Two Irish emigrants Ruth and Neil come together to realise her dream of running a small hotel in the hills outside the city.

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Neil Barry
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Ruth Maguire
Conor Mullen ...
Nicky Nolan
Amrain Ismail-Essop ...
Nita (as Amrain Essop)
Philip O'Sullivan ...
Bill McKimm
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Frances Barry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mehboob Bawa ...
Asif
Rory Berry ...
Nicky's Friend #2
Lungelwa Blou ...
Carol Singer
Bongani Bubu ...
Carol Singer / Pool Waitress
Ruan Burger ...
Nicky's Friend #3
Sibs Cosa ...
Zinzi
Isabella De Villiers ...
Teen Girl #1
Lusindiso Dubula ...
Carol Singer / Ice-cream vendor
Mzukisi Gaadushe ...
Landlord
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'Anner House' is a romantic story of dreams and aspirations. Neil Barry leaves Ireland after a bitter divorce and custody battle to face the demons of his alcoholism in another place, Cape Town. A chance meeting with an Irish woman, named Ruth Maguire, also trying to extricate herself from an unhappy relationship with Nicky helps him embark on a journey of self-healing and personal discovery. Inspired by the colorful locals they encounter, and the magical places they visit, Neil helps Ruth fulfill her dream, to open a boutique hotel set against the stunning Cape landscape. They decide to call it 'Anner House'. Of course the dream has its own obstacles - their personal predicaments plus coping with the social problems unique to Cape Town. But in the end it becomes clear to Neil and Ruth that they are the solutions to their own problems and the mutual attraction that sparked between them when they first met becomes irresistible. Written by Anonymous

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9 April 2007 (Ireland)  »

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'Anner' is an anglicized version of 'Eanair' which is Gaelic for January - the month when Ruth and Neil first met. See more »

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Nice realistic romance of middle aged Irish man & woman that meet in South Africa.
8 January 2015 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure if this would be too much the 'made for TV' story, but the sincerity of the actors, script and direction made it good.

'Anner House' is a romantic story of dreams and aspirations. Neil Barry leaves Ireland after a bitter divorce and custody battle to face the demons of his alcoholism in another place, Cape Town. A chance meeting with an Irish woman, named Ruth Maguire, also trying to extricate herself from an unhappy relationship with Nicky helps him embark on a journey of self-healing and personal discovery. Inspired by the colorful locals they encounter, and the magical places they visit, Neil helps Ruth fulfill her dream, to open a boutique hotel set against the stunning Cape landscape. They decide to call it 'Anner House'. Of course the dream has its own obstacles - their personal predicaments plus...

There are realistic obstacles, a bitter ex- wife, alcohol, job demands, a shallow boyfriend, South African customs and homeless squatters.

But life must go on, and if it's to get better it will take choosing to make it work -- and sticking together.

I went in with low expectations and I found if fine.

Thanks again Maeve Binchy!


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