- Guests think Elke's Guesthouse is in an excellent location
- Grave Street, Nieu Bethesda, 6286, Eastern Cape
Helen Martins' Owl House, often cited as South Africa's finest example of outsider art, is an extraordinary, other-worldly home of concrete and ground glass sculptures. Her creativity conjures up an array of emotions: from wonder to excitement, curiosity and sadness.
You may also take a look at the old water-mill on your way to the local brewery or find yourself in Dustcovers bookshop. Enjoy the dustroads and old Karoo houses while wandering between the many galleries and eateries dotted around our little village.
Built in 1905, the Dutch Reformed Church of Nieu Bethesda is the grandest edifice in the village, with its long gothic spire soaring towsards the dazzling blue sky. A decline in the town resulted in a dwindling of the numbers of the congregation. The church has not had a permanent minister since 1961. A Sunday service is performed by a minister from Graaff-Reinet.
The church has been recently renovated and is now available for weddings, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, etc. The church can be viewed by arrangement.
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.
If prearranged you may also enjoy a longer hike up Kompasberg or in the Canyon both on neighbouring farms.