Ladismith gem a goldenfind in heart of Karoo

SITUATED at the foot of the towering Klein Swartberg Mountains, Ladismith is one of the hidden gems of the Klein Karoo, says Ladismith agent Annali van Zyl. Here, buyers will find a wonderful selection of affordably priced historic property gems with interesting stories in some of the most scenic and tranquil settings.

One of the most beautiful finds here is Albert Manor, a Victorian manor house built in 1892 as the retirement home of a wealthy farmer from the area. The home is set on a plot of 2676m² with a beautiful garden offering stunning views of Towerkop, the Elandsberg and surrounding Klein Swartberg Mountains. It has been beautifully restored and was declared a National Monument in 1994. It is on the market for R2.6-million.

Finishes include exquisite wrought-iron work on the exterior that includes the old iron pillars imported from England. Glass for the windows was imported from Holland and transported by ox wagon from Mossel Bay.

The original woodwork is also still intact and comprises Oregon pine, imported from Canada, that dons the ceilings, floors and wood panelling in the kitchen and dining room. The old Husqvarna stove in the kitchen was imported from Sweden and is still in use.

The sash windows still boast the original brass hinges and locking mechanisms, while the interior doors still have the original keys and porcelain doorknobs. The old coach house at the back of the house has been converted into living quarters, while the stables now serve as garaging.

The main homestead offers around 400m² in floor space and includes a long, wide passage typical of the building style of the period. It includes two lounges, a dining room, kitchen and six bedrooms.

There is also an attic level that stretches across the entire length and breadth of the home.

The coach house includes an open-plan lounge and dining area, a kitchen and two bedroom suites. The property is currently used as a three-star guest house.

It is in excellent condition and beautifully furnished.