- Swimming Pool
- Smoking Allowed
- Pets Allowed
- Airport Shuttle
The house is over 100 years old. It has modern wooden floors, high ceilings and comfortable furniture. There is ample sleeping space, in separate bedrooms. The kitchen has a gas stove, fridge-freezer and all cooking and eating utensils. The separate dining room has a table and six chairs, and guests can enjoy a lovely braai outside. There is also a second dining area, a sun-room at the back of the house, with garden furniture. To keep cool in summer, the house is equipped with a mobile air-conditioner and, both free-standing and ceiling fans. For those chilly winter nights, panel heaters are fitted in the bedrooms.
There is no television, but that makes the breakaway even more complete, the opportunity to rediscover the joys of conversation, peace and quiet.
Number Fifty offers comfortable and clean accommodation at an affordable price.
There is a spacious, enclosed backyard that offers safe, under cover off-street parking.
Interaction with Guests
Guests have total privacy. Most interaction will take place via e-mail. Upon arrival guests are received by our friendly housekeeper.
Number Fifty is situated in the characterful old part of the town. Take a stroll down the road and snap the soulful "Windpompe" (traditional South-African windmills) in backyards, admire the traditional architecture of houses built in the late 1800's and the quaint little church with its rusty old bell. It is well worth it to go inside the church. You will be delighted in the beautiful old wooden craftsmanship. (Entrance to the church can be arranged on request. Why not get married there?!)
Strydenburg offers lots for those that just want to relax on the road less travelled - without being too far off the beaten track. You could spend time hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, playing tennis (yes, there is a court in town), star gazing or bird watching (on rare occasions, the pan that the town looks out on, even attracts flamingos!) or just hang out with the wonderfully friendly and hospitable locals.
Strydenburg is on the N12 (the main road that connects Cape Town, Kimberley, Johannesburg and Pretoria) and easily reached by car. Public transport to and from Strydenburg is not readily available, but there are ways and means to get there. Hardy travellers could take the bus or train to Britstown or Hopetown and then hike the rest of the way. Just bare in mind that the Karoo is the least densely populated province in South Africa and getting a lift might take some time... The best way to see the Karoo, if you do not have your own car, is to rent one. If you're on a budget, why not buddy up with other travellers and convince them to join you?
Other Things to Note
Money/ fuel / food
Strydenburg is a small town in the South African "Platteland". The only bank in town is probably open once or twice a month. There is an ATM at the garage at the entrance to the town, but bear in mind that they are also not open 24h a day. Shops (there is an agricultural co-op and two or three general dealers that sell anything from dust pans to canned food) close for lunch between 1 and 2pm (and sometimes when they feel like it). On Sundays some of the general dealers might be open between 10am and noon. Number Fifty supports local entrepreneurship and have contacts available for guests that would like to pre-order some traditional, home cooked food, e.g. curry and rice.
There is a local police station and Strydenburg is probably as safe a town as rural South African towns are. We would still advise you though to lock up when going to bed and not to leave unattended valuables in plain sight... Poverty, unemployment, alcoholism and fetal alcohol syndrome are problems that affect rural South Africa. Never give money to beggars. We would rather encourage visitors to support local entrepreneurs. That being said, guests can be assured Strydenburg is really not a town where guests are plagued by beggars as is the case in many other Karoo towns. Should you be approached by someone asking for money, it is best to friendly but firmly decline.
Pets are allowed, but not on the furniture, please.
No smoking inside.