A review of the Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu, South Africa, including style, food, things to do and the best sights to enjoy in Montagu, such as Route 62
This laid-back hotel is centrally located in the charming little town of Montagu, about 2.5 hours inland from Cape Town, reached by vast vineyards, orchards, and beautiful winding mountain passes.
The hotel may be in town, but it has a relaxed country vibe, with lush gardens and cool backyard pools. Guests include traveling Brits, weekend locals and (well-behaved) bikers from Germany.
The owners champion local artists and there are regular exhibitions. Coco (as in Chanel, of course), the resident Maine Coon cat patrols the property.
The staff are absolutely wonderful – most of them have worked here for years which is always a good sign.
Here is everything you need to know about this charming stay…
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Art Deco, Art Deco and more Art Deco – the only original hotel of its kind in South Africa. From the splendid facade to the lampshades, chairs and artwork, every detail is period chic and beautifully restored.
Each en suite bedroom in the main building is uniquely decorated, and there are two independent villas and a quirky African hut in the gardens. Most of the rooms offer views of the Langeberg Mountains that surround Montagu.
Things to do
Watch the world go by from the terrace, take a dip in the pool (it gets rather hot in the summer here) or treat yourself to a spa treatment in the on-site wellness centre.
Stroll through the stunning little town, which is full of cafes, restaurants, historic buildings and places selling the dried fruit the area is famous for. Go on a bike ride with the wonderfully wacky Marchelle at Flying Feet.
She also does ghost tours. But the poster goes to the hotel owner and his pair of classic American cars.
The friendly PJ – sporting a cute flat cap, obviously – will take you around the nearby Robertson wine route in a gleaming 1956 or 1964 Cadillac. Not something I expected to do in rural areas of South Africa!
Enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast under the tall trees on the garden patio, light meals or homemade cakes on the terrace or at the Feathers & Flatcaps lounge bar.
You can feast on local rib specialties – roasted venison loin, Karoo lamb pie, oxtail stew, malva pie (SA’s answer to sticky caramel pud) – at the Charlestons restaurant on evening. There are also great cocktails and many of the region’s world famous wines.
Best tours in Montagu
Montagu sits on the increasingly popular Route 62, which includes interesting towns, tasty vineyards, stunning mountains and fascinating wildlife inland from the more famous coastal Garden Route N2.
The hotel is part of the Cape Country Routes collection, which links private hotels and activities. Simply choose an itinerary (from four to 12 days) and enjoy a breathtaking road trip to discover some of South Africa’s hidden gems.
It’s a great way to experience the country’s incredible hospitality, away from the big cities and the usual tourist spots. Combine a stay here with a longer visit to the region.
Visit capecountryroutes.com to plan your road trip.
Book a stay
One night dinner, B&B from £50 pp based on two sharing. For more deals, including wine tours and other information, visit montagucountryhotel.co.za.
Know of any hidden gems for a great road trip? Let us know in the comments below.