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About Aandster

This bright, comfortable old Karoo house is stylishly furnished and well equipped for self catering. The house was originally a sculpture studio and is decorated with original artworks. Some of Clive's original works also remain in the zen-inspired, walled garden. The working windmill feeds an old cement reservoir, perfect for a refreshing dip on hot summer afternoons.

Lying in the heart of Nieu Bethesda, Aandster comprises three bedrooms, of which one is in the garden. There is a shared bathroom, a spacious open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area and a private garden with a braai and a swing for the kids.

Depending on the season, you can light a fire in the woodburner in the lounge or sunbathe in the walled garden. Crisp cotton linen keeps you cool in summer and woollen duvets and mohair blankets warm you in winter. Pets are most welcome by prior arrangement.

Life in Nieu Bethesda potters along much as it did 130 years ago, when the village was founded. Stone water furrows still line the wide, dusty streets. Night skycaps are unpolluted by streetlights, and the air is still fresh and clean.

Nieu Bethesda has a working network of furrows, with water supplied daily from a spring on the plateau above the village. Residents channel water into their gardens using smaller gated funnels. Visitors can hike along the furrows up to the spring. Horse riding is offered at several places in the village as well.

The area around Nieu Bethesda is ideal for mountain bikers of any calibre, with two mountain bike trails in the area. Alternatively, hire a motorbike from the Outsiders Bed and Breakfast and cruise around the village.

Family friendly: There is a swing set in the safe garden for children.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 7 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Nieu Bethesda has no petrol, bank or credit card facilities. Please fill up your tank and wallet before you arrive.
Seventh night's stay is free.
Long-term rates are negotiable.

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Reviews for Aandster

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Doris Logie
08 May 2018

Beautifully clean and comfortable...within walking distance to The Owl house and Karoo Lamb....such a quaint little village...

Christine Marincowitz
09 July 2017

Aandster is a lovely cottage in the heart of Nieu-Bethesda where you can escape the city lights, trading them for starry skies.

Barry Coetzee, South Africa
14 May 2016

Found the accommodation very comfortable and well supplied to make our visit a memorable one.Many thanksBarry Sylvia & Joe

Lauretta Dreyer, South Africa
04 April 2016

We had a lovely stay at Aandster.  Clean fresh bedding.  The garden need serious attention but for us that just needed a bed it was good enough. 

benita van aardt, South Africa
06 January 2014

It is the best pet friendly accommodation we ever stayed in! Service is excellent! Very friendly staff! This will be our yearly overnight stay to Kleinmond.

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Aandster is 0.3km from the centre of Nieu Bethesda , the nearest airport 262.9km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Nieu Bethesda

Compasberg Hiking Trail

(12.2 km from Nieu Bethesda)

1 review

Compassberg is 2502m high. From Ganora it takes about 1 hour todrive to the back from where you can start climbing. If you do not have a 4X4 it takes about 3 hours up and 3 hours down. With a 4X4 you can get further up the mountain to a point...

Tubby at Blaauwater

(27.5 km from Nieu Bethesda)

1 review

Tubby is a little railway inspector’s cart formerly used to inspect the district’s rail tracks. Today it is used to take visitors on two-hour trips up Lootsberg. The views are lovely and there are opportunities to spot kudu and smaller antelope on...

Nieu Bethesda Water Furrows

(1.8 km from Nieu Bethesda)

4 reviews

Of all the many things to do and see in Nieu-Bethesda, the Owl House grabs first place. Once you’ve ticked off the surreal and quirky home of Helen Martin’s, lace up your walking shoes and do something different. Follow the quaint network of...

The James Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

(4.5 km from Nieu Bethesda)

4 reviews

The James Kitching Fossil Centre lets visitors discover a landscape that forms an integral part in world history, specifically Earth's extinction event 250 million years ago. Take a half-hour stroll with a guide to the nearby Gats River bed and find...