The Old Jail
Contact Karen & Oleg Von Loeper
- 076 792 0622
The Old Jail, Blignaut Street, Willowmore
- Longitude: 23.494306
- Latitude: -33.297005
- Self Catering
About The Old Jail
The Old Jail in the peaceful farming town of Willowmore offers a unique experience for tourists, business travelers and sports enthusiasts seeking quality accommodation in the Karoo. Flanked by the spectacular Baviaanskloof and Swartberg mountain ranges, this striking 1880's building is on the edge of the town and is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the area.
Registered by the Government in 1895, the building is built of stone, the walls being half a metre thick with plaster “quions” (corners) on the windows, doors and wall corners. The Old Gaol, as it was then called, comprised a hospital cell, hard labour cells, awaiting trial cells, a female cell and kitchen cell.
It ceased to operate as a prison and police station around 1960 and was sold to private owners. It has changed hands several times in the past 40 years and remained uninhabited for almost 12 years until its present owners took possession and began transforming it into a boutique guest establishment.
Now lovingly restored and renovated, the building is surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. Although oozing character and retaining many original features, it has now been given a new – and less intimidating – lease of life as a welcoming B&B and art gallery.
The cells and exercise areas have been cleverly converted into three elegant, air conditioned rooms with modern amenities, high quality period finishes and private courtyards.
Whether you're looking for an overnight stay along the N9 highway or a few days’ hiking, cycling, golfing, small game hunting or relaxing in peaceful, unspoiled surroundings, The Old Jail is a place you won't want to escape from in a hurry.
All 3 rooms are ensuite with original features, quality bedlinen and private entrance. They are easily accessible from the large safe parking area.
Farmers Suite 1 and Farmers Suite 2 have fully equipped kitchens and are 2 roomed Suites.
Farmers Suite 1 has a sleeper couch for 2 sharing children 10 years and younger.
Farmers Suite 2 has one extra bed for child. This room has interleading doors with Donkey Room for larger families.
Donkey Room has an open plan bathroom with 2 single beds and is a sleep and go unit with an under counter fridge.
We speak Afrikaans, English, German, Russian and Ukranian too.
Room / Unit Features
- Air Conditioning
- Bar Fridge
- En Suite Bathroom
- Tea And Coffee
- TV - DSTV
Map and Directions to The Old Jail
GPS : 33° 17' 49.22" S / 23° 29' 39.50" E
From either direction go intoWillowmore along the main street and turn into Wehmeyer Street. Go along this street and, when it becomes a gravel road turn right, and after 50 metres turn right again and the Old Jail will be immediately on your left.