Whatever your mode of travel…. this is the place to unravel. When visiting the Thomas River Historical Village step back in time and enjoy a slower pace while visiting our museums and Ramble Restaurant.

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045 843 1504
082 659 8103
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We have a dressed stone chapel built in 1888 a short distance from the village.  The seating capacity is for 60 to 70 people.  There is no electricity, which adds to the charm, however you are welcome to supply your own generator for any electrical needs you may have.
We have a beautiful and large deck overlooking the surrounding hills which is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies.  The deck is under roof, has clear drop down sides for the colder windy days and can seat up to 100 people.

Welcome to the Hotel

We look forward to welcoming you to step back into yesteryear…

About Us

about us

Thomas River, named in 1801, takes its name from an English deserter, Thomas Bentley. Part of Van Der Kemps missionary, Bentley was killed by a poison Bushman Arrow while crossing the river, thus duly named Thomas River.

Where are we?


We are situated halfway between Stutterheim and Cathcart, about an hour and 20 minutes drive from East London.
If you are traveling from East London, travel straight along the N6. Travel through Stutterheim and at approximately 25km turn left at the “Old Thomas River” road sign. Travel straight on the gravel road for about 4km. The road forks, keep left, you are in the Thomas River Historical Village.