hotel concierge, inviting warming elements compliment bold brown leather couches and hard wooden desks. The dignified conference room and nearby cigar lounge feature earth tones, images of fynbos, antelope horns and historic photos of the property that remind guests of the hotel’s prestigious past.

About the hotel:

The Drostdy Hotel offers a total of 48 beautifully styled rooms. Stretch’s Court incorporates 31 rooms, the Ferreira precinct hosts 7 rooms in their own secluded area and Kromm’s Court, an additional 10 rooms. The hotel offers the following room categories: 8 Bachelor Rooms, 17 Standard Rooms including 1 Paraplegic Room, 15 Executive Rooms and 8 Suites.

Interesting facts:

  •  The Drostdy Hotel first opened its doors in 1977, having previously served first as a Magistrate’s Court and then as a private home.
  • The hotel quickly established a reputation as one of the finest heritage hotels in the country.
  • It is the third oldest Drostdy in South Africa and is a national monument.
  • It has been closed/non-operational for several years.
  • Extensive restoration was undertaken in 1975 by Historical Homes of South Africa, back into its original Cape Dutch style.
  • The Drostdy building & Stretch’s cottages are both Cape Dutch-style, while Kromm’s Inn and Ferreira House are in the Victorian-style.

For more information contact Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges by telephone on +27 (0)21 427 5900 or by email on reservations@newmarkhotels.com

For all media enquiries and high resolution images, please contact Nicky Arthur PR by telephone on +27 (0)21 461 2911 or by email on casey@nickyarthurpr.com

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