Coated in unique charm and overflowing with a rich, magical history, the well-trodden towns in the Little Karoo offer visitors a tranquil countryside escape laced with luxury. One such place is the small village of Montagu, known for its quaint shops and restaurants, and breathtaking mountain views.
One look at its picturesque town architecture, quiet roads and surrounding vineyards, orchards and olive groves, and you’ll find yourself wanting to linger longer. And, fortunately, for you, we happen to know just the place.
Built in 1854 and 1856 respectively, the historic Manor Houses that make up Jonkmanshof (located a few steps away from each other on the same street) have had many incarnations during their almost-200-year life, including being the headquarters of the local newspaper, the town’s first restaurant, an art gallery, a hair salon and now – after a stylish and savvy facelift by the current owners – world-class countryside villas that have us fawning over their beauty.
Located in a quiet side street just off the main road, the Cape Dutch Manors offer views of the surrounding mountains with pools, and private citrus and peony gardens.
And the magic continues inside, where the owners have breathed new life into these spaces while still preserving the charm of the countryside setting. Expect to find original wooden floorboards and wallpaper, exposed river-reed ceilings, and large rooms decorated with the finest antiques and furniture.
Bateau baths take centre stage in the bathrooms, while a grand fireplace roars in the lounge, and classic novels line the walls of the library. With just two en-suite bedrooms (one with a queen-sized bed; the other with two singles), the homes are the perfect private sanctuary for a family escape, whether you rent them out exclusively, or on a per room basis.
All your dreams… and more
In addition to all that, guests are able to make use of the cleaning service, teatime treats, late-afternoon tipples, and daily breakfast prepared in the gorgeous farmhouse kitchen using fresh eggs from the chicken coop and locally sourced ingredients.
And, remaining true to its pastoral setting, this is a white noise-free vacay, which means there is no TV! All the better to immerse yourself in the majesty and tranquility of the setting. Whether you choose to spend the day in the garden, lounging by the pools in summer, curling up with a book in front of the fire when it’s chilly, hiking in the mountains, rock-climbing, playing a round of golf, taking a drive in a classic car, or enjoying a coffee from a local café, you’ll find more than enough to keep you occupied – and utterly relaxed – at this Karoo idyll.