My wife and I were on honeymoon and I selected a guest house from the portfolio collection so that we could stay in Montagu. We had an amazing stay at Aasvoelkrans which we found in the portfolio guidebook and where we went that night at the last minute. Jeanne only had ten minutes before we arrived and yet it was immaculate, filled with beautiful flowers from the garden. Her personal touches were amazing, there was beautiful attention to detail in everything she did.

The breakfasts were exquisite. She went out of her way to help us find restaurants and give us advice on things to do, when to do them. We were tired and we arrived to find a wonderful cup of tea waiting. She came to check if we were happy with the accommodation and had anything we might need. We went out that night and on our return found that she had lit candles for us which was very romantic. She was never intrusive but always there to assist.

She gave us maps of the town and places to visit, and talked about things we might like to do. She even asked one of her staff to wash our car which had been the target of guinea fowl the night before who had chosen a tree branch above the car in which to roost. She offered to organise horse riding if we wanted to do so. We spent two wonderful nights there.

Each cottage was decorated individually, and she was kind enough to let us wander around and see the horses which are pricey endurance thoroughbreds. She had two difficult and grumpy and completely unreasonable Americans (it seems guest house owners are expected to remove ‘noisy’ birds from the garden, and if they go to a fish restaurant that is not recommended at all and against advice then all the local townsfolk are to blame etc….) who she handled extremely well. Even with my patience I would have held such guests underwater in the swimming pool until the bubbles stopped.

She keeps an amazing garden which is immaculate. She is an absolute testimony to kind-hearted hospitality in the Karoo. On top of this on leaving she even gave us a handsome discount out of the blue when I came to settle up as we had spent two nights there. I would return to Jeanne’s B&B in a heartbeat and I am trying to persuade colleagues to stay there on their breaks.

Kind regards,

Anthony Walker