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The Karoo Experience Collection

Found in: Cottages, Eastern Cape, Graaff Reinet, Guesthouses / B&B, Self Catering, The Western Region

 The Great Karoo is the vast central plateau of South Africa, with landscapes on a grand scale, sweeping skies and wide horizons, silence and champagne air, where nature reigns majestically. On the eastern fringe, in the geographical area also known as the Karoo Heartland, stands the small market town of Middelburg and 10 km south of Middelburg, close to the N9 main route to Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route, is Erin Country House.

Erin Country House is a place of stoeps, sunsets, stars and silence where guests, whether stopping over on a trip to the coast or enjoying a farm stay, can appreciate true Karoo hospitality as well as fresh air, space and serenity. Your hosts, Trevor and Kathy will make every guests’ stay relaxed, enjoyable and memorable.

Middelburg, as the name implies, lies in the very centre of a circle of other platteland towns and within easy reach of Erin Country House are attractions such as the incomparably beautiful and historic town of Graaff-Reinet with the Valley of Desolation and the Camdeboo National Park, the picturesque little town of Nieu Bethesda with its renowned and eccentric Owl House as well as Fossil Centre and the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock not to mention the attractions in Cradock itself.

Erin Country House offers a variety of accommodation and guests can choose between bed and breakfast, dinner, bed and breakfast or self-catering options.

Country House - The Edwardian homestead, set in a Karoo country garden and built in the early 1900’s, has withstood the harsh elements of Africa and her thick walls have given sanctuary to many. Two private and spacious en-suite double rooms with wooden floors and high ceilings, are available-one with bath and one with shower The wrap-around stoep offers a cool and relaxing respite from the heat of the day and a perfect spot from where to enjoy the dazzling display of stars at night.

Farm Cottages - Set in a basic indigenous garden, surrounded by the Karoo veld, two simple open-plan farm cottages with showers and fully equipped kitchenettes as well as outside braai facility offer a self-catering or dinner, bed & breakfast option. The cottage stoeps provide an ideal vantage point from where to marvel at the copper sky as the sun sets behind the Renosterberg Mountain. The cottages are 50m from the Country House and the Old Barn.

Dining Room and Bar - Enjoy a traditional Karoo dinner and/or farm breakfast in the cozy dining room, or a night cap in the quaint bar, adjacent to the Country House. Meals are served by prior arrangement.

Kathy’s Collectables offers Karoo merchandise for sale including Cape Mohair, wool and locally poduced goods.

Barn Owl Annex - Comfortable family accommodation with an open-plan main bedroom / lounge area, separate bedroom with two double bunks and a shower, which can accommodate up to six guests. No self catering facilities are available in this unit.

Directions to The Karoo Experience Collection

Midway between Gauteng & The Garden Route on the N9 route!

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Features and Facilities at The Karoo Experience Collection


  • Set Menu Offered
  • Lunch Served
  • Dinner Served
  • Breakfast Served

ECO Tourism

  • 4 x 4 Trails
  • Game Drives


  • Pets Permitted by Arrangement
  • Internet Access
  • Communal MNet
  • Parking Available
  • Garden
  • Braai / Barbecue
  • Off Street Parking
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Bar on the Premises
  • No Pets Permitted
  • Fax
  • Babysitting Service
  • Library
  • Communal Television
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Communal Satelite TV

Facilities in Rooms/Units

  • No Smoking in Rooms
  • MNET in Rooms
  • Heater in Rooms
  • Television in Rooms
  • Fan in Rooms
  • Tea and Coffee in Rooms
  • Satellite TV in Rooms


  • Paddling - Whitewater-Rafting
  • Environment
  • Mountain
  • Countryside
  • Main Through Route
  • Bird Watching
  • Horse Riding
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Hiking / Backpacking
  • Paragliding
  • Hang Gliding

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