Did you know?
De Oude Kraal's wine cellar stores over 100 wines from various South African wine estates.
Relaxing in the wide open spaces of the Free State is made even easier at De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa. This unique Bloemfontein spa, situated on an old family-owned Merino sheep farm, offers a range of treatments in a luxurious country setting.
De Oude Kraal's guests can book individual skin-care treatments and massages. The spa's organic Thalgo facial is a favourite, along with the signature 'Woollen Embrace' massage, which uses wool and lanolin oil to smooth away tension and nourish the skin.
You can also book a spa package and settle in for a day of pampering. There are options for couples, expectant moms and brides, as well as a jacuzzi for hydro therapy, a sauna and a steam room to relieve stiff muscles and melt away stress.
Beauty and relaxation are serious business at this spa in the Free State, but De Oude Kraal also has a softer side, combining its understated luxury with a touch of whimsy.
In homage to its surroundings, sheep are the spa's unifying theme. The décor combines soft textures and soothing colours with suble humour. Dressing rooms have names like 'Tender Wool' and 'Fine Wool', the keys to the clothes lockers are decorated with beaded sheep trinkets and photographs of sheep adorn the interior.
The treatment rooms and spa treatments' names are also sheep themed – you can opt for Counting Sheep (a hot stone massage with aromatherapy) or try the Wool Press for Wellness, which promises to drain excess fluid, toxins and waste from the body which helps to fight insomnia and stress.
In addition to the spa treatments, you can relax in a deck chair by the pool, explore the farm by horseback or on foot, enjoy a sundown tractor ride and a range of other outdoor activities
De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa also has a heart that is as warm as its welcome and works with the local community to improve primary health care, accommodation, infrastructure and access to education in the area.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa
Tel: +27 (0)51 5640 733 or +27 (0)51 5640 636
How to get here
De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa is 35km south of Bloemfontein on the N1 to Cape Town. Turn off at the Koppieskraal/Riversford offramp (offramp 153). Turn in a westerly direction from the N1 and follow the gravel road for approximately 2,2km. Turn left at the T-junction and continue for about 700m. Turn right and continue for about 3,5km to De Oude Kraal.
Around the area
There is lots to do in the nearby Free State capital city of Bloemfontein, which is home to many historical attractions and even a game reserve (the Franklin Game Reserve).
What will it cost
Spa packages range from R700 to R1600. There is a comprehensive list of rates on the Oude Kraal website.
Where to stay
De Oude Kraal Estate has a number of lovely four-star rooms.
What to eat
De Oude Kraal's food is famous in the Free State and they offer a range of gourmet experiences, including food and wine paring evenings and their standard six-course dinners, made from local, seasonal ingredients.
Activities on offer include clay pigeon shooting, hiking and horse-riding trails. There is also a bird hide, fully equipped with local bird lists and binoculars.