Our luxurious 4 star self-catering accommodation at Karoo View Cottages married with all your "home from home" comforts, including health breakfast provisions, free unlimited wifi in public areas, air-conditioners, fireplaces, pools and braai areaa, overlook the village of Prince Albert 350m away, with magnificent views of the Swartberg & Karoo plains.

Are you dreaming of wide open vistas, spectacular views, peace and tranquility, sun rises, sun sets and clear starry nights, birding, nature, cycling or hiking? If so,
Howard and Marion would like to invite you to share and experience their dream which they live every day in the quaint Karoo village of Prince Albert in the Great Karoo. "In the middle of nowhere, close to everywhere."

Our Karoo View House is fabulous for group bookings / families sleeping 6 + in 3 en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms, private pool, braai, log fireplaces and spacious living & dining with magnificent views.

Step inside and discover tastefully decorated interiors with plenty of attention to detail, including double volume natural reed ceilings, offering 72 sqm of open-plan living and sleeping with air conditioners and large Karoo log fireplaces. Spacious en-suite bathrooms, large fully equipped kitchens and private entrance with safe covered off street parking at your front door.

Relax and unwind after your travels with a sun downer on your private stoep or in our stone boma, which is fully equipped for braaing, whilst watching the awesome light changing as the moon rises up over the Swartberg Mountains.

Two cottages are truly wheelchair friendly with level and easy access from car to inside, large roll in shower with grab rails, fold down seat and hand held shower, grab rails and trigger shower next to the toilet and ramp onto front stoep.

Our complimentary Home Comforts include the following for our guest’s convenience:

  • Welcome sherry & gift pack including interesting information of what there is to see & do in the area
  • Health breakfast supplies; 2 cereals, home baked Muesli & Rusks, fresh farm milk, assortment of tea & coffee including coffee grounds for plungers & mocha pots - all replenished daily
  • Kitchens stocked with; salt, pepper, toothpicks, biodegradable detergent, spray n cook, serviettes & paper towels, dishwashing swabs & towels, emergency lamps
  • Bathroom amenities including Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand Wash, Body Lotion, Soap, Mosquito repellent & Lotions as well as special Bathroom Emergency Pack, Hair Dryer & Coat hangers
  • Daily servicing & replenishing of the above at no additional cost
  • Free self-service laundry including biodegradable detergent & car, cycle or bike washing or alternatively 1 of our friendly staff will gladly do at a nominal cost
  • Indoor fireplaces in each cottage which are stocked with firewood & blitz during the winter months, 3 fireplaces in the house
  • Outdoor braai areas stocked with firewood & blitz – all replenished daily, house has private braai
  • Unlimited WiFi at no cost. Excellent Cell phone reception
  • DSTV Hospitality package including all Sports Channels
  • Air-conditioners with heating & cooling
  • Wall Heaters in all 4 cottage bathrooms
  • Complimentary herbs & vegetables from our organic tunnel, season dependent, please check first
  • We will gladly do grocery or refreshment shopping for ease of convenience upon arrival
  • Guests are welcome to use our 2 Mountain Bikes at no additional cost

 

Accommodation at Karoo View Cottages:

Safe, secure parking at your private entrance allows for easy access before you step inside your spacious 72sqm modern open-plan Karoo cottage comprising double volume reed ceilings, Karoo log fireplace, air conditioner, mozzie net, including all your "home from home" comforts. Children welcome and pets by prior arrangement.

Beds with hip-support are complete with beautiful percale linen, luxurious duvet, 100% cotton throws, electric blanket and your choice of bed size.

Tiled en-suite bathroom with either large shower or bath with 'his and her' vanities, including bath sheets, bathrobes, hair dryer, shaver point, wall heater, trigger shower and natural olive bathroom amenities.
2 Bathrooms are wheelchair friendly with easy access, large open shower, grab rails, special seat, 2 Shower Heads and grab rail next to the toilet.

Large kitchen which is fully equipped with everything you would need to "cook up a storm" including coffee plunger, mocha pot and snack-which maker. Bed and Breakfast supplies, fresh milk and juice from Gayes dairy and "real coffee" are replenished daily including servicing of your cottage.

Lounge and dining areas are luxurious, yet homely, with attention to detail in all aspects, including flat screen TV and free Wifi.

Relax on your private stoep watching the ever changing shadows on the Swartberg Mountain as the moon rises or experience our magical star filled sky, whilst listening to your crackling fire in the boma or in your private braai area, all fully equipped including firewood, blitz and kindling, which are replenished daily. Pre-order a braai basket and pick your herbs and veggies with our compliments from our organic tunnel.

As the dawn awakens, listen for the call of owls and wake to the chatter of birds as the sun shows her face over the Robert Gordon Koppie, whilst enjoying your magnificent Karoo view, in all directions, like no other in the village.

Cottages have direct access to our natural indigenous gardens with nature paths that will lead you on a journey of exploration, whilst looking for Glacial Morrans, magnificent birds, interesting insects and beautiful flora.

All 4 Cottages are equipped with the following for your comfort and convenience:

3 Cereals including Home baked Muesli, Home Baked Rusks, Prince Albert Honey, Home Made Marmalade & Jams. Nescafe coffee, Plunger coffee grounds, 5 Roses and Rooibos tea, White, brown sugar & Sugar sweeteners. Fresh Milk & Juice from our local dairy & Filtered Water, all of which are replenished daily. Salt, Pepper, Spray n Cook, Paper Serviettes, Paper Towel, Toothpicks, Dish washing detergent, swabs, T Towels.

Kitchens are fully equipped including: 4 Plate Gas Hob with electric oven, Microwave, Large Fridge with ample freezer capacity and 1 cottage has a dishwasher.

Lounge and Dining areas are spacious with comfortable seating for 6 people. Basket of firewood, firelighters/blitz and kindling.

We offer you a choice of bed sizes, dependent on availability: EL King, King, Queen, EL Twin, Std Double Bed Sleeper Couch. Additional Single EL Beds - upon request, as well as baby cot with Percale Bed linen - additional cost. Extra Pillows, Blankets, Knee Rugs and Loads of Coat hangers.

Two Cottages have double inter-leading doors providing convenience for families and friends sharing. Emergency Lamps, Lanterns, Candles & Lighter, as well as Electronic Safe.

Mozzie Lotion, Spray and Bathroom Emergency Pack, Olive Shampoo, Conditioner, All in 1 Wash, Liquid Hand Wash, Bath Crystals, Hand & Body Lotion, Room & Linen Mist and Olive Soap.

Additional, safe off street parking is available for trailers, motor bikes, mountain bikes and caravans with plug-in facilities.

Use of Washing machine - detergent, portable line and cloths pegs supplied and Laundry Service is available during Low Season - at an additional cost.

Use of DVD player and Library of beautiful Karoo books.

Boma is equipped with everything you need: Braai Grids, Tongs & lighters, Firewood, Firelighters/blitz and kindling – all of which are replenished daily, as well as ample seating and table - great for bigger groups, including Umbrellas and Pool Lounger – you need only bring swimming towels.

Veggie and Herb Organic Tunnel where you are welcome to pick your own salad greens with our compliments, however is season dependent.

Welcome His and Hers Gift - Welcome Refreshment - Information Brochure packs.

Stoep suite is private and fully self-contained: If booked then there are no other guests in the house which is adjacent.

  • Private outside entrance offering a spacious en-suite bedroom with beautiful double volume natural reed ceilings thus being cool in summer and warm in winter and mock sash windows providing beautiful views
  • Double bed & single bed and vanity with hair dryer
  • Air-con with remote heating & cooling
  • En-suite fully tiled bathroom with walk-in shower and bath
  • Including 50sqm south facing enclosed stoep, with lounge and dining areas and large sliding glass windows with magical views overlooking the village of Prince Albert and the Swartberg - same views as cottages
  • Fully equipped self-catering Kitchenette with fridge and freezer, microwave, mini oven, double plate cooker, kettle, coffee plunger, toaster, egg boiler, Cobb cooker, Webber braai, crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans, braai grids and tongs
  • Private braai area and use of plunge pool
  • Complimentary health breakfast provisions; 2 cereals, home baked muesli and rusks, farm milk & juice, 5 roses & rooibos tea, Nescafe coffee, filter coffee grounds, white & brown sugar, including sweetners, salt & pepper
  • Safe, secure off street parking close to the house and property is fully fenced.

Karoo View House, has 3 Spacious en-suite bedrooms sleeping 6, with extra capacity in each of the bedrooms & loft area.
Log fireplaces, Hot-art fireplace & Air-conditioners in 3 bedrooms and living areas.

Enormous open plan lounge with TV, DSTV with hospitality package including all Sports Channels, large open plan dining area and separate guest toilet
Fully equipped open plan farm style kitchen, two 50sqm stoeps, Pool & Braai.

The open plan layout of the house boasts beautiful double volume natural reed ceilings throughout, thus being cool in summer and warm in winter, mock sash windows providing beautiful views in every direction and with North and South facing stoeps which lead off the main living areas.

  • Fully equipped large open plan Kitchen
  •  Fresh farm milk, 5 roses & rooibos tea, Nescafe coffee, filter coffee grounds, white & brown sugar, including sweetners, salt & pepper
  • Smeg 5 Plate gas stove & electric oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, coffee plunger.
  • Large fridge with freezer capacity, ice trays, filtered water on-tap & stand-alone water filter.
  • Dishwasher, Washing Machine
  • Crockery, glassware, cutlery, pots, pans, egg boiler, blender, hot tray and loads more
  • Emergency basket, recycle bins
  • Providing all your "home from home" comforts for entertaining
  • Air Conditioner & Hot Art fireplace

Bedroom 1: Sleeps 2 - additional single beds may be added if required due to spaciousness

  • Double bed
  • Lounge area in front of large log fireplace
  • Air-con with remote heating & cooling
  • En-suite bathroom with large walk-in "his & hers" shower, double travertine vanities, wall heater, trigger shower, int. shaver point, leads out to private outdoor shower and garden
  • Walk-in dressing room
  • Opens onto north facing stoep with endless views over the Karoo plains

Bedroom 2: Sleeps 2 - additional single beds may be added if required due to spaciousness and loft area

  • Choice of either 2 single El beds or King EL bed
  • Sitting area in front of log fireplace
  • Air-con with remote heating & cooling
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Leads onto north facing stoep with endless views over the Karoo plains

Bedroom No 3: Our Stoep Suite is 50sqm and is self-contained, sleeping either 2 or 3 in an open plan en-suite bedroom with:

  • Private outside entrance offering a spacious en-suite bedroom with beautiful double volume natural reed ceilings thus being cool in summer and warm in winter and mock sash windows providing beautiful views
  • Double bed & single bed and vanity with hair dryer
  • Air-con with remote heating & cooling
  • En-suite fully tiled bathroom with walk-in shower and bath
  • Including 50sqm south facing enclosed stoep, with lounge and dining areas and large sliding glass windows with magical views overlooking the village of Prince Albert and the Swartberg – same views as cottages
  • Fully equipped self-catering Kitchenette with fridge and freezer, microwave, mini oven, single plate induction cooker, coffee plunger, toaster, egg boiler, Wok, Cobb cooker, Webber braai, crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans, braai grids and tongs

North Stoep: Measures 50sqm, overlooks the natural Karoo plains for 100km's, built-in braai, bar area, pool, enclosed private garden, dining area & lounge area.

South Stoep: Note that if the Stoep suite is booked this stoep will not be available. Measures 50sqm, overlooks the village of Prince Albert and the Swartberg, relaxing lounge area, library and day bed.

Parking & Security:
Safe, secure off street
Double carport close to the house, plus additional parking
Property is fully fenced and the house has an alarm with 24 hour armed response

The following is provided for your comfort:
White poly cotton percale linen, 100% cotton cellular blankets, bed throws, mozzie nets
Electric blankets, anti-allergenic duvet & pillow inners, bath sheets, hand towels, swimming towels
Bathroom amenities, mozzie spray & lotion, tissues, bathroom emergency pack, hairdryer
TV & DSTV hospitality package - all Sport channels, selection of DVD’s, board games & chess set
Free unlimited Wifi and excellent cell phone reception
Basket of firewood, kindling, blitz, lighter, matches, braai grids & tongs
Kitchen paper towel, serviettes, swabs, T Towels, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher tablets, clothes pegs, emergency lamps & lanterns, lampolie
Pick your own fresh veggies & herbs from our organic tunnel, behind reception - season dependent on what is available

We will gladly provide you with the following at an additional cost:
Additional firewood & blitz, daily servicing, personal laundry, car wash, braai baskets including lovely Karoo goodies and your grocery shopping.

  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • Birdlife South Africa - Birder Friendly
  • Guest House Accommodation of South Africa
  • Member of TripAdvisor
  • Portfolio Collection Member
  • Tourism Grading - 4 Stars
Facilities
  • air conditioner
  • air conditioner (all units)
  • air conditioning in lounge
  • babysitting service
  • bar fridge
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • braai / barbecue - communal
  • braai / barbecue - communal and onsite
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • braai/barbeque (some units)
  • ceiling fans
  • childrens swimming pool
  • communal pool
  • Cycling
  • cycling trails
  • dishwasher onsite
  • DSTV (extra)
  • DSTV (premium)
  • DSTV Commercial Package in rooms
  • DSTV in room
  • DSTV in room - Hotel Package
  • electric blankets
  • electronic safe
  • exercise facilities (less than 5km)
  • fireplace
  • flat screen TV
  • Free Wi Fi
  • free WiFi
  • fridge/ freezer
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • generator
  • golf (less than 5km)
  • heaters in unit
  • hiking (less than 5km)
  • horse riding (less than 50km)
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • kitchenette (some units)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • lock-up safe
  • Malaria free
  • medical facilities (less than 5km)
  • microwave (some units)
  • microwave in unit
  • movies / cinema (less than 5km)
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • outdoor splash pool
  • parking all onsite
  • parking off-site
  • Personal safe in all rooms
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • picnic basket
  • Portable (movable) fans in cottage
  • private airfield (less than 15km)
  • private entrance
  • private entrance - outside rooms
  • private pool (some units)
  • remote security
  • restaurant (less than 2km)
  • restaurant (less than 5km)
  • restaurant (walking distance)
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • Secure parking with individual remotes and keys
  • serviced
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • tennis court (less than 5km)
  • toasted sandwich maker
  • Toaster
  • toaster
  • tumble dryer onsite
  • washing machine onsite
  • wheelchair friendly
  • wi-fi / hotspot
  • Woodburning stoves

Directions

Karoo View Cottages are situated in the quaint Karoo village of Prince Albert in the Western Cape, which is located at the foot of the Swartberg, which forms the gateway between the Great Karoo and the Klein Karoo. We are located towards the Northern end of the PRINCE ALBERT village, 350m off the main street, overlooking the village. Road is tarred.

From the N1 - for the less adventurous who want a more direct route or stop over:

  • 476 km South of Colesburg
  • 180 km South of Beaufort West
  • 125km South of the Karoo National Park
  • 45 km off the N1 from Prince Albert Road
  • 155 km North of Matjiesfontein
  • 400 km North of Cape Town via the N1 and the Hex River Valley

All roads are tarred, in good condition with spectacular views of the Karoo veld and mountains.

From the East Coast - perfect for the more adventurous who wish to explore ports and mountain passes:

  • 400 km from Port Elizabeth
  • 332 km from Barrydale and 162 km from Calitzdorp along Route 62
  • 245 km from Knysna via George / Oudtshoorn
  • 185 km from Mossel Bay via Robinson Pass
  • 175 km from George via Oudtshoorn / Meiringspoort
  • 115 km from Oudtshoorn via N12 / Meiringspoort
  • 67 km from Oudtshoorn via the Swartberg Pass
  • 45 km from the Cango Caves via the Swartberg Pass
  • 77 km from De Rust via Meiringspoort
  • 55 km from Meiringspoort and Klaarstroom
  • 157 km from Uniondale and the entrance to the Langkloof valley
  • 148 km from Willomore and the entrance to the famous Baviaanskloof via Klaarstroom and the Prince Albert Valley.

All roads are tarred, with the exception of the Swartberg Pass, which is in good condition, unless it has been snowing. (There will be notices to advise you on either side of the mountain advising if the pass is closed.)
NB: No caravans allowed over the Pass.

Karoo View Cottages are located towards the Northern end of the Prince Albert village, 350m off the main street, overlooking the village.

GPS: 33° 13 08.60S / 22° 01 26.09E
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