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“What a little piece of magic!”
Review of Good Hope Farm

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Good Hope Farm
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Two things happen when you approach the Good Hope Farm. As you approach you are blown away by the view of the farm (See photo!)- AND - you also immediately loose any connectivity with the outside world, which is a lovely thing! If you are permanently tethered to your phone, ipad or such, then this might not be the place for you, but we found it actually really refreshing to unplug from the rest of the world for a couple of days (and a quick drive up the hill and you can connect again, if you have to :).

But let's focus on what is so wonderful about this place:
1. The views and the location
2. It is an working, organic farm. Animals galore. On one afternoon sitting in the garden of the cottage we had young pigs visiting, goats, a few sheep, young cows and of course the farm dogs and even Geoffrey, the pony sized goat, who wanted to investigate the bedroom of the cottage :)
3. There is boma with a pool close to the Mountain Cottages, which is lovely for gatherings.
4. We were with a large group that had also organized catering and the food provided was fresh and excellent (fresh farm meat, home baked breads and excellent salads).

A place we would recommend and return to! Lots to do here and I would imagine a wonderful place for families and a good rest away from it all!

Room Tip: These are self-catering cottages, not hotel rooms.
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Every year for the last nine years a group of friends most of whom are over 70 get together for a week of cycling in different areas of South Africa. We spent the first two nights of our tour this year in the Mountain Cottages at the wonderfully secluded and remote Good Hope Farm where our hosts Taryn and Tienie could not have done more for the eighteen of us. The cottages are clean and comfortable and sited near a very pleasant boma and swimming pool where we were served delicious meals by Taryn and her staff. Taryn also arranged a wine tasting at nearby Windfall winery where she delivered a super cold lunch to accompany their excellent wines.
Good Farm is a delight with animals everywhere -pigs and piglets, sheep, calves, dogs and cats all living in seeming harmony. What a wonderful oasis created by this hard working and animal loving couple. We can thoroughly recommend any one wanting to chill out to spend time on their lovely farm

Room Tip: Mountain Cottages for adult parties and Dam Cottages for families
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Our group of 7 ladies stayed at this tranquil farm for a weekend to celebrate a 40th birthday. The Dam Cottages are rustic but clean with awesome showers! The communal kitchen/dining/socialising area is lovely. The fact that there is no cellphone signal means a very welcome break from technology. We did a little run on the Saturday morning and thoroughly enjoyed all the early morning farm sights and sounds. Highly recommended for a relaxing, soul rejuvenating break.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Kathleen N
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Reviewed 21 December 2016

My family and I stayed at GHFC from the 14th December - 19th December 2016. A party of 8. We stayed in the protea cottage and the lavender cottage. We loved the rustic feel, the view of the vineyards and mountains. My 3-year-old daughter thoroughly enjoyed the farm animals especially the beautiful white horse and donkey and their inseparable friendship and of course the seacock (peacock in her vocab).
A Perfect place for a family who wants to wind down from city life, electronics and every day buzz of life. For those who are looking for a family holiday with a genuine rustic feel, fresh air, swimming, walking and canoeing, Good hope farm cottages is the place to go. Taryn and Tienie were amazing they went out of their way to accommodate our every whim, Will definitely like to go back!

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

I am sitting on the stoep at home and am going to tell you about another stoep we had the pleasure of enjoying time on, last weekend in Robertson. That stoep was attached to Dam Cottage E on Good Hope Farm, 45 kms outside Robertson…

It all started on Friday the 30th of September with the car full of people (The girls, Ouma and me) and our luggage, and even a bicycle in the boot and even a bicycle on a bicycle carrier, outside on the back of the boot lid door. Following the steady stream of various vehicles on the N1 with bicycles on top and also outside on the back, caravans, campers and motorhomes, we were through the Huguenot Tunnel and made a welcome lunchtime stop at the new Shell Ultra City Spur just before Worcester. From there it was all the way to Robertson and onto the MacGregor road for a bit and then a secondary tar road and eventually the 15 kms of gravel road with the road ending by Good Hope Farm nestled against the Riviersonderend Mountains.

Now Good Hope Farm is a working farm. That we knew from their website and that fact was brought home when Ouma had to get out and shoo a brood of domestic piglets, their parents, a black pot belly pig and a donkey - thrown in for good measure - out of the way so that we could drive up to the main farm house to check in with Tarryn the farm owner…

The above mentioned animals are just a tiny portion of the over 300 free roaming domestic pigs, 1 Arabian horse, 1 pony, 1 donkey, 5 calves, 3 goats, 12 pot belly pigs of numerous sizes, peacocks/peahens, coots and 3 dogs that we all got to know and spend time with at the farm. Our favourite by far, was Macon, a black pot bellied pig, who provided up close and personal insight into the life of a pig with her 4 pink piglets who slept in their nest next to our cottage every night and visited us on the stoep during their wanderings around the property during the day.

The dam cottages as the name implies are 5 cottages overlooking the main dam on the property, shaded by eucalyptus trees and separated by alternate corrugated or wooden stoep partitions and pretty gardens with old farm equipment as centre pieces but connected again by a walk way along the water canal that feeds the dam. They are self catering like the other, more open, 4 mountain cottages higher up on the property and just like those 4 cottages, also have a welcome communal swimming pool. The adventurous can swim in the farm dam or even paddle on it with the canoes and paddles provided…

A very nice feature of the dam cottages is the funkily decorated, big communal kitchen in between cottage A and B that provides you with even more amenities than you already have in your cottage. For those who want even more luxury on the farm, there are also the linear choice next to the main house of a cute 2 bedroomed cottage and across from the jungle gym and its expansive lawn in between the main animal enclosure and the vineyard a bedsitter and next to that the original 3 bedroomed farm house, now also a self catering guest house like the other 11 cottages…

We were very happy with our choice, not just because of Macon and her brood, but the wonderful view it had of the surrounds being at the end of the row. The cottage consisted of the already mentioned stoep with braai and stoep furniture, an open plan area with a bed (my bed!), couch, built in braai with a mini kitchen surrounding it. Then a double bed and single bed (the girls and Ouma!) and finally the bathroom…All just as funkily decorated – Ouma loved the exposed copper plumbing! Everything outside and inside you could wish for and some luxury too, with heated blankets and mosquito nets. The girls pretended to be princesses and slept both nights under their draped mosquito net canopy.

We went exploring to spend more time with the other animals, the girls got in some cycling and swimming and the first night was ended with braaied boerie rolls and the family favourite, hot chocolate with a biscuit or two for good measure…

The Saturday morning was spent seeing the animals being fed in their respective areas on the farm and before lunch the walk was tackled up to the waterfall on the farm. The walk takes one past the mountain cottages, their pool and their entertainment area. We did very well with some of us going up to the waterfall, with rest staying just below its pool. After that hike it was lunchtime and of course after that time for a swim. Where on earth do you lounge by a pool or swim in the pool and then pigs are lying next to you, grazing next to you and walking past you. Good Hope Farm that is…

One of the other highlights of Saturday afternoon was the arrival of a newborn lamb in the sheep enclosure.

The girls were very excited about this and Tienie, the farm owner was on hand to answer any and all questions…Some more cycling ensued, some more swimming ensued and the evening was ended off with a hamburger dinner in the communal kitchen and following that roasted marshmallows on our stoep and the ubiquitous family favourite, hot chocolate with a biscuit or two for good measure…

Sunday, 2 October, after one last visit by Macon, and all the other animals. One last cycle, One last swim, it was time to pack up and head back to Robertson. From Robertson it was onto Villiersdorp via Aan de Doorns. In Villiersdorp a lovely lunch was enjoyed at Kelkiewyn followed by a leisurely drive past Theewaterskloof over the Franschhoek pass, through Franschhoek and home via the N1 again…

Thank you Tarryn and Tienie for sharing your amazing farm with us for the weekend. We will be back!

Room Tip: Larger named self catering acc luxurious, dam acc frequented by farm animals, mountain acc more soli...
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Address: Robertson, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Robertson
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