ID #1563

Artists Café, Hendriksdal, Escarpment, Mpumalanga.

Walking through the front door is like drawing back the curtain on a European movie.  There is eye-catching art on the walls, a father-and-daughter team welcomes you and the piece de resistance – a housedog named Blue that has the best manners this side of the Mozambican border – introduces herself.  The cafe started life as a stationmaster’s house. It is the size of a two-bedroomed Johannesburg flat, yet for years it has served food that lures foreign magazine editors to its unique location.   100-m from the main building are four guestrooms in the old station building.

The combination of high-ceilinged en-suite rooms and Italian country cooking that Brenda and Dave Todd dish up is one of the best bargains in the country.   Intimate wine cellar with some unusual stock. A train thunders past 5-m from the front door. Despite the occasional diesel engine, it is quaint, charming and divinely rustic.  You come back from a weekend feeling as if you can face anything. 

Hendriksdal is on the R37 northwest of Nelspruit, which is on the N4 east of Middelburg, which is at the intersection of the N4 with the N11. There are two ways of travelling to Artists Café, one via Long Tom Pass and the other via the N4. The route via Long Tom Pass can be misty on occasion. Phone Brenda or Dave for advice on which option is better at the time of booking. Alternatively, travel east on the N4 past Montrose and then turn north at the sign to the Sudwala Caves. Turn right onto the R539 towards Rosehaugh. Turn left onto the R37 towards Sabie and continue to Hendriksdal.  BGArtists

Contct:            Brenda and Dave Todd
+27 (13) 764 2309 telephone and fax
+27 (82) 957 7477 cell Brenda

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