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  • Beautiful wine estate just outside the picturesque town of Stanford
  • Luxurious, elegant rooms and on-site restaurant
  • Family friendly, and offers numerous activities

Blue Gum Country Estate

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

11km from Stanford

 

-34.4075, 19.5503

About

Named after the ancient, gnarled blue gum tree that holds pride of place on the homestead’s front lawn, Blue Gum Country Estate is a quiet solace from the madding crowd, offering luxurious countryside accommodation and warm farm-style hospitality. Once the home of Khoisan people, the farm has gone through various phases since title deeds were granted in 1839 and traditionally produced vegetables and stock.

Today, the estate is being established as a wine and olive farm, while the surrounding mountains and indigenous vegetation provide a magnificent contrast. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the vineyards, valleys and mountains from verandahs or private gardens in all of Blue Gum’s twelve rooms.

Owners Anton and Tarryn de Kock wanted to create the feel of staying in your own private home, and as such the rooms have been individually decorated, with an emphasis placed on comfort and homeliness. Great care has been taken to accommodate families, while equal consideration has been paid to ensuring privacy for adults without children. 

Accommodation options range from the English country style Mountain View Cottages, to the opulent Manor House Suites and quaint Blue Gum Cottages, with standard comforts including King-size/twin beds, tea and coffee facilities, fans, bar fridges, safes, televisions and complimentary toiletries in the full en-suite bathrooms.

Situated close to the restaurant and kids’ play area, the Mountain View Cottages, especially those with two adjoining bedrooms, are perfect for families with young children. In the original farmhouse, the five manor suites are inspired by the area’s colonial and indigenous heritage and are particularly spacious. The honeymoon manor suites are especially opulent, featuring double baths and showers, along with fireplaces. 

The smaller Blue Gum Cottages are set away from the main homestead and provide good privacy. 

All the rooms have easy access to the estate’s many facilities and activities. Guests can plunge into the swimming pool, have a game of tennis, boules or croquet, take a stroll through the vineyards or set out on one of the scenic hiking trails winding up the Klein Rivier Mountain. The farm is ideal for mountain biking, and bikes are available for use. On days when outdoor activities aren’t possible, a large library - with a variety of board games and DVDs - allows for ample indoor entertainment. 

Utilising fresh produce and prepared to the highest standards, the estate’s immaculate cuisine is a highlight of a stay at Blue Gum. Again paying attention to the needs of all guests, the estate has two restaurants: the family-friendly Barke, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the more formal Blue Gum Restaurant, which is reserved for the use of adults and serves sumptuous dinners.

Afternoon tea is included in the rates but needs to be requested in advance, while sundowners can be enjoyed in the boma patio bar, accompanied by a log fire and gorgeous views.

During the day, holiday makers can explore the Overberg, experiencing the dramatic coastline, wine estates and golf courses, taking along a lunch packed for you by the hotel. A leaflet with information on some of the area’s best attractions can be found at reception, and the staff are happy to help plan an itinerary for you. Alternatively, those who simply wish to unwind and escape the madding crowd will find no better place than Blue Gum Country Estate.

Rates & Summary


3 Mountain View Cottages

Each sleeps 2 in Queen, King or twin beds
Extra mattress can be added for third guest
Bathroom with bath and shower
Verandah with mountain views

2 Mountain View Family Cottages

Each sleeps 4 in Queen and twin rooms
Extra mattress can be added for fifth guest
Bathroom with bath and shower
Verandah with mountain views

Manor House Junior Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra mattress can be added for third guest
Bathroom with bath and shower
Library
Verandah with garden views

2 Manor House Deluxe Suites

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra mattress can be added for third guest
Bathroom with bath and shower
Verandah with vineyard views

2 Manor House Honeymoon Suites

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra mattress can be added for third guest
Bathroom with double bath and double shower
Verandah or private garden

2 Blue Gum Cottages 

Sleeps 3 in King-size/twin beds and sleeper couch
Bathroom with shower
Patio with garden views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Afternoon tea included on request
Lunch and dinner available

Kids

Children of all ages welcome in certain units.
Kids’ play area on the property.
Babysitting service available.

Why Stay Here?

The sprawling Blue Gum Country Estate in the quaint Western Cape town of Stanford is a family-run establishment offering accommodation in twelve individually-decorated suites, complemented by a wide range of activities to keep guests busy. With a varied range of luxurious rooms and two restaurants catering for families and formal dining respectively, the estate takes into account travellers of all types. Guests will revel in the opportunity to explore the incredibly pretty 52 hectare working wine estate, while looking out for a variety of indigenous fauna and flora.

Summary

  • Beautiful wine estate just outside the picturesque town of Stanford
  • Luxurious, elegant rooms and on-site restaurant
  • Family friendly, and offers numerous activities

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is in good condition and suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming  pool
  • Boule court
  • Croquet
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Nearby: horse riding, quad biking, river cruises, wine and cheese tasting, nature reserves, beaches, whale watching, shark cage diving. 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Overberg

Western Cape

About

The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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