This piece of landscape inspired his iconic masterpieces, arguably the most prolific landscape art by a South African artist.
They were spirited and dramatic, one-of-a-kind and unforgettably gripping. Jacobus Hendrik (Henk) Pierneef, or just ‘Pierneef’ as the world would come to know him, called the place of ‘Elangeni’ – where sunshine is at the gate. And it is at this exact gate, under the same trees, in that same light, on Pierneef’s very foundations that our story begins…
Your hosts, Annette and Chris de Beer welcome you to Pierneef’s Kraal guest house, situated on two hectares of fertile, historically significant land, located towards the east of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. The Great Master regrettably no longer tends to the indigenous gardens he so painstakingly created, but every effort was made by us to bring to life the qualities, so ingrained in his seminal work: originality, simplicity and, of course, beauty.
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What people are saying about Pierneef’s Kraal
“I loved the ambiance of the property. It is set in beautiful grounds with lovely trees and gardens. The rooms are all very private and it feels like you have the place to yourself. Being in the garden does not feel like you are in the middle of a city, with the sounds of the wind in the trees and the birds.”
“Pierneef's Kraal is outstanding and unique. The level of personal attention and attention to small detail is unbelievable. There are only a few places in Gauteng like this.”
“Very quiet and peaceful, you can go on a getaway without leaving pretoria. The property is very well looked after and the rooms are very clean and stylish. We would recommend this for anyone, the food was amazing and the service we got from the owners and at staff was great. What a lovely stay”
“A fabulous experience. Friendly staff and amazing food and atmosphere. Can hardly believe such a gem is in the middle of the city. Feels like a true break-away!”
– Elzani Coetzer
“We stayed in a Deluxe family room and it was just perfect for our family of 4. We really liked the property and the beautiful garden. The hosts are very friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed the breakfast. Excellent hospitality!”
“The warm welcome, the stunning location, the proper filter coffee was a real delight! And delicious rusks.”