Artistic explosion in the heart of Bela Bela

Published On 23 January 2016 » By Jacky Hefez » Bush Destinations
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The serenity that is the Kunsthuisje. Photo:

Logic goes like this: You travel for a certain amount of time to the location of your choice, book into accommodation and then visit all the sights and attractions in the area. Right? Except if you stay at De Kunt Huisje in Bela Bela – no need to leave once you’re there!

This guest house is one of the prettiest attractions in the Bela Bela area, with the house almost literally bursting with creativity and arty interior decoration. And we are not exaggerating – you can literally walk from room to room (if they are unoccupied – the other guests may not quite appreciate random strangers ‘sightseeing’) and keep finding little artsy pieces made or combined to creative perfection by the owner, Yolandi.

When Yolandi and husband, Martin, started De Kunst Huisje, decorating it was less interior design and more a convenient and perfect outlet for Yolandi’s creative spirit. The flair with which even the smallest detail is paid attention to as well as how the look-and-feel of the house is constantly changing as she add pieces or recombines them, is inspirational.

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The inspiring, retro and antique patio. Photo:

The rooms are individually decorated with an African chic and contemporary-retro (it makes sense, trust me) theme that runs throughout. There are five rooms, including a family room comprising a double room with adjoining room, sleeping two. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom and are equipped with air-conditioning (a must) and DSTV.

There is also a large leisurely living room with DSTV available to guests, as well as a swimming pool and deck, should the heat become too much. The real outside gem, however, is the stoep, with plenty of seating and arrangement of large and tables and more intimate seating where you can socialise or simply sit and enjoy the artistic splendour.

Breakfast is available on request, and is highly recommended – Yolandi used to run the restaurant next door and the tradition of excellent and personal service is being carried on by Gerhard, a family friend who will be managing the guest house while Yolandi and Martin are spreading their creative wings to start a new venture, namely De Tolhuis, in Ceres – no doubt soon to be an unmissable little treasure en route to the Cape!

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The arty kitchen that walks out into the living room. Photo:

Our stay at De Kunst Huisje was one of the most memorable ones yet and as soon as I can think up an excuse to visit the area again (think Forever Resorts Warmbaths, ziplining at Waterberg Adventures, Bambalela Monkey Sanctuary, beer-tasting at La-Brie, visiting the crocodile farm at Thaba Kwena), we’ll be back!

De Kunst Huisje is located at 59 Ludorf Street, Bela Bela. For more information, please visit or call 014 001 7238.


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