De Kleine Prince certainly lives up to its rather grand name, yet this restored gem in the tiny Karoo town of Prince Albert, is layered with character and designed to embrace guests with ease. Built in 1913 when Victorian proportions were indeed grander than today’s homes, this traditional farmhouse – complete with its deep stoep, pretty gables and shuttered sash windows – is a joy to live in.
Step inside the front gate, and you’ll discover a private oasis that consists of a sprawling main house, a barn and a pool house, with no less than eight bedrooms, four stoeps, three kitchens and two dining rooms between them, many of which lead outdoors into beautifully calm spaces. There’s a yoga deck, shaded by a Bodhi tree and there’s a firepit with generous, comfy seating around it to enjoy on warm Karoo nights. There’s even an outdoor ‘pergola spa’ covered in scented jasmine for blissfully relaxing spa massages and treatments. Explore further and you’ll find a delightful conservatory, garden orchard, medicinal healing and herb garden as well as a traditional potting station and a Zen garden. Vertical gardens, olive hedges, bonsais and garden sculptures by Mark Swart are every gardener’s dream. Fed by the ancient system of ‘leiwater’ or furrows of water, the garden is an inspired and utterly peaceful space.
Large enough for multigenerational families to enjoy ample privacy and well configured for small weddings or celebrations, workshops or even corporate get togethers, De Kleine Prince is one of Prince Albert’s most sought-after, fully renovated homes. The sophisticated kitchen is an absolute delight, with custom-made furnishings and attention to detail. In winter, when the Swartberg mountains are dusted in snow and a crisp wind sweeps across the dramatic Karoo landscape, massive hearths and wood-burning fireplaces keep everyone toasty and the aroma of slow-roasted lamb fills the homestead. In summer, air-conditioning keeps things cool, as does the soothing sound of water features and an inviting pool near the Mountain Bar, surrounded by a manicured spekboom hedge. The four-poster bed beckons on the stoep, and late-afternoon walks are followed by dinners outdoors under a star-filled night sky. It’s the Karoo lifestyle many guests simply can’t get enough of and they come time and again for a holiday here to recharge and recalibrate. Fresh country air, good food, wonderful shops, galleries and restaurants beckon in the village, but for the most part, many stay put and simply enjoy the beautifully curated interiors and gardens of this grande dame.
Over the years, this charming town has seen a steady flow of new residents who are seduced by the peaceful yet stimulating life here in the heart of the Karoo and by a close community of like-minded owners who simply love living here and seldom yearn for the city. Of course, it has to be said that De Kleine Prince is nothing short of heaven for remote working professionals who could potentially continue renting this luxurious property to guests looking for an indulgent and pampered stay in Prince Albert, just as it is today. Love it? You’re in luck: De Kleine Prince is being sold with furnishings included. Who can resist?
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