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  • Beautifully renovated, comfortable Cape Dutch guesthouse dating back to 1811
  • Situated on a working wine and olive  farm that offers plenty of activities
  • A great base for exploring the scenery of the Overberg backcountry

Wildekrans Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

6km from Botrivier


-34.2035, 19.1481


Wildekrans Country House is a historic 1811 homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek in the Western Cape.  The house is furnished with a private collection of antiques and contemporary South African art. Quirky, and burnished by the years, Wildekrans Country House offers a relaxing interlude away from the hurly burly of city life. 

Wildekrans overlooks a rambling garden, with swimming pool, that cascades down to the river, and has stunning views of the Houw Hoek mountains. A footbridge across the river leads to a mountain path for leisurely walks and hiking. Mountain Biking on the neighbouring farmlands is also rewarding.

Wildekrans Country House offers a variety of accommodation options. Bed and breakfast options include three en-suite double rooms, including a suite, in the Old Homestead. Dinner is by arrangement. 

These bedrooms are all furnished with comfortable four poster beds with crisp white sheets, contemporary SA art and antiques, and TV. The spacious Mountain View Suite includes a balcony and living room with fireplace, library and TV. Enormous views of the dramatic mountains, with private breakfasts in the living room, make for a great getaway. The funky Art Room is eclectically furnished, and is filled with bits and pieces of contemporary South Africa and a small library of art books. It has underfloor heating for cool winters, a bath and a separate shower, with views of the garden. The softly furnished Garden View Room has the best views of the garden and the swimming pool, and includes a writing table.

The Old Homestead is offered to 6 or more people on a self-catering basis, with a minimum stay of 3 nights. Then there is Birch Cottage, an authentic Cape cottage with dramatic garden and mountain views. It has two en-suite rooms that are separated by a kitchenette. The second room doubles as the living area and has a fireplace, TV and dining area. The mountain facing verandah makes for great outdoor dining and BBQ. All rooms have Wi-Fi and MNet.



Rates & Summary


3 en-suite rooms including a suite
Individually decorated

Self-catering cottage

Sleeps 4
2 en-suite rooms
Spectacular views


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Self-catering option
Full or Continental Breakfast available
Evening meals at reasonable rates may be requested

Why Stay Here?

Wildekrans is a member of the Green Mountain Eco Route, the region's first biodiversity wine route, offering scenic beauty and a wide range of wine styles. The family make their own wines and olive oil, and visitors are encouraged to try these wines which are available for purchase at the guest house. Wildekrans Country House is a historic (née 1811) homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek in the Western Cape. The house is furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art, and overlooks a rambling garden that cascades down to the river.


  • Beautifully renovated, comfortable Cape Dutch guesthouse dating back to 1811
  • Situated on a working wine and olive  farm that offers plenty of activities
  • A great base for exploring the scenery of the Overberg backcountry

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, swimwear, swimming towels for summer, warm clothes for winter, mountain bike, walking shoes, hiking boots.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking trails in the surrounding area
  • Elgin Fruit Route
  • Walker Bay Wine Wander
  • South African art and sculpture, including works of Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy Du Toit, Llewellyn Davies, William Kentridge, Judith Mason, Hylton Nel, Simon Stone, Robert Hodgins and Andrew Verster


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials


  • 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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


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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