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, Anette 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.
“Had a wonderful time. The owners are lovely people, and the staff were amazing. Delicious breakfast each morning, we even celebrated my birthday here. Beautifully decorated rooms, comfortable beds. They even provided a baby crib for my 5 month old. I would highly recommend them to anyone.”
– Adele Cabanillas
“I had a few nights stay in this beautiful setting and it was bliss. Definitely a place worth going. Well done you guys.”
– Irma du Toit Beetge
“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
“So impressed — best accommodation in Pretoria! We were absolutely blown away with how great Pierneef’s Kraal is! From the luxury bedding, to the artistic details and beautifully simple accommodation — to the delicious breakfast they served us in the morning. The grounds are wonderful and it’s so close to town. Chris and Annette are the most amazing hosts and everything was just perfect! We can’t rave enough about this little gem in Pretoria.”
– Charlotte Senini Mortlock
“Like going home — I just returned for a second stay here. My wife and I stayed for 10 days while she recovered from surgery, and the attentive care was matched only by the peace and quiet and lovely surroundings. It’s now our home away from home anytime we’re in Pretoria.”
– Richard Miles
“We are a family of four from NZ — 2 adults and 2 teenagers. This Kraal is very special and quite spectacular. A series of separate self-contained rooms interconnected by a maze of walkways. Hosts couldn't do enough to make our stay pleasant.And the breakfast was spectacular.”
– Bruce McPhail