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  • Busy working farm makes for a great escape in the heart of the Overberg
  • Beautiful scenery begs to be explored and enjoyed
  • Gourmet dinners (by request) make for a totally hands-off relaxation experience

Rouxwil Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

23km from Caledon

 

-34.124, 19.3106

About

Thys and O’Nel Roux are the energetic owners of Rouxwil and love to share this special part of the Overberg with their guests. Their 5 luxurious, individually-decorated Hillside Suites have all the modern comforts, and are situated in spacious surroundings featuring unspoilt views of the farm and the surrounding mountains.

Guests can rekindle memories of forgotten grace in the colonial grandeur of the Oak suite, delight in the contemporary design of the Mahogany suite or enjoy a combination of teak, pewter and iron and a private outdoor shower in the Teak, Pewter and Pool suites. Families are comfortably housed in the Garden Suite, while the Happy Suite is a restful double room.

The house has a swimming pool with therapy jets, and a main lounge with an open log fire and plenty of books. 

The bed and breakfast rates include tea and snacks, and Thys and O’Nel pride themselves on providing an authentic, stylish taste of South African cuisine. For (optional) dinner guests, their extensive knowledge of local viniculture will enhance every meal.

Quad-biking, hiking, river cruises and orchard tours are on offer on the farm, and for those with itchy feet, Rouxwil is a mere 30 minute drive from both Hermanus and Franschhoek.

There are plains game in the camp right in front of the guest house, and guests may even be able to stroke the Eland bull when he is fed at night. The farm also has a healthy population of Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird.

Rouxville has a lot to offer, from convivial sundowners in beautiful surrounds, to experiencing the workings of the sheep and wheat farm - and is well worth a stay.

Rates & Summary


5 Hillside Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
En-suite bathrooms
Private verandah with views of the valley, mountains and dam

1 Garden Suite

Family unit
Sleeps 4 in 2 interleading bedrooms

1 Happy Suite

Standard double room
En-suite bath and shower
Private patio 

Pricing

Hillside Suites

  • R 745 pp sharing

Garden Suite

  • R 725 pp sharing

Happy Suite

  • R 695 pp sharing

Single rate: R 895 per night

Catering

Full breakfast included
Gourmet dinner R 235 pp 

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

  • 0 -12yrs: 50% of the adult rate.

 

Why Stay Here?

Rouxwil is a working wheat and sheep farm, situated in the heart of the Overberg, between Hermanus and Franschoek.  The farm is also close to the towns of Greyton and Caledon, and is a one hour drive from Cape Town. As you make yourself at home in the inviting suites at the heart of the friendly farm, you will be struck by how two worlds combine. Nestled amongst vast, rolling hills of wheat fields, orchards and majestic mountains, and covered in protea fynbos, Rouxwil Country House places an emphasis on individual interests and comfort. Guests can savour excellent cuisine, experience a personalised farm tour, or relax in extreme beauty. 

Summary

  • Busy working farm makes for a great escape in the heart of the Overberg
  • Beautiful scenery begs to be explored and enjoyed
  • Gourmet dinners (by request) make for a totally hands-off relaxation experience

Privacy

The Hillside Suites are secluded and private.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The approach road to the farm is dirt, but suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking
  • Quad biking
  • Swimming pool
  • Farm tour
  • Orchard visits
  • Sheep shearing
  • Game viewing
  • Sundowner river cruise

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Overberg

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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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