Memorable trips aren’t always in epic locations. That said, not even solid evidence that Potchefstoom would be the only safe place after the zombie apocalypse could get me to the unremarkable town in the North West. My sister’s wedding to a man who hasn’t stopped looking at her for a year, could – but only just.
With a bit of research my Plus One e-mailed 2 guesthouses at about 20:00 one evening. Before the end of the day our stay with Elizabeth’s Manor was set up, complete with a discount on the kids’ room that he didn’t ask for and home-cooked style 2 course meals at a ridiculously low price. Guesthouse #2 also responded before the end of the day, for all my trash talk of Potchefstroom, I’ll concede that their accommodation response time is excellent.
We stayed in the King room that flows from the garden with the kids next door in the Prince room. Privacy with the illusion of control.
If there’s one thing that hardly ever goes to a deserving candidate it’s an upgrade. I know because I’ve had 2 so far. The first time was randomly to business class on an SAA flight to Bloem while elderly people shuffled past me to cattleclass and more recently to a fabulous room because I ruined the previous one with my clumsiness.
On our last day I gracelessly dropped a precious bottle of wine (it was Sunday, so impossible to replace) on the tile floor. Within minutes the cleaning crew had the room smelling of roses again but Lizette, the owner, insisted we move to another room.
I loved that the Queen room was an upgrade to the King. While the Royal room looked about double in size I preferred the Queen’s lavender decor and a spectacular stand alone bath that comfortably fits 2 people. I let my guilt subside as the upgrade was not just about me, it was plattelandse hospitality at its purest.
Travelling with children and clumsy people (I’m told) are challenging and Elizabeth’s Manor absorbed a lot of the drama.
95 Dr James Moroka, Potchefstroom
Phone: 018 297 5561
I might even recommend Potchefstoom in a zombie apocalypse, there’s a noteworthy amount of fast-food joints in town and Mickey Ds tastes the same on day 1 or month 14.