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Traveling from Gauteng to the coast

Johannesburg to Williston is miles apart, and I’m not talking about kilometers here, but does make the perfect stopover and for the peoplein the Garden Route it makes for a very interesting Karoo weekend breakaway.

A ‘perfect escape’ for a weekend would be spending a night (or more) with Karen and Oleg in the Old Jail.

Now lovingly restored and renovated, the building is surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens with roses and lavender thriving in the Karoo climate. Although oozing character and retaining many original features, it has now been given a new – and less intimidating – lease of life as a welcoming B&B and art gallery. The cells and exercise areas have been cleverly converted into three elegant, air conditioned rooms with modern amenities, high quality period finishes and private courtyards.

My favourite is the old female cell area – you get a key to the exercise quad , today covered in lush green lawn with your own private garden. The larger cell has been converted into a lovely bedroom, with the bathrooms fitted into into a single confinement cell across the courtyard.

This is superior accommodation at its best.

Tel: +27 (0)76 792 0622

Contact The Old Jail

Antiques shop: In the main road you’ll find a charming old double-storey house that has been converted to a variety of uses to make it a perfect place to stop over when passing through Willowmore on your travels. I always feel immediately at home in a place that serves me a rusk with my coffee. Sophie’s deli will tempt you with a variety of Karoo products and delicacies. And if the selection of antiques in her shop does not satisfy your appetite then you could always consider spending the night at their guest house called The Willow which is tastefully furnished with period furniture augmented by a large collection of Africana which will fascinate the discerning visitor, providing innumerable insights into the South African way of life in times long gone. Deon and Sophia Van Der Merwe tel +27(0)44 923 1574

Contact The Willow

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