Why foodies love to stay here
- The chance to experience the laid-back vibe and friendly, small-town hospitality of Prince Albert, also known as the heart of the Karoo’s pantry
- You’ll get to spend your days visiting local producers, from an artisanal cheese maker and olive oil producers to deli owners and fruit farmers, tasting and discovering the authentic, unique produce that makes the Karoo so special.
- Explore on your own, or go on a guided produce walk with the friendly folks from African Relish Cooking School
- The opportunity to book hands-on cookery classes at African Relish, or one of their legendary 3-course fine-dining dinners.
- Don apron and get creative in your very own Karoo kitchen with the local produce that you stocked up on during all that Eatsploring
R1220/per night for the cottage (R860, single occupancy)
R1000/per night for cottage (R650, single occupancy) WINTER SPECIAL! (only June – Aug ’18)
+ INCLUDING A TASTY KITCHEN SURPRISE – THINK LOCAL PRODUCE SUCH AS OLIVE OIL, FIGS, CHEESE OR OTHER HAND-MADE GOODIES
Hands up, who’s had the fantasy of packing it all in, moving to a tiny country village and making preserves for a living? But then, realising exactly how many bottles of fig jam you’d need to make to pay off your new little country cottage?
Yeah, us too. African Relish Cooking School offers you a pretty great alternative: the chance to break away from the rat race and soak up small-town life in the picturesque Karoo village of Prince Albert, stock up on amazing local produce – think hand-crafted Guernsey milk cheese, plump preserved olives and cold-pressed olive oil, succulent Karoo lamb, and fresh, sweet figs – and go whip up a feast in your very own Victorian or Karoo-style cottage.
That’s right, the legendary cooking school also knows a thing or two about small-town hospitality and would love you to experience the laid-back, unhurried vibe of Karoo life, while pampering you with those little luxuries you love including King-sized beds dressed in crisp cotton linen, deep baths and fluffy, thick towels, air-conditioning, fireplaces and, best of all, thoughtfully kitted out kitchens. Oh, and Wi-Fi, if you need it. Whether you choose to stay in the Karoo cottages Akkedis or Doringbos on the outskirts of town, or in Deurdrift 1 or 2, the semi-detached Victorian cottages in town, you’ll almost forget about all those unanswered emails waiting back home…
Entire Cottage, 2 Guests, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Beds
Built around an antique water well, with some of the erstwhile farm dam walls incorporated into the structure, this classic Karoo cottage boasts its own windmill out back, which fills a tiny dam. Can anyone say, Instagram-opportunity? The décor plays up the cottage’s spartan lines and light, airy space with mostly bright-white furnishings – many of them restored antiques. The bathroom with its luxurious Victorian claw-foot bath will definitely be calling after a long day of produce shopping (just imagine how well a glass of wine will go down here?). That’s if you’re not hanging out on the bamboo-slat shaded front stoep after having whipped up the dinner of all dinners in the well-equipped kitchen (it was, after all, fitted out by the folks behind a cooking school), or turning a couple of Prince Albert’s legendary Karoo lamb chops in the outside braai. In winter, the large family room with its fireplace will do nicely for snuggling up with some red wine and board games, before it’s time to hit the hay in your plush king-sized bed.