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  • Spectacular scenery on this ruggedly mountainous winefarm
  • Charming, secluded cottages make for a tranquil escape
  • In the heart of the winelands, with much to explore

Orange Grove Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

20km from Robertson

 

-33.742, 19.7937

About

The Manor House at Orange Grove Farm is the oldest house in the Robertson area, dating back to 1812. With this 200 year old house at its centre, the beautiful farm today welcomes guests to a peaceful haven surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, rolling lawns and rose gardens.

The surrounding Langeberg mountains form a backdrop of stone cathedrals and rocky peaks, and the farm is a remarkable meeting place for the flora of the Karoo, Renosterveld and high mountain vegetation, with aromatic fynbos the common denominator.

Four Cape-Dutch styled cottages, generously spaced apart, exude warmth with their creamy yellows and contrasting earth tones. Private swimming pools, outdoor dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces, combined with magnificent views, allow for an idyllic self-catering experience. 

Mosesberg Cottage sleeps 2, and is a private oasis of comfort situated high up on a ridge surrounded by an olive grove and pristine fynbos, with magnificent 360 degree views of two valleys, mountains, olive groves and vineyards. Curl up in the Queen bed, relax next to the fire on the welcoming couch, enjoy the sunset on the veranda with a glass of wine, or take in the breathtaking vistas from your private swimming pool. From your fully equipped kitchen/dining area you step out onto a covered outside dining area with built-in barbecue and the Langeberg Mountains as your backdrop.

Longlands Cottage sleeps 4, and is a spacious and cosy 2 bedroom double-storey cottage with large windows providing excellent views of the surrounding garden, veld and olive orchard. The main bedroom has a King bed and the upstairs bedroom has King/Twin beds. Cosy chairs provide the perfect reading spot in front of the fireplace, or you can linger on the patio while enjoying some sparkling wine in your private pool. 

Fineview Cottage sleeps 4 and 1 child, and is situated high up on a ridge overlooking the farm and mountains, with numerous windows capturing the morning sun and spectacular views. The main bedroom has a Queen bed and the other 2 bedrooms have a Double and Single bed respectively. The main bathroom provides a separate dressing room, shower and bath and the second bathroom a shower. The cottage is air-conditioned, and includes DSTV and Wi-Fi.

Delportshoop Cottage sleeps 4, and is a bird lover’s paradise, situated high up on a ridge overlooking the farm dam, with large windows offering magnificent 360 degree views of two valleys, mountains and vineyards. The main bedroom has a King bed and the second bedroom has King/Twin beds. Every room in the cottage has a fireplace, making it the ideal winter hideaway.

Wouterspan Lodge sleeps 6, and is a charming double-storey 3-bedroom house, where numerous windows capture the morning sun and beautiful mountain views. The main bedroom has a King bed and the two upstairs bedrooms have a Queen and Double bed. Each bedroom is outfitted with a dressing table, headboards and side tables with ample cupboard space. The upstairs lounge offers a bar fridge as well as a second TV. 

Baskets with freshly baked and homemade treats are delivered to your doorstep and can be enjoyed in your cottage, next to the river or at the tranquil mountain deck. Only the best and freshest of ingredients are used to prepare your mouth watering treats, which include a fusion of traditional South African dishes and Portuguese treats. 

A variety of mountain bike and guided hiking trails take you through the mountains and allow you to explore secret waterfalls and streams, while delivering prolific birdlife in the fynbos. For those who are looking for relaxation, leisurely walks through the olive groves and vineyards, spa treatments in your room and a leisurely glass of wine on your private veranda should do the trick.

The farm  produces the OGF1812 Personal Care Product Range, an organic range of products incorporating elements from the farm itself, including grape seed oil, olive oil and fynbos. Diamond dust is used as a shimmering agent in the Body Lotion to reflect the life of owner Carlos Araujo, who spent a large part of his life searching for diamonds in Africa.

Rates & Summary


5 Self-Catering Lodges

Sleep 2, 4, or 6 in 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms
En-suite bath and shower
Open plan lounge and dining area 
Fireplace in lounge and/or bedrooms
Fully-equipped kitchen
Outdoor dining area with braai
Patio with private pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Self-catering. Breakfast baskets, picnic baskets and sundowner baskets my be pre-ordered and delivered to cottage 

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Orange Grove is a working wine and olive farm situated in the heart of Robertson's valley of vineyards and roses. It is less than two hours from Cape Town and is the ideal place to relax, rejuvenate, or satisfy your adventurous spirit by jumping into crystal clear rivers, or hiking or biking through rugged mountainside. On Orange Grove Farm, guests are guaranteed complete privacy in sophisticated but homely cottages situated in olive groves. The mountains on the farm are filled with streams, waterfalls, flora and magnificent birdlife. Your hosts will go out of their way to make this your home away from home.

Summary

  • Spectacular scenery on this ruggedly mountainous winefarm
  • Charming, secluded cottages make for a tranquil escape
  • In the heart of the winelands, with much to explore

Privacy

Each cottage is set well apart and accessed via its own private road.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, hiking gear, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Good gravel approach road suitable for sedans, but phone for road conditions during periods of heavy rain.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Spa treatments
  • Walks through the vines and orchards
  • Peerboom Dam Trail hike
  • Guided hiking trails (via 4x4)
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking (bikes available)
  • Birding

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

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

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • 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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Cape Winelands

Western Cape

About

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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