Jonkmanshof is a beautifully-restored 1854 Cape Dutch heritage house, recently featured by Condé Nast Traveller as the coolest farmhouse to rent in South Africa. Nestled in the small, picturesque Klein Karoo town of Montagu, it's the perfect luxurious escape.
The historic interior features contemporary South African art mixed with 18th century Cape furniture. The entrance hall features a collection of old turtle shells, gleaming wooden floors and shutters to keep the interior cool. The library has midnight-blue walls off-set by art and antiques, curated ceramics and a wonderful collection of books.
The lounge is painted oxblood red and furnished with comfortable sofas, antique chairs, a wall-mounted Cape-Dutch cupboard and an antique green marble fireplace. Firewood is provided in winter.
The farmhouse-style kitchen has a beautiful herringbone brick floor, marble-and-wrought-iron work surfaces, a Smeg cooker and a pizza oven built into the wall. A glass conservatory, filled with indigenous succulents, links the kitchen and dining area with the walled vegetable and potted citrus gardens. The raised swimming pool resembles a farm dam and overlooks the pretty chicken coop.
The two bedrooms have king-size four-poster beds dressed in crisp Egyptian cotton linen. Classic Karoo shutters and ceiling fans cool the bedrooms in summer, in winter there's cashmere and heating.
The two en-suite bathrooms have deep, cast-iron bateau tubs, hotel-size guest amenities, hair dryers, cotton bath towels and underfloor heating.