Rooms: 5: king/twin with private entrances, en-suite shower and/or bath; 3 have a lounge area and patio.
Prices: R550 - R650 pp sharing. Singles R750 - R850.
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Meals: Breakfast included. Snacks and meals for groups available on request.
Directions: On the corner of the main street (Kerk or Church St) and Bank Sts.
GPS: 33.13.0South 22.1.59East
You know you’re staying in a historic house when the local tour guide stops by the verandah to enthuse about its archetypal Prince Albert gable. And you know you’re in good hands when tea and home-made cake appear magically on your poolside table within minutes of your arrival. Restful in name, restful in nature, the 150-year-old Cape Dutch Onse Rus is the perfect place to experience Lisa Smith’s particular brand of hospitality, which involves treating guests like friends from the moment they ring the bell. The five thatched bedrooms all have private entrances, high ceilings, white walls and simple Karoo furnishings. One used to be part of the bakery, another was the printing room for a local newspaper. The house has some history! The large living room, where breakfast is served around a sociable table, is hung with photos of Lisa’s other love – her horses. Outside there’s a swimming pool (a thing of beauty in such a hot climate) and shaded patio for relaxing over a good book. Explore the villagey delights of Prince Albert with its tea shops, galleries and award-winning dairy, take the unspeakably dramatic drive over the swirling Swartberg pass or the gentler (yet equally stunning) Meiringspoort towards Oudtshoorn, or try olive-tasting at the nearby farms. Superb. Visit the family farm 30km from Prince Albert: walk the labyrinth, play with the horses, order a picnic basket and enjoy the silence of the Karoo.