To visit Matjiesfontein is to take a step back in time!
A privately owned village and National Monument – the town exudes old-world charm and rich history, with most of the buildings in Matjiesfontein established in the late 1800s.
Matjiesfontein was founded in 1884 by the legendary and energetic Scottish railway man, James Douglas Logan. The village established itself as a fashionable Victorian health spa and is now well known for its splendid historical buildings and a peace and timelessness that is rare in modern-day South Africa.
In 1968, David Rawdon, hotelier par excellence whose claim to fame includes establishing Rawdons Hotel at Nottingham Road, the well-known Lanzerac Hotel set in the Stellenbosch vineyards, the Marine Hotel Hermanus, and The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet, purchased Matjiesfontein Village. After performing extensive renovations and utilising the wealth of antiques gathered during his world travels, David reopened the hotel in 1970, renaming it The Lord Milner Hotel.
Various accommodation options are available, which include the Olive Schreiner Cottage, where the famous South African author of The Story of an African Farm lived for a number of years, as well as private suites set by the pool, or along the riverbank, and more.
Matjiesfontein offers an array of exciting activities to keep you active, beautiful gardens to relax, exploring historic museums and immerse yourself in living history – Matjiesfontein is perfect for the whole family! It is the ultimate getaway destination to experience magic, history, adventure, and utter relaxation.
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