Sherry Tainton invites you to experience tranquil Victorian living at the beautifully restored John Montagu, only 2 hours drive from either Cape Town or Oudtshoorn - an ideal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life and in the fruit and wine bowl of the Cape. Centrally situated in a quiet street in the picturesque town of Montagu, it comprises five luxury en suite bedrooms each uniquely decorated .
Montagu is surrounded by the magnificent panorama of the Langeberg and is world famous for its healing hot mineral springs, historic buildings, exquisite mountain scenery, tractor rides to the summit of the Langeberg mountains (1550 met above sea level), hiking trails and muscadel wines. Within easy walking distance to restaurants and our historic village. Off-street parking, swimming pool, Visa/Master welcome.
John Montagu Guest House offers five beautifully furnished en-suite bedrooms each uniquely decorated in a Victorian style.
There is a choice of double or twin beds.
Each bedroom has a unique character in terms of linens and colour co-ordination. No effort has been spared to make each guest feel at home.
Originally called "Agter Cogmans Kloof", Montagu was named after the British Colonial Secretary of the Cape Colony, John Montagu, in 1851.
Montagu has become renowned for its wonderful year round climate and Hot Mineral Springs. Surrounded by the Langeberg range of mountains the area produces fruits such as apricots, peaches, apples, pears and is developing its citrus orchards. Vineyards abound and red and white muscadel is considered to be the area's specialty. However new cultivars are now producing grapes for Merlot and Chardonnay blended wines.
The town boasts over thirty National Monument houses, two of which are utilised by the Museum society. Many of the gardens in the centre of town still have small apricot orchards, which give a wonderful display in spring. Gardens also abound with rose bushes which would flower all year round if left to do so.
The following are available in and around the town:
golf, squash, bowls, tennis, horse riding, hiking trails, shooting range, bird watching, rock climbing, mountain tractor ride (1550m), hot spring pools, cold pools, mountain bike and 4X4 trails and fishing to name but a few.
The Nature Garden is a must for lovers of indigenous plants especially in spring, you may use the hide to observe the bird life. Informative guide maps for the trails, historic houses and Kanonkop Hill are available from the Tourist Bureau.
Enjoy visiting our two museums, one specializes in herbs, the other in the history of the town. Or walk round the town and see the many National Monuments. Stroll in Joubert Park, which is the entrance to the Nature Reserve and starting point for most of the walks and trails, including Lovers Walk which is a ramble to the Hot Spring facility.
Many artists and craft workers have chosen to settle in Montagu. Their work is on view at the museum, the three art galleries and the monthly Craft Markets held in the town. Some can be visited in their homes. A guide is available from the Tourist Bureau office.
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