Glen Avon Farm
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Deon Beauzec wrote a review Jan 2024
Stutterheim, South Africa21 contributions3 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Glen Avon

When we arrived at Glen Avon it was raining. The entire farm and surrounds was covered with lush green vegetation. Maybe not as typically "Karoo", but still breathtaking.

The old Glen Avon has a rich well of history and it is clear that the current owners, the Browns, put in a lot of work to maintain the farm. The best part of our visit was one of the walks we did on the farm itself. The views from the dams and old mill will last a lifetime.

This place is a birder's dream, with more time one could easily catalogue a variety of birds. Just spotting the variety and hearing their songs on our walks was magical.

A chance network outage left us without cell signal or wifi for two days. It at all possible that is the best way to experience this place. So much beauty, natural and curated with decades of care. Allow yourself to be taken back in time, or possibly, a better future.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dea Anker wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For someone who looked for peace and quiet, this was the best choice I have ever made. The room was perfectly clean, service respectful to my privacy, and at the same time Alison and Bill, Greg and Fiona and kids were the perfect hosts. I enjoyed every second of my stay. Thank you once again Alison and Bill!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The tranquility of your surroundings make every room perfect!
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Aherin wrote a review Apr 2013
Greytown, South Africa25 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Glen Avon on our way from Natal to George. We travelled by motor bike and the day had been a long one. But arriving at Glen Avon was a treat. The fridge was already stocked with cold beers and cold drinks including fresh milk for tea and coffee. Rusks, Jams and fire wood can be purchased. They run a honest bar from Pecan Cottage. The beds were comfortable and we found some interesting reading for that evening. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and would like to return for a weekend of trout fishing.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Pecan Cottage has a lovely private view
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jayjayhere wrote a review Feb 2011
Brighton, United Kingdom5 contributions3 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our idea of heaven especially with our 2 year old. The farm is in a stunning location surrounded by mountains that you can either admire or trek into. There are two cottages a field apart, each with a feeling of seclusion. We stayed in Pecan Cottage and much to our two year old's delight the sheep were in the field with us. She became a shepherdess for most of our stay relishing the freedom to just roam around the field with the animals.

The cottage was very clean and cosy. The bedrooms were a good size and the bathroom had a shower and a bath. The living area has a big table as well as a sofa and comfy chair around a pot belly stove. The kitchen area is pretty basic - just a microwave and a couple of hot plates but that was all we needed (and I like to cook!). The main thing was that the fridge was huge and there was a perfectly placed braai on the verandah so that even in rainy weather we sat outside perfectly protected and cooked away! And of course, there is fresh lamb available to buy for the braai as well as other lovely farm produce.

Bill and Alison were the perfect hosts - extremely friendly and helpful but never intrusive. We wandered all over the farm, went on all the different trails that they have created along the river, around the fields and into the mountains. We saw the odd buck and a few troops of baboons in the distance. Reuben - their huge boxer dog - accompanied us on our walks which was brilliant. He knew the way and he was very good with our daughter. We saw the cows being milked and we sat and watched the birds. There was also a swimming pool. We were in heaven!

In fact we felt so relaxed by our stay at Glen Avon that we decided to extend our 3 night stay to 5 nights and celebrate New Year (we were extremely lucky that there had been a booking mix-up so they had availability).

This stay was part of a 2 month trip around South Africa staying at a variety of self-catering places on farms and by the coast. This was - without doubt - one of the top two places we stayed in. From our point of view, as much as facilities are important and being in stunning surroundings obviously helps, the thing that makes a difference is the people that run/own the cottages - how much they care for them and how welcome they make you feel. Bill and Alison made us feel so welcome. By the end of the stay I felt like we had stayed as friends rather than playing clients. We would not hesitate to recommend Glen Avon to anyone who likes to get away from it all. It is idyllic.
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Date of stay: January 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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map170 wrote a review Dec 2008
St. Albans, United Kingdom37 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here on my way from Port Elizabeth to Graaf Reinet. It is located about 1.25 hrs away from GR (nearest town is Somerset East). Its a beautiful working farm steeped in history. The owners, Bill and Alison were so friendly and made me feel very welcome. I dined with them at night and was invited to watch the farm work being done. I even watched an adulthood initiation ceremony close by. There are plenty of walks and things to do and is well worth a stay. It has that personal touch that is so often hard to find.
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Date of stay: December 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled solo
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PQOTD wrote a review Apr 2007
Ireland36 contributions62 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Went to the Karoo in the Eastern Cape and had the opportunity to stay at the Glen Avon Farm. It's a working farm with 2 cottages on it - self catering. But apparently they have B&B available also.

Gorgeous old farmhouse. Beautiful surrounds. I know the area well, and it is truly one of the most beautiful farms around.

If you can, pack a picnic and go out and see the Glen Avon waterfalls - spectacular.

The cottages are fairly basic but charming. There's a swimming pool. It's a good area for bird watching and fly fishing.

It's definitely more of a relaxing holiday - if you're looking for modern conveniences, cinemas, etc - this is not it!

The location is off the tourist-y area - outside a town called Somerset East about 160km from port elizabeth. It's a bit out of the way, but if you are in the karoo area, definitely stop off here, it's gorgeous, and will be well worth the detour.

I'd recommend it for young families - the kids would enjoy the outdoorsiness and also for couples... it would be a romantic break to get away from it all.

This is really something special and different.
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Date of stay: April 2007
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Mer.fern wrote a review May 2018
34 contributions33 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed the night while traveling between Aliwal North and Port Elizabeth. If we had known how gorgeous this spot was we would of made a plan to stay longer, but now we have a reason to come back for a longer holiday! We stayed in the Pecan Cottage, a beautiful 2 or 3 bed house with full amenities for a self catering stay. Set on a working sheep and cattle farm in the Boschberg mountains, its an idyllic location and free from reception- so relaxation is guaranteed. Spend your time wondering around the farm, visit the dams or hike to the waterfall (we will be back to do this!!). Enjoy the hospitality of the family who have been farming the land for 8 generations and the pets! Admire the gorgeous nearly 200 year old original farm house or relax by the pool. Alison and helpers on the farm also make delicious rusks, honey and jams.
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Date of stay: May 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LPandAG wrote a review Dec 2015
Prague, Czech Republic7 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent four nights at Hart Cottage. We went on the Intake Walk and to the top of the mountain and otherwise spent a lot of time in the front yard just staking out various birds. We had fresh milk from the farm, tried Alison’s brown bread and two different jams, and fell in love with her pecan rusks. The way we were inconspicuously looked after was really impressive. A special thank you to Greg, the local birding authority, for going the extra mile to help us!
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Date of stay: November 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John S wrote a review Nov 2015
Cape Town Central, South Africa14 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A most beautiful farm. Bill and Alison Brown are superb hosts and accommodate guests in beautifully decorated cottages and a garden room. Lovely walks, hikes and outdoor activities are on offer.Dinner on request and breakfasts are served in the lovely old farmhouse. Decor & ambience are very tasteful and the gardens exquisite. The food was excellent with lots of attention to detail.
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Date of stay: October 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The cottages are lovely and designed for more than 2 people.
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Firefly the Travel Guy wrote a review Sept 2015
Port Elizabeth, South Africa283 contributions156 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the perfect spot to escape to a farm away from city life. Great farm hospitality, great food, comfortable accommodation, fresh air, the sound of animals and birds, natural surroundings, lots of history and best of all, peace with no rush at all. If you are looking for big city modern and luxury then this isn't for you. If you are looking for everything at the start of my review then you just have to visit.
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Date of stay: August 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Dea Anker wrote a tip Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The tranquility of your surroundings make every room perfect!"
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MoccaJava wrote a tip Sept 2018
Greyton, South Africa277 contributions92 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pecan Cottage has a lovely setting with a pleasant view onto a pasture field excellent for bird viewing"
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BWM55 wrote a tip Apr 2018
Durbanville, South Africa193 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Hart Cottage for that touch of history"
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Corynniastation wrote a tip Aug 2016
Carrathool via Hay79 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We just loved being in amongst the incredible history in spacious Hart Cottage - the original home built on the farm by this family in 1817."
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SuzanneBrenham_TXUSA wrote a tip Apr 2016
Brenham, Texas17 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the cottage nearest the main house. It very cozy even though nights were very cold!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Glen Avon Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Glen Avon Farm?
Nearby attractions include Walter Battiss Art Museum (1.3 km), All Saints Anglican Church (1.3 km), and Delville Wood Memorial (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Glen Avon Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at Glen Avon Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Glen Avon Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Somerset-on-Main pub and grill, Blue Lizard Garden Cafe, and Multiplant Nursery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Glen Avon Farm?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Glen Avon Farm?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Delville Wood Memorial (3.6 km) and The Little Mill (1.4 km).