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The Cooks Cottage (From R4650 /night.)

Sleeps 4 people, 2 Bedrooms.

Sleeps four in two double en-suites. Authentic style meets farmhouse ... simplicity in Cook's Cottage, which has a fireplace and shaded verandah; two separate suites, a lounge, dining and kitchen area.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 King

Bedroom 2

1 Queen

From R4650 /night
Full Kitchen
Bath towels
Covid-19 Certified
Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Dining Area
Laundry facilities
No smoking
Tea and coffee facilities

This is the place where the land can't be tamed, where prayers are more passionate and where the seasons bide their own time. If you hear the call of the wind. If you feel the pull of the mountains. If you need to visit the wide open spaces of the Renosterveld, walk the path of the Springbok, the leopards, the Giant Hare, the Karakul and the tortoise.
If you know it is time to stop the world and be one with nature, in perfect silence. If you want to really see the stars….
This place is for you. Here, you will experience a new state of being …
And you won't want to share it with just anyone.
At first, you think there's something wrong when you arrive. It takes a while to figure it out – it's the absolute silence.
You will hear your own heartbeat and breathing, and the sound of your thoughts, as you get back in touch with yourself. Your snoring might wake you at night, but nothing else will.

In Room Facilities:

When you walk into your accommodation, you will flop down on the huge comfy bed, dressed in crisp high thread-count linens, sigh and whisper “I’m home.”
You’re not, of course. You are at Vrisch Gewagt, but you can pretend for a while. No expense has been spared in luxurious furniture, fittings and fixtures. We’re talking SMEG fridges and Nespresso coffee machine every suite, designer bathrooms, original artwork and seriously artistic décor. It’s all so good that we had to set the price a little steep, just to ensure guests eventually leave. But, for guests who really want to stay on, long term rentals are negotiable.

One of the best things about Vrisch Gewagt,is that you won’t be disturbed by annoying staff appointing themselves as your personal planners, interrupting your thoughts with inane comments about the weather (not that the weather in the Karoo is ever inane), or prying into your personal life.

The owner of Vrisch Gewagt is as intensely private as they come, although you can’t help but notice hints of his exuberance and passion for life; from the framed photos of Tango dancers in the guest loo in the manor house,
to the inviting accommodation erected for owls and bats in the olive groves, in addition to that for humans.

* Balcony/terrace.
* Hair dryer.
* Microwave.
* Coffee/tea maker.
* Heating.
* Refrigerator.
* Complimentary bottled water.
* Ironing facilities.
* Seating area.
* Desk.
* Kitchenette.
* Shower.
* Fan.
* Kitchenware.
* Toiletries.

Area Information:

Prince Albert had its origins in 1762 when a loan farm named Kweeckvalleij "the valley of cultivation and plenty" was established in a green and fertile valley at the foot of the awesome Swartberg Mountains.

Today, the town is one of the prettiest in the country - a place of great serenity and charm, with beautiful architecture, fascinating flora and fauna and great Karoo hospitality. Just 2 kms from the foot of the awesome Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring the wonders of the Swartberg including Gamkaskloof (The Hell) and Meiringspoort.

Hiking, mountain biking, birding and botanical excursions are major attractions. Aside from a superb climate, with a high sunshine index and spectacular night skies, the village itself is a small gem, with beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings. Of these, 19 are National Monuments. Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and homemade cheeses are local delicacies.

Activities for visitors include a guided historical walk through the town, a well marked "koppie trail" with almost 100 listed plants, fossil hunting and stargazing, a tractor trail to the olive farm, traditional Karoo meals and a visit to the delightful Fransie Pienaar Museum - and there is ample hotel and guesthouse accommodation to suit all preferences and pockets.

Prince Albert is well situated for overnight stops from Gauteng, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route resorts and beaches are two hours south by road. Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Karoo National Park are just an hour away.

Property Facilities:

The accommodation will provide you with a patio and a terrace. There is a full kitchen with a microwave and an oven. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a hairdryer. You can enjoy mountain view and garden view from the room. At Vrisch Gewagt you will find a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include free laundry, ironing, laundry and cleaning services. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including fishing and hiking. The property offers free parking. Pets allowed and BBQ facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Swimming Pool


* Bontebok National Park.
* Gamkapoort Nature Reserve.
* Klein Karoo Wine Estates.
* Kredouw Pass.
* Marloth Nature Reserve.
* African Relish Cooking School.
* Swartberg Pass
* Bergwater Wines.
* Breakfast at Café Albert.
* Fransie Pienaar Museum.
* Prince Albert Farmers Market.
* Prince Albert Ghost Walk.


Extra Info

Property Type Cottage, Guest Farm, Self Catering
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Check-out before 11:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
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Prince Albert Reviews

Christa Keown
16 June 2022

Beautiful small town situated in the Karoo. Very friendly and accomadating people.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Toni Rothbart
27 April 2022

Swartberg Pass access.
Galleries and restaurants.
Like visiting the past.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Christie Minnaar
14 March 2022

'n Absolute moet besoek juweel in die Karoo.

Superb. 5 out of 5
09 February 2022

Great food, shops and Swartberg pass is a must-do.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Johan Wahl
12 September 2021


Superb. 5 out of 5
Sonja Odendaal
21 June 2021

It is a beautiful little town with good coffee, G & T's ( best ever at the local hotel) and friendly people.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Theo Fisher
07 June 2021

The main road setting, restuarants, fleemarket, musuem. Cleanliness, Friendly People.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Clare Madden
09 May 2021

Lovely little gem of a town. Lots of things to do, eateries and little shops and galleries to visit. At the base of the most spectacular mountain pass in all Africa.

Superb. 5 out of 5
sharon de swardt
06 October 2019

The charm and character of this town impressed me. The Karoo gardens are beautiful and there are interesting local products for sale. I recommend the book shop in Marlene's home.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
23 October 2018

Peace and quiet; feeling of safety; good clean air. We attended a wonderful photographic course with Louis Botha.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5