Rooms: 6 doubles with en-suite showers; 1 suite with double, sitting room, en-suite shower, outdoor kitchen and Weber braai; 2 cottages with shared swimming pool 3 minutes’ drive from main house.
Prices: B&B: R400 to R850 pp sharing; singles R650 to R1,150. Self-catering cottages: 1-bedroom cottage R495 - 2 pp sharing; 2-bedroom cottage sleep 6 people - R625 - 2 pp sharing, plus R350 for every extra person sharing.
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Meals: Full breakfast included in the B&B rate only.
Directions: On the main street through the town. Just look for the Prince Albert Country Store.
Colleen and William moved to Prince Albert seven years ago, looking for a change of pace. They wanted a guesthouse that was 'tranquil but lively, rustic but sophisticated, casual but caring' and they partly found it... but mostly created it. The house was originally featured in the Greenwood Guide as the Prince Albert Country Store, selling antiques, vintage goodies, coffee and home-made cakes, so we were very excited when we heard that they had now added their own special brand of accommodation too. The Victorian-styled Loft Room, Gardener's Cottage and Lady Chatterley's Chamber are arranged around a serene English tea garden with its central pool, the perfect antidote to the heat of the Karoo. All the accommodation is furnished with hand-picked antiques and family heirlooms. Besides baking delicious shortbread (I can more than vouch for the shortbread!), Colleen is also passionate about fabrics and prints (she promised faithfully that next time I visit she will show me her collection) and I was delighted to find a genuine Liberty Print quilt draped across my brass bed. Dinner was served by the fire and washed down with a bottle of William's favourite sauvignon and conversation flowed easily as Fred, the adopted basset hound, dozed comfortingly at our feet. In the morning, sunshine on my face and birds singing from the shade of the jacaranda trees, I opted for the 'Frack off Shell' breakfast of creamy oats with dates, honey and ginger. I wished I could have stayed longer. In fact, I wish I was there now!