The tiny village of Matjiesfontein is made up of just two streets and a handful of buildings, all of which are National Heritage sites. The Lord Milner Hotel is the heart of this community, and although it is literally in the middle of nowhere, it is as lively or as tranquil as you need it to be.
This unlikely combination of Karoo scenery, Victorian décor, British architecture and South African staff works, and it works well.
The food is traditional Karoo fare with a twist, the lamb is to die for, and the malva pudding must be tasted to be believed.
The Laird’s Arms is a lively spot if you want company and a good laugh and sing-a-long as Johnny belts out old favourites, honkytonk style from the hundred-year-old piano.
Lovely gardens, a swimming pool, or the covered verandah are just some of the places where you can enjoy the fresh air, relax with a book, or simply stare into space and let your mind wander aimlessly.
Johan Dippenaar, the GM, will regale you with tales of ghosts, history and characters from the past.
If you enjoy rising early, a Karoo sunrise will enthrall you, and is a perfect start to any day.
This is a great place for a relaxing retreat where you will be welcomed as a friend.