||Luxury is the key word that best describes Skitterland. Luxury, combined with old-world charm and surroundings is a combination that is not easy to ignore or forget. When staying at Skitterland you are considered to be a guest equal to at least a statesman, and you are treated accordingly.
Cordial, friendly service coupled with fantastic catering and cleaning services will ensure an unsurpassed experience. You see, we want you to come back again and again, and bring your friends too!
At Skitterland we do not consider ourselves hosts only, we prefer interaction where you can get a glimpse into a bygone era. An era of NP van Wyk Louw, WEG Louw
and other prominent figures that made the Karoo and Cape
Colony the place to be a scant hundred years or so in
the past, and a preferred destination ever since.
Skitterland is situated in Sutherland, the place in South Africa with the cleanest air and the brightest starry sky. Sutherland is also the coldest place in the country.
Besides the enjoyment you can derive from staying in this historical building that houses Skitterland, there is plenty to keep even the most inquisitive person happy.
Jeanine Deysel, our extremely capable manager, likes to refer to Skitterland as "her home". She makes the place feel homely, warm and welcoming. These are all qualities that encourage you to enjoy your stay in "her home".
Sutherland is part of the area called Roggeveld, or better still, poet NP Van Wyk Louw's "Sutterland" in his "Rôeveld".
Sutherland, the town where NP Van Wyk Louw and WEG Louw were born, lies on the farm De List. Stands for the town were sold at public auction, by the owner MJM Vermeulen on 8 November 1858. Thus a town was born, centered around the Dutch Reformed Church.
The town was named in honour of an ex-pastor of Worcester, Glimpse Of The TownChurchDs Henry Sutherland who visited his congregation annually in the Roggeveld. This new church, designed by a well-known architect, Charles Freeman, and built by John Delbridge, was confiscated by the English during the Anglo Boer War on 3 September 1901, even before its inauguration and adapted as a fort and barracks. To this day the graffiti bears silent witness to this event.
While Sutherland is renowned for its cold, the
Observatory and SALT, the town is transformed into a
paradise of flowers in spring. The succulent route is a
botanical experience. The colourful history of the area
pulsates through the town, a heritage to enjoy and
preserve. Come huddle, snugly and cosily around a
crackling karee wood fireplace blaze and imbibe an aura
of antique poetic romanticism accompanied by all the
modern creature comforts on offer.