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There are some homeowners who effortlessly weave a rich story through the style and character of their home’s wares, who create a narrative for their houses to sing to those who wonder through their open doors. Indeed, the owners, have spun a Cape Dutch fairy tale in the rustic and infinitely charming form of Jonkmanshof, a guest house with two generous suites which can be taken individually or one can take the house for exclusive use.

The historic 1854 Cape Dutch farmhouse is situated in the tiny town of Montagu, in the western part of South Africa’s Little Karoo. Despite its modest population count, the little farm town boasts some of the most majestic of mountain landscapes. Painted in the traditional warm ochre hue, the gabled farmhouse front looks over the gravel garden, a bevy of small ponds, the generous farm pool and the surrounding mountainous wilderness.

The interior of this home is brimming with nostalgic, richly South African, old-world beauty. From the handmade clay tiles beneath one’s bare summer feet to the original river-reed ceilings, Jonkmanshof is something to behold. Almost every room is inhabited by a curated collection of the most magnificent antiques, all of them well-loved and well-used.

In the living room, the rich red walls seem to blaze with the light from the original fireplace, whilst the kitchen, as grand as it is inviting and cool, offers a respite from the summer heat and perhaps something to nibble on your afternoon walk through the citrus garden. The library, otherwise known as the ‘Room of Curiosities,’ is one of the owners’ favourite spots, amidst the century-old books, treasures and talismans, take a seat, grab the nearest novel and escape.

Another absolute bonus of booking Jonkmanshof is that Hemelhuijs owner and exceptionally talented chef, Jacques Erasmus, lives locally and, with a couple of days’ notice, one can arrange to have dinner prepared at the house – an indulgent treat just perfect for a small, private celebration.

This is a getaway home of rare and dignified beauty. Once you leave it’s doors you will have made a generous, elegant, eccentric and richly distinguished new friend in the form of Jonkmanshof.

Have a look at this beautiful video of Jonkmanshof by Valentina Nicol for House and Leisure

Children's policy

We regret no children under the age of 8 - children of lesser age allowed when the whole house is booked for exclusive use.


  • 1 x Bedroom (queen)
  • 1 x Bedroom (twin singles)
  • BBQ (Weber)
  • en-suite
  • Fireplace (wood provided)
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • No DSTV
  • No DVD
  • No TV
  • No Wi-fi
  • Pool
  • Servicing (week days)


Sleeps 6


No pets allowed

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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Jonkmanshof.


Guest reviews

  • Guest

    I just wanted to extend my thanks to both you and the owners for our fantastic break last weekend. Our time at Jonkmanshof was nothing short of magical. We felt we had travelled back in time and arrived in a simpler, more wholesome place. Apart from having to persuade my wife we could NOT have a pet chicken it was perfect!

  • Guest

    I would just like to thank you and if you can please let the owners know, we had a wonderful weekend away it is a beautiful property and we did enjoy the cooking and the kitchen to its fullest!

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1 Oct - 13 Dec 2018 (high season):

R3000 per night for 2 people

R750 per additional guest

14 Dec 2018 - 13 Jan 2019 (peak season):

R3300 per night for 2 people

R850 per additional guest

14 Jan - 30 April 2019 (high season):

R3000 per night for 2 people

R750 per additional guest

1 May - 30 Sept 2019 (low season):

R2000 per night for 2 people

R650 per additional guest

1 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (high season):

R3200 per night for 2 people

R800 per additional guest

13 Dec 2019 - 12 Jan 2020 (peak season):

R3500 per night for 2 people

R900 per additional guest

13 Jan - 30 April 2019 (high season):

R3200 per night for 2 people

R800 per additional guest

An exceptionally good three course dinner can be booked, with 2 nights notice, R900 per person (excl. drinks), minimum 4 guests.

All prices are per night. Please confirm availability / actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.

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Cancellation / Prepayment

The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.