Haenertsburg Accommodation - BOOKSTORE

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"A house without books is like a room without windows."  Heinrich Mann

 What is in a Name? 

Memory Hold-The-Door second-hand bookshop boasts a name with lots of history. John Buchan, a Scottish born British writer was the first person to have elaborated on the beauty of the Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof areas in his books.  His first novel, “Prester John” was set in this area.  Memory Hold-The-Door is the title of his autobiography.


This unusual store will excite any book-lover and you will want to put yourself down in front of the fireplace with a cup of steaming “kondensmelk koffie” in your hand – do not forget about the “Boerebeskuit”!

The Coffee Shop spills onto the stoep outside and invites all visitors to stay for a while...

On offer are homemade sweet- and savoury treats with really good "boere koffie" or a nice cup of tea.

Please browse through our Photo gallery for photos and descriptions of some of our book collections.


What will I find here?

We try and cater for all readers, but our focus is on Rare and Collectible books at reasonable prices. The shop boasts an impressive Africana collection.

 We also take pride to have some of our local authors’ books in stock.  These are the only new books in our bookshop.  For example local and international renowned author Louis Changuion who is known for his knowledge on the Anglo-Boer war and who has written 20 books in total. 
Some of his out-of-print books are available in our shop.

Some other local authors:

Kimon Neophyte,  Jackie Grobler,  Ina van Schalwyk, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Charles Leach, David Hilton-Barber, Nino Burelli, Archie van Reenen, Yolanda Botha and Amanda Vorster.  

On our shelves:


  • English and Afrikaans Africana
  • History
  • Music, art and craft
  • Antiquarian
  • Biography
  • Anglo-Boer War
  • Esoteric, philosophy
  • Travel and adventure
  • Children
  • Come and have a look, we do not have enough space to list it all..


  • English and Afrikaans Africana
  • Childrens Classics
  • General English and Afrikaans Fiction
  • Come and browse...

Other stuff.

Browse around for old LP's, CD's and other collectible bits and pieces. While you browse, try a real good cup of coffee..


Signing the wall!

When in our shop the next time you visit, have a good look at the wall next to the fireplace.

Every signature tells a story of an author, artist or musician that visited us, entertained us and spend time with us in front of the fireplace.

Some of our visitors were Kimon Neophyte, Louis Changuion, Charles Leach, Ina van Schalkwyk, Koos Roets, Marloe Scott-Wilson and the well-known Richard Cock.


Coffee please..

There is a certain pleasure in sitting down in a bookshop, surrounded by books from days gone by, stories, photographs and yes, you said it, a warm cosy fireplace.

The Coffee Shop serves good strong filter coffee, teas, a variety of home-made sweet- and savoury treats and is a very popular venue where villages get together to meet and chat.
Spend some time here, it will be worth your while!



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