To all our guests who have supported us over our twelve years of trading, especially those who have returned time and time again, retaliating with a fierce loyalty and a strong bond of friendship, a great big THANK YOU. Your support and resultant friendship has been a treasure way beyond monetary gain and be assured such associations will remain with Molly and I forever.
The Colonial started under very humble circumstances. This 1930 period home endured no small amount of neglect over the eighty odd years of its existence. It was certainly both a labor of love and of hope restoring her to her former glory. We tried to maintain the ‘period’ atmosphere in our décor and furnishings using our own family pieces in 90% of the house. It was with great pride that on so many occasions guests likened the home to that of Karen von Blixen’s of ‘Out of Africa’ fame. Some guests half expected to see Meryl Streep and Robert Redford sitting on the veranda listening to Mozart played on an old gramophone.
The garden which had deteriorated to something so unkempt that one could hardly gaze at it with any measure of enjoyment was transformed, not to some organized ‘Kew Gardens’ look alike, but to a place of wild serenity that attracts an enormous selection of wild birds.
For those who enjoyed adventures with me into the Addo Elephant National Park, I do hope that you were enlightened and informed. For many, these adventures were emotional experiences. I shall miss these excursions, where every day offered something new and unique.
It was with great pride that over the years as a result of so many of your positive reviews, The Colonial has consistently maintained a 9,5 out of 10 on Booking.com and has always ridden high on Trip Advisor, on occasion achieving levels within the top three B&B’s in the Eastern Cape. These achievements could never have been possible without the efforts of our team, Sipho, Buzi and Lonki.
For those who remember, Zach our black Labrador, who played such an important ‘Public Relations’ role at the Colonial, and whose death was a heart-felt loss resulting in many months of deep emotion and sadness, we thought his place might never be filled. Marley, who arrived from a rescue centre had large paw prints to fill, and he has done so admirably and with such love and gentleness. He is also taking ‘early’ retirement!
We are retreating from active service to the tourism industry at the end of February 2017, in favor of the quiet life. The Colonial will close, but is expected to be reborn under a different name, THE SILO’S ON ARUNDEL sometime around September 2017. The new look and overall presentation will be, I am sure, refreshing and exciting so I urge you to keep an eye on the Web for more information as it unfolds. The Silo’s will be managed by our daughter-in-law, Ansa, who will be efficiently assisted by Siphogazi (Sipho), Buzi and Lonki, our old team that served you before. I have little doubt that the future will be exciting and original so please keep your eyes open for news.
Molly and I, as well as Marley, wish you farewell with good health and lashings of happiness for the future.
Alles gut und wunderbar!
Conor & Molly.