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  • Warm, friendly, child friendly, pet friendly - a classic farm stay experience
  • In the heart of the tranquil, scenic Garden Route backcountry
  • Rustic, comfortable accommodation offers great value

Nieu-Wherry Meadow

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

23km from Knysna

 

-33.9337, 22.949

About

Nieu-Wherry Meadow, set in the Rheenedal area halfway between Sedgefield and Knysna on the Bibby's Hoek Road, offers pet-friendly self-catering accommodation on a lifestyle farm, on the edge of the beautiful Knysna forest. It is just 4km from Daleen Matthee's 880 year-old tree. This is where she wrote her famous books, Circles in the Forest and Fiela's Child.

The names and bylines of the units reflect the warm spirit of this tranquil getaway. Love - 'Makes our friends a little dearer' - is perfect for the romantics at heart, while Faith - 'Makes our path a little clearer' - is comfortable and cosy. These rooms have fully furnished kitchenettes, allowing you to stay for weeks at a time. Peace - 'Brings us all a little nearer' - is the duplex, perfect for a family breakaway with a little more privacy for the grown-ups. Braai facilities and a plunge pool are available for guests.

There are numerous forest walks, runs and mountain bike excursions, with mountain bikes available for hire. The farm is close to Jubilee creek and the Homtini MTB track with Buffelsbaai being the nearest beach. There is a lovely farm dam where dogs can cool off during the warm summer months as well as 3 hectares of fenced-in grounds in which to run. We guarantee that come nightfall, they will be tired! The pet policy permits dogs to sleep inside, but owners must bring their pet beds, bedding and bowls. Dogs are not permitted on the furniture and must be free of ticks and fleas on arrival.

Rates & Summary


2 Self-Catering Rooms

Sleeps 2 adults
En-suite shower
Sleeper couch for kids under 10yrs
Fully equipped kitchenette
Braai facilities

Self-Catering Family Duplex

Bathroom with bath
2 sleeper couches in lounge
Lounge and dining room 
Fully equipped kitchenette
Outside braai area

Pricing

Self-Catering Rooms

  • R 500 or R 600 for 2 adults

Self-Catering Duplex (max 4)

  • R 1 000 for 2 adults
  • R 100 per extra person

There are two room rate options
Pets stay for free with own bedding

Catering

Self-catering
Breakfast may be provided on request

Kids

Kids are very welcome and enjoy the farm life with its chickens, nguni, and vegetables.

  • 0 - 2: stay for free
  • 3 - 10yrs: R 100 pp sharing.

Why Stay Here?

Nieu-Wherry Meadow is a pet-friendly, lifestyle farm at the edge of the historic Knysna forest. It is just 4km from the 880-year-old tree where Daleen Matthee wrote her famous books, Circles in the Forest and Fiela's Child. The tranquil surroundings and exquisite views will reinvigorate your soul. Nieu-Wherry Meadow offers all the benefits of a peaceful farm stay in comfortable and well-equipped self-catering accommodation with beautiful surroundings, inspiring views, and great hospitality.

Summary

  • Warm, friendly, child friendly, pet friendly - a classic farm stay experience
  • In the heart of the tranquil, scenic Garden Route backcountry
  • Rustic, comfortable accommodation offers great value

Privacy

The duplex is a perfect option for a family breakaway with a little more privacy for the grown-ups.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, mountain bike, binoculars for birdwatching.

Road Conditions

The last 2km stretch is on a gravel road, suitable for any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Mountain biking (bikes for hire)
  • Homtini MTB trailhead - 2km
  • Hiking
  • Trail running
  • Bird watching
  • Farm activities
  • Forest & waterfall walks - 4km

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • Pets welcome
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Garden Route

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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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