Matjiesfontein is reputed to be the most haunted town in South Africa. The history of this Karoo oasis includes; fortification during The South African War (formerly known as The Anglo-Boer War) as headquarters of the Cape Command, refuge for Jamieson Raid reformers, and the venue of controversial war crimes hearings. With such a colourful history, many stories abound of ghost sightings, though they are after all just stories—or are they?
There are no malevolent ghosts here. The ghosts of Matjiesfontein are said to be both playful, and even mischievous, or they are totally unconcerned with events around them
There are a few ways to get to Matjiesfontein: one of them is of course by railway. The original station here opened on 1 February 1878 as the railway made its way north, reaching Lainsburg later the same year.
The Dining Room at The Lord Milner Hotel has been serving its guests for the last 120 years. These days—using local ingredients sourced from the district—Head Chef Tronette Dippenaar creates contemporary takes on traditional South African dishes; including a variety of lamb dishes, using Laingsburg Lamb.
Well worth the trip, staying at the Lord Milner takes one back a century. It is like living in a museum, with all the grandeur of days gone by. If you are lucky to meet them (we weren't), there are ghosts to be encountered in the hallways and in the pink church. Food is exquisite, staff friendly and entertainment by Johnny in the pub great - after what may... Read More
5 out of 5 for tasty hot food
5 out of 5 for piping hot food It is so rare that your main course and Malva pudding are delivered piping hot. The Lamb chops were extremely tasty and made more tasty because they were piping hot. Also served on hot plates. The historical ambience and Pub Piano player really add to a most memorable visit. Highly recommended
Another excellent visit to the Lord Milner Hotel
Step back in time and treat yourself to a visit to this historic hotel. I have visited around once a year for the past decade and always enjoy the friendliness and the history of the buildings and surroundings. The Laird's Arms is one of my favorite pubs anywhere in th world.
Fantastic - Must Visit!
This is a must add to your bucket list. Oom Johnny and the red bus made the trip extra special especially the entertainment he provided in the pub. Super friendly service for ALL staff and excellent food. Thanks for making our Christmas eve supper one to remember.