You will immediately feel at home as you slow down to the relaxed pace of country life and take time to experience simple beauty, the attention to detail, the small unexplained things, the dogs the cat the ducks and the horses – the odd shaped rooms - the garden with quirky stone men - the warm and inviting lounge leading onto a large shaded garden with swimming pool, bedrooms with French doors and shutters opening into the garden - the harshness of the Karoo that gives you grace in the evening and gentleness in the morning.
Our guest accommodation and facilities are separate from our own, affording our guests a level of privacy not normally associated with a guesthouse.
We serve tea and cake on arrival. The inviting sparkling pool provides a sanctuary on hot summer days. The shady garden has braai facilities and a bar. The dining room has a large ceramic fireplace for winter, and our library in the guest lounge offers books to suit every taste.
Prins Albert is an oasis where water from the Swartberg runs through the lei water sluits patiently coaxing gardens and orchards to life from the harsh African wilderness. It is a record of South African rural life over the last two centuries. Essentially a farming town, it is inhabited by people who live close to the earth and who are protective of the Heartland of South Africa. An excellent infrastructure and crime free environment preserves its history and natural beauty. There is a nameless quality of life here that has lured visitors from around Southern Africa and the globe to return to make it their home. Prins Albert and its surroundings offer attractions for everybody from hikers and bikers, to birdwatchers, stargazers and botanists. Artists & writers find themselves enthralled by the stark and dramatic beauty of the endless plains and the towering peaks.
The last 150 years of South African rural history is captured in its 14 national monuments and eclectic mix of Cape Dutch, Victorian and Karoo architecture. More than anything else it is a place to slow down, forget the hectic pace of urban life and rediscover the bare essentials such as sunsets & thunderstorms over the plains, clear morning air & night skies crowned with stars. The high wide sky and broad landscapes have infused the community with a peacefulness and patience which has equipped them to endure past hardships and prepared them to face any eventuality. From the famous Prins Albert Ghost Walk to what's showing at the Showroom Theatre there is a multitude of things to do in our beautiful village. Upon booking, you will receive our "Onse Rus Guide to Prins Albert and the Karoo" - a comprehensive listing of "Thing to do" and "Places to go".
In Room Facilities:
Each of the 5 air conditioned guest rooms has its own special character with en-suite bathrooms. After breathing the fresh country air, you’ll sleep soundly in the comfortable beds with crisp percale linen. Fully equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite shower, air-conditioning and private entrances.
Day Trips ... MyShire Farm - The journey to MyShire will delight your senses...
Situated in the Weltevrede Valley 30 kms from Prins Albert, it is an untarred road taking you through breath taking scenery - past one of the largest fruit production farms in the region, take note of the sign asking you to slow down due to "dust on the fruit trees", then onto the Rooinek pass where you must stop and experience “our valley of 1000 hills” with the multi shades of greys and a dirt road that goes on for ever. Continue onto the T Junction here you will discover Weltevrede Fig Farm which is one of the first fig farms in South Africa, turn right and continue for a further 2 kms you will see the sign MyShire Farm, bare to the right cross over the Lei water sluit. You will reach MyShire gate with a sign that says ‘Please keep the gate closed horses at play’ - cross the Huisrivier sometimes it is flooding so please contact Lisa regarding the condition of the road and river...MyShire Labyrinth is based on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France which dates back to 1201. Walk the magical 11-circuit Medieval Labyrinth surrounded by Mountains and wide open spaces. It is a one kilometre walk to the centre, large enough for our horses, disabled and abled bodied people to enjoy. It is made from the local stone collected from the Huisrivier (we used 4800 stones) The secret of the Labyrinth lies at the centre of the Rose, that you will have to discover and experience for yourself. Allow the silence of the Great Karoo to resonate within you, Experience a moment that lasts a life time.
The Farm comprises of 20 hectares of natural veldt and 10 hectares of pastures for the horses, the Huisrivier runs through the south side of the farm, make yourselves welcome enjoy and discover it all. From Kudu, if you are lucky, to the smallest of indigenous plants. The Karoo violet in early spring creates a carpet of lilac, the horses roam free and will often accompany you on your walks hoping for a carrot or two. At the house meet my animals two Labradors Jabulani and Jackson Brown, seven geese and 7 ducks but no partridge in a pear tree... I feel sure they will all be swimming in the dam next to the house. We have planted winter oats and in the process of planting a seven year grazing crop for the horses; Max a Boerperd - Toffee an Arab cross - Bonnie a Percheron cross Boerperd and Hio an Appaloosa. Relax in the gazebo or on the front veranda and feast your eyes on the Verkleurmannetjie the mountain that looks like a chameleon the other name it is given by the locals is the Trapsuutjie loosely translated “to walk softly”. Then look for the sleeping giant in the distant mountains...