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Matjiesfontein

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... is located in Overberg in the East of the Cape area of the Western Cape of South Africa.

This remarkable little place. On the face of it there seems to be very little reason for a town of any significance to stand in this vast and arid semi-desert wilderness.

But in 1884 a Scot by the name of Jimmy Logan purchased the land around a spring and proceeded to build a Victorian spa town, complete with the graceful hotel, pub, post office, stores, villas and even a cricket pitch. Boasting of the health giving properties of the dry air, he attempted to lure customers to come by train to his new resort.


Lord Milner Hotel ... may these days stand at the heart of a village which is a little jaded, but it is suitably eccentric and well worth a visit
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