Prince Albert is a charming small town at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, Western Cape. It has an electric mix of history, private nature reserves, vineyards, fruit, olive farms and even cheese making.
Our arrival was like a homecoming, despite the fact that it was our first visit to Onse Rus. We were welcomed like old friends or even family by the Owner and two beautiful Labradors: Jabulani and Jackson Brown.
First Impression: A well kept immaculate Karoo Guesthouse where attention to detail prevails and every furniture piece in the decor has a story to tell.
Onse Rus offers 5 bedrooms and ours (room 1) was spacious with an open thatched roof. A comfortable king size bed and en suite bathroom with shower, including all needed amenities. It also have Air Conditioning, wall heaters, tea and coffee facilities and a bar fridge. This flanked by a charming open plan lounge area
We loved our private entrance off the front veranda – made us feel like owners of our own little cottage.
An inviting lounge is perfect for slowing down, enjoying a good book on the comfortable couch or simply catching up with your travel partner.
You will find enchanting art pieces on the walls and thoughtful decor throughout. The large ceramic fireplace is perfect for those chilly winter nights.
The garden area is beautiful, perfect for unwinding. In the hot summer day’s one can choose to “sit in the gazebo next to the swimming pool or under grapefruit tree or in winter the guest lounge with fireplace which doubles as an art gallery.”
This together with the pool area guarantees hours of relaxing. The shady gazebo has braai facilities, a bar fridge and tables available for guest use.
We spend some time by the pool soaking up the sun and listening to the birdsong. A serene oasis surrounded by pretty flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vines.
Onse Rus offers a delicious Karoo Style home made breakfast served in the garden under the trees (Weather permitting) or in the main guest lounge with fire place in winter.
As the most important meal of the day – breakfast at Onse Rus is a morning treat: homemade muesli, delicious fresh fruits (including figs from nearby farms), fruit juices and preserves. The cooked breakfast will leave you longing for more the whole day.
Dinners (with minimum 4 guests per dinner) are available, to be pre-arranged with the Lisa, the Owner. We didn’t dine at Onse Rus but made use of the excellent recommendations of restaurants within walking distance.
Onse Rus not only offers warm and personalized hospitality, they also go the extra mile with their day trips to their farm called MyShire. We were fortunate enough to experience this with Lisa. What a treat and a day to remember.
The farm is located in the breathtaking Weltevrede Valley around 30 km from Prince Albert. While enjoying the scenic drive, (will stay with you) passing fruit farms we listen to Lisa’s story of the tortoises. She rescues the “local” tortoises’ enroute to MyShire. They are thirsty, due to the intense drought we are experiencing in the Western Cape and the Karoo. We did indeed pick up a few. At MyShire they receive as much food and water as they need. How amazing is that?! What a Kind Heart!
One of the must see places to stop along the way was what they call “Valley of 1000 Hills” – an incredible view!
When we reached the farm we were pleasantly surprised -what a hidden gem. The farm is over 30 hectares surrounded by amazing flora and fauna. We met all the cats, ducks and tortoises. The horses simply walked with us while we explored. Lisa offers a packed picnic or lunch at the farm. Advanced bookings are essential, and it’s so worth it!
We walked to MyShire Labyrinth that is based on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France which dates back to 1201.
NOTE: “Walk the magical 11-circuit Medieval Labyrinth surrounded by Mountains and wide open spaces. It is a one kilometre walk to the centre, large enough for our horses, disabled and abled bodied people to enjoy. It is made from the local stone collected from the Huisrivier (they used 4800 stones). The secret of the Labyrinth lies at the centre of the Rose, that you will have to discover and experience for yourself. Allow the silence of the Great Karoo to resonate within you, Experience a moment that lasts a life time.”
The Experience was amazing. Our stay at Onse Rus Guesthouse was one of the highlights of our trip. We felt at home, nothing was too much trouble and we will definitely return.
As Lisa says: “MyShire is far from the madding crowd, but it’s where you experience the Great Karoo in all her finery”. That’s exactly what happened.
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We have been hosted by Onse Rus Guest House in Prince Albert in March during our Media Visit. Views are our own, based on personal experiences. All Extras have been settled directly.
Images & Text by Patrycja @ Travel Opulent Box