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  • A beautiful testament to the French Huguenot appreciation for the finer things in life (namely food and wine)
  • Charming winelands location offers a slice of the peaceful pastoral lifestyle of the valley
  • Elegant rooms make a comfortable base for exploring the region's delights

Gooding's Groves Olive Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

4km from Franschhoek


-33.8888, 19.0872


When Malcolm Gooding, veteran Johannesburg television and radio voice artist, visited the world-renowned Cape Winelands in 1995, where he was covering the Rugby World Cup, he knew he wanted his own little piece of paradise in the Franschhoek Valley. 

Gooding took the first step of turning his lifelong passion of planting olive trees on his own farm into reality, and set to work building a Cape Victorian farm house and planting young olive trees in the sandy soils at the foot of the Wemmershoek mountains. 

Today, the farm has just over a thousand olive trees that produce ever growing annual harvests of Gooding’s Groves olive oil and table olives. The variety of 4 Star B&B and self-catering lodgings on the farm include air conditioning, ceiling fans and warm towel rails, with verandahs facing north and south for panoramic views of the surrounding Drakenstein, Wemmershoek and Franschhoek mountain ranges.

The Luxury Rooms in the wheelchair-friendly Manor House are furnished with family inherited pieces and finished with 100% pure white linen, soft towels on warmed towel rails, Persian carpets, original paintings and trays with freshly grounded coffee, home baked rusks and a complimentary bottle of olives.

Guest facilities include a comfortable lounge with fireplace, library, TV, free Wi-Fi and an all-day complimentary tea and coffee station. Bookings for beauty treatments in the comfort of your room, wine tours, restaurants, festivals, and shuttles can be arranged.

The comfortable and spacious Barn Suites beside the farm dam offer limited self-catering facilities, including microwave, hot plates and fridge. Guests at the serviced, freestanding, Provençal style self-catering Villa, with fully equipped kitchen, can cool off in the private splash pool or recline in the private enclosed garden. The spacious lounge, dining room, TV area, and French doors opening onto the north-facing veranda offer a relaxing stay, while a walk through the olive groves and vineyards, and maybe a picnic lunch at the dam, will get you truly in touch with the Franschhoek way of life.

Rates & Summary

8 Luxury Manor House Rooms

Each sleeps 2 
En-suite shower
Some with private balcony or veranda
Mountain views

3 Semi Self-Catering Barn Suites

Each sleeps 2 
Lounge and dining area
Verandah with braai facilities

The Self-Catering Villa

Sleeps 4 in 2 en-suite bedrooms
Lounge, dining room, TV area
Fully equipped kitchen 
Private garden and splash pool
Verandah and braai facilities


Manor House Suite

  • R 1 250 pp sharing

Barn Suite

  • R 1 625 pp sharing

Rates may vary according to season


Manor house rooms: breakfast included
Barn suites and the Villa: self-catering


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and Guest House in the Franschhoek winelands offers warm hospitality with a personal touch, and is an ideal getaway for couples. Surrounded by towering mountains, vineyards and mature olive trees, this restored Cape Victorian manor house lies just three kilometres from the centre of the historical village. Gooding’s Groves offers a luxury farm experience, typical of the Franschhoek way of life – a valley of splendid wines and culinary delights. Spectacular vineyards cover the mountain that were slopes settled over 300 years ago by the French Huguenots, who brought with them an age-old culture and appreciation of the finer things in life.


  • A beautiful testament to the French Huguenot appreciation for the finer things in life (namely food and wine)
  • Charming winelands location offers a slice of the peaceful pastoral lifestyle of the valley
  • Elegant rooms make a comfortable base for exploring the region's delights


The self-catering Villa with private garden and pool offers greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The very short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles in any weather.

Activities & Attractions

  • Walks through the olive groves
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Picnics on the farm
  • Sunsets by the dam
  • Restaurants and attractions in Franschhoek


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape Winelands

Western Cape


As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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