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The Blue Moon Guesthouse, perfect brake-way from the city life | Sutherland, South Africa

Sutherland in the Northern Cape is located around 4 hours drive from the Mother City. It’s been on our bucket list forever, reason being SALT – the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere (read here). We finally got to visit the area in March.


We left Cape Town early, all excited about the road-trip ahead. We took the N1 route and in Matjiesfontein we turn left onto R354 direction Sutherland (Another R110 km). As nature lovers we absolutely adored this drive. This tarred route is one of the most scenic drives, honestly a must do. The Northern Cape graced us with her hills and open spaces, a scenery secret.

The Blue Moon Guest House & Restaurant  in Sutherland was our home for two nights. This family owned Guest House steals your heart from the get go.

The personal touches ensure a homely feel. The 96 (+/-) year old house is part of the Owner’s retirement plans. As if, this suited them as they are both outgoing, lovely and vibrant people, always ready for a challenge, no retiring here.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Signature collector’s items are charmingly on display complementing the old world furniture. The Owner’s love is palpable in the range of classical furniture, be it chairs, bed bases, dressing tables, portraits or bric-a-brac.

Our East facing room 4, (interconnected to room 5 with shared bathroom) was delightful. It features a double bed with an electric blanket (thoughtful touch for winter nights), two comfortable chairs, tea & coffee making facilities and a built-in cupboard.  The Bathroom has a bath with overhead shower and comfortably kitted out with all the needed amenities. These two rooms would suit a family stay.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Who said taking it slow means you are not connected.

There are no TV’s in the rooms. They have opted for a communal lounge instead. Here guests can enjoy the space, be it the piano, books, a look at the collector’s joy a movie or catching up with the news. This is a perfect way to relax on those cold nights.

We loved the memory wall – one of the main features of the property. It consists of fascinating portraits, let your imagination run wild with different scenarios of whom these folks were and where they are today.

The Blue Moon Guest House not only recognizes the importance of history, they treasure it, especially family history.

The unique decor of the Blue Moon Guest house is striking. The furniture of yesteryear that now has a new use – cutlery, crockery, mirrors and other interesting knickknack. It reminds me a bit of my childhood home. My dad’s passion is restoring old furniture. I grew up surrounded by timeless pieces, so it really felt like home.

The Blue Moon’s quirky patio is a welcome addition. Here you can relax and enjoy the front garden. Plenty of seating to choose from – cosy couches to tables and chairs, perfect for indulging in the delicious food on offer from  their quaint restaurant.

The food deserves notable recognition. As both Jannie & Roelien (Owners) have a great passion for cooking and entertaining. This is evident in their menu. It will satisfy a variety of tastes, even the “Foodies” out there. It offers a assortment of dishes, from milkshakes to many old traditional “farm” style dishes. All made with the best ingredients, a few surprises to tickle the taste buds and most of all love. The proof is in the pudding they say, no wonder the local community supports them on a daily basis, be it for lunch, a dinner treat or take away. It is heart-warming to see. Did I mention generosity of the portions?  In fact we were so impressed that we dined there twice and enjoyed a lunch.

The friendly staff was always helpful, with courteous service.

They also bake wedding and birthday cakes that are just gorgeously decorated. It’s like having your own miniature Charly’s Bakery in this Slow-Town.



  • Enjoy the famous delicious Blue Moon cakes.
  • Extend your road-trip. Go from Sutherland to Calvinia via gravel route R354 – an amazing experience with endless mountain views. NOTE: 4x4s is essential
  • 5 Luxurious rooms in a tranquil environment – all for the same price
  • Room 3 has a built-in fire place -cosy and romantic for the winter months
  • Family and child friendly
  • Breakfast is included in the rate
  • Sutherland is the best place to see snow and where guests experience The Blue Moon’s hospitality, great food and leave longing to come back to their Blue Moon Home soon.


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Text and Images by Patrycja @ travel opulent box.

We have been hosted by The Blue Moon Guesthouse and Restaurant as a part of #TravelChatSA Review Series. All the Extras has been settled directly. Opinions are ours and based on personal experience. 

*Source: The Blue Moon Website



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