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  • Charming setting in a pretty Cape Dutch town
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and friendly staff
  • In the heart of the Cape mountains, offering much to explore

7 Church Street

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

In Montagu

 

-33.7886, 20.1194

About

Dating back to the 1850s, the original Victorian homestead on 7 Church Street has been restored to accommodate a reception area, dining rooms and a kitchen, opening onto colourful and manicured gardens.

The five guest suites are surrounded by the sight and smell of roses, a tranquil garden pond and a proliferation of birdlife, all of which can be experienced from the private verandahs.

Suites have generously large bedrooms and are individually decorated with bright colours, antique furniture, embroidered percale linen and original artworks indicative of both the Victorian area and the countryside feel of Montagu. Two of the three garden cottages have opulent King-size beds, with Cottage 2 able to accommodate two extra people, while the third cottage contains twin beds for those who prefer to sleep separately.

Under the trusses of the thatched roof upstairs, the Garden Suite has an expansive lounge and a single bed to go with the Queen-size, with a sun deck overlooking the gardens and mountains, a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy a Cape sunset.

True to its name, the Courtyard Suite, formerly the honeymoon unit, has doors leading out onto a plant-filled courtyard with a romantic pergola covered with vines. On a rainy winter’s day, there is no better place to recline than the warm and spacious lounge.  

Although you may well wish to simply savour the peaceful environment, all the rooms are equipped with flat-screen satellite televisions, Wi-Fi and hair dryers. Other conveniences include a refrigerator, digital safe and a hospitality tray with tea, coffee and biscuits. The bathrooms are spacious and modern, with most featuring double basins, a soothing bath and a rejuvenating shower. Peace of mind is provided by secure off-street parking.

For a house located in town, the garden is huge and has a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. This is a lovely setting for a peaceful stroll through the trees and along the pretty pond, which is an attraction that water birds cannot resist. Humans, however, would be best advised to rather take a dip in the swimming pool or soak up the rays from the loungers.

Breakfast is a delicious smorgasbord of fresh fruit salad, oats, homemade granola, yoghurt, scrambled eggs with salmon or bacon, and all the trappings, served in the dedicated breakfast room or under the shade of the pergola.

The friendly staff can arrange outings and give reliable insider information on all the nooks and crannies around Montagu. A walk around the town transports you back to the bygone Victorian era, while walking, hiking, quad biking, horse riding, and rock climbing venues are all available close by.

Since you are in the heart of wine country, a wine-tasting trip comes highly recommended.

Rates & Summary


Garden Cottage 1

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Private verandah overlooking the garden

Garden Cottage 2

Sleeps 4 in four poster King-size bed and twin beds
En-suite bath and double shower
Private verandah overlooking the garden

Garden Cottage 3

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Sun-deck with countryside views 

Courtyard Suite

Sleeps 2 in four poster Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private verandah overlooking the garden
Entrance leading out onto courtyard

Garden Suite

Sleeps 3 in Queen-size bed and single bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sundeck overlooking the countryside

Pricing

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Catering

Continental and Full English Breakfast included

Kids

Children older than 10 are welcome.
Younger children can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

7 Church Street is a lovingly restored guesthouse adjacent to Montagu’s main street and is a short walk from the many points of historical interest in this pretty Cape Dutch town. Surrounded by a varied range of attractions to suit every taste, the welcoming guest house makes for a tranquil stopover point when you are exploring Route 62. This beautiful Victorian homestead is set in lush rose-filled gardens and is a peaceful haven that features lovely views of the mountains surrounding the historical town of Montagu.

Summary

  • Charming setting in a pretty Cape Dutch town
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and friendly staff
  • In the heart of the Cape mountains, offering much to explore

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guesthouse are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming Pool
  • Indigenous garden and rose garden

Nearby: historical attractions, hiking, horse riding, quad biking, rock climbing, 4x4 trails, hot thermal springs, Montagu Lei-Dam, wine tasting, brandy tasting.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Klein Karoo

Western Cape

About

The name ‘Karoo’ is synonymous with vast semi-arid landscapes, small rural towns, large farms, and few people, and here it is no different, except for that small word ’Klein’ (meaning little). There’s really nothing small about it, and only its modest title differentiates it from its big brother to the north, the Great Karoo.

The reason the Klein Karoo is dry is because it lies in the rain shadow between two long ridges of the Cape Fold mountains - these are made up of the Swartberg and Little Swartberg ranges in the north and the Outeniqua and Langeberg in the south. 

The 125 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve, which includes the lost valley of Gamkaskloof, embraces most of the Swartberg range from De Rust in the east, past Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and on towards Ladismith. It achieved World Heritage Site status in 2004. A section of the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ passes through the Klein Karoo from east to west, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘mountain route’ because the visitor is never out of sight of the impressive ridges. 

Getting to and from the region, the traveller has a choice of interesting options through or over the mountains. 

In the north, the amazing natural gateways of Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort wind beneath the plunging cliffs, while the high altitude route is via the Swartberg Pass. In the south the Outeniqua and Robertson passes are no less sublime.

Big, bold scenery aside, the Klein Karoo has lots of smaller natural wonders that make it interesting, one of these being its wealth of plant species - the region is part of the succulent Karoo biome. 

Plant lovers will be happy to know the region takes a healthy third place in the succulent diversity rankings in South Africa. Many of these unusual plants are tiny and finding them requires the donning of hiking boots and a sun hat and stepping out into the veld. Other outdoor pursuits are plentiful with hiking trails, mountain bike routes and bird watching being popular.

The Klein Karoo also has a wealth of tourist attractions, many of which are centred around the region’s biggest town, Oudtshoorn. The fascinating Cango Caves, for example, attract around 250 000 visitors a year.

However, every town along the route has something unique on offer.  

As part of the longest wine route in the world, each town has either wine estates or a wine co-operative. Running parallel with this viticulture, but not as well known, is the R62 Brandy Route. This should bring a gleam to the eyes of many a South African, as Brandy is amongst the nation’s favoured spirits. Producers include Mons Ruber near De Rust, Kango Wine Cellar and Grundheim in Oudtshoorn, and Boplaas in Calitzdorp. 

As a destination the Klein Karoo is generous in its offerings which, like all good things in life, should be enjoyed slowly.

Look out for

The Cango caves are situated at the end of the R328, about 40km north of Oudtshoorn. Of the 5.3km of caves, 1.2km is open to the public and the Standard Tour is an easy walk through the first six largest and most spectacular halls to the ‘African Drum Room’. The Adventure Tour lasts 90 minutes and takes one deeper into the caves, but is strictly for lean, fit people who are definitely not claustrophobic because adventurers have to squeeze through narrow fissures. There’s an interpretive centre offering a short film, a museum, gift shop, bureau de change, bar and coffee shop, and a photographic Fantasy Theatre; plus a restaurant specialising in ostrich dishes. Open 363 days a year, but closed on Christmas Day. 

Wine, Port, and Brandy tasting - each town has at least one cellar where visitors can sample some of their produce, from Mons Ruber in De Rust, through to Kango Wine Cellar and Gundheim in Oudtshoorn, Boplaas, De Krans, and Calitzdorp cellars in Calitzdorp and Ladismith Wine Cellar in Ladismith.

Swartberg pass - This sinuous road, which climbs and dips between Prince Albert in the north to Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

Gamkaskloof, or Die Hel, as it is more commonly known – this lost valley, which was only connected to the outside world in the 1960’s, was once home to a remote group of people for over a century. At the time, they were described as ‘the most isolated community within a community of their own kind in the world’. The valley is now a nature reserve and offers overnight accommodation in some of the restored houses from that amazing era, as well as camping. Getting there is half the experience.  It takes more than two hours along the narrow gravel road from the top of the Swartberg Pass to cover the 50km to the end of the valley.

Meiringspoort - is the eastern gateway into the region and once in the poort the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Grootrivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities, and it’s easy to spend half a day exploring from one end to the next. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop culminating in a deep pool.

Seweweekspoort - This spectacular gateway through the Swartberg Mountains is situated 24km west of Calitzdorp and winds below the imposing 2 325m Seweweekspoort peak - the highest in the Swartberg. In many ways it’s similar to Meiringspoort, except here the road is gravel and the atmosphere is more primitive. Visitors can also picnic in the poort itself, and one spot that’s perfect to break out the sandwiches is at the thatched umbrella below the cliffs.

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