DESIGN DESTINATION | Jonkmanshof, Montagu, Western Cape

Tastemaker Jacques Erasmus has given two Cape Dutch cottages in Montagu, Karoo, a contemporary spin

18 August 2019 - 00:00 By Julia Freemantle

When Cape Town tastemaker Jacques Erasmus and his partner Hein Liebenberg bought two 160-year old cottages in Montagu five years ago, it was with investment in mind. They'd planned to renovate one as a country house for themselves, which they lovingly did over a few years. But finding they didn't use it much more than a weekend a month, decided eventually to open it to the public as Jonkmanshof (

Erasmus and Liebenberg drew inspiration from the idea of hotel as home - asking: "What makes a space homely? It's the proportions, the personal touches, the presence of things you wouldn't expect in a typical hotel," says Erasmus...

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