Inspired by our Winter issue DECO Palette, we take a look at a gem of a town hidden away in the Karoo: Prince Albert. Nestled amongst stunning landscapes, the cold, fresh air in the morning makes it the perfect romantic setting to have breakfast in bed.  

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Sights to see in Prince Albert

Staying true to DECO, when we hit the road for a few days away in the Karoo, we took it as a rare opportunity to source colours and fabrics inspired by the beautiful natural scenery. As the steep mountainous, undulating horizon came closer and we carefully weaved our way through mountain passes, we made notes of the sandstone hues, cracked textures and plush forest greens, taking them home to inspire our next interiors shop.

Inset in our travel snaps from our weekend away are some palette ideas to transform your home into the perfect Karoo hide away – with fabric swatches sourced from some of our favourite stores (for even more inspiration, be sure to buy our current winter issue for our Deco Palette inspired by the Karoo, page 36/37).

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Swartberg Pass is situated 2km outside of Prince Albert. With rock formations reminding our styling team of the strokes of a paint brush, it is something to behold. The natural wonders of Swartberg also include Gamkaskloof or “the Hell” as it’s more commonly known. It’s a historically rich area and home to graffiti that has been declared a National Monument, after C.J. Langenhoven carved the name of his famous fictional elephant onto a boulder in Meiringspoort in 1929.


1. Chivassso, Carlucci molecular CA 1319/060 fabric R2810/m, Home Fabrics

2. Zoffany, Cassia Crackle in old gold fabric R3160, 08/m, St Leger & Viney

3. Elitis, Opus velvet fabric R2598,06/m, St Leger & Viney


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Fresh, pure and real is what we offer. Straight from the dairy and our herb and vegetable garden.

Whilst on the road, DECO found the perfect hideaway to take a much-needed rest and rejuvenating stay. Price Albert Country Stay is owned by ex-city slickers that moved to the Karoo for a peaceful and uncomplicated life. Now they have their own piece of heaven which you can be a part of.

Coming through the front door you are greeted by a Bassett hound sleeping in front of the fireplace and quickly discover a beautiful selection of antiques for sale throughout the restaurant. Guests can enjoy the beautiful garden stocked with wild flowers and lemon trees, have a dip in the pool or help themselves to the library filled with a variety of interesting reads.

Tucked away in the middle of nowhere, it is a remarkable home from home. Book in now.


1. Garrett Vintage, Prussian Blue leather R4161/m, St leger & viney

2. Osborne & Little, Keshi velvets in Kuri & Ginger fabric R1360/m, Home fabrics

Though we’ve barely scratched the surface of the gems to behold in Prince Albert, this town is definitely worth the travel, be it by car, plane or boat.

For more information visit the Price Albert website and

Images: Sanri Pienaar.