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“Charming tea rooms”

Millwood Goldmine Tours
Ranked #41 of 76 things to do in Knysna
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Owner description: South Africa's first ever goldmine - drive through our beautiful forests & enjoy a mine tour, a delicious light lunch & freshly baked scones & tea, also visit our interesting museum. Experience a piece of history the fun way.
Colne, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Charming tea rooms”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

There is nothing sophisticated about this little cafe, its just somewhere to enjoy a good pot of tea and the largest scones in the world.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Jasmin
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Cape Town
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of history set in spectacular natural beauty.”
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

We didn't go on a full tour because we didn't have time but we visited the mine and the museum. It was fascinating in a surreal kind of way. It is definitely worth a day trip if you are in the area. This ghost mine town left me with a feeling of lost, forgotten souls and intrigued me endlessly. Nearby is a 9km hike through the Knysna forrest which is also worthwhile. There is also a little cafe that serves sandwiches and cool drinks. Don't expect much and be prepared to wait a while. I think it is run by locals and not as a serious business. They were out of stock of most things on the menu and they only accept cash. Yet it was charming and our chicken mayo sandwiches was tasty (even if it didn't have any mayo on because that was out of stock)
If you are looking for ideas for a day trip then consider Millwood Goldmine. Interesting piece of history set in spectacular natural beauty.

1 Thank rocape
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A Unique Experience”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Having followed a gravel road through commercial forestry, a little cafe is the end of the road. From here a guide will take you to the mine for R55 each (about £4). There is a 1km uphill walk to the mining area which might be difficult if walking is a problem. Saw some of the hole-in-the-ground diggings before reaching the Bendigo Mine. You have to wear helmets and carry a torch, though there is lighting in the tunnel which you follow. Most of the time you can stand upright and we did not find it claustrophobic.

Visited February 2013
4 Thank TonyNorwich
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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“What a gem - one of the best days of our trip”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

A quaint tea room, Mother Holly's, in the last original mining house with a museum of photographs, documents, maps and artifacts in quiet garden at the beginning (or end) of a wonderful easy 6 km walk along the old tracks that once were the streets of Mill Wood.

Don't be put off by the remoteness or the unmade dirt road approach, the scenery is fabulous, the walks and fynbos beautiful and then to sit on the step of the Mma Holly's (did I mean Ramotswe's?) tea house with a refreshing pot of rooibos, cream cakes and birdsong was out of this world. Watch out for the elusive lourie too.

The young couple running the tea house were charming and helpful. And the mining museum very interesting if a couple of hundred yards away but you pass it on the walk anyway so no excuse to miss it.

The small fees are for the park entry & the mining museum only. Dust off your sense of adventure and go, it's brilliant.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank David T
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