Several hundred years ago, the Dutch East India Company traded between Europe,
the Cape of Good Hope and Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam.
Kronendal Manor relives the romance of this era, when the refinements of an eastern way of life were imported to the west for the very first time.
A Venue to Suit All Occasions
Welcome to Kitima, where oriental elegance and hospitality meet the unpretentious grace and charm of Africa.
Our authentic Asian cuisine, prepared by 5-star Thai chefs, will carry your senses to an exotic world of spices, perfumes and all that’s precious – here, in the original, centuries old Cape-Dutch homestead.
Thai cuisine is known for its enthusiastic use of fresh herbs and spices and is considered by many to be among the best in the world.
It is a blend of Asian and European influences created through centuries of trade between continents harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai.
The Kronendal was the first farm in Hout Bay established in the 1670’s. The homestead is one of the oldest and only surviving example of the Cape Dutch typical H-plan architecture in the Cape Peninsula. The back section of the homestead was built in the early 1700s (which explains why the back gable carries the year 1713). The building was enlarged several decades later by Johannes Guilliam Van Helsdingen where 1800 appears on the front gable. The homestead changes ownerships many times throughout the centuries and was declared a National Monument in 1961.
Between 1835 and 1849 the Kronendal Farm was owned by Sir Abraham Josias Cloete. Legend tells that the homestead is still haunted by his daughter Elsa Cloete who died of a broken heart after she was forbidden to marry her soldier lover. Some people claim seeing her standing behind the gable window at moon lit nights looking out onto the oak tree alley – waiting for her lover…
As a sign of respect to the legend told; every night an immaculate table is laid with silver, food and flowers for Elsa and her lover.
Our team comprises of highly motivated individuals who understand that great restaurants are a harmonic blend of great food, great ambience and great service.