TWO BRICKS AT A TIME
The Montclaire Hotel at Inyanga was originally built as a family hotel in April 1949. Back then hotels didn't really cater for children and so this became a prime factor for this hotel.
Kay Cuttler now lives in South Africa, but she tells the story of how her father but tells how her father built the Hotel and originally named it after her and her sister. She was the Kay in the DannaKay Hotel. And it was known until it changed it's name.
During the construction all the bricks were made on site with a small brick making machine that could only make two at a time. Sand was hauled by her mother from the Inyangombi River. The African staff were first trained in construction and then in the hotel business.
The Montclaire Hotel, as it later became, was one of those very special Rhodesian Hotels that were to be found the length and breadth of the country. Each one offering hospitality and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
We want to thank Kay for allowing to to use some photographs and some of her memories. If anyone would like to contact her, he email address is firstname.lastname@example.org