Sir Herbert Baker, a British architect, is most famous for his work on the Union Buildings, the seat of government in South Africa completed in 1915 as well as Groot Constantia, the Rhodes Memorial and St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town among others.
The guest house now almost 100 years old is steeped in history. It has been lovingly maintained over the years with many of its original features and décor remaining and offers a truly unique hospitality experience. The Farm, a working concern, boosts a pecan nut plantation of just over 300 trees on approximately 8 hectares of land.
Bethulie Guest Farm is located approximately 56 kilometers from the Gariep Dam the largest storage reservoir in South Africa boosting 5 500 000 000 cubic metres. Near the town of Bethulie is the D.H. Steyn Bridge or Hennie Steyn Bridge a beautiful arched bridge spanning the Orange, 1,152 m (1,260 yds) long, and 51.5m high and thereby the longest bridge in South Africa. It is also claimed to be the longest in the southern hemisphere.
Rock art in the district, less than 20km from Bethulie, provides evidence of the early San in the area, while the movements of the Voortrekkers, and the strife of numerous wars can be seen all over the district. The area has some interesting tales to tell about the origin of the San, with evidence to substantiate the story.