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Email from France
Hi! SA friends!
I am just a French historian preparing a paper to be read, next July, at PMB campus. Congratulation! You have a very nice and interesting website. It really makes one feel like catching the first aircraft and fly over!
I was last at Saldanha in 2002, when I read a paper at the Military/Navy Academy. I spent there a wonderfull day. I sincerely hope that your country (which, in my heart is also mine) goes better and better again.
Very kind regards.
- Michel R.
Président / Chairman CEEHGFAA
Historien - Onomasticien - Conférencier

February 2009

Letter from London
"I can't express in words how wonderful our stay at Papkuilsfontein was. The only problem was the brevity of our stay, oh how i wished we had booked a whole week..!"
- James and Ash. (UK)
February 2009

"I had a great time. Did far more than I planned which was no bad thing after such a long journey - it would've been a shame just to sit by the pool for a week! There was possibly too much planned and I'd like to have had more time to do the same amount of stuff, but that was my schedule not yours. The whale trip was the best..."
- Nicky B. (UK)
October 2008

Matjiesfontein, Victorian Village, Koup Karoo


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    Matjiesfontein was founded in 1884 by the legendary James Douglas Logan. Completed in 1899, Matjiesfontein is a well kept Victorian Village on the N1 highway, 27 kilometers from Laingsburg in the Koup Karoo - A Khoi word meaning "caul fat". It is home to the Lord Milner Hotel.
    Matjiesfontein was built on the banks of the Matjies river and next to the railway line from Cape Town to Johannesburg as a stopover for refreshments for travellers and to fill up with water for the steam locomotives.

    There are some private dwellings, a shop, a post office, a bank, a hotel, a courtroom and a cricket ground - all within the Victorian setting said to be a replica of a London street.

    The Lord Milner offers full services for accommodation, food and drinks with a variety of 58 guest rooms.



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    Many icons of the hospitality industry in South Africa have been "touched" by David Rawdon, such as the Lanzerac, and The Marine Hotel. His interior design work is legendary, but Matjiesfontein will always be where his heart lies. David Rawdon purchased Matjiesfontein during the late 1960s, and, after detailed and loving restoration work, David re-opened Matjiesfontein in 1970.

    David Rawdon, the kindred spirit of Logan, once again allowed Matjiesfontein to offer the best in hospitality to an eclectic mix of visitors. Once again, great names of the age visited the Village.

    In 1979, Matjiesfontein was declared a National Heritage Site, a tribute to Logan and to David Rawdon whose love and dedication to Matjiesfontein allowed it to live again.

    The Lord Milner and all the other village elements will be an enlightening experience only if you spent some time to be influenced by the history and current dynamics of the place and the Koup karoo kontrei.

    Apart from the living architecture and interior design, there is the Koup karoo vegetation and geological remnants taking you back to the Ice age and the time the karoo land was covered with a 500 meter layer of water. Easily accessible and visible fossils will tell you the story.

    Take a day trip to nearby Sutherland, the astronomical Research Centre, for stargazing experiences.

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