Size of ground: 1,130 m2 Rates: R300 per month
Occupying a central position in the heart of the town, Prince Albert Country Stay is the guesthouse accommodation side of Prince Albert Country Store. When you step over the freshwater furrow, provided you get beyond the lure of the of the vintage items on display in the Victorian shop, you will be in for a treat – the tranquil scented garden with its established lemon grove, sounds of birdsong and above-ground swimming pool in this pretty cool outdoor garden restaurant, will guarantee to lift your spirits.
The rooms are spacious and gracious, the breakfasts are fantastic and the tea garden has a reputation for the finest refreshments. This unique opportunity is presented to acquire, not only a thriving business, but also a home that is tranquil but lively, rustic, but sophisticated, casual, but caring, in a town where everyone is proud to be a Prince Alberter.
After 10 years it is time for a new custodian of this charming historic property. The current owners wish to retire and they are selling everything lock, stock and barrel. From the contents of the antique and vintage store, plus all the furniture from the hand-picked antiques and family heirlooms to the precious crockery and lovely crisp linen napery as well as a library of interesting reads. An established fruit, herb and vegetable garden adds to fresh, pure and real meals. So, if it is a change of pace you are looking for, consider this idyllic lifestyle with fringe benefits that are not only lucrative but provide sustenance to the soul.
SHOP measuring 40m² includes a study with a window to the long street frontage on the main road, with a large covered verandah where coffees and cakes are served.
There is nothing that says ‘Karoo” quite like the gurgling of a running water furrow in the early evening after a belting hot day, also known as leivore, these furrows bring legendary water to residents gardens on a rotational basis. The delectable country kitchen measuring 30m², is not only functional, but also displays tempting purchasable artifacts. Includes a large walk-in pantry
SEVEN FURNISHED BEDROOM SUITES:-
THE LOFT ROOM – Tucked under the eaves of the old donkey shed this spacious room is shaded by a beautiful mature jacaranda tree, but does have an air-conditioner for hot summer nights. The room is furnished with 2 antique single, extra long brass beds that can also be made up into one king-size bed. It has an en-suite bathroom with a shower. There is an open deck with views of the beautiful garden, Swartberg mountains and starry night sky.
ROOM WITH A VIEW – At the top of the stairs, tucked under the eaves, A spacious bedroom with a lovely view to distant mountains. A rooftop deck, a small kitchenette, an en-suite shower room and a dressing area with a second basin. The extra-long double bed with top quality sheets and pillows, plus a pure cotton or wool duvet and pure cotton sheets, linen blinds and mohair rugs. The room is warmed in winter with wall panel heaters and cooled in summer with an evaporative cooler.
THE GARDENER’S COTTAGE – this old Karoo outbuilding with thick walls in shady, flower-filled garden has a gorgeous bedroom with an antique double Victorian brass & iron bed, an en-suite bathroom with shower and air-conditioner. The adjoining sitting-room with wood-burning stove and reading/sleeping nook opens onto a pretty private stoep & courtyard with summer kitchen & braai facilities, plus a store room.
LADY CHATTERLEY’S CHAMBER – A large high-ceilinged Victorian bedroom, furnished with an antique iron four-poster extra long bed, opening onto the deep covered back stoep. The room is cooled by an evaporative cooler, there is a ceiling fan and all the windows are fitted with wooden shutters. The en-suite bathroom has a shower.
THE LIBRARY – Beautifully comfortable iron four-poster double bed in a spacious high-ceilinged room of lovely proportion opening onto a covered verandah that looks upon the tranquil garden. The room is cooled by an evaporative cooler. The bathroom is a quaint en-suite shower room.
DIE OUDE KOMBUIS – A beautifully spacious room with an entrance off the deep verandah and overlooking the sparkling swimming pool. The en-suite bathroom has a large shower. Includes tea kitchenette with fridge, clothes hanging rail and luggage rack, wall heaters and an evaporative cooler, natural fibres are used throughout as well as aesthetically pleasing old Cape furniture.
THE SHOE BOX – The shoebox is the smallest room, with a private patio and adjacent bathroom with shower.
Separate laundry room and hidden drying yard
A garden of infinite delights with patio, ponds, outdoor dining and separate built-in braai area There are two pools to choose from – one, a swimming pool, the other a dip or splash pool.
Outdoor guest cloakroom
Ample lock away parking
Registered Close Corporation for the business included
It may seem like a sleepy Karoo town, but Prince Albert is set in an exceptional agrarian culture-landscape and offers a large variety of activities, including visits to Vineyards, wineries, olive farms with own olive presses, fig farms, Art Deco Showroom Theatre with independent film festivals, stargazing with local professional astronomer, Art Gallery and art Festivals, yearly literary festivals and Saturday farmer’s market. Also popular for brisk morning walks on the Koppie, hiking in the Swartberg Pass for the more energetic and cycling, either casually around town or hectically on the mountain trails. A private school, Albert College, offers excellent tuition and International Cambridge school leaving certificates and a healthy country environment with fresh mountain water running along street frontages in
historic furrows. 110km from Oudtshoorn, 160 km from George Airport and the Indian ocean with beautiful white sandy beaches.
THINGS TO DO IN PRINCE ALBERT
The new gin bar in town: the Green Prince at the Swartberg Hotel offers tastings and a beer-tap-style G&T keg.
The Art Bin route, with more than 100 dustbins decorated to celebrate the town’s 250th birthday.
Special guided outings – to see Karoo flora (with Dr Sue Milton- Dean), local ghosts (with Ailsa Tudhope), night skies (with the Daehnes), the Red Bus Tour of town and African Relish’s foodie tour in a tuk-tuk.
Buying local – mohair items, ostrich-eggshell decor, sheepskin slippers, olives, figs, cheeses, witblits (at the museum) and SoetKaroo wine from the Perolds’ tiny vineyard in town.
Walking the labyrinth (big enough for horses to amble through) at MyShire Farm in the Weltevrede Valley, 30km from town