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Oupa Attie’s, Wellington, South Africa (circa 1900′s)

To be honest, I was in a hurry for accommodation and did a Google search for “Accommodation Wellington South Africa”. And I was on a tight budget. So many of the first options were a bit too expensive for me. After some digging I found Oupa Attie’s Guesthouse – an old railway residence dating back to the early 1900′s. Driving up to the gate it was quite unassuming. But for 450 ZAR per night for both my wife and I, it was an absolute treat.

Oupa Attie’s dining area

Firstly, the sheer size of the place is quite surprising. For that price I was expecting a neat and modest place to stay. However, guesthouse accommodation being what it is, we got a room, an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian-style bath, and because the other room was not occupied, we had the entire lounge and kitchen area to ourselves, which is set up to handle a family of about 6.

Secondly, the home is renovated well. The Oregon Pine door and window fittings are all beautifully restored and the kitchen still has an old coal fired oven in operational order. Both the kitchen and lounge are very big, equipped with DSTV and appliances for cooking. Oupa Attie’s is the perfect place for a family retreat – with it’s two rooms, sleeping at least two each and a garden for the children to play (I’m sure you could arrange places for children to sleep).

Oupa Attie’s Guesthouse Kitchen

If you’re not a dog person, you might find Yster a bit of a pain. But being the dog fanatic that I am, I found his friendly charm to be just what I needed after a long drive.

In terms of comfort, the bedroom was equipped with a very comfortable bed, towels, an extra room where one could set up a camper cot, and an en-suite with a shower and cast iron Victorian-style bath. It was a comfortable and pleasant place to be, and I was disappointed that we were only staying for one night.

Wellington is a surprising little town. Being located only 65km from Cape Town, it seems to have a thriving business community – with it’s own industrial area and a busy town centre. As is seemingly the trend in South African small towns, the choice for places to eat was broad. We chose “Twist some more” – a restaurant slightly out of town in an old farm house. With splashes of 50′s era decor and rustic wooden furniture I was expecting traditional cuisine. However, their menu was vast and creative. We had a wonderful meal and made our way back to Oupa Attie’s.

Twist Some More – FACEBOOK

Unfortunately the photos featured here do not do the guesthouse justice. If you enjoy restored historical homes and are on a budget, Oupa Attie’s is for you. Only a few kilometres outside Wellington and located next to working farms, it’s sure to be a memorable experience. Also, the “family friendly” setup will be appealing to some.

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