This place is a treasure. It's very easy to find and yet you feel very remote. The people are wonderful and very hospitable. A whole family lives on site and runs the accomodation and meals. The owner, Jenny, is aiming for the estate to be self sufficient so they have a large veggie garden, chicken, pigs, donkeys etc. The property is an historical building previously owned by Chris Barnard who is one of SAF most prestigious modern characters. The standard of the rooms will satisfy the most demanding travellers. Activities include watching the daily farm activities, taking a ride in the huge adjoining game farm (by appointment) which was totally amazing for me and a highlight of my trip. The people there know and love their animals and you get to learn so much. Another interesting part is reading about the history of the place and I found some great books. The early riser will be privileged to amazing morning lights and sunset is also not to be missed after a night cap at the bar or a cigar in the smoking lounge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bloemhof Karoo has been sensitively restored to its former authentic self, sleeps 9 guests comfortably, with bespoke percale linen, down duvets, mohair rugs. Bloemhof Karoo is all about authenticity and hospitality. The Barnard Room is a comfortable en suite bedroom with beautiful views looking out across the Veld. Rates are on a DBB basis. Oxwagon Suite is our flagship suite. ... more less