Bethulie, Free State
One of the most historically poignant yet delightful towns in the Free State is the southern settlement of Bethulie, near the Gariep DamBethulie, in particular the now-revamped Royal Hotel, is also where all sorts of famous historical figures once stayed over. The Pellissier House Museum in Voortrekker Street will give you an insight into Victorian-era lifestyles as they played out in this part of the Karoo.
The Royal Hotel has now also become South Africa’s only ‘book hotel’, with many thousands of books lining all the walls of the establishment. It’s a rare treat to spend the night enveloped in so many written words.
The nearby Bethulie Bridge is a great sundowner spot, from where you can admire the Orange River heading off towards the massive Gariep Dam – or Lake Gariep, as they prefer to call it around here..
In this beautiful town is the opportunity to buy the most beautiful fully renovated 100 years old lady. Four separate plots make up the 3980 m2 with the house of 200 m2 build on one plot, one plot is the garden and the two plots next to it are also part of a garden and some outbuildings. The two plots could be sold off separately.
The house consists of: Three bedrooms with the main bedroom (37m2) with own fire place,Large lounge with original tin pressed ceilings with fire place and a dining room with Aga stove(needs a service). The newly renovated bathroom has: Bath, separate shower, basin and loo. The kitchen
has been renovated and has lots of cupboards , a gas stove and gas geyser for the household.The house has thick walls, sash windows,4.3m high ceilings,lots of Oregon pine. The house got a new roof,new drains. All doors are original wooden doors. The old bathhouse, a view meters away from the main house has still the original fireplace for heating up the room. Now used as laundry or store room. Three more store rooms are available. The plot is blessed with its own borehole at 75 m deep.The plots have lots of trees as well as fruit trees. A real haven for a gardener. Rates are R600.00.
The town has, hardware stores, supermarkets, hotel, pub, restaurants, petrol station ,butchery, 3 doctors, B&B’s and furniture store. 15 Km outside the town is a beautiful nature reserve, The longest train bridge in SA is found here crossing the Orange River. Two larger towns are in close proximity.