Jonkmanshof Manor House: A Luxurious Private Stay in Montagu

Jonkmanshof Manor House: A Luxurious Private Stay in Montagu Greg Cox and Micky Hoyle

A wonderfully fresh and supremely stylish take on a traditional farmhouse stay.

One of the most diverse regions in the Cape, the Little Karoo is characterised by vast desert-like landscapes, interspersed with plunging cliffs, serene streams and flourishing vineyards. Flanked by the Langeberg Mountains in the southwest and the Swartberg Mountains to the north, the region is home to a sprinkling of charming historical towns that offer visitors a tranquil break from the noise of the city.

One such town is Montagu, whose quaint shops and restaurants, breathtaking mountain views and heritage architecture might leave you wanting to linger longer. Fortunately, we know just the spot.

Jonkmanshof Montagu Exterior

Built in 1854 and 1856 respectively, the historic manor houses that make up Jonkmanshof (20 and 30 Bath Street, located just a few steps from one other) 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 – two impossibly beautiful country homes.

Jonkmanshof Manor Houses Montagu

The lodgings

Located in a quiet side street just off the main road, both homes offer spellbinding views of mountains, orchards and gardens.

Inside, the owners have given the houses a fresh lease on life, while preserving key features, such as original wooden floorboards and high ceilings, and adding some warm country-style touches, such as exposed river-reed ceilings and a selection of the finest antiques and furniture.

20 Bath Street

Jonkmanshof 20 Bath Lounge
Jonkmanshof 20 Bath Dining Room
Jonkmanshof 20 Bath Bathroom
Jonkmanshof 20 Bath Bedroom
  • Suite One with a king-size bed (can be made into twins) and en-suite bathroom with a shower and bateau bath
  • Suite Two with a queen-size bed (can be made into twins) and en-suite bathroom with a bath and hand showerer
  • wood-burning fireplace in the lounge
  • library and desk
  • fully equipped kitchen, with a wood-burning stove for winter)
  • private garden with a farm-style swimming pool
  • outside terrace with recliners and a dining table
  • indigenous succulent greenhouse
  • complimentary wifi

30 Bath Street

Jonkmanshof 30 Bath Bathroom
Jonkmanshof 30 Bath Kitchen
Jonkmanshof 30 Bath Lounge
Jonkmanshof 30 Bath Bedroom
  • Suite One with a queen-size bed (can be made into twins)
  • Suite Two with a queen-size bed (can be made into twins)
  • each suite has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bateau bath
  • wood-burning fireplace in the lounge
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • private garden with a farm-style swimming pool
  • outside terrace with recliners and a dining table
  • complimentary wifi

Jonkmanshof Courtyard

And, true to its pastoral setting, this is a white-noise-free space, which means there is no TV! All the better to immerse yourself in the majesty and tranquillity of the setting. Whether you rent out these homes exclusively, or on a per-room basis, Jonkmanshof is the perfect sanctuary for a quiet escape.

While you’re there…

Jonkmanshof Greenhouse

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.

Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Child friendly? Yes, for children over 8 years old (unless booking exclusively
Pet friendly? No

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