Self Sufficient

We are in the early stages of using our property more efficiently by:
1) Lowering Electricity use

2) Maximizing Water use

3) Growing Our own food
4) Becoming a Resource Centre for our community

Lowering Electricity Use
a) All our globes are energy efficient
5-14W.
b) In winter,
we use a home made solar air-heater during the day and wood (a renewable energy source) at night for heating a large portion of our buildings in winter. We then top up with 400W heaters where needed.
d) We run geysers at 50C in the summer, and 70C in the winter with insulation on exposed pipes.

e) We are now working on a combination of solar and bio-heating for hot water year-round.
f) We are also working on a battery bank for all our lights. Then when the power goes we at least have lights for security, the guest rooms and our home.
g) We don't use air conditioners, but use cool night-air to cool the buildings and then use fans, that run at 65W.

Maximizing Water use
a) When we first moved here, we used 100% municipal water for everything. At a later stage we were able to get the windmill fixed and recycle a water tank. At present. about 90% of all municipal water we receive for shower, bath and wash basin water use is re-used for watering the gardens. We are looking at ways to recycle all our grey-water, to then use in the toilets and gardens. This means that almost 100% of all municipal water entering the property will be re-used.
We will probably need to re-create a mini-wetland for this purpose with some natural sand / gravel filters in the mix.
b) We also use about 9,000-20,000 Liters of rain / borehole / river water a week for a backup water source, watering the gardens and irrigating veggies, depending if the wind is blowing, if it';s raining, or if the seasonal stream is running or not. At this stage, when there's no rain or water from the windmill, we need to use municipal water. Very expensive: R33 per hour / R11 per Kiloliter.
d) We also plan to filter our borehole water for drinking, as we mostly use municipal water for drinking and bathing.


 

 

What we offer:

Accommodation:  (Total of 20 Guests in Units)
2 Bedroom Self Catering Unit: Sleeps 6-8 Guests
Small Self Catering Unit: Sleeps 5 Guests
Overnight Unit: Sleeps 4 Guests
Backpackers Unit: Sleeps 4 Guests

(see Self Catering or Backpackers)

Indoor Facilities:
All our accommodation includes linen & bedding (fitted & flat sheets, duvets, pillows, towels), tea / coffee facilities, hot & cold water, TV with SABC1, 2, 3 & eTV. (Camp, Campsite & Construction
Accommodation only includes Hot & Cold Water)

Outdoor Facilities:
Braai (BBQ) Areas:
(Wood for Sale: R20 Small Bag / R50 Big Bag)
Camp Fire Areas: (Wood for Sale: R50 1 Big Bag, R95 for 2, R140 for 3)

Swimming Pool: We have a communal Swimming Pool to share between residents and guests. (No Lifeguards - Swim at own Risk)
Parking: There is plenty of off-street parking available for cars, trucks, buses and trailers, but please make arrangement with us if you plan on bringing more than one vehicle per unit, or if you need parking for large vehicles or trailers.
Pets:
Only pet on leashes are welcome on the premises, but please book well before arrival (R10-20 per pet per night)
Please
Note: We have many residents, guests and animals on the property, so please book in before taking pets out of your vehicle)


Meals:

Breakfast: We currently only offer a Self-Help Breakfast. (Please book and pay before arrival)

How to Book:
  1. You can select the "Book Now Online" button below and select the date and room that best suits you.
  2. You will be given a choice of credit card or EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer).
  3. Select and accept terms and conditions.
  4. You will then receive an email with banking details or be taken through to book accommodation via a secure Credit Card portal depending on your selection.
  5. If you received an email with our bank details, you will then be able to pay via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), or a direct Bank Deposit. (Debit Card Payments coming soon)
  6. If you are unsure about any of the above you are welcome to contact us directly by selecting the "Contact Us" button and completing the form provided. We will then send you an invoice.
  7. Please note: We only confirm a booking once we have received proof of 100% payment.
  8. Credit Card payments need to be verified by presenting the credit card used and ID or Passport on arrival.
  9. When booking in you might need to present your booking form sent by us and your ID or Passport for identification.


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 About Grateful:

Grateful Guest House in Bloemfontein has been
operating since 2007, following in the legacy of my parents, Don & Charlene, whose constant hospitality challenged us to make the most of this property. They opened their doors to travelers and God-sends on and off for as long as I can remember. Since 2007 we have had the privilege of accommodating or entertaining guests from Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Uruguay, USA, Wales, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

WEATHER:
Sep-May: Cool
to very hot. (5C to 38C)
May-Sep: Cold to warm. (-5C to 25C)
Cloud: +/-335 days of sunshine p.a.
Rain: Drizzle to Thundershowers
Wind: Breeze to strong gusts

 

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