Blog - Page 20

The Laird of Matjiesfontein

Posted on Wed November 18, 2015.

Whether you’re staying at Matjiesfontein, or simply passing through, our historic pub is well worth a visit. Pop in for a quiet pint and pub lunch and enjoy the saloon-like atmosphere.

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Uses for prickly pears

Posted on Wed November 11, 2015.

One of our favourite Karoo crops of the year is the prickly pear that grows on the bountiful cacti in the surrounding desert and veld. The fruit is just starting to flower now.

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A Matjiesfontein Ghost Story: Kate

Posted on Fri October 30, 2015.

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

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Five things you may not know about trains

Posted on Tue October 20, 2015.

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.

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Laingsburg Lamb 

Posted on Wed October 14, 2015.

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.

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