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.
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!