Standing alone in the middle of undulating fields of wheat, green vineyards and flowering yellow canola, lies the old town of Piketberg. The town established in 1842 is situated on the N7 Highway (to Namibia) a mere 130km north of Cape Town, is a place waiting for discovery.
The name 'Piquetberg' (Afr. Piketberg) dates back to the punitive expedition in 1673 against the Cochoqua under the 'Black Captain' Gonnema and refers to the lookouts the Khoi had stationed on the hill.
In spring, its time to marvel at what all the winter rains have given rise to: the annual explosion of spring flowers drawing tourists from across the globe to take in the swathes of colour that carpet the Western Cape.
Behind the old town is Piquet mountain and the hand carved Versveld pass leading up to expansive fruit and protea farms and rooibos tea growing areas. Rock art of a by gone age from the Khokhoi and San people still exists today on the mountain.
The Fletcher's dream begun in August 2004 having found what was virtually a derelict series of outbuildings and a dilapidated Hotel left in decline for over twenty years.
It commenced in earnest in September 2005 after successfully purchasing the property. Renovations and repairs and a complete overhaul of every square meter on the 4000m² property commenced immediately bringing the development finally back to life by Late 2008.
Today the grand old lady of Piketberg is back to her former glory offering local and international guests a unique accommodation, dining, relaxation and retail therapy experience.
We have put together a gallery which we hope will give an understanding of the restoration process of the Grand Old Lady. Here you will see a before photograph dated 2005 and an after photograph dated 2012. Please click on an image to share our experience.