Love is in the Air

Posted on Thu February 14, 2019.

Escape the hustle & bustle of the city and treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic getaway in the Karoo for the month of love. A 2 ¾ hour drive from Cape Town, the village of Matjiesfontein boasts the perfect destination to experience magic, rich history and old world charm, all rolled into one.

This gem of a town will take you back to the 1800’s with its splendid historical buildings and stories from the Victorian era.

Besides a journey back in time, Matjiesfontein also offers a host of exciting and adventurous activities to complement your stay – The Matjiesfontein Bucket List (how many can you and your loved one tick off?).

Part of the town’s uniqueness is it’s quirky and eccentric characteristics, perfect for couples to enjoy on their romantic getaway.


1.       Candlelit dinner

Located in the famed Lord Milner Hotel dining room that holds a true sense of history,  where even the walls have stories of their own! Reconnect (and stare into each other’s eyes) over mouth-watering traditional Karoo fare and some of SA’s top wines, complimented by the warm, intimate ambiance.  


2.        A tub fit for two! 

No you are not seeing double! Why share when you can have your own - yet still enjoy each other’s company? One of our Luxury Rooms boasts this quirky, old school ‘double’ bath. A perfect spot to enjoy some down time, after the day’s activities, and bubbles in the tub (pun intended).    


3.       Fancy a serenading?

Take a historical tour around Matjiesfontein in an old red double-decker London bus (how romantic!) where you will meet the beloved local tour guide and entertainer, John Theunissen, or Johnny as he’s fondly known. Not only will you experience the shortest bus tour known to man, but Johnny will keep you in high spirits with his witty charm, Madiba impressions and hilarious one-liners: “Vat hom Fluffy!”. You may even be dubbed with a nickname or two (“it’s the lovebirds”) and be serenaded with his delightful songs on The Laird’s Arms pub piano – come sing along!


4.       No need to leave your fur babies behind

We can’t deny that we all feel a little guilty when leaving Fluffy behind. Share the love and bring them along! We happily welcome (well behaved) dogs, on a leash, and cats in our designated pet-friendly rooms.


5.       Starry-eyed love

Let your love light up the night sky. Being situated in the Great Karoo region, Matjiesfontein has one of the clearest skies in the Southern hemisphere, offering a spectacular star gazing experience on the old cricket pitch where the first match between SA and England took place in 1891. Soak up each other’s company in the beautiful silence of the Karoo and allow the day’s thoughts to float away whilst admiring the twinkle of the starry night sky.


6.       Secret gardens

Take a romantic stroll and discover the sprawling green gardens around the property. Soak in the peaceful sounds of nature as you indulge in some one-on-one time. The cactus garden offers great #instagramworthy photo opportunities or opt for a laid-back picnic on the lush lawns.


7.       Sun-kissed sessions

Be whisked away to complete privacy when staying in the Swimming Pool Suite – it opens onto a private courtyard patio with access to a generously sized private swimming pool and a wooden terrace, overlooking the Matjies riverbed. What better way to soak up the Karoo sun together – your friends will be jealous of that sun-kissed glow.

Pack your bags and come snuggle up in Matjiesfontein for the month of love!

For enquiries or bookings, please email bookings@lordmilnerhotel.co.za or call us on +27 (0) 23 561 3011

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