About Aasvoėlkrans Bed & Breakfast
Aasvoėlkrans Bed & Breakfast in Montagu is steeped in a tranquil platteland atmosphere with the magnificent red sandstone rock-formations of the Little Karoo as backdrop. Guests can choose from five guest units with large bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.
In the shadow of the Aasvoelkrans mountain on a six acre stud farm bordering the village of Montagu, lies the unique Aasvoėlkrans Bed & Breakfast. A rounded corrugated roof, wood pillars and beams, plain whites on walls and big plates of glass are warmed by bright splashes of colour, soft furniture and an African motif, which is tastefully woven in. Carved animals pop up unexpectedly, indoors and out, sometimes even from large buckets of fresh flowers which were picked from Jeannes large, child-friendly garden.
The five en-suite garden cottages ensure privacy with their separate entrances and patios from which to watch starry summer nights or enjoy the bright sunshine. The interiors of all the rooms (as well as Jeannes own magnificent home) are decorated with unconstrained care, and tasteful works of art - all with a subtle African flavour - adorn the walls. The detail extends outside too, with giant cacti and intriguing sculptures accentuating various walls and open spaces around the buildings, while on the lawn stooping metal birds and tortoises cause you to stop, look and look again.
The guest units each have a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. All the bathrooms have showers and are decorated with paintings and kelims. The units have twin or double beds to choose from, as well as heated floors for the wintertime. All linen is 100% hand-embroidered linen. The facilities can sleep six adults and four to five children. The bedrooms in the guest units have private, shady little stoeps where you can relax and enjoy drinks and conversation.
A good nights sleep is guaranteed by the combination of the complimentary Montagu Muscadel sweet wine and the crisp 100% Percale cotton sheets, which are designed by Julie Lombard, from Turning Leaves. After awakening to the sounds of various indigenous birds, you may make your way to the breakfast area, where, depending on the weather, Jeanne will serve you breakfast on the patio or in the sunlight breakfast room. Each cottage has under-floor heating to ensure comfort during the cold winter nights.
Breakfast consists of the freshest fruit Montagu has to offer, a variety of yoghurts, muesli and cereals, our famous dried fruit, freshly baked bread, strawberry scones, bran muffins, cinnamon and apple crumpets. All baked goods are produced based upon your hostess' mood. The standard country tradition of bacon and organic eggs produced by our very own freerange chickens is part of the package. Jeanne makes this her own by adding her special mix of mushrooms and rosemary. Bottomless coffee and tea to your liking is also on the menu.
Aasvoėlkrans is a stud farm, so it offers facilities of the outdoors kind. In summer, cool off in the private swimming pool, or go hiking in the mountains. There is plenty sunshine in the large garden, and, when the sun goes down, the romanticism of bright starry nights.
Attractions & Activities
One of the town's main tourist attractions is the Montagu Hot Mineral Water Springs. The springs are situated at Badskloof and the water is a lovely 43° Celsius. Hike along the Aasvoėlkrans Hiking route, which starts at the B&B. There are various trails in the area to choose from, such as the Cogmans Kloof trail and the Bloupunt trail.
If you are a wine lover, it is well worth visiting the wineries around Montagu, such as Uitvlucht, Rietrivier, Drie Berge and the Montagu Co-op Wine Cellar. Go and see the Thomas Bain Memorial Plaque and the old English Fort near the tunnel in Cogmans Kloof. Otherwise, take a stroll in town and visit the Town Museum and other historic houses.