The Homestead enlarged…

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The homestead, formerly the main farmhouse, was renovated earlier this year and is the perfect getaway for larger families, or groups – truly a home from home! It has a well-equipped open-plan kitchen, with a dishwasher and tumble-dryer in the adjoining pantry; the dining room with its long table lends itself to leisurely family meals. The dining room leads into the main living room with a games area. The second, smaller lounge has a fireplace and sliding-doors which open onto a large semi-shaded stoep with built-in braai, long table and rustic seating around an open fire-pit. There are also a sauna and a hammock on the stoep. After the latest renovations we now have 3 bathrooms (2 with toilet, wash basin & shower each and one with a bath) and 6 bedrooms (main with double bed, 4 with twin beds and one single room).

 

Here is a floor plan of the Homestead:

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Landmeterskop – The best getaway ever! That’s what our guests say…

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Guest Comments

“Landmeterskop is the best getaway ever! My family and I went there and all of us loved it. We will definitely go back, my boys can hardly wait. We’ve traveled around and could not find any other place that matched the high standards and quality service that we’ve received at Landmeterskop. From the moment you walk in there you can feel that the place was decorated with pure love. The staff are so amazing, we did not have the pleasure to meet the owners but I just love them for giving us an experience of a lifetime at Landmeterskop. Thanks to Valerie, you are a God sent, keep doing what you are doing and we will see you again soon.” (Elsabe Kammies, visited January 2014)

“Wow! Beautiful farm with absolute stunning cottages. Valerie and kie took great care to make everyone feel right at home. Was spoilt rotten with all the little special surprises everywhere. Kids loved every minute of it. Will definitely be coming back.” (Adele Minnaar, visited June 2014)

“This is a piece of heaven on earth! We spent a (way too short) weekend at the Dormer cottage and I was blown away from the moment I stepped in. The cottage is beyond charming, immaculately decorated in old farm-style and the cosy fireplace, stocked with wood was a huge bonus. Every single need was catered for, from the fresh flowers to the homemade rusks. In the morning you can get involved in the farm activities and I thoroughly enjoyed giving milk to the little lambs. What an experience for a city girl! Highly recommended to recharge your batteries in beautiful surroundings.” (Danele van der Merwe, visited June 2014)

“What a beautiful place to visit. The cottage was very comfortably furnished and we lacked nothing. The children loved visiting the animals everyday and we are looking forward to going back in the summertime when we can make use of the farm dams for swimming.” (Loren Phillips, visited April 2014)

“The best self-catering accommodation we have ever been to. Beautiful farm and surroundings, our cottage was spotless, lovingly decorated and equipped with absolutely everything, and all the farm staff were warm and friendly. Tsala, Valerie and Theuns were wonderful hosts who have thought of everything. We are planning our return visit already.” (Philip Smith, visited April 2014)

“This was an outstanding getaway. The website photos are gorgeous, but the place is far more beautiful in person. The facilities were amazing, they have thought of absolutely everything. Spotlessly clean, well equipped, well stocked and comfortable. The setting is perfect for a quiet, relaxing time away. A must visit.” (Roberta Taylor-Wigley, visited April 2014)

“What a pleasant surprise! Absolutely enjoyed our stay in this beautiful setting and cottage. Felt like a little heaven on earth. All the small extras made it so worth it. Will definitely go again.” (Jolene Theron, visited April 2014)

“This has to be some of the best self-catering accommodation I have ever seen. The attention to detail is magnificent! An incredible place.” (Shaun Shelly, visited April 2014)

“What an awesome place! This farm is beautiful, everything on the farm is well maintained. We stayed in the ‘Homestead’ cottage (5 adults) – cottage is stunning, every attention to detail and consideration has been taken, 5-star decor. The farm is amazing, sheep, chickens,goats, lamas in the field, all so close to you. This is a perfect place to take your kids, very safe, lots to do, take bikes, if you have, as you can cycle all around the farm. We fed the goats and milked them, collected eggs from the chickens, walked amongst the sheep – absolute bliss. Food for the soul. You will love it.” (Kim Monks, visited April 2014)

“We had an awesome time on this beautiful working Farm. The cottage was spotless and so beautifully decorated, so much loving attention to detail. Our host Valerie and Team were lovely and helpful. We loved the peacefulness of the farm, the sheep coming to visit in the mornings and whilst we were braaing. Feeding the goats and ducks made us really forget about Suburbia. It is also not to far situated from Stanford and all its great restaurants, lovely cheese farm and wineries. We will be back.” (Sue Rickett, visited March 2014)

“This is one of the top places to go to for a weekend away or for however long you want. The interior of these self catering cottages is of the best that I have been to. Everything is well thought of and lots of effort has been made to make each room very comfy and neat. There is a nice indoor fire place and a outdoor braai area on the stoep. From each cottage you have a wonderful view of the Overberg area. The cottages are far apart enough to feel as though you are on your own and that your privacy wont be compromised. We would without a doubt visit the farm again in the future.The price is also a plus, very affordable.” (Mark Grandcourt, visited March 2014)

“The cottages are fantastic, stocked with everything you could need for a weekend getaway! There is also tons of stuff to keep you entertained, from collecting eggs from the chicken coup in the mornings, mountain biking, a 4×4 trail and a lot more that we didn’t get around to doing on this visit. Will definitely be going back at some stage.” (Paul Gouws, visited February 2014)

“We absolutely loved our stay here. Not only are the cottages beautifully and tastefully furnished, but they are equipped to a level of detail not many self-catering facilities can boast. Will definitely be returning.” (Carla Viljoen, visited February 2014)

Landmeterskop going more green with Grass Carp 

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Last week we released five grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) into one of our dams to control the aquatic weed populations. The stocking of this species is strictly controlled by a permit system and only after a biomass assessment and investigation of our water resource, we obtained a permit to stock 5 sterile (triploid), species pure, disease free, tagged fish from De Rust Grass Carp Farm, Bonnievale, who is one of our leading accredited producers.

The grass carp is a herbivorous, freshwater fish species of the family Cyprinidae, and the only species of the genus Ctenopharyngodon. It is cultivated in China for food, but was introduced in Europe, the United States, and during the 1970s in South Africa also, as a biological control agent for aquatic weed control. No indigenous fish species is as effective in the control of aquatic vegetation as the grass carp.

Grass carp have elongated, chubby, torpedo-shaped body forms. The terminal mouth is slightly oblique with non-fleshy, firm lips, and no barbels. The complete lateral line contains 40 to 42 scales. Broad, ridged, pharyngeal teeth are arranged in a 2,4 – 4,2 formula. The dorsal fin has eight to 10 soft rays, and the anal fin is set closer to the tail than most cyprinids. Body colour is dark olive, shading to brownish-yellow on the sides, with a white belly and large, slightly outlined scales.

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A grown grass carp (Image:Wikipedia)

The grass carp grows very rapidly. Young fish stocked in the spring at 20 cm will reach over 45 cm by fall. The average length is about 60–100 cm. The maximum length is 1.4 m and the maximum weight 40 kg. According to one study, they live an average of five to 9 years, with the oldest surviving 11 years. They eat up to three times their own body weight daily. They thrive in small lakes and backwaters that provide an abundant supply of freshwater vegetation, preferring large, slow-flowing or standing water bodies with vegetation.

We are aware of the controversy over the introduction of exotic fish species into our local water bodies, and that the grass carp is amongst these species concerned. But, they are without a doubt one of the best fighting freshwater fish in our country, and a “greener option” as they:

  • Eliminates vegetation cost effectively (cheaper than by herbicides or manually).
  • Is safer and environmentally friendlier than control by chemicals and herbicides.
  • These fish live long and control vegetation over many seasons.

 

 

 

Two top SA Magazines have come to visit us…

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We are very greatful that two of South Africa’s top magazines featured us as best destinations for weekend breaks and farm stays in the Overberg! Yeah! You can read what they had to say, here:

Fairlady Magazine April 2014

Getaway Magazine June 2014