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  • Rustic farm homestead with beautiful interiors and luxurious rooms
  • Picturesque setting in a fertile Klein Karoo valley
  • Several walks, hiking and biking trails to explore the landscape

Mymering Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Ladismith WC

 

-33.4975, 21.1745

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Given life by the river that flows through it, the Dwarsrivier Valley is a fertile hidden jewel set in the arid Klein Karoo, fringed by towering mountains and verdant nature reserves. Underneath the majestic Towerkop Mountain - which rises more than 2000 metres above Dwarsrivier - travellers can rest their heads at Mymering Guest House, a tranquil retreat offering luxurious country-style accommodation, warm service and delicious gourmet cuisine.

A wide range of catering options means that the needs of most visitors can be met, while every air-conditioned room is exceptionally spacious, with the majority having full en-suite bathrooms. Guests can get relief from the Karoo heat by taking a dip in a private plunge pool, before relaxing on the deck loungers while admiring magnificent views of the mountains and vineyards.  

Of the eight luxury suites, four can be taken with either King-size or twin beds. These rooms can be taken on a bed and breakfast or DBB basis, but also have self-catering facilities for guests who prefer to go this route. The Rosemary and Lavender suites share a plunge pool deck, as do the Shiraz and Chardonnay suites. Another luxury suite has a King-size bed and its own plunge pool.

One of the three Queen suites has a private Jacuzzi instead of a plunge pool, and is set high up to showcase incredible views over the farm and mountains. The honeymoon Queen suite is especially private and romantically decorated, while the third Queen suite has a huge double shower.

Perched on a kopje surrounded by indigenous bush, the thatched Black Poodle Cottage is a lovely private hideaway for self-catering groups or families of up to four people. The cottage has two bedrooms - both with en-suite showers - and a fully-equipped kitchen leading to a spacious dining room and lounge area. Two patios, one with braai facilities, allow plenty of space for outdoor entertaining, and guests can take a dip in a larger plunge pool.

Guests who aren’t catering for themselves will be spoilt to fantastic cuisine at Hillock Restaurant, which serves gourmet breakfasts and spectacular three-course dinners. The meal can be washed down with some of the estate’s quality wine.

Apart from vineyards, the farm plays host to olive and fig orchards, surrounded by indigenous vegetation and rugged mountainside. Winding through this spectacular setting, a number of walking, hiking and mountain bike trails - catering to all fitness levels - will delight active guests and nature lovers. The farm is situated just off the famous Route 62, and there are several nearby attractions which guests can easily explore. A visit to the quiet little town of Ladismith will reveal a unique building style that dates back to the 1830s, while there are several breath-taking mountain passes to drive along.

Oudtshoorn and its multiple attractions are within comfortable driving distance. Approachable Mymering owners Andy and Penny Hillock have a great knowledge of the area and can suggest many places of interest to fill up an itinerary.

Rates & Summary


4 Luxury King/Twin suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Kitchenette
Lavender and Rosemary share a plunge pool
Shiraz and Chardonnay share a plunge pool
Deck with vineyard views

Luxury King Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Plunge pool and deck with mountain views

Luxury Queen Suite - Honeymoon

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Plunge pool and deck with olive grove and mountain views

Luxury Queen Suite - Jacuzzi deck

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Jacuzzi and deck with vineyard and mountain views

Luxury Queen Suite - double shower

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite double shower
Plunge pool and deck with mountain views

Black Poodle Cottage

Sleeps 4 in double and twin bedrooms
Both bedrooms have en-suite showers
Kitchen, lounge and dining area
Two patios with mountain views
Braai facility and plunge pool

Pricing

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

Catering

B&B, DBB and self-catering options available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Mymering Guest House is situated in the fertile Dwarsrivier Valley in the Klein Karoo, and offers a flexible range of accommodation in eight elegant guest rooms. Facilities include swimming pools, a gym, Jacuzzi and award-winning restaurant. Private plunge pools are a charming feature of the luxury accommodation, which showcases gorgeous views of the farm and majestic Towerkop Mountain. Guests can explore the landscape on several walking, hiking and mountain biking trails, and will savour cuisine that is regarded as some of the best in the Karoo.

Summary

  • Rustic farm homestead with beautiful interiors and luxurious rooms
  • Picturesque setting in a fertile Klein Karoo valley
  • Several walks, hiking and biking trails to explore the landscape

Privacy

The honeymoon Queen suite is especially private.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Nearby: nature reserves, mountain passes, wine tasting, Route 62, cheese factory, historical attractions, art galleries, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp Spa.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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