Whatever your mode of travel…. this is the place to unravel. When visiting the Thomas River Historical Village step back in time and enjoy a slower pace while visiting our museums and Ramble Restaurant.

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045 843 1504
082 659 8103
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A variety of accommodation is available within the Thomas River Historical Village.

The Thomas River Village has two self-catering cottages situated next to each other and with a view over the village.
The Station Master’s House has 4 rooms with a capacity for 14 people.
The Station Forman’s House has 3 rooms with a capacity for 12 people.

We have a third self-catering unit situated in the renovated "Cow Shed".  This unit consists of two rooms, a bathroom, a small lounge, and basic self-catering facilities.


The Post Office offers rustic accommodation consisting of an open plan room with 16 beds in single and double triple story bunks and an en-suite shower room.  The Post Office has basic kitchen facilities and a fridge.

Situated near our Motor Museum, we have five newly built double en-suite rooms.  Two of the units have a double and a single and three of the units have queen size beds.  Each has been furnished with an eclectic array of various furniture pieces as well as a small seating area.  Coffee-making facilities are also available in some of the rooms.

Staying here allows you to take in the views, relax a lot, and enjoy all your meals at the Ramble Restaurant!

We have various caravan and tenting sites available with and without electricity and two ablution blocks.  We don't rely on Eskom for hot water so book your spot today and come relax in the safe haven that is the Thomas River Village.

Welcome to the Hotel

We look forward to welcoming you to step back into yesteryear…

About Us

about us

Thomas River, named in 1801, takes its name from an English deserter, Thomas Bentley. Part of Van Der Kemps missionary, Bentley was killed by a poison Bushman Arrow while crossing the river, thus duly named Thomas River.

Where are we?


We are situated halfway between Stutterheim and Cathcart, about an hour and 20 minutes drive from East London.
If you are traveling from East London, travel straight along the N6. Travel through Stutterheim and at approximately 25km turn left at the “Old Thomas River” road sign. Travel straight on the gravel road for about 4km. The road forks, keep left, you are in the Thomas River Historical Village.