Services

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....

Kafe Serefé

It’s a Turkish-South African restaurant, so the menu does have a dash of local flavour (think steak, lamb, chicken pie, etc). There’s a distinctly Mediterranean air about it, with tzatziki, boregi (Turkish savoury pastries), moussaka and Albanian liver cakes filling up the menu. Belly dancing on Wednesday and Fri- day night’s make for a great evening out. Hours: 10....

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...

Augusta de Mist

Augusta de Mist Named after the various indigenous plants growing in the multileveled, intricately designed garden, each of the seven suites on this thicketed property maintain a perfect balance between that delightful wicker-chair and thatch-roof country charm and stylish, modern convenience. A meander along the stony, overgrown pathways of the estate will do your soul the world of good...

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.

Tradouw Quads

Tradouw Quads Play at being Mad Max and rip up some dirt while exploring the beautiful Tradouw Valley on a plucky four-wheeler. There’s a knot of trails to choose from, one taking you through the arid Karoo veld, another up into the Langeberg Mountain, and another snaking through the surrounding wine, dairy and fruit farms. Rates: R230-R350. Open By appointment only. No-Credit Cards...

Sulina Faerie Sanctuary

Here be dragons ... and unicorns, wizards, dwarfs and fairies, all living side by side in an over grown forest. Okay, so it’s really a garden, and the magical ensemble cast a mere motley crew of ceramic statuettes, but your kids don’t need to know that, right? Hours: 9am-4.30pm Wed-Sun; daily in school holidays. Admission: R10 adults; R5 under 13s, by donation. No-...