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If you are visiting the Great Karoo (Graaff-Reinett) and want to see a real-life village, visit... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Horst S
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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most of what needs to be said has been covered in the threads below.well worth a visit and one must... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
KevinS9404
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All reviews helen martins graaff reinet well worth a visit bucket list outsider art coloured glass unlike anything long time dirt road the main road south africa my partner interesting sculptures worth the detour very special place an interesting place to visit works of art
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are visiting the Great Karoo (Graaff-Reinett) and want to see a real-life village, visit Nieu Bethesda, a few kilometres away from Graaff-Reinett. You will get an insight of how this village is growing steadily with tourism marketing, but also an insight of the...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2018

most of what needs to be said has been covered in the threads below.well worth a visit and one must listen to the 8min video etc before entering.a bit confusing as you arrive at the owl house but then have to go around the corner...More

Thank KevinS9404
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

That’s scary. If you’re into cheap horror: that’s the one It looks like the retreat of an old mad lady, which enjoyed alcohol too much. What was additionally terrible was the fungus smell in the house. For us this one was waste of time.

Thank RueNici
Reviewed 30 September 2018

What an interesting place to visit! An experience of mixed emotions. Every room plays on one's emotions. Your imagination runs in different directions. The back yard is filled with the most interesting sculptures and each one tells a story. When visiting with children, hold their...More

Thank 592shellym
Reviewed 22 September 2018

You have to visit the Owl House. Nieu-Bethesda is one of the many places ignored by South Africans who are in too much of a hurry to get to their destination. It's out of the way but truly worth the effort. You need to take...More

Thank LloydMacklin
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

How interesting that Helen Martins' sad life can still mean so much, perhaps even more so after her death in providing work and a point of interest in an otherwise rather challenging environment. I have visited the Owl house on several occasions before and find...More

Thank hannetjiee
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A real window into an artists mind. Found it really interesting . Great history. Worth travelling to if you are even close to the area. A few local artists outside selling similar themed sculptures for very cheap. Worth taking at least one back home to...More

Thank aidanpomario
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

It has not changed in 18 years - the story behind this is intriguing and reading up on the history of Nieu Bethesda the area must have flourished in the 1800...

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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Interesting story about the artist, but weird... Spend about 20min here looking at the house and sculptures. Not a highlight as I am not into art as much. Still worth a visit when in the town.

Thank CaptCapeTown
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This place... WOW. Just, WOW! I was absolutely delighted and intrigued. It's a very special place and you can't go to Nieu Bethesda without visiting the Owl House.

Thank Bronrj
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