Jonkmanshof
 

BUILT IN THE 18TH CENTURY

Everyone that sets foot over the 165 year old thresholds have been so deeply touched that it became evident that these historical homes are truly a place meant to be shared with the world. These old homes come to life when filled with the smell of bread from the oven at dawn, the sound of laughter in the high ceiling rooms, farm kitchens brimming with garden produce and candles lit at night.

The houses inhale when shutters are opened every morning and, when millions of stars light our dark Karoo sky, it breathes the perfume of cool night air. This makes the concept of modern air conditioning an intrusion to the magic of living in the Karoo.

Spaces are filled with objects, furniture and art that transcends the concept of time. The prehistoric to the contemporary lives together in a gentle way within the thick lime plastered walls and old wooden floors with underfloor heating to keep the winter chill away. Television is not missed here either and makes way for a late night swim in the farm dam. Or in winter, when white capped mountains enfold this picturesque Karoo town, the sound of a roaring fire and glass of home-made orange brandy marks the end of another day in Africa.

For summer, there is cool linen on four poster beds and in winter, cashmere to keep the chill away. The breakfast tables celebrates produce from the area and organic eggs from the happy hens that roam the garden. We fill breakfast glasses with freshly pressed citrus, grown in large terracotta pots in the citrus garden.

There are no chocolates on bed pillows, no formal reception and no crowds of people. There is only beauty and simplicity.

We focus on the quality of everyday life and want for every moment to become a cherished memory until your return.

For us, as for guests, these are our homes.