Stanley Dold Fest Accom

Last Updated: May 2016

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About Stanley Dold Fest Accom

STANLEY J DOLD ESTATE AGENTS was established in 1906 making it the oldest property business in Grahamstown. In 1992, we established the Festival Accommodation division, the first of its kind in Grahamstown. This branch was created in response to a huge problem encountered by the National Arts Festival namely the provision of clean, safe and inexpensive accommodation in the privacy of a home for the thousands of Festival guests.

Grahamstown does not have enough formal hotels or B & B’s to accommodate all the Festival goers. Many guests are also not comfortable living in a hostel type environment. And so, the concept was launched to encourage Grahamstown’s permanent residents and homeowners to give up their homes for the period of the festival and allow guests to enjoy the festival while living in their homes. In the majority of homes listed on this site the home owners vacate their properties thus giving the guests total privacy.

Those homes listed under home stays, are homes where bedrooms are available but the owners will stay in the home as well.

All homes are:


  • Fully equipped with bedding, crockery, cutlery etc. You need only bring your clothes.
  • Fully serviced. Someone will come in daily, wash dishes, make beds, and clean bathrooms. No private washing, ironing or cooking is included and must be arranged and paid separately.
  • Private and secure.


The prices are set on a comparative basis by us and are dependent on the size, proximity to town, luxuries on offer and amenities. You can therefore be quite confident that you are paying a fair rental. Don’t forget you will be staying in someone’s home. Your hosts are not professional service providers and their homes are not rated according to Tourism Board criteria standards but rather by comfort, homeliness and warmth!!

Please bear in mind that your host will be staying elsewhere and therefore all accommodation bookings are payable in full in advance.

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