Doringbos Karoo cottage stay in Prince Albert


Forget those looming deadlines! Pile into the car and take a road trip to the best little village in the Karoo for an unforgettable weekend of small-town hospitality and amazing local produce, all to be enjoyed from your very own Karoo cottage – kitted out to the nines so you can either kick back in luxury or cook up a storm to your foodie heart’s content.

Why foodies love to stay here

  • The chance to experience the laid-back vibe and friendly, small-town hospitality of Prince Albert, also known as the heart of the Karoo’s pantry
  • You’ll get to spend your days visiting local producers, from an artisanal cheese maker and olive oil producers to deli owners and fruit farmers, tasting and discovering the authentic, unique produce that makes the Karoo so special.
  • Explore on your own, or go on a guided produce walk with the friendly folks from African Relish Cooking School
  • The opportunity to book hands-on cookery classes at African Relish, or one of their legendary 3-course fine-dining dinners.
  • Don apron and get creative in your very own Karoo kitchen with the local produce that you stocked up on during all that eatsploring


From R1220/per night for the cottage (R860, single occupancy)

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Hands up, who’s had the fantasy of packing it all in, moving to a tiny country village and making preserves for a living? But then, realising exactly how many bottles of fig jam you’d need to make to pay off your new little country cottage?

Yeah, us too. African Relish Cooking School offers you a pretty great alternative: the chance to break away from the rat race and soak up small-town life in the picturesque Karoo village of Prince Albert, stock up on amazing local produce – think hand-crafted Guernsey milk cheese, plump preserved olives and cold-pressed olive oil, succulent Karoo lamb, and fresh, sweet figs – and go whip up a feast in your very own Victorian or Karoo-style cottage.

That’s right, the legendary cooking school also knows a thing or two about small-town hospitality and would love you to experience the laid-back, unhurried vibe of Karoo life, while pampering you with those little luxuries you love including King-sized beds dressed in crisp cotton linen, deep baths and fluffy, thick towels, air-conditioning, fireplaces and, best of all, thoughtfully kitted out kitchens. Oh, and Wi-Fi, if you need it. Whether you choose to stay in the Karoo cottages Akkedis or Doringbos on the outskirts of town, or in Deurdrift 1 or Deurdrift 2, the semi-detached Victorian cottages in town, you’ll almost forget about all those unanswered emails waiting back home…

The Accommodation


Entire Cottage, 2 Guests, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Beds

Built around an antique water well, with some of the erstwhile farm dam walls incorporated into the structure, this classic Karoo cottage boasts its own windmill out back, which fills a tiny dam. Can anyone say, Instagram-opportunity? The décor plays up the cottage’s spartan lines and light, airy space with mostly bright-white furnishings – many of them restored antiques. The bathroom with its luxurious Victorian claw-foot bath will definitely be calling after a long day of produce shopping (just imagine how well a glass of wine will go down here?). That’s if you’re not hanging out on the bamboo-slat shaded front stoep after having whipped up the dinner of all dinners in the well-equipped kitchen (it was, after all, fitted out by the folks behind a cooking school), or turning a couple of Prince Albert’s legendary Karoo lamb chops in the outside braai. In winter, the large family room with its fireplace will do nicely for snuggling up with some red wine and board games, before it’s time to hit the hay in your plush king-sized bed.

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Location, Services and Important Information

Prince Albert is just about 4 hours’ drive from Cape Town when you travel via the N1.

Services and Facilities 

  • Wifi and DStv Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee tray with milk and home-baked rusks
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Private terrace with a braai and outdoor furniture
  • Private gardens
  • Off street parking
  • Swimming available at the pool of African Relish Cooking School
  • Cottage serviced daily
  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher

Policies and Important information 

Check In: 14h00

Check Out: 10h00

Property Type: Cottage

Room type: Entire Cottage

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 7 days before check in and get a 50% refund (minus service fees). Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable. Service fees are refunded when cancellation happens before check in and within 48 hours of booking.

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