The luxury spacious bedrooms with beautiful bathrooms capture a walk-through renaissance, art deco, contemporary and Karoo vintage. Rooms are all well-equipped with excellent beds, luxury clean crisp linen.
The names of the rooms at Villa Contessa was carefully chosen to salute the famous legendary actors and singers from way back for their contribution to society; Grace Kelly, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Loren, Omar Shariff and Frank Sinatra.
Breakfast can be served on the stoep or small dining room from 7 to 10 pm.
Karoo dishes are served for dinner on request.
There is braai facilities but confirm with reservation.
The unique Gallery Karoo Pearl is part of the establishment.
Walking through the red doors and stoned walls displays the passion in creating from the artist.
Beaufort West lies between the Gamka and Kuils Rivers, just south of a ridge of hills and north of the Nuweveld Mountains in the Central Karoo, where rocks date back some 230 million years. Although for many South Africans, travelling on the N1, it is yet another typical ‘platteland’ dorp (town) in which they must stick to the speed limit or risk a fine!
This quirky town - the oldest in the Central Karoo - is rich in history that holds intrigue for the scientist, the historian and the eco-tourist. Not only was the first reptile fossil discovered near here, in what has subsequently been described as the world’s richest collecting ground for these fossils, but the town’s historic centre displays an eclectic mix of historical architecture that makes a stop-over here essential.
Beaufort West lies in an area that might be semi-desert today, but was initially a swamp. Some of the world’s most interesting Stone Age sites have been discovered near here and a legacy of rock engravings have been left by Bushmen on farms in the area and at Nelspoort. Collections of ancient reptile fossils now grace exhibitions in museums all over the world and they form the basis of work set to uncover the truth about life when the earth was young.
Beaufort West displays flamboyant Victorian, elegant Georgian, Edwardian, Romanesque, Cape Dutch, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Classic and Contemporary styles of architecture in an easy walk through the centre of town. Some of these are national monuments today, such as the old town hall, mission church and the Barnard House (heart-transplant pioneer Professor Chris Barnard, considered the town’s famous son, is honoured here as part of the museum).
Included here is the Anglican Church, built in 1850 in a Romanesque style and designed by Sophie Gray, the wife of Robert Gray, first Bishop of Cape Town. The north end of the street houses a local jail, built in 1873 but obviously not very functional as its first jailer, also jailed for negligence on duty, managed to escape never to be seen again.
Local farms provide a popular eco-tourism stop offering walks, hikes and challenging 4x4 routes, whilst the Karoo National Park, just outside of town, is home to a huge variety of indigenous buck and birds. It is also a sanctuary for the endangered black rhino and riverine rabbit.
In Room Facilities:
Rooms are all well-equipped with excellent beds, luxury clean crisp linen, TV, Wi-Fi, a fridge, air-con.
Anysberg Nature Reserve.
Gamkapoort Nature Reserve.
Karoo National Park.
Klein Karoo Wine Estates.
Dine at Suretta's Eatery.
Karushi Sushi Bar.
Beaufort West Museum.
Donkey Cart Tours.
Hillandale MTB Route.
Karoo Erdvark Trail.
Karoo Nuweveld 4x4 Trail.