The Hobbit - Rhodes (Barkly East, Senqu)

The Hobbit is in the historical village of Rhodes in the valley of the Bell River, which runs next to the village.
The whole village has been declared a National Monument. Rhodes was established on the farm “Tintern” early in the 1890’s, and was at one stage a thriving trading centre with 3 hotels, a school with over 140 children and many businesses. Motorised transport lead to the demise of the town as a trading centre, but the character remains. After years of neglect, owners have gone to considerable trouble to restore cottages.

The Hobbit is over 90 years old and is conveniently situated at the entrance to the village opposite the local coffee shop and art gallery. It is a fine example of the early “dorpshuis”, i.e. it has a stoep, which differentiates the style from the “nagmaalhuisies”. The cottage has recently had electricity installed and is decorated and furnished to maintain the ambiance of its heritage. A recent refurbishing project included the installation of an electric geyser, an additional bathroom and private back verandah leading onto an enclosed garden.

The Hobbit - back

In the olden days ablutions were performed in a zinc tub and the “long-drop” in the back yard.  There is a visitors book in which we would appreciate your comments.We wish you a pleasant stay and hope you enjoy Rhodes as much as we do!

Accomodation and Layout

In the main house, there is 1 bedroom, with a double and single bed with an en suite bathroom with an antique cast iron bath, toilet and wash basin. All bedding & towels included. Electric blankets are provided on all beds. Electric Geyser provides hot water (gas geysers are used as standby)
The living area includes a separate lounge with a Rayburn anthracite heater. The dining room, kitchen and bedroom all lead off the lounge. The dining room leads out onto a private back verandah overlooking an enclosed garden with braai facilities. TV (full HD) is installed with DSTV all channels available. Antique crockery and cutlery have been collected over the years, and must be treated with the respect their age demands. Antique plates do not take to excessive heating and may not be placed in a microwave oven. There is an electric refrigerator, toaster, kettle, microwave and stove with oven. There is an anthracite heater that is lit in the winter months.
The annex leading off the front verandah comprises a double room with an en suite bathroom (shower toilet and wash basin). There is an interleading bedroom which has two single beds, a hand basin and a Bekker anthracite heater. The second bedroom has a door leading onto the back verandah and the enclosed garden area.
The front and back stoeps have garden benches for those who would like to relax with a cup of coffee and observe ‘the passing show’. In the evening there are some beautiful sunsets to be seen (at about sun-downer time). The back garden includes a braai area with a garden table and chairs, and has easy access to the kitchen. We have built a veranda leading from the dining room and annex which is not reflected in the picture below.
The house is serviced by our housekeeper. She is responsible for cleaning the house and making the beds. An additional fee will be charged if cooking, and washing and ironing are required. Cars can be parked at the back of the house on fenced vacant plot.


Summer Rates (1st Sept 2017 - 30 April 2018)

Den Hagen Farm

  • Farmhouse: R350.00 pp (min 6, max 12)
  • Cobblers: R350.00 pp (min 1, max 3)
  • Stables: R350.00 pp (min 2, max 5)
  • Barn: R350.00 pp (min 1, max 2.5) 

Rhodes Village

  • The Hobbit: R350.00 pp (min 4, max 7)

Winter Rates (1st May 2018 - 31 August 2018)

Den Hagen Farm

  • Farmhouse: R375.00 pp (min 6, max 12)
  • Cobblers: R375.00 pp (min 1, max 3)
  • Stables: R375.00.00 pp (min 2, max 5)
  • Barn: R375.00 pp (min 1, max 2.5) 

Rhodes Village

  • The Hobbit: R375.00 pp (min 2, max 8)

 Optional Extras

  • Cooking R50.00 per day
  • Ironing R60.00 per day
  • Washing R60 per load
  • Breakfast from R50.00 per person
  • DSTV R60.00 per day

Payments and Discounts

  • A deposit is required to secure a booking and balance is payable as stipulated on invoice.
  •  Payment details are included on invoice.  
  • A refundable deposit will be calculated depending on the composition and duration of your stay. 
  • If full payment is not made within the specified time period, the booking is not guaranteed and deposit could be forfeited. Electronic Payments are welcome. Please send proof of payment (PoP) with invoice reference.
  • If more than 3 consecutive days are booked with us at a specific place, discount may be given for additional days booked. Price negotiable for large groups.
  • If more than 5 consecutive days are booked, a free night is applicable.