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  • Lovingly restored Cape Dutch manor with elegant rooms
  • Right in the heart of the vibrant Karoo mountain town
  • Incredible scenery to explore in all directions

Onse Rus

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Prince Albert


-33.226, 22.03


Onse Rus could not be a better fit for the charming Cape Dutch village in which it is based. Dating back to 1852, the house is the proud bearer of one of the original Prince Albert Gables, the attractive gables that builder Carel Lotz incorporated in buildings across Prince Albert. 

Both the interior and exterior styling of the guesthouse also reflect the significant historical charm of the village, while adding some tasteful modern décor and a touch of luxury.

Guests are given a fittingly colonial welcome to Onse Rus, with tea and the delicious homemade cake of the day being served, before settling in to their rooms. Onse Rus accommodates guests in five individually decorated guest rooms, each of which is given a unique charm by some interesting art pieces and decorations. Most of the rooms open onto the well-tended, cheerful garden, where a vibrant flower bed and lawn create a tranquil countryside atmosphere.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose between a Queen-size, King-size or twin room to sleep in after breathing in the crisp Karoo air. 

Four of the rooms have en-suite showers, while one has a small hand shower over a bath. Although all the rooms are available for the same price, one Queen room has the added bonus of a separate lounge area, while one King/twin room has a smaller lounge and can accommodate two extra children.

Guests can walk straight out of their rooms into the sunny garden, where they can beat the Karoo heat by taking a dip in the swimming pool, indulge in a refreshing drink under the gazebo or kick back to read a book in the gently swaying hammock. In the nippy winter, the guest lounge is a comfortable place to read a book from the library, relax and admire the paintings by local artist Emma Finnemore that are on sale. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, which is warmed by a fire during winter, while dinner is available on request for large groups.

As it is right in the heart of Prince Albert, Onse Rus is the perfect base for an exploration around the village. The town is about seeing rather than doing, with its colourful history captured by the museums, buildings and kindly local people you will encounter along the quiet streets. When night falls, you can get acquainted with the spookier residents of the town during a ghost tour.  

Once you’ve had your dose of nostalgia, head out to discover the beauty of the surrounding Swartberg mountains, where hiking, mountain biking and 4x4 trails can be enjoyed in lovely Afromontane surrounds. The guesthouse has horses on MyShire farm, which guests may meet and greet. There is also an 11 circuit Medieval Labyrinth, based on the Chartres Cathedral in France, where visitors are welcome to take a picnic, walk, and enjoy the sound of silence. Whatever you decide to do, professional and friendly service is extended to guests at all times, ensuring a very contented stay at Onse Rus.

Rates & Summary

5 Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen, King or twin beds
En-suite shower or hand shower over bath
Two rooms with lounges
Most rooms open onto the gardens


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Farmhouse breakfast included
Dinner served on request


Children of all ages are welcome in the two rooms with a lounge
No children permitted in the other three rooms

Why Stay Here?

An attractive thatched Cape Dutch building, Onse Rus is located in the centre of Prince Albert at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountains and offers guests a charming haven of history and comfort. The lovingly restored guest house is one of the oldest properties in town and perfectly reflects the old-world history of Prince Albert while mixing in just the right number of modern comforts. Onse Rus is ideally situated to explore all of the town’s attractions.


  • Lovingly restored Cape Dutch manor with elegant rooms
  • Right in the heart of the vibrant Karoo mountain town
  • Incredible scenery to explore in all directions

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Horse riding for experienced riders.

Nearby: hiking, horse riding, 4x4 trails, bushman art, farm visits, historical tours, ghost tour, Soetkaroo wines, art galleries, shopping.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • No cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • No security guard




Central Karoo

Western Cape


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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