Step back into time of the Karoo of old, when you visit the quaint little town of Matjiesfontein.

Founded in 1884 by the legendary Scottish railway man, James Douglas Logan, this little town still holds much of its original charm and was preserved as a historical town in 1975.

The Lord Milner hotel, named in honour of Lord Alfred Milner, the governor of the Western Cape during the Anglo-Boer war, is a the epitome of the Victorian era. Beautiful decor setting the ambiance for a unique and authentic visit.

Interesting to note that it was built by James Logan and completed in 1899.

The hotel also once served as head quarters of the Cape Western Command as well as a military hospital.

The Lord Milner hotel is graded 3 star and offers 15 classically decorated double and single rooms.

Linen and bathroom facilities have been updated and the rooms had fresh towels, toiletries and coffee /tea making facilities.

You can expect nothing less than old world service with red jacket porters carrying your luggage and hotel staff wearing old fashioned mob caps and aprons.

A reflection of classic comfort and a journey back in time to the serenity of calmer days.

Each hearty country meal seems better than the one before and the hotel cater to all tastes. The meals are generous and beautifully plated.

Breakfast is a wonderful selection of a buffet or hot menu to choose from.

The hotel has a magnificent garden for you to enjoy and you can arrange for a picnic to enjoy on the grass.

And as an added little bit of entertainment to your stay all guests of the Lord Milner Hotel are treated to a complimentary ride on the Red Bus and honestly you’ve not taken a tour until you’ve had Johnny make you wave to the people who missed the bus and realised you are turning right because you can’t turn left.

The 5 minute trip up the road had us in stitches and is a must do if you are visiting Matjiesfontein

Other attractions to enjoy in Matjiesfontein 

  • Enjoy a ride on the Red Bus
  • Visit the pink church
  • Visit the old magistrate Court
  • Walk the garden at Lord Milner Hotel
  • Visit the chapel
  • See the train lines and grab a selfie at the big screen
  • Grab a cold one at the Laird’s Arms pub
  • Listen to town local Johnny sing and entertain you
  • Visit the Mary Rawdon and Transport museum
  • Ask the locals about the ghost stories
  • Also visit the old post office which now houses a gift shop
  • The Standard bank museum
  • The coffee house coffee shop
  • Logans masonic hotel
  • Olive Schreiners cottage

Book your stay at http://www.touwsrivertourism.co.za/stay






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