The iconic chapel at Smitsfield brings history and modernity together perfectly. The chapel was built in 1924 in remembrance of the Day of Reconicilliation, with ceder trees planted in a plus formation – the chapel at the center. Old oak trees surround this beautiful scene.
The Coetzers’ love and respect for history motivated them to keep the heritage in place, all the while giving it a new, modern look and feel. The corrugated zink screens originally came from England through the Maputo harbour, and the oregon pine trusses were kept intact. The unique 130 year-old church pews were saved in the Boer War when British soldiers attempted to burn down the Dutch Reformed Church in Ermelo, and they were kept at Smitsfield.
The chapel offers a clean, white canvas, complemented with the nude wood pews and crystal chandeliers. The zink screens can be partially or fully opened up during the warmer summer months to enhance the tranquillity of the natural surroundings.