About Onse Rus Guest House
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountains is the quiet and serene village of Prince Albert, here, time is suspended in the dry crisp Karoo air. Be captivated by the vast open spaces and a night sky filled with an endless amount of stars.
With its thatch roof and wooden floors, Onse Rus has the character and comfort of an old farmhouse. You will immediately feel at home as you slow down to the relaxed pace of country life and take time to experience simple beauty. Enjoy the odd shaped rooms and garden with quirky stone men. The warm and inviting lounge leading onto a large shaded garden with swimming pool and bedrooms with french doors and shutters opening onto the garden.
Be captivated by the harshness of the Karoo which gives you grace in the evening and gentleness in the morning. Our guest accommodation and facilities are separate from our own, affording our guests a level of privacy not normally associated with a guesthouse.
Each of the five air conditioned guest rooms has its own special character with en-suite bathrooms. After breathing the fresh country air, you’ll sleep soundly in the comfortable beds with crisp percale linen.
Breakfast is served in the garden under the trees in summer weather permitting and in winter in the main guest lounge with fire place. The generous Onse Rus farmhouse breakfast is a real treat: homemade muesli, fresh farm dairy products, fruit juice, bacon and eggs with mouth-watering local preserves and just wait until you taste the cream! We are fully licensed and cater for large tour groups. Dinner is served upon request with a minimum of four guests booking. You might fancy a simple omelette or a three course Karoo dinner. If you prefer to eat out, we can recommend a number of excellent restaurants all within walking distance from the guesthouse.
We serve tea and cake on arrival. In summer you might choose to sit in the gazebo next to the swimming pool or in winter the guest lounge with fireplace which doubles as an art gallery. The inviting sparkling pool provides a sanctuary on hot summer days. The shady garden has braai facilities and a bar. The dining room has a large ceramic fireplace for winter, and our library in the guest lounge offers books to suit every taste.
Activities and Attractions
Take a journey to the MyShire farm which will delight your senses, there is something for everyone to enjoy by following the untarred road which takes you through breathtaking scenery, pass one of the largest fruit production farms in the region, then onto the Rooinek pass where you can stop to experience “our valley of 1000 hills” with the multi shades of greys and a dirt road that goes on forever. You will also discover the Weltevrede Fig Farm which is one of the first fig farms in South Africa.
The MyShire Labyrinth is based on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France which dates back to 1201. 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 and everyone to enjoy. It is made from the local stone collected from the Huisrivier (4800 were used 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 last a life time. The Farm comprises of 20 hectares of natural veldt and 10 hectares of pastures for the horses. Enjoy and discover it all, from Kudu, if you are lucky, to the smallest of indigenous plants such as the Karoo violet which, in early spring creates a carpet of lilac.
Relax in the gazebo or on the front veranda and feast your eyes on the “verkleurmannetjie” a mountain that looks like a chameleon also know to the locals as the Trapsuutjie loosely translated “to walk softly”.
Any day trip has to be booked well in advance, especially if you require lunch.