Matjiesfontein is set in the Karoo just off the N1 highway that runs from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Its a place I try and get to every year, yet until this past weekend, hadn’t been to for three. A revisit found the Lord Milner Hotel, fondly referred to as the The Grand Duchess of the Karoo, much unchanged and as charming as I remember.

Although unlike all the other times that I have stayed there being summer, this weekend was freezing, with nights dropping to about 8 degrees Celsius. Thank fully the days warmed up somewhat and we were able to walk to the Koppie in search of treasures, look through the gardens and spend sometime in the beautifully barren Karoo landscape.

In this visit I never made it to the Museums though – but have promised to return before the year is done.

Above are photos of the Lord Milner Hotel, the water feature with resident cat. The railway line which can be credited with the establishment of the place – and brings many a train including Rovos Rail and the Blue train through. The koppie that we walked to, where thousands of Birtish troops were stationed during the Anglo Boer War. Beauty in the things we find.

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