What do see and do in Matjiesfontein

What do see and do in Matjiesfontein

Lord Milner is a graded three-star heritage site hotel in Matjiesfontein

The hotel offers 15 classically furnished historic standard double rooms, and historic luxury and single rooms. Take a step back in time, to hear history’s palpable heartbeat—while the rooms have been tastefully updated in terms of linen and bathroom facilities—the experience will take you back to the Karoo of old.

The hotel was named for Lord Alfred Milner, who was the governor of the Cape during The South African War (Anglo-Boer War). The gracious grand dame was completed in 1899, and shortly thereafter served as the Headquarters of the Cape Western Command.

Matjiesfontein Old Post Office

Although she resided in De Aar for many years, it was from this very office that Olive Schreiner posted her numerous letters. It now serves as the Matjiesfontein Gift Shop, you'll find it on the main street, right next door to the famous author's cottage.

Renowned war correspondent—and subsequent thriller writer—Edgar Wallace, also sent his Anglo-Boer War dispatches from here.

It is said that in this very room in 1901, Wallace stood over the telegraph operator transcribing the first report to the Commonwealth of Queen Victoria’s death.

These days visitors can browse a selection of original and unique gifts, which includes a selection of Afrikaner books, collectibles, and bygones. The focus is on supporting small businesses and communities of the Karoo and Cape regions.

Matjiesfontein things to see

Meditate in the Church

Built at the turn of the century, the Pink Church was originally the school and concert hall of the town.  It continued to function as a school into the 1960s when the new community school was built.

It’s now a sought-after wedding venue for its quirky charm and historic feel.

Red bus at Matjiesfontein Lord milner hotel

Court House and Jail

The jail, with two cells and an exercising yard protected by high walls with embedded broken glass, can be seen near the river.

Interestingly, it was home to David Rawdon, the latter day Laird.

The fountain at Matjies Fontein Lord Milner Hotel


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