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CCountry house and farm accommodation in South Africa covers a wide range of hospitality venues, each with its own pastoral charm. Many feature rooms and suites in original buildings on family farms, with fascinating histories to tell.
It’s not uncommon to find country and farm stays in cottages or bungalows that are a hundred years old or older, particularly in the Western Cape where farms have remained in the same families since the 1800s.
Die Kloof on the farm Koelfontein in Ceres is a prime example of this. It's a self-catering farmstead on a working fruit farm. The building dates back to the 1800s and today it has been restored to offer luxury farm accommodation.
Similar venues for country and farm holidays can be found in the gorgeous Cape Winelands region. Renovated Cape-Dutch homes are situated among historic vineyards, providing restful rooms complemented by exquisite food and wine.
Granted, not all country house and farm accommodation establishments come with such distinct histories, but their settings often do. The Irene Country Lodge in Irene, Gauteng, was built in the 1990s. However, the working dairy farm it overlooks has been in the same family for 5 generations, since 1889. This sense of history is reflected in the accommodation and nearby facilities.
Quaint country hotels are available across South Africa but particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Here accommodation can be found in traditional country scenes of rolling hills and vast stretches of ploughed farmlands.
The Free State is home to open skies and farmland. Here you can enjoy real hospitality complete with traditional farm-style food made according to age-old family recipes.
Many of the working farms with accommodation offer educational tours. Some will even allow visitors to assist with daily tasks.