A brief look at Villa Brocant's history.
The house (known to locals as The De Wahl house) belonged to Jos de Wahl, a man originally from Belgium, but who was adopted by a South African family after his parents died on their way from the Congo. Jos, who later became the Mayor of Vryburg, built the house in 1954. In those years, it was furnished with beautiful European furniture due to the owner's Belgian heritage and became quite a sought after property.
Astonishingly, the current owners, Pieter and Elsa Jonker, also have Belgian ties as they lived in Belgium for 20 years. After their return to South Africa, they bought the house in 2004 and turned it into a guesthouse. In the years that they lived in Europe, they developed a passion for European art, architecture and culture. The European influence can be experienced in most aspects of this guesthouse and despite the house being in the main road of Vryburg, it is a tranquil escape with its beautiful garden, water features and verandas.
After many decades, the house is yet again filled with beautiful antique European furniture that are imported by Pieter and Elsa. Most of the furniture in the stylish guest rooms are for sale.
In the meantime, the property has expanded when the owners bought two of the adjacent properties as well.
Villa Brocant (meaning Big House) is truly a little European gem in the heart of Vryburg. Pieter and Elsa, together with their team, succeed in bringing a taste of Europe to their guests in South Africa with the exceptional quality and attention to detail in everything that they do.