Pilgrim’s Rest now boasts a lavish, authentically Victorian guest house after months of renovation and refurbishment during the COVID lockdown.
Mona Cottage is situated towards the top of Main Street in Uptown Pilgrim’s Rest with a breath-taking view over the valley from the terraces leading up to the building. The building is constructed in the style which is typical in Pilgrim’s Rest – corrugated iron roof and outside walls, with the inner walls clad in tongue a groove timber.
In selecting materials for the upgrade, the owners were guided by research into the furnishings, fabrics, linens and tableware which would have been used in Victorian times. The kitchen, however, is fully equipped with all the modern conveniences.
Mona Cottage first appeared in photographs of Uptown around 1907. Over the years there were many lessees, one being Dr Hutchinson who used the building as consulting rooms from 1912 to 1915. The building was dismantled in 1960, leaving only the foundation and the terraces.
After Mike and Sherry Goodwin took over the adjoining Old Print House in 1998 they negotiated with the Department of Public Works to rebuild Mona Cottage.
The foundations were excavated and the cottage faithfully reconstructed with the help of documents and research supplied by Museum Services.
Initially, Mona Cottage was used as a restaurant, but it has been a guest house since 2006. The owners have now applied for official grading by the SA Tourism grading board. They are still awaiting the final result but are confident that they will receive a 3-star grading.
Mona Cottage comfortably sleeps six persons, with its three bedrooms and two bathrooms and it is ideally situated, not only to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Pilgrim’s Rest but also to explore the scenic Panorama Route. Bookings can be made on their website at monacottage.co.za or any of the major online accommodation booking sites.