Hotel, Guest House, B&B

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Golf Estate

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Golf Estate Fancourt boasts three championship courses (Outeniqua and Montagu, which both feature 18-hole parkland layouts, plus the magnificent The Links), plus a public course, Bramble Hill. The courses were designed by nine-time majors winner Gary Player, with special attention paid to the natural surroundings and the winds. And while golf is the main thing here, it’s not the only...

Old Town House

George’s oldest restaurant is housed in the old town meeting hall, which dates back to 1848. The grill menu is a great place to start (go for the roquefort pork chops), while the home-made desserts are an even better place to end. Hours: 12.30-3.00pm Mon-Fri; 6.00pm-late Mon-Sat. Main courses R80.

La Locanda

La Locanda Easily George’s best Italian restaurant (despite, let’s be fair, the limited competition), this owner- run trattoria has loads of charm and a really excellent menu. Go for the pasta: it’s handmade, and the pizza, topped with excellent mozzarella and cold meats, is equally good. Don’t miss the ice cream, also home-made – the real deal. Hours: 11.30am-10.00pm, Mon-Fri; 6....

5th Season Guest House and Restaurant

5th Season Guest House and Restaurant What’s a Belgian restaurant, where they even have rabbit à la Flamande with Belgian beer on the menu, doing out here the suburbs of George? Who cares? The food is excellent, ranging from the aforementioned rabbit to duck, seafood, fillets, and the indulgent triple venison sensation (ostrich/springbok/kudu) with Belgian-style forest mushrooms. And the ambience is elegant...

Watercourt Lodge

Watercourt Lodge Designed by architect Evan Davies, this monastic, villa-like space is adorned with the omnipresent Karoo-style slate-stacks and about as zen a retreat as they come. Built around the fountain courtyard, the roomy en-suites with their screed floors are tastefully, but sparsely, outfitted, adding to the tranquil atmosphere. Rates: R200-R250. No-Credit Cards are accepted.

Schoone Oordt Country House

Schoone Oordt Country House The welcome tipple and snack platter, the weather report and home-made nougat on your pillow, and the selection of Rain pamper products in the bathroom of each Victorian garden cottage are just some of the subtleties that make your stay at this superior establishment all the more special. Gourmet breakfasts in the bright conservatory are laden with fresh ingredients and...

Rothman Manor

Rothman Manor Dating back to 1834, this marvellous manor house offers six capacious suites hued in taste full pastels or Afrique chic, depending on which room you go with. The expansive garden proffers a serene lotus- and-lily pond and jacuzzi deck with a view of the picturesque Langeberg surrounds and a peek at the springbok and zebra roaming the estate. Rates: R520-R990.

The Orchard Cottage at Lentelus

The Orchard Cottage at Lentelus This double-storey geometric gem is flanked by a pear orchard and pasture on one side and a beautiful vineyard on the other, so you might be tempted to spend your whole breakaway stretched out on one of the decks, basking in the view. Suites have their own hearthed living rooms and bathrooms, as well as access to the estate’s pool and perfectly manicured garden. Rates:...

Little Samadhi

Little Samadhi This tranquil hilltop abode has a fully equipped yoga studio and offers respite to those wanting to get their chakras centred and chis flowing. The exquisite indigenous garden is full of peaceful nooks and hidey-holes, and the en-suite bedrooms clad in a combination of screed-floored minimalism and tasteful splashes of colour. Rates: R450. No- credit cards are accepted.

De Kloof Luxury Estate

De Kloof Luxury Estate Set on a spectacular valley estate boasting its own golf course, opulence is what it’s all about at this historic Cape Dutch home- stead. Co-owner Marjolein van Mourik’s erstwhile profession as interior decorator is evident in each of the modern, spacious suites, which are shaded in dramatic hues of blue, and accented with dark wood, leather and West African artworks....

Bella Rosa Guest House

Bella Rosa Guest House This quaint little Victorian cuts quite a pretty picture with its broekielaced façade and white rose garden. The five en-suite rooms take you back to yonder times with their deep wooden windowsills and double-volume spaces, beautifully finished with antique furniture, gilded frames and oil lamps. Rates: R265.

Barrydale Karoo Hotel

Barrydale Karoo Hotel Eclecticism has never been so fabulously executed as at this over-the-top spot. Step over the astroturfed stoep of the seemingly austere Edwardian house into a polychromatic space filled with an assortment of racy artworks and funky retro furniture. The upstairs rooms come in a variety of guises, the most outrageous one being the colour splashed suite decorated by the...

Appelhuis

Appelhuis This cute thatch-and-stone cottage used to be a cold-room for the apples and peaches of Doornrivier Farm. The secluded one-bed roomed beauty is surrounded by orchards so, come harvest time, you can join in the fruit-picking fun. It’s also within hiking distance of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. Rates: R200; R100 kids under 12. No - Credit Cards are accepted.

Africn Shades

Africn Shades The particularly psychedelic shade of orange cladding this daytime eatery and guesthouse makes for a happy, happening lunchtime. Game is the star of the menu, which showcases the likes of ostrich and croc burgers; and gourmet sarmies topped with alluring combos like warthog, dill, cucumber and sweet chilli, or smoked West Coast snoek with caramelised onions and apricot...

Mosaic Farm

Mosaic Farm This lovely rural retreat with sweeping views of the lagoon and unspoilt surrounds boasts a number of accommodation options from Lagoon Lodge where breakfast and dinner are included in the price to the self-catering Duminy Cottage (sleeping up to 9 people) and a romantic fend-for-yourself getaway for two at Duminchie Cottage. The newly renovated Spookhuis restaurant...