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Bid Huisie, Prince Albert

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 lilac grey 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.