About our Accommodation in McGregor
Fountain Place is all about ‘The Nice Things in Life’. We both gain enormous satisfaction and pleasure from giving our guests what we like to call ‘The Fountain Place Experience’, when they stay at our exclusive accommodation in McGregor. Our guests often mention how our little special touches make such a difference to their stay. The friendly chats here and there, the peace and beauty and our delicious summer breakfasts served on Fine English Bone China all help ensure that our guests go away happy after an enjoyable stay at Fountain Place, our elegant accommodation in McGregor. We feel pleased that we can contribute towards the “discovery” of McGregor by our guests. McGregor is a very unique and wonderful place and we are thrilled that more and more people are visiting this beautiful village to experience its relaxing and energizing qualities in their lives. This is how today’s Fountain Place plays its part in the life of the village of McGregor, but historically there’s a lot more to be told….
In 1861, a little town on the edge of the Karoo came into being. It was called “Lady Grey” in honour of Lady Eliza Lucy Grey, the wife of Sir George Grey , Governor of the Cape at that time. However, this created much confusion for the postal authorities, since there was already a “Lady Grey” situated in the North East Cape – the name needed to be changed, but to what?
At around that same time, a new minister arrived in Robertson. He was the first Scottish minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, who had been encouraged to come to South Africa by Dr Robertson. – His name was Andrew McGregor. Upon reaching Robertson, Rev McGregor met and fell in love with Dr Robertson’s daughter, Eliza. They were soon married and settled in Robertson, where Rev McGregor served as minister from 1862 – 1902.
The village of Lady Grey had been without a minister for some time and so the residents there were delighted that they were now included within Rev McGregor’s parish. He became such a well-known and loved figure within the village that the community decided to ask if the village could be re-named “McGregor” in his honour. So, with the blessing of the postal authorities, the village of McGregor was born in 1862.
Many years later, a descendant of Andrew McGregor arrived in the village with his family. This was Robin McGregor. He and his wife were resident here for many years and, in fact, Robin held the office of Mayor from 1984-86. They resided in the property, which was later to become known as “Fountain Place”. Whilst living here, Robin wrote the first edition of “Who owns Whom” – a comprehensive listing of the ownership of South African companies. A copy of this book is on display in the museum at McGregor Tourism.
The McGregor family descendants have visited McGregor and we were pleased to welcome them to our accommodation in McGregor – Fountain Place!
From ancient buildings to luxury accommodation in McGregor
This property originally consisted of a main ‘manor house’ with a row of four cottages in front of it. The two middle cottages in this row were demolished and the remaining two were then joined to the main house (which had also been extended) to create one U-shaped building with a central courtyard.These two original cottages are now our elegant guest suites, opening onto the courtyard.
Due to its age (1862), it was declared a National Monument and is, in fact, one of the oldest buildings in the village. Much later, two fountains were installed, one in the central courtyard and the other in the garden, thus providing the perfect name for the guesthouse now known as “Fountain Place”. Pictures of this progression may be viewed at Fountain Place.
On 1st April 2000 all former National Monuments declared by the former National Monuments Council and its predecessors became Provincial Heritage Sites. Fountain Place is therefore now listed as a Provincial Heritage Site of the Western Cape.
Gay friendly accommodation in McGregor
McGregor is a very gay friendly village and we are pleased to offer gay couples our luxury suites as their base when they visit this special village. We find that Fountain Place attracts guests with impeccable tastes and through our decor and stylish touches we strive to offer all our guests that pleasurable feeling of staying somewhere that is ‘extra special’, combined with total comfort. We are perfectly suited to couples wishing to spend some quality time away together in an elegant and relaxing environment and our accommodation in McGregor has been enjoyed by couples in the throes of a new relationship right through to elderly couples who still enjoy posing for a photograph beside the fountain! Choose Fountain Place for your gay friendly accommodation of choice! All our guests receive our warmest welcome and care, whilst having their privacy respected at all times and when you stay at Fountain Place we can assure you that you will feel completely comfortable and at home in your surroundings. Please be aware that Fountain Place does not accommodate children and children may not be brought onto the premises at all – we offer ‘Adult Accommodation’ only.
Justin and Linzi, the owners of this unique accommodation in McGregor
Justin was born in Cape Town and grew up in Johannesburg while Linzi is from Kent in the UK. Justin’s work took him to Zambia, where he traded grain and then managed a heavy haulage company transporting copper and cobalt, among other things. A business trip to South Africa resulted in mutual friends introducing him to Linzi, then manager of a Rosebank restaurant, while they were all visiting the beautiful Drakensberg and that’s where it all began…
Justin whisked Linzi off to the small mining town of Chingola, in the Copperbelt of Zambia, where they were married in the local ‘boma’ and there followed many wonderful years of living in ‘real Africa’, as Zambia is fondly described, with their children – three cats and three dogs. During this time the couple experienced various snakes and spiders in their home, regular red ant invasions and even a leguaan in the garden! While in Zambia Linzi was able to indulge in her passion for painting, jewellery and card making, writing and cooking, which is ongoing these days, when time permits. They summited Kilimanjaro together in 2004 and were fortunate to enjoy many amazing travel experiences over the years.
Finally it was time to move on in search of pastures new and after two years in the UK the couple returned to South Africa in search of the perfect place to settle and run a small, boutique, accommodation establishment, where they could put their travel experience to good use. They found McGregor and Fountain Place, the perfect accommodation in McGregor, and knew they were home.
They run Fountain Place with the help of Mathilda and Leon, two very friendly and gorgeous cats, both of whom assist with ‘meet and greet’ duties with guests.
The four of them look forward to welcoming you to a very special stay at Fountain Place, their unique accommodation in McGregor, very soon!