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  • Fun and entertainment on a working farm offering a variety of outdoorsy activities
  • Hole-in-one on the golf course earns an extra night's accommodation
  • Rustic, comfortable accommodationa and warm hosts offer a great stay

Skeiding Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

19km from Heidelberg WC

 

-34.0793, 20.8065

About

Skeiding Guest Farm owners Neels and Anné-Lize not only extend warm hospitality to their guests, but also love to give them a true taste of what their exciting life on this family-friendly property is all about. The 1200ha farm has 1 500 ostriches, 1 500 Merino sheep and a small herd of majestic Nguni cattle, and every morning guests are given a chance to rise early and experience all the farm’s workings, from the ostriches being fed to the border collies herding the sheep.

The farm has no shortage of other outdoor activities either. Guests can get lost in the intriguing labyrinth, swim in the salted pool, play some French boules or have a go at getting a hole-in-one on the farm’s very own golf course. If you manage this rare feat under the watchful eye of Neels, you get an extra night’s accommodation free of charge.

The main house has a cosy guest lounge with a television, and offers two comfortable rooms. The charismatically named Ossie the Ostrich room has a double bed, en-suite shower and stoep, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet and mountain views.

The Blue Crane room is appropriately named as flocks of up to 100 of this rare and magnificent bird can sometimes be seen wandering around the farm. This double room is wheelchair friendly and can be linked with Ossie to form a comfortable family room, with extra mattresses available for children under 12.

Two small cottages next to the homestead and swimming pool offer cosy accommodation for two adults, along with an extra mattress for a child. The lounge areas have a wood-burning stove fire, while on sunny days guests can enjoy the fresh air and vivid sunsets from the patios. 

Situated a comfortable distance from the homestead, the Nguni luxury room offers tranquillity and luxurious comfort.

The indulgent spa bath, fireplace and spacious lounge create a dreamily romantic feel, making the room ideal for honeymooners. The verandah offers the ultimate secluded outdoor feel and a warming fireplace to sit next to on chilly nights. 

The small room next to Nguni is more than 100 years old and was one of the original buildings on the farm, but has now been renovated into the delightful Porcupine studio room. A special feature of this room is the comfy leather couch facing an enormous fireplace. 

The farm also offers three family cottages, also situated in seclusion among the rolling hills. Sleeping families of up to six people, the cottages are fully equipped for self-catering. Jovial family braais can be enjoyed on the stoeps.

For those taking the bed-and-breakfast option, breakfasts at Skeiding deserve a special mention. Served next to the swimming pool, this farm feast includes fruit, more than a dozen preserves and jams, farm bread, cereals and yoghurt. From September to February, guests also have the unique option to choose between an ostrich egg and a chicken egg, to go with either pork or ostrich bacon.

In addition to all the outdoor activities, pre-booked therapy treatments are available, along with a curio shop offering some unique ostrich leather and feather products made by the local people.

Although there are ample on-site activities to keep both kids and adults busy throughout their stay, the surrounding areas have multiple attractions worth exploring, to which Neels and Anné-Lize would be happy to direct you.

Rates & Summary


2 rooms in the homestead

Ossie sleeps 2 in double bed
Blue Crane sleeps 2 in twin beds
Extra mattress or bed for child
En-suite shower

2 cottages

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin bed
Extra mattress for child
En-suite shower
Lounge area and kitchenette
Fireplace
Stoep with mountain views

Nguni luxury room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra mattress for child
Spa bath and en-suite shower
Fireplace
Large patio with mountain views

Porcupine studio room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Couch and fireplace
Kitchenette
Patio with mountain views

3 family cottages

2 two-bedroom cottages sleep 4 adults and 2 children
1 three-bedroom cottage sleeps 6 adults
Each has shared bathroom with shower
Open plan lounge and kitchen
Stoep with braai
Views over the countryside

Pricing

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

Catering

Traditional South African breakfast included for B&B guests
Dinner available at extra cost
The cottages and family cottages are fully equipped for self-catering

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Skeiding Guest Farm, just outside the Western Cape village of Heidelberg, accommodates guests in country-style comfort on a working ostrich, cattle, sheep and grain farm. The farm offers some unusual, fun-filled activities suitable for the entire family. If you get a hole-in-one at the nine-hole golf course, you get an extra night’s accommodation free. Farm tours allow you to get an exciting first-hand experience of life on the farm.

Summary

  • Fun and entertainment on a working farm offering a variety of outdoorsy activities
  • Hole-in-one on the golf course earns an extra night's accommodation
  • Rustic, comfortable accommodationa and warm hosts offer a great stay

Privacy

The Nguni room offers complete privacy.
The Family Cottages are ideal for a private family holiday.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The good gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Farm tours
  • Beauty therapies
  • Boules court
  • One-hole golf course
  • Labyrinth

Nearby: farm stalls, aloe factories, fairy sanctuary, beaches, boat cruises, abseiling, bungee jumping, horse riding, De Hoop Nature Reserve, museums, arts and crafts.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • 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
  • Limited alcohol license
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Very 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

  • Personal safe

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Overberg

Western Cape

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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