Posted on Wed December 18, 2019.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas at Matjiesfontein.

Our beloved Delmaine has the joyous responsibility, among her other duties as Head of the Housekeeping Department, of putting up our Matjies Christmas tree each year. She joined the Lord Milner Hotel team 30 years ago as a housekeeper, functions coordinator and dinning room hostess. One year, Mr David Rawdon had asked her to assemble and decorate the tree, “Delmaine, it’s almost Christmas, when are you going to put up the tree?”. Needless to say, 28 years later Delmaine is still in charge of decorating and putting up the tree each year, kicking off the festive season.

It warms our heart to see the tree come to life in front of the fireplace – the way David would have wanted it. Thank you to Delmaine for her hard work in making our Matjies tradition look so lovely!

‘Tis the season to be jolly and join in on the holiday fun and festivities at Matjiesfontein. Our residents’ only pool (also dubbed the coldest pool in Africa) promises to keep you cool and refreshed in the good summer vibes this holiday season. Our dedicated pet friendly rooms ensure you don’t need to leave your fur babies behind and miss all the family action.

Don’t miss out! We will be hosting a mouth-watering Christmas lunch in our Laird’s Arm Pub. Space is limited and bookings are essential. Come tantalise your taste buds with us this Christmas:

Date: 25 December 2019

Time: 12h00 - 14h00

Price: R 360 per person

Bookings: +27 23 561 3011


Welcome drink

Gin Apple Fizz


Selection of breads served to the table

Homemade Chive Butter, Salmon Cream Cheese, Marinated Olives in Olive Oil and Balsamic


Festive plated main course

Honey Roasted Pork Belly, Stuffed Chicken Roulade, Grandma Kitty’s Pumpkin Fritters,

Glazed Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Asparagus and a Wholegrain Mustard Hollandaise


Refreshing Tabbouleh Salad Served Family Style for guests to serve themselves


Decadent Black forest trifle

Chocolate Sponge Cake Soaked in cherry Brandy, Dark Chocolate Mousse

Black Cherry Jelly, Fresh Summer Berries, Vanilla Infused Cream


Thank you to everyone for making 2019 a year to remember. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy festive season! Bring on 2020.

Season’s greetings from the Matjiesfontein team.