10 Top Farmhouses to Rent During Your Stay in South Africa

Guests to Papkuilsfontein in Nieuwoudtville stay in beautifully renovated stone cottages | Courtesy of Papkuilsfontein
Guests to Papkuilsfontein in Nieuwoudtville stay in beautifully renovated stone cottages | Courtesy of Papkuilsfontein
Photo of Carina Claassens
24 August 2017

These easy-living farm stays offer guests the ultimate retreat from city life, plus they’re set in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. What’s not to like?

Boereplaas B&B, Nieuwoudtville

This quaint bed and breakfast is situated on the Boereplaas farm, approximately 14 kilometers from Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape, and is the perfect stop for those traveling to the area to see the wild flowers in bloom during spring. The guest house sleeps four people and includes all the amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Wildflowers grow in abundance on the farm and if you get there at the right time of year you’ll experience the beauty right on your doorstep.

Contact +27 27 218 1024 for rates and to book.

Die Ou Huis, Breede River Valley

Situated in the Wilde Paarde Kloof, Die Ou Huis (Afrikaans for “The Old House”) is a traditional farm house dating back to the 17th century. It hasn’t been revamped, updated, or changed, staying true to its original, rustic charm. The self-catering house boasts both indoor and outdoor fireplaces and can sleep eight people. It’s situated on a working farm so there’s much to see and do, and for those wishing to explore the area, the farm is set within close distance of beautiful towns, including Montagu and Robertson.

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Courtesy of Die Ou Huis

Dirk se Huisie, Citrusdal

Dirk se Huisie (Afrikaans for “Dirk’s House”) was constructed in the late 1800s and still stands in its original form, except for the attached, closed-off patio (which is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cuppa). The farmhouse offers private accommodation and is a wonderful option if a romantic getaway is what you’re after. There’s no electricity, but a gas oven and stove makes cooking a breeze, plus there’s always the braai area.

Contact +27 82 772 2626 for rates and to book.

Halfaampieskraal, Overberg

Candlelit Dinner at Halfaampieskraal | Courtesy of Halfaampieskraal

Halfaampieskraal is situated in the Overberg and offers guests luxury accommodation in a beautifully decorated farmhouse. Each bedroom is stylishly put together and the spacious bathrooms are sanctuaries that ensure relaxation. Breakfasts and three-course dinners are included in the room price; both are home cooked and delicious – nothing short of what you’d expect from a working farm. Guests often dine outside while soaking in the beautiful scenery. Take a short drive to visit the whale-watching town of Hermanus or simply spend the days relaxing by the pool or in front of the fire.

Contact +27 28 452 1744 for rates and to book.

Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm, Montagu

The Kogmanskloof Gorge and the Keisie River meet in this area, hence the guest farm’s name. Situated in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm offers spectacular views of the Klein Karoo and there are many activities in the surrounding area. The organic farm is abundant in olives, pomegranates, herbs, and lavender and guests are welcome to help themselves to the produce when in season.

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Courtesy of Kogman & Keisie

Langfontein Guest Farm, Graaff-Reinet

Approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, Langfontein’s manor house dates back to 1860. The buildings on the farm have all been restored and each self-catering guest cottage is beautifully decorated. There’s much to do in the area, including hiking and cycling. The farm is situated nearby Graaff-Reinet and Nieu Bethesda, which are both great options for day trips.

Contact +27 82 781 9015 for rates and to book.

Courtesy of Langfontein Guest Farm

Noorspoort Guest Farm, Steytlerville

This self-catering guest farm lies in the Karoo near Steytlerville and is a working Angora goat and cattle farm. Guests can book into the Main Homestead or the more private Reynecke House, situated approximately 300 meters from the main house. The kitchen is fully equipped, there’s also a patio and braai facilities. The Great Gamtoos River runs through Noorspoort so the area has a rich bird life; there are also great mountain biking, running, and hiking routes in the surrounding area.

Contact +27 60 646 8536 for rates and to book.

Courtesy of Noorspoort Guest Farm

Oakhurst, Wilderness

The Wilderness area in the Garden Route offers some of the most idyllic scenery the country has to offer, and Oakhurst Farm guarantees an incomparable farm stay. The Farm Cottages are perfect for families or larger groups while The Forge is the ultimate rustic, romantic retreat. Guests can hike to the waterfalls, cycle one of the many routes, go fishing or simply relax in the stylish and cozy accommodation options.

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Courtesy of Oakhurst

Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm, Nieuwoudtville

The quaint stone cottages on Papkuilsfontein are surrounded by Fynbos, which is characteristic of the area. The area is known as the “bulb capital of the world” as it has the highest concentration of indigenous bulbous plants on earth. There are many 4×4, mountain biking, and hiking trails in the area as well as rich bird life. The Rondekraal cottage is a romantic escape and sleeps two people. The cottage is decorated in a typical country style, with stable doors and rocking chairs. The cottage is self-catering but we love the fact that guests can have delicious meals from the farm’s restaurant, Die Waenhuis, delivered straight to their door.

Contact +27 27 218 1246 for rates and to book.

Courtesy of Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm

Stuurmansfontein, Outside Carnarvon

The corbelled guest house sleeps 4-6 people and can either be booked as a self-catering option or on a bed and breakfast basis. There’s no electricity, but there is gas to cook on and lamps to light in the evenings. There’s also no cellphone reception so peace and quiet is guaranteed.

Contact +27 53 3826 097 for rates and to book.

Courtesy of Stuurmansfontein

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