Waterval Farmstay

Waterval Farmstay

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#1 of 1 villa in Graaff-Reinet
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Hiking
Horseback riding
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Shuttle bus service
Secured parking
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Housekeeping
Safe
Room types
Family rooms

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PO Box 12, Graaff-Reinet 6280 South Africa
Getting there
Port Elizabeth Airport
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Henk Viljoen wrote a review Apr 2021
Centurion, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On our way down to Plet we decided to stay on a farm outside of Graaff-Reinet. It is in the Camdeboo National Park, 27 km of relatively good gravel road. When you arrive it feel like you are at an oasis!
Great walks, accommodation simple but nice and a bird paradise.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Louise C wrote a review Sept 2021
Garden Route, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We made the trip from the Garden Route to Waterfall Farmstay and were pleasantly surprised.

If you like the quiet, endless dry hills of the Karoo and enjoy a farm atmosphere, then Waterfall Farmstay is for you. The hosts were lovely, warm people that almost felt like family after our three days of staying there.

We stayed in Schoemanshuis- an delightful self catering, old historical cottage but well equipped with everything you need. If you can appreciate the simpler things in life and enjoy rustic, charming accomodation then the cottage is perfect.

If you like modern conveniences, please look elsewhere...this place is an peaceful escape from the world where we gazed stars, drank some wine around our fire and drew our focus back to the simpler things in life- a great distraction from our otherwise hectic and fast paced lives.

We liked the slightly remote location of the farm- about 30kms on a good dirt road from the N9, and the drive in and out was beautiful although a little bit timely...this we didn't mind as we were in no hurry anywhere.

Some great things to do in the area include a day trip to Nieu-Bethesda, and a picnic in the Valley of Desolation.

Thank you for your hospitality Ansie & Johan.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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LilaOost wrote a review Sept 2019
Swellendam, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely place to stay over. Friendly reception, warm hospitality and rustic setting. Beautiful hikes also to a waterfall (dry at moment) pray for much rain for these farmers! Clean and lovely decorated.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dogz_za wrote a review Dec 2020
Parkhurst, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is remote but pretty. Owner was friendly on arrival but did not show us any other facilities/make any further suggestions.
The photos on TripAdvisor are completely misleading, we didn't stay in anything resembling them.
The unit "Chalet" looked like it hadn't been opened up in some time, there was a layer of dust over everything, including all dishes which we had to was upon use. As there is no ceiling nor insulation in the unit which contravenes the building regulations including SANS 10400 and is currently ILLEGAL to use. The unit was full of insects which is fine in some instances but due to no ceiling, there was an excessive number of spiders including two large scorpions found in the "main" bedroom. We couldn't keep any windows or doors open in this already badly insulated and ventilated unit.
All windows were closed upon arrival and due to no insulation, the unit felt at least 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature which was in excess of 30 degrees C upon arrival. All furniture is mismatched and there is no covered outdoor area to sit and entertain.
The Chalet was positioned directly next to the local staff accommodation, which we found to be disturbing in terms of noise and security.
The Chalet was originally constructed as staff accommodation which had merely been refurnished.
The Add indicated a swimming pool which we are yet to see.
The Add says its 24 km from the centre of Graaff-Reinet, however, the exact distance to the centre of town is 35.7km?
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Lyn B wrote a review Jul 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
I seek out farm stays because it is all about the authentic experience of farm life. Added to that, having to get to the farm driving gravel roads for kilometers means that you can really get away from town life and commercial destinations. The farm accommodation was quaint and the atmosphere was one dating back to the early 1900's. The decor was distinctly positioned to add to the atmosphere and collectables and antiques were everywhere! Being able to interact with the farm animals was a plus and the owner was friendly and chatting to him about the history of the area and the farm over the braai fire made the experience homely.
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Date of stay: July 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: the cottage next to the main house can be chilly in mid winter - make sure you have enough fire...
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Katherine d wrote a review Jan 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Padda Dam - There is a gorgeous braai area and a hidden bench that you don't see in the photos on the website- what a lovely surprise. This place is so gorgeous.
Excellent good old fashioned Hospitality - the special kind that you just don't get anymore.
Clean - everything you need and more. Also very private. Loved it there -.Star gazing to die for. We also did the hike and signed our name in the book at Gods Balcony - I thought the effort that went into making that hiking trail was really special - sensational views at the end! Follow the footprints.
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Date of stay: January 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Luxury at budget prices - pick Paddadam - really gorgeous
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JASM1970 wrote a review Jan 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Johan and Ansie Malherbe are the perfect hosts at this pristine located farm location and they make you feel part of the family. The Grys huisie was perfectly appointed for a stay by my family of 5. I would highly recommend the hike up to "God's Balcony" the view is magical.
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Select the Grys Huise for a wonderful stay.
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TheaB wrote a review Dec 2015
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
On the positive side:
The stars were really beautiful, and the owners very friendly. The bedroom of the very old farm house was relatively new, and we had a good night's sleep as the bedding was good. You need quite long legs though to get into the shower which is raised! ☺
On the negative side:
Probably my own error, but I did not realise this was on a very dry Karoo farm, 30km of gravel road off the main road, which meant 30km back again the next day, and the road felt much longer. Pictures looked so green! We don't have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and the road just felt endless, and our car became filthy!
If you did not have food with you, you could not get any in the area, as nothing was available.
Kids will possibly love it here with all the farm animals, etc., but it was not what I had expected.
We put some meat on the fire outside to have something to eat for dinner, and the table and chairs there had not been cleaned that day, which I would have done if I were to receive guests.
There is no TV or radio, and no WiFi. You have to drive to a certain point on the farm, in order to have some cellphone reception.
We paid more for this night than we did at a magnificent place in Plettenberg Bay the next day, with a beautiful sea view.
I heard there was a pool, but received no info when there, so perhaps for some visitors only?
I know other people gave this such a high rating, but sadly this was not my cup of tea. I'm so sorry, but I feel I have to be honest, as that is what I'd expect of others.
I am also not overly fond of hearing the farm animals, as it is just a constant reminder to me that they will be slaughtered at some or other time.

I guess I am just really a 'city girl'! Many people will possibly love this experience, but that's not me. I do like a bit of luxury when I travel. It doesn't have to be extravagant, but I do want options - one definitely of being able to get a plate of food when I'm tired and hungry.
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Date of stay: December 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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spacepigg wrote a review Dec 2015
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The venue says that you have to travel on a gravel road that can be done in a normal car with reasonable ground clearance. This is nonsense. It is a dirt road four by four trail for 30km. This cannot be done in a normal car. Additionally there is no cell phone signal 10 minutes into the drive so if you get stranded you are in trouble. After driving for an hour and a half we had to turn back. This is after scraping the bottom of the car and damaging the front bumper. It may be lovely but I will never know because it cost me 3 hours on a dirt road and repairs to my car.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lyn B wrote a tip Jul 2017
Cape Town, South Africa22 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"the cottage next to the main house can be chilly in mid winter - make sure you have enough fire wood to warm it up at night"
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Katherine d wrote a tip Jan 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa20 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Luxury at budget prices - pick Paddadam - really gorgeous"
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JASM1970 wrote a tip Jan 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Select the Grys Huise for a wonderful stay."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterval Farmstay
What are some of the property amenities at Waterval Farmstay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Waterval Farmstay?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterval Farmstay?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Waterval Farmstay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Waterval Farmstay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterval Farmstay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
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