Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Reinet House, Graaf-Reinet #theoldgrapevine #CapeDutchH-style

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During our brief 24 hours in Graaf-Reinet in January this year, we visited Reinet House which is now a museum.

Reinet House was originally a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage and was built in 1812. The most well know of the ministers who occupied the parsonage were Rev Andrew Murray and his son Charles. Rev Andrew Murray was a writer and teacher in addition to being a minister.

Reinet House which was built in the traditional H shaped Cape Dutch style of the time (1812)

Charles Murray planted a Black Acorn grapevine in 1870 which still survives today. This is the second oldest grapevine in South Africa. The oldest is a Gross Chenin Blanc sown in 1771 that still exists in the central business district of Cape Town.

Black Acorn vine at Reinet House – Picture credit: Trip Advisor

We visited a local restaurant in Graaf-Reinet called Pioneers.

It was a great restaurant with lots of character. This picture is of the back doors out onto the verandah

I had a traditional bobotie which is a South African casserole with curried ground beef at the bottom and a thin layer of egg custard on top.

55 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Reinet House, Graaf-Reinet #theoldgrapevine #CapeDutchH-style

  1. Robbie – you always have marvelous Thursday Doors presentations, which sends me looking for more information. Reinet House witness many events over the years. Oh if only the walls could talk. I love tagging along on your travels.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, this was the first time I visited Graaf-Reinet and I was astonished at how historical it is. There are a number of museums and art galleries we didn’t manage to visit. We are planning a trip to Kimberley in July and to Namibia later in the year. I am very keen to learn more about the desert and the creatures and people of the Kalahari.

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    1. HI Liz, this style of architecture is fairly common in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa. It was introduced by the Dutch. I’m hoping to visit Cape Town again soon as it has some wonderful examples of this style of building.

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  2. The house is beautiful and the restaurant is very charming, Robbie. Your meal looks delicious and that acorn vine is something else! I just posted about our trip last week and could’ve done a Thursday Doors post as well. I didn’t think of it, but maybe I’ll try someday 🙂 Thank you for taking us along. 💗

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    1. HI Lauren, I am glad you enjoyed this visit to Graaf-Reinet. This mean was nice and I must make it again at home. I loved the acorn vine, what an interesting story. I planned to join Thursday doors for a while before I started participating to get a good stock of pictures.

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  3. Hi Robbie – I always like these door pictures – there’s something about the opportunity with doors that makes me think. Also, it’s a powerful thought to realize that a grapevine has been around for hundreds of years. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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