Sophia’s Guesthouse is situated in Garies, a small town next to the N7, approximately 450km from Cape Town. Garies is in the middle of Namaqualand and a popular destination during the flower season in August/September.
Sophia’s Guesthouse was built in 1931 as a second hotel in Garies – it was called the Namaqua House. In those days the main road to South West Africa (Namibia) was a dirt road and it went right through town and not around it as the N7 nowadays. Once the N7 became a tarred road in the mid 70’s, there was no need for a second hotel anymore.
Only in the late 90’s did Namaqualand became popular with tourists for the beautiful wild flowers during August and September. It was in those days that their mother, Sophia Nieuwoudt, started renting out single rooms to tourists and slowly build up the guesthouse as to where it stands today.
- One room with a double bed and an en-suite shower;
- Two rooms each with two single beds and an en-suite shower – *These three rooms share communal lounge area with coffee and tea facilities.
- A newly added self-catering cottage with a lounge, kitchen, a double bed and shower. The cottage has its own veranda and braai (barbeque) area;
- A two bedroom self-catering cottage with a double bed and two single beds. The cottage has a bathroom with bath, a separate toilet, lounge and kitchen;
- A two bedroom flat with its own entrance and car port. The flat has a double bed with en-suite shower. There is also two single beds with an en-suite bath. There is a lounge with tea/coffee facilities and a fridge – no cooking;
- The ‘Old Bar’ area with three rooms and two showers to share, as well as an area with tea/coffee facilities with a fridge – no cooking.
- No credit/debit card facilities available;
- No liquor license.