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Become imprisoned by the beauty of The Old Jail on your honeymoon

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It’s probably a little early for jokes about the old ball-and-chain (note: it’s always too early), but if you’re going to be stuck in prison together, you want it to be The Old Jail in the town of Willowmore. Built in the 1880’s, this prison-turned-boutique-guest-house oozes old-school charm. It’s not as rustic as it sounds. The cells and exercise areas have been converted into elegant rooms – each with its own private courtyard – that has retained the building’s Victorian character.


After closing down as a prison in 1960, the property passed through many hands, and was uninhabited for almost 12 years, until the current owners took over and slowly turned the rustic grounds into a guest house, while still keeping many of the gorgeous Victorian features of the building.


The Old Jail has five rooms in total, the Hospital Suite, the Female Cell, Awaiting Trial, the Old Stables and the Donkey Room. Each room has an en-suite and its own private courtyard. Try nabbing the Hospital Suite, which has its original Victorian fireplace, antique wardrobe and claw-foot bathtub. Whichever cell/room you pick will contain an interesting history behind it, with features unique to each of the room’s themes.


Full of history, the Karoo town of Willomore has functioned as a farming and trading town since it’s discovery in 1819. There is an abundance of greenery and stunning hiking trails to explore, as well as many farmlands around. Take a trip to the Willomore Town Hall, or visit one of the many museums around to explore and uncover the past.


If you choose to leave your room (after all, you aren’t actually in prison), Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area nearby offers several hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails. However, if you wish to stay close by, The Old Jail has its very own art gallery containing a variety of South African art, as well as a 12 m saltwater swimming pool, bird-watching and gardens to explore.

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