- Guests think Sheilan House is in an excellent location
- 27 Prince's Avenue, Port Alfred, 6171, Eastern Cape
Port Alfred is steeped in history having been the landing place of the â€œ1820 settlersâ€ who originated from Great Britain and Ireland and became the backbone of the local farming community. Many areas and landmarks lend their names to this period of local history.
The coastline is a series of dunes where one can walk for hours on end without contact with the outside world. The Kowie river (known locally as the â€œEcawaâ€) dominates the town flowing from its original source 29 kilometres upstream to meet the Indian Ocean at Port Alfred. Most of the river is navigable by boat making it one of the longest tidal rivers in South Africa. It is this position which allows Port Alfred to offer the many varied activities available to visitors.
The town is only 60 kilometres from Grahamstown, home to the world renowned Rhodes University. Grahamstown hosts an annual festival of arts and culture which is recognized globally in the same vein as the Edinburgh Festival. It is also renowned for its many schools, museums and places of cultural interest.
Only 15 kilometres away is the equally historic village of Bathurst with a variety of interesting places such as â€œTir na Nogâ€ fairy world, the Agricultural Museum, a potterâ€™s studio, spice world and curiosity shop. Also home to one of South Africaâ€™s oldest pubs â€“ The Pig and Whistle - established in 1832.