The Walkerbouts Inn & Pub

Walkerbouts Inn accommodation at "The Centre of the Universe", located in the village of Rhodes in the Barkly East district in the Eastern Cape Highlands.

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Welcome to Walkerbouts Inn, located in Rhodes, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Walkerbouts was established more than two decades ago by the proprietor, Dave Walker, and is located on the same site as the original farmhouse on the farm "Tintern" on which the village of Rhodes was established in 1891. It is in an elevated position on the western side of Rhodes on a quiet cul-de-sac with a stunning view across the village. We look forward to sharing our high-altitude hospitality with you.

About the Inn

A bit about the Walkerbouts

Walkerbouts Inn - Rhodes was established almost two decades ago by the proprietor, Dave Walker. It is located on the same site as the original farmhouse on the farm "Tintern" on which the village of Rhodes was established in 1891. It is in an elevated position on the western side of Rhodes on a quiet cul de sac with a stunning view across the village.

Attending trade shows such as Indaba, Hooked on Fishing, the Grahamstown Festival, Getaway shows and many others on behalf of the local tourism industry, Walker was accordingly nicknamed "Walkabout" by Leon Isted, a late great friend from the farm Bidstone who is sorely missed. On establishing the venue, it was a natural conclusion that the name should be a corruption of the nickname and became "Walkerbouts Inn - Rhodes".

"Opstal" as it was known at the time, had been used by the founders of the Tiffindell Ski Resort in the early 90s until the fledgling resort could accommodate it's own staff on site. A process of upgrading the establishment from the "glorified backpackers" state to it's current condition ensued. A major revamp took place in 1999 and was completed by June of that year. En-suite bathrooms were added and the premises extended to include a sunny lounge, office and bar dining-room. The lounge is the perfect haven in winter with the sun pouring in warms it up while the icy winter breezes blow by outside.

Walkerbouts was graded by a representative of the AA Quality Assured Programme shortly after the millennium and accorded a "Recommended" rating. Although no longer a participant in the AAQAP, the high standards have been maintained in this "home-from-home".

Stay at the Walkerbouts

Home Away from Home

Walkerbouts has six en-suite bedrooms complete with wall-mounted panel heaters and beds fitted with electric blankets to ward off the winter chill. Four of the room's en-suite facilities have showers and the other two have showers in the baths. Three have a double bed with a single bed and the family rooms have a double and two single beds.

The dining room and lounge are heated by a "Jetmaster" fire-place as well as a "Bekkers" anthracite heater. The cosy pub, whose walls could tell many stories serves "build-your-own" pizzas, providing an alternative to the wholesome country fare served in the dining room. More specialised victuals such as vegetarian meals can be prepared by prior arrangement.

In addition to offering a laundry service, we also have a tumble dryer that can save the day for times when inclement weather makes life difficult. Contact reception to make appropriate arrangements.  

Breakfast 08:00 - 09:40 Full English Breakfast
Lunch 12:00 - 14:00 Pizza's or other easy splendors
Dinner 19:00 - 21:00 2/3 Course Meal

Pizza's are available all day.

Rates at Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes  

  From: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Bed & Breakfast Bed Only
Single Person Only 1/02/2017 R905.00 R765.00 R685.00
2 Persons Sharing 1/02/2017 R765.00 p/p R625.00 p/p R545.00 p/p
Bikers Sharing 1/02/2017 R600.00 p/p R400.00 p/p R300.00 p/p





* Rates applicable from 1st February 2017. Subject to change without prior notice  

Children under 2 years of age: 100%
Children under 10 years of age:  30%  

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Meals can be booked for non-residents by prior arrangement 

  • English breakfast: 08h00 to 09h30 from R85/person
  • Light lunches: 12h30 to 14h00 from R75/person
  • 3 course dinner: 19h00 to 20h30 from R195/person
  • The best pizzas in Rhodes from R42,00
  • A la Carte by prior arrangement  

Booking procedures

  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for confirmation within 2 (two) days of receiving this document.
  • During peak season (winter & school holidays) the balance is payable 30 days prior to arrival.  

Banking details

  • FNB, Barkly East
  • Branch code: 210220
  • Account name: Walkerbouts Country Retreat CC
  • Account number:  62014419958  
  • Account type:  Current  

Please e-mail a copy of the EFT proof of payment to us for confirmation including your name and date as the reference on the EFT.  


Payments can be made in cash, EFT or by card other than American Express or Diner’s Club  

NB: Rhodes is a historic village known for its scenic beauty, quietness and tranquility. We welcome visitors and urge both 2 and 4 wheeled vehicle owners, especially quadbikers and scrambler riders to respect this.  

NB: Fuel remains a problem in Rhodes, so please fill up before you arrive.  Groceries are also an issue so best stock up before arrival.


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