To visit Matjiesfontein is to take a step back in time!
Picturesque, quirky and undeniably unique, Matjiesfontein ticks all the boxes when it comes to looking for the ideal wedding destination, whether opting for a large and lavish affair, or a shotgun wedding for two.
There are a variety of ceremony and reception options, luxurious accommodation, classic Karoo-style cuisine and fine local wines, to a host of fun and entertaining activities to keep guests occupied. This small yet vibrant privately owned village in the Western Cape’s Central Karoo region is a mere 2-hour 45-minute drive from Cape Town, and home to the famed Lord Milner Hotel.
Accommodation at The Lord Milner
Multiple and affordable accommodation options for the wedding party are on offer. There is also an option to ‘rent a village’ is perfect for large gatherings. Matjiesfontein’s whimsical setting guarantees a beautiful, nostalgic backdrop for photographs.
Matjiesfontein was founded in 1884 by the legendary and energetic Scottish railway man, James Douglas Logan. The village established itself as a fashionable Victorian health spa and is now well known for its splendid historical buildings and a sense of peace and timelessness that is rare in modern-day South Africa.
In 1968, David Rawdon, hotelier par excellence whose claim to fame includes establishing Rawdons Hotel at Nottingham Road, the well-known Lanzerac Hotel set in the Stellenbosch vineyards, the Marine Hotel Hermanus, and The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet purchased Matjiesfontein Village. After performing extensive renovations and utilising the wealth of antiques gathered during his world travels, David reopened the hotel in 1970, renaming it The Lord Milner Hotel.
Matjiesfontein offers an array of exciting activities to keep you active, beautiful gardens to relax, explore historic museums and immerse yourself in living history! It is the ultimate destination to experience romance, magic, history and charm.