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  • Particularly well equiped kitchens, and cooking classes on offer
  • Right in the heart of the vibrant and charming town
  • Charming cottages make a great base for exploring the beautiful scenic surrounds

African Relish Cottages

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Prince Albert

 

-33.2261, 22.0305

About

Spread out across the historic village of Prince Albert, the self-catering cottages at African Relish date back to the late 19th century, and have been renovated into quirky lodgings that retain their original Klein Karoo character. Also comprising a restaurant and cooking school, the venture was born from the desire to create a destination which showcases the Karoo’s vibrant culinary culture, and encourages guests to immerse themselves in everything that Prince Albert has to offer.

The cottages mix modernism with warm Karoo charm and, in keeping with the love for all things culinary, the kitchens are equipped with a range of amenities that would make a gourmet chef drool. Other comforting features include air conditioning, fans, heaters and tea/coffee facilities, along with modern full en-suite bathrooms.

Opening onto lush private gardens, the deep verandahs allow for blissful summer relaxation and are equipped with braai areas. During the crisp Karoo winters, the comfortable lounges, which have either wood-burning stoves or open fireplaces, are warm recluses.

Doringbos cottage is a romantic haven for couples, who will sleep soundly in the plump King-size bed. The bed can be converted into twins if need be. This is also the case in the Deurdrift cottage, which has been split into two spacious semi-detached rooms with quirky designer décor. Formerly a labourer’s cottage, Akkedis retains its typical Karoo feel but adds stylish modern touches.

A good choice for families, the cottage has a King/twin bedroom and a Queen bedroom, both with full en-suite bathrooms. To cool down during summer, guests can splash around in the small dam that Akkedis shares with Doringbos. 

At the African Relish Restaurant, expertly prepared and presented Karoo cuisine is served with contemporary flair, and it is here where you can don your own chef’s hat and partake in half or full day cooking classes, conducted by experienced chefs. At the same time the school plays its part in promoting Prince Albert and its culinary, cultural and environmental riches; encouraging visitors to make forays into the town and its surrounds. 

Guests can meet some of the artisanal food producers and sample their wares, which include olives, cheese, figs and cured hams, or go on a guided or self-guided tour of the village’s historical attractions. The ghost walk is a spooky but fascinating way to discover the town’s history. 

There are several spectacular mountain passes in the area, as well as a variety of challenging 4x4 trails, while other activities include horse riding, hiking and wine tasting. Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route are both less than an hour’s drive away, opening up a whole new world of opportunity for tourists. If you’re not quite sure of what to do and where to go, simply ask the African Relish staff who, as with the rest of Prince Albert’s residents, are extremely friendly and will proudly tell you about the area’s best attractions.

Rates & Summary


Doringbos

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge and kitchen
Verandah with braai
Private garden

Deurdrift 1

Sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
Child in single bedroom
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge and kitchen
Verandah with braai
Private garden

Deurdrift 2

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge and kitchen
Verandah with braai
Private garden

Akkedis

Sleeps 4 in King/twin room and Queen room
Both bedrooms have en-suite bath and shower
Lounge and kitchen
Verandah with braai
Private garden

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Self-catering
Breakfast, lunch and dinner available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

A unique culinary destination in the historic town of Prince Albert, African Relish offers cosy self-catering accommodation and traditional Karoo food with a contemporary twist, while giving guests the chance to learn more about the local cuisine and cooking in general. The cottages have been charmingly renovated in a quirky Karoo style and have particularly well-equipped kitchens, making self-catering a pleasure.  The establishment was born out of a fascination for food and offers cooking classes and a variety of hands-on culinary and cultural experiences.

Summary

  • Particularly well equiped kitchens, and cooking classes on offer
  • Right in the heart of the vibrant and charming town
  • Charming cottages make a great base for exploring the beautiful scenic surrounds

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the cottages are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Cooking courses
  • Akkedis and Doringbos share a dam for swimming
  • Nearby: olive, cheese and wine tasting, historical tours, ghost walk, art galleries, shopping, hiking, horse riding, 4x4 trails, bushman art.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Private swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Central Karoo

Western Cape

About

The Central Karoo falls within the Western Cape Province and embraces the south-western region of the vast and semi-arid Great Karoo. In keeping with the typical character of the Karoo the area is sparsely populated, with just a few towns scattered across the plains amongst large sheep and game farms.

Beaufort West is the main town of the region, with the nearby Karoo National Park being a big visitor draw card to the area. The region is home to two popular villages - Matjiesfontein, alongside the N1, and Prince Albert, tucked snugly at the base of the Swartberg Mountains.

In the north of the region the landscape has a prehistoric appearance, with conical hills and flat-topped ridges peppering the encircling horizon. A slight surge of the imagination could spark images of smoke and ash and oozing lava, with dinosaurs stomping along the valleys and gorges - a scene, perhaps, from the region eons ago. 

Further south the countryside loses altitude rapidly, tumbling more than 1 000m down the slopes of the rugged Nuweveld Mountains. It then levels out onto a vast plain that sweeps towards its southern boundary at the Swartberg Mountains, over 100km away.

Many travellers only pass through the region along the thin line of the N1. The Nuweveld Mountains north of Beaufort West may look interesting, but the plains to the south are more or less featureless. However, this perception should be tempered by the fact that the area contains more species of flora than the entire United Kingdom.

As with much of the Karoo, one has to get out on foot and explore to discover its true appeal. The region has a good choice of guest farms offering a range of Karoo experiences. Beaufort West, the northern ‘gateway’ to the Western Cape, is a busy town and one where many travellers stop in to refuel and have a bite to eat. Recently it has seen an increase in the number and quality of its guesthouses as tourism in South Africa’s platteland catches on.

The Central Karoo is more suited to the explorer than the tourist - to those who enjoy seeking the less obvious joys and novelties, and who enjoy the experience of the journey as much as the destination. 

Look out for

The Karoo National Park- On the outskirts of Beaufort West this 88 000ha park conserves the habitats and wildlife typical of the plains and mountains of the semi-arid Karoo. It is ostensibly a scenic park but there are a number of creatures to look out for during a game drive. Plains game includes gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and plains zebra in the low-lying areas, while klipspringer and Cape mountain zebra can be seen in the mountains. Top species to spot are the desert black rhino and the recently introduced pride of lions. For birdwatchers the list of around 200 species is quite impressive for the region. The road network has been upgraded to allow access to some of the mountains as well as the plains, and for the adventurous there are two easy 4x4 trails heading into the western reaches of the park. Day visitors are welcome. Accommodation is in chalets and caravan and camping sites.

Matjiesfontein - On the N1, 240km from Cape Town, there is a unique Victorian village which has changed little since its establishment in the late 19th century. The Lord Milner Hotel and other buildings seem to send one into a time warp. For those who enjoy antiques and Victoriana, the Marie Rawdon Museum is fascinating.

Prince Albert - This charming Karoo village at the base of the Swartberg Mountains has a large following of avid fans. It is situated on the R407, 45km south of the N1.

Meiringspoort - This scenically spectacular road is situated on the N12 as it meanders through the Swartberg Mountains. Once in the poort (narrow pass between precipitous mountains), the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Groot Rivier (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. It is easy to spend half a day exploring the pass. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop.

The Swartberg Pass - This sinuous gravel road climbs and dips between Prince Albert and Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves in the Klein Karoo. It is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

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