The quirky village of Matjiesfontein (230km from Cape Town) lies just off the N1 and 27km south of Laingsburg. A treasured fragment of Victorian England frozen in time, the entire village is a national monument, and a most appealing one at that. Among the many historical attractions is a privately-owned museum housed in the station building, the Post Office (now peddling wine and souvenirs), the all brass-and-leather Lord Milner Hotel and a row of cute Victorian Houses, all facing two dusty streets and a railway line. Olive Schreiner was a frequent visitor to Matjiesfontein, as was Cecil Rhodes and various governors, premiers and other leading gentry from the Victorian era. In other words, you will feel right at home.