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Why did we hand pick A Farm Story @ Stilbaai?

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  • Farm with a long and interesting history
  • Numerous farm activities to get involved in
  • Comfortable rooms complete a total escape

A Farm Story @ Stilbaai

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

19km from Stilbaai

 

-34.2405, 21.3619

About

The Kasselman family has owned the Klein Soebattersvlakte farm for five generations, and current owners Linda and Kassie have opened the doors for guests to enter their historic piece of pastoral paradise.

The family will enthusiastically share with you the colourful history of the farm, which was established in the early 1800s and played an important role in the history of South Africa, with the stables at the Country House being used as a hospital during the Anglo-Boer War in 1902.

Historic memorabilia and farm artefacts hold place of pride in the guest lounges, dining room and the three guest rooms, giving a genuine taste of authentic country living.

The rooms, located in the Country House, exude an old-world opulence and have exceedingly comfortable beds fitted with the finest white percale linen. Configurations are flexible, with the staff happy to arrange for twin beds to be converted into one King-size bed or vice versa.

En-suite, the bathrooms each have a bath with a charming old-style tap system, along with a separate shower.  

In accordance with farm-style living, the owners have steered clear of filling the rooms with technological distractions, but heated towel rails and hairdryers are still available to make your stay more comfortable. Here, you will experience a way of life that has remained virtually unchanged for generations. 

The smells drifting from the kitchen in the mornings are a rousing wake-up call, and the hearty farmhouse breakfast that follows in the cosy Cape Dutch dining room is a fitting precursor to a trip around the working dairy farm. 

The tour is as hands-on as you would like it to be, but guests have the rare opportunity to milk the cows, and kids and adults alike will enjoy petting the lambs and calves that frolic in the green fields. 

A highlight is a trip to the factory where delicious cheeses are churned out. Included in a stay of two nights or more, and by appointment, Kassie will give you the very satisfying chance to make your own traditional cheese to take home, mature and enjoy.

The 200-year old eucalyptus trees that tower over the house are home to two owl species that can be heard hooting at night, and the farm, with its pastoral scenery, animals and equipment, is a photographer’s heaven.

Be sure to make a turn at Kontrei’s Winkel, which was the only general dealer to be found in the area in the early 1900s.

Nearby, Stilbaai has some interesting little shops, along with a beautiful beach, and there are a number of world-class golf courses in the region. The town of Albertinia, renowned for producing healthcare products from the indigenous Aloe plant, is also within comfortable driving distance.

 

Rates & Summary


Room 1

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower

Room 2

Sleeps 2 in twin beds (can be converted to King)
En-suite bath and shower
Fireplace

Room 3

Sleeps 2 in twin beds (can be converted to King)
En-suite bath and shower

Pricing

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

Catering

Farmhouse Breakfast included
Braai facilities, lunch and dinner available by prior arrangement

Kids

Kids will love petting the young animals.

Why Stay Here?

Situated just outside Stilbaai in the Western Cape, A Farm Story is located on a centuries-old family farm with significant historical interest, and offers old-world luxury accommodation coupled with hearty food and the warmest country hospitality. In a beautiful pastoral setting far removed from the buzz of civilisation, guests at A Farm Story can fully immerse themselves in the activities of this working dairy farm, getting the chance to milk the cows, pet the lambs and try their hand at cheese-making, while learning about the farm’s crucial role in the Anglo-Boer War.

Summary

  • Farm with a long and interesting history
  • Numerous farm activities to get involved in
  • Comfortable rooms complete a total escape

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, gumboots, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

A short gravel approach road leads to the farm and is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Interactive farm tours
  • Farm history
  • Cheese tasting and cheese making

Nearby: Stilbaai, Blue Flag beaches, deep sea fishing, excellent golf courses, aloe products, nature reserves, hiking, mountain biking.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • No swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free 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 further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • No security guard

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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