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Lake Avenue Inn-Guest Lodge the place to be at the Vaal Dam. Luxury accommodation and facilities which rates as one of the best in Deneysville. Your hosts Charmaine and staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your stay.

Please take note: Lake Avenue Inn will be closed for staff leave from 24 June until the 11th July 2024.
The Historic Motorcycle Museum is closed. The Pub, Restaurant and B&B are still up and running.

For Sale

Lake Avenue Inn property/business up for sale. Price on request.

Contact Charmaine at 072 765 9930 for further details.


Rest in peace

John Boswell

John Boswell

Words at this difficult, impossible time do not come easy to me. Having lost the love of my life, but I will try to write how I feel.
The messages and calls (and there have been many) of condolences, love and offers of help has been overwhelming showing me the reality of how much John was loved and cared for and how he touched hearts and souls of everyone he came to know.
A decision has been made by me taking into account the heart sore and difficulties we have had to suffer/endure in the strange time we are living in - not to set a date for John's send off but and this is unconventional but then as mentioned it is strange times.
I will have a continuous slide show/music he loved in his honour every weekend from now on to celebrate the life of the most beautiful big man I will love forever who overwhelmed us all with his tremendous skills, wisdom and advice for those who needed it and listened if they wanted to.
So arrive here whenever you have the time as you feel in your heart for closure and goodbye. If you feel you would like to contribute to the slide show/or a video you are more than welcome to.
I will add it on for you and we have a drink together in his happy place.




The Historic Motorcycle Museum is closed permanently.


Bike Museum
Museum now filled to capacity and 8 years old still going strong with over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

John Mason artwork
Thank you sooo much. Beautiful artwork by John Mason from the 1980:s band The Helicopters.
1960 Triumph Bonnaville Chopper
Johns new re-build a 1960 Triumph Bonnaville Chopper


L to R: Geo Marnewick, Simon Fourie, Mike Boon, Clive Strugnell, Les van Breda, Keith Zeeman, Charmaine Munro, Peter Labuschangne, Ian Groute, John Boswell and Jimmy Guthrie.

John and Charmaine open Museum in 1951 Triumph style.

18th October 2014 celebration at the Museum for all the SA and Rhodesian IOM TT racers. What a great awesome  momentous day it was!!!!!!!!!
And a pleasure to have Roger McCleary with us.

Val Chorley

It was a great pleasure to meet Val Chorley, Gary Hockings girlfriend now staying in England.
Beautiful touching moments spent with Val in the Museum wonderful to meet you.

Charl Venter Leon, John and Cliffy also enjoying the practice day at Midvaal riding their Honda black bombers for the HMG.

Paddy Driver with Shamrock helmet and JAWA as raced by him.

Lofty Pretorius
Lofty Pretorius with Roger  McCleery SA Motor Racing  commentator during the film shoot at the Historic Motorcycle Museum 15th August 2010 to be broadcast in December 2010.

Our dear friend Ken Smith of the Historic Motorcycle Group visits - looking good after recovery from illness it was wonderful to see him.

Alan Cathcart signing the wall of fame.

Jimmy Whyte
Jimmy Whyte from TT Motorcycles in Zimbabwe and Historic Motorcycle Group rider visits the Historic Motorcycle Museum and signs the wall of fame.

Friends of the museum join us on Saturday for celebrations. Leon Grobler, Trevor Williams, Terry Barson, Rob Godwin, John Boswell, Charmaine Munro, Lofty Pretorius, Peter Watson Peter Labuschagne, Cliffy And Keith Zeeman. Click on image to enlarge.

1967 350cc Aeromacchi Harley Davidsons as build by John Boswell for Peter Watson and Bill Inglis.
Practice day at Midvaal Racetrack on the 21st April 2012. Testing done by ex Rhodesian Champ Mike Boon.


On the 8th December 2012 the Historic Motorcycle Museum in Deneysville had the special honour of hosting a wonderful day in memory of Gary Hocking. It was a  day full of great Rhodesian racing celebrities celebrating the wonderful world and memories of motorcycle racing. For John Boswell words could not describe the awesomeness of it all. We thank the family and friends of Gary Hocking who brought all the memorabilia to the museum to be viewed by all the motorcycle racing enthusiasts. A wonderful blessed day was had by all!!!!!

Jim Redman

Matt and Harry with journalist's test riding the latest bikes for the bike competition held on Ignition - The Bike Show, staying over at Lake Avenue Inn.

Des Pistorious - family and friends bring his bike to the Museum where Des wanted it to be. We salute you Des for all the mileage you achieved. RIP
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Lake Avenue Inn is biker friendly. It's a great venue for Breakfast Runs on Sundays, only 1 hour 15 minutes from JHB.



The museum workshop now allows for visitors to see works in motion.

Roy HanksRose and Roy Hanks husband and wife UK sidecar team (1970's) visit us at Lake Avenue Inn.

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Roy Hanks in front the Isle of Man TT mural with 2 of his donated trophies to the museum.

The International and local racing greats at Zwartkops Day of the Champions and John.

Victor who makes owl boxes and bird feeders pays a visit.

Andre’s XT500 Bikes.

Our regular great friends Roy and Pet Beyers visit 10th July 2011.

More great regular friends - Ingrid and Claude visit Sunday
10th July 2011.
Andre snr from AGS industries heads his team on an off road adventure in Deneysville staying over at Lake Avenue Inn for 2 nights. Note the t-shirt especially made for their run. Great bunch of guys making our days memorable. It was great having you here with us.

Oom PietOur dear Oom Piet. Who won the Swartbrand Trophy for the oldest bike/rider with a combined age of 165.

Our barman Dave Kruk comparing length of beards with
Louis from the Swartbrand Run.

Karen, Ivor, Dave and Andrew making great music
New Year's Eve.

Gypsy Jokies, Satan Saints and Alan from The Royal Enfield Club join us for breakfast 29th April 2012.

Sidecar Africa Club visit the Museum

Thank you to Zeta from the Sidecar Africa Club for organising the run to Lake Avenue Inn. It was an absolute pleasure to have you guys with us and I will never forget my magic moment with Roy when he took me for a ride getting the sidecar up on two wheels. Did bring back a very familiar feeling of my sidecar racing days.

Thank you Roy

Tom Peddling
Hats off to Tom peddling his bicycle to safe the
Rhino's Full steam ahead our good wishes of
safety go with you.

We also enjoyed meeting Des's dog who travelled
everywhere with him "Boswell"'

Our great musicians who we love dearly, entertaining us always we have an awesome time.

Lake Avenue Inn is surrounded by a beautiful garden with a view of the Vaaldam. There are two pubs and a swimming pool. Security is provided from 6 pm to 6 am and Laundry facilities are available on request. The Vaaldam is within walking distance. There are 4 yacht clubs close by of which 2 have day launching facilities.

Pub times:
Mon – Tues        Closed
Wed-Thurs         8:30 am - till closing
Fri - Sat             08:30 am - till closing
Sunday              08:30 am - 6:00 pm

indoor pubIndoor Pub

Bikers keeping warm Sunday breakfast

Relax by the pool

Garden Cottage



9 Rooms of which 7 are en-suit.

All rooms have DSTV, are air conditioned and have tea/coffee.

Rates: Single R 550 / Double from R 890 - R950.

Children 0 - 3 years no charge.

Children 4 - 10 years R 150 per night + vat.

Room rates are inclusive of a full English Breakfast.

A cancellation fee of 50% applies to bookings not honoured.

We look forward to being of service to you!


We can host a function / conference for you.

Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and weddings at our stunning facilities.

Intimate functions of 50 people. We cater for small conferences - maximum 30 people

We boast a well stocked Pub as well.




News and Events

Thank you to Colin Blackburn for  organising the Swartbrand run to Lake Avenue Inn. It was great to see you guys with the old bikes still going strong. A big thank you for your loyal support over the years John and Charmaine.
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swartbrand run



Lake Avenue Inn - Guest Lodge and Motorcycle Museum

17 Lake Avenue,

Contact: Charmaine

Phone: 016 371 1115

Cel: 072 765 9930

Fax: 016 371 1117