In the middle of the peaceful Great Karoo in the Western Cape lies a quaint little village set amid beautiful natural surroundings. Just 42 kilometres off the N1 south towards Cape Town, you will find Prince Albert at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range. Little has changed here since the first settlers founded this idyllic town around 250 years ago.


Walking down tree-lined streets with their lovingly preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings, you hear the gentle murmur of water flowing in the village’s irrigation furrows. Here, rural life is peaceful and unhurried, where friendly townsfolk greet friends and strangers alike with a smile and a wave. Nominated for Town of the Year in 2012, Prince Albert has no less than 19 national monuments, making it a treasure for those who value South Africa’s rich historical and architectural heritage.

On the outskirts of Prince Albert lies a tranquil little gem of a cottage called Bid Huisie (Prayer House). Originally an old church, the exterior of this exclusive two-bedroomed cottage has been left untouched. Wooden shutters and white framed doors and windows offset the light green Cape-inspired walls of this delightful old building.

Bid Huisie’s modified cottage interior offers homely self-catering accommodation for people seeking quiet, yet still wanting to be within walking distance to explore Prince Albert. Just a few days in this serene rural village with its hospitable inhabitants and you’ll understand why so many people escape here to renew their spirits.

This well-appointed historical cottage in Prince Albert has also become a favourite stop over and in-between break for travellers, holidaymakers and businesspeople en route to either Cape Town or Gauteng.





Located at 2A Meiring Street, Prince Albert, Western Cape, 6930

GPS:
Latitude: -33.218266
Longitude: 22.029004

Directions:
From Cape Town: Drive north along the N1 towards Hugenote Tunnel towards Worcester. Proceed to De Doorns, Touws River and on to Laingsburg. 89km north of Laingsburg you will reach Prince Albert Road (Train station/ junction). Turn right onto the R407 towards the mountains and Prince Albert. After 45km you will enter the village. Pass the BP filling station, drive approximately 500 meters. Turn left into Meiring street. Bid Huisie is the second house on the right hand side.

From Oudtshoorn via Meiringspoort: Take the N12 to De Rust and then drive through Meiringspoort. Pass the village of Klaarstroom. Approximately 5km further, turn left onto the R410 to Prince Albert. 45km drive takes you through the Prince Albert Valley towards the village of Prince Albert. When you enter the village: continue to drive on the main road for 1,5km - bear right at the dog’s leg – after another 1,7km at Prickly Pear Restaurant on your right; you turn right into Meiring street. Bid Huisie is the second house on your right hand side.

From Oudtshoorn via the Swartberg Pass: Drive out of Oudtshoorn along Baron van Reede Street towards the Cango Caves. 3km before the Cango Caves you will pass Wilgewandel Resort on your right. Turn left at the next turn (sign posted: Prins Albert and Swartberg Pass). You will pass the Matjiesrivier/ Red Stone Hills turnoff on your left. Continue straight on – the tar road becomes a gravel road, which winds up through the Swartberg Pass - stop and enjoy the view. At the T-junction, where you rejoin the tarred road, turn left. When you enter the village continue to drive on the main road for 1,5km - bear right at the dog’s leg – after another 1,7km at Prickly Pear Restaurant on your right; you turn right into Meiring street. Bid Huisie is the second house on your right hand side.




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