farm 215 | nature retreat & fynbos reserve

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farm 215 | nature retreat & fynbos reserve


Farm 215 | "Hartebeeskloof" | Overstrand

About the establishment

General facilities & services
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Restaurant/bar
Activities offered
  • Bird-watching
  • Hiking
  • Swimming pool
Foreign languages spoken

A retreat for the non-hasty, detached from the daily routines of life. Eight hundred hectares of undisturbed nature. The views range from Dangerpoint Peninsula and the shoreline to endless rows of Overberg mountains.

In light of the current water restrictions throughout parts of the Western Cape we can confirm farm 215 Private Nature Reserve is not experiencing any water restrictions. It has its own approved water source in the reserve and water is plenty. Please note that the downstream effect of the water-use on farm 215 is practically nil since all used water is routed back in to the streams in the reserve.

The private nature reserve of farm 215 is located mid-way on the tar-road from Gansbaai to Baardskeerdersbos, Elim and onwards to Cape Agulhas. It is a 2 hour drive from Cape Town. The retreat is a private and secluded place with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

Luxury accommodation in two spacious rooms on the ground- and first floor of the old homestead and in three modern and private freestanding fynbos-suites, spaced out along a footpath, meandering through the pristine nature of the "Cape Floristic Kingdom". The rooms in the homestead all have a bathroom en-suite, balcony or private garden, a woodstove and ceiling fan. The large fynbos-suites are open spaced and have a lounche area with woodstove, bedroom and bathroom seperated by walls not reaching the ceiling and - over the whole length - a covered deck as well as a sun-deck. The suits are all solar powered.

Meals, made from local ingredients and with an eye to detail, are served in the spacious dining- and bar-area. Breakfast is always served, lunch and dinner by prior arrangement.

Sweeping views from all rooms and suites in all directions: over the Agulhas Plains towards the coastline, over the lake of Kraaiboschdam and surrounding vineyards and over endless fynbos and rows of Overberg mountains.

The 25 m heated lap-pool is reached via a wooden boardwalk from the old homestead. A covered courtyard provides shelter against the mid-day heat.

Farm 215 is a pioneer in sustainable tourism: all new buildings are purely electrified by solar-energy and heat-exchange. All waste is strictly separated and recycled. Detergents are biodegradable and used water is routed back to the streams where it came from after purification. Most products used in the retreat are locally sourced.

The reserve is covered with unspoilt natural vegetation of the Cape Floristic Region. The 800 hectares of the fynbos-reserve roll up to the highest mountain-peak in the area and down into deep and steep gorges. Several different different vegetation types (fynbos, mountain swamps, lowland-wetlands, riverine scrub, scree-covered slopes, ancient indigenous forest-remnants) attract all kinds of living creatures and a multitude of bird-species.

A detailed map shows the various hiking-trails in the reserve. Various guided multi-day horse trails are organised from farm 215.

Enjoy splendid isolation, an overpowering sense of space and the special nature of the Cape Floral Kingdom.


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