Rooms: 14 double/twin: all en-suite (5 with bath/shower, 9 with shower).
Prices: R685 - R1,245 pp sharing. Single rates on request.
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Meals: Full breakfast available from R115 pp. 3-course dinner from R235 pp. 4 of the rooms have a self-catering option.
Directions: From the N1, 2km north of Beaufort West. Turn onto De Jagers Pass Road at the Lemoenfontein sign. After 1.5km turn left at the white Lemoenfontein gates. Go 4km up dirt track, following signs. GPS Co-Ordinates S32 18 59 E22 36 11
Lemoenfontein, at the foot of the Nuweveld Mountains, is one of those places where whatever your mood on arrival – and after a tiring drive down the N1, mine was ropey - a calmness envelops you like magic vapour. I was suddenly enjoying a cool drink on the vast wooden verandah, gazing over measureless miles of veld and chatting happily to Ingrid about the history of the place. It was built as a hunting lodge in 1850, then became a sanatorium for respiratory sufferers (the dry Karoo air was beneficial), a farm and finally (and still) a nature reserve. Everything has been done well here, no corners cut and the result is a most relaxing, hassle-free stay. Rooms are stylish and understated with top-quality fabrics and completely comfortable beds. Outside, lawns, a pool, bar and braai area and the veld are all segregated by high dry-stone walls. You must go on an eco drive through the reserve before dinner - to look at all the buck, zebra and giraffe, of course, but also to be out in such scenery as the sun goes down. And one final thing: dinner when we got back was at first mouth-watering, then lip-smacking. A real South African experience. All rooms are air-conditioned.
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