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Lord Milner Hotel

Lord Milner Hotel

Catering to the tastes of history enthusiasts, the Lord Milner Hotel in the heart of Matjiesfontein Village at the Great Karoo’s edge is a heritage site hotel with roots to the Victorian Age. The hotel is named for Lord Alfred Milner, governor of the Cape during the Boer War. Interestingly, the building itself was Cape Command headquarters during that time, with the central turret serving as the main lookout and machine gun post.

With a warm, elegant ambiance, the hotel continues a fine tradition of providing relaxation and accommodation to history-loving guests. Simple, period-style suites overlook shady courtyards, fountains, duck ponds, reservoirs, swimming pool, dry riverbed, and verdant gardens. A traditional farm surrounds the hotel, providing a country escape for veld walks, trail hikes, and mountain bike excursions.

Resident guests of Lord Milner Hotel anticipate evenings in the opulent Royal Lounge enjoying after dinner liqueurs, coffee and traditional candied peel. Relax amongst the grandeur of antique furniture, a 150-year-old harp, a centuries-old handmade jewelry case, and portraits of famous Victorian personalities including James Douglas Logan, Rudyard Kipling, and author and feminist Olive Schriner.

Elegantly presented meals awe guests in the hotel’s impressive dining room. Locally sourced Karoo lamb comes from farm to table, prepared by the head chef and served by “red jacket” porters and waitresses wearing bonnets in the traditional style.

Attractions abound in Matjiesfontein Village, originally a luxurious spa getaway and now a scenic historic village. Step back in time at General Laird’s Arms Bar or enjoy the enticing coffee shop, gift shop, post office, Transport Museum, and Marie Rawdon Museum.

A recent guest commented, “Step back in time and savor the experience! This beautiful old hotel exudes history without sacrificing quality! Friendly staff, good food, (and) superb mountain views all combined to provide a memorable time. In addition a quirky motor and steam train museum close by along with the 10 minute ride in an old London double-decker bus with entertainment by the hilarious Johnny . . . (are all must-do experiences). Johnny . . . later plays piano and sings in the bar. He says he only plays the black notes because it’s government policy! I highly recommend a stop-over to relieve the stress of driving on the N1!”

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