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  • A perfect slice of the fynbos magic that makes the Overberg region so picturesque
  • Private, intimate and secluded location
  • Elegant, modern, luxurious accommodation

Farm 215

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

19km from De Kelders

 

-34.5678, 19.5068

About

Farm 215 is part of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, creating a natural corridor to the shores of the Hermanus Lagoon in the West. The mountain slopes of the reserve are covered with rich and unspoiled Overberg Mountain Fynbos – a floristic biome that is adapted to the dry Western Cape summers and its wet winters. 

The fynbos suites are large, modern, freestanding units with big glass sliding doors and are spaced out along a meandering path in the middle of pristine nature. The suites offer privacy and seclusion, and walking to them provides a mini nature walk in its own right. Views sweep uninterrupted over the unspoilt Agulhas Plains towards the ocean and down towards the lake of Kraaiboschdam and surrounding vineyards of the Lomond Wine Estate.

The homestead rooms have modern elements but a more traditional feel, and are spacious and light, enjoying views of the Overberg from the bed through large sash windows.

Farm 215 is placed in the middle of pristine vegetation which is the same as it was centuries ago, and is highly environmentally friendly, with rooms powered by solar panels.

Carved out of the usually sparse fynbos vegetation are streams, natural ponds and waterfalls. Reed-beds, indigenous forest and thickets provide shelter for different species of antelope, resting place for baboons and hunting grounds for the cape clawless otters.

Farm 215’s horse trails partner, the African Horse Company, has its base-station on the farm, and a similar partnership with the neighbouring Lomond Wine Estate allows guests to attend wine tastings.

 

Rates & Summary


3 Fynbos Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
Covered wooden decks
Interconnected lounge and bedroom
Bathroom with shower and toilet
Views over Agulhas Plains and dam

3 Homestead Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
2 upstairs rooms with balconies
En-suite with bath and shower
Downstairs room with covered terrace and private garden

Pricing

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Catering

Full breakfast included

Kids

Children over the age of 12 are welcome.
Under special circumstances one child under 12 can be accommodated on a bed-sofa by prior arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

The retreat lies at the foot of fynbos-covered mountains in the middle of a pristine private nature reserve of 800 hectares, and enjoys undisturbed views over the Agulhas Plains towards the ocean. Far removed from the daily grind, Farm 215 is a private, intimate and secluded retreat where you can enjoy roomy accommodation, tranquillity, an overpowering sense of space and the unique nature of the Cape Floral Kingdom – the richest floral biome in the world.

Summary

  • A perfect slice of the fynbos magic that makes the Overberg region so picturesque
  • Private, intimate and secluded location
  • Elegant, modern, luxurious accommodation

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

Gravel approach road suitable for most vehicles except those with low clearance.

Activities & Attractions

  • Private nature reserve
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking
  • Wine tasting
  • Agulhas Plains

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • No hair dryer available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed

Utilities

  • Solar and electric geysers
  • 12V electricity only from solar

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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