Thank you again so much for the most wonderful time spent on Landmeterskop farm.
Not only did Mila have a fantastic time but so did we. From the accommodation, to the Du Bois home styled cooking everything was delicious and beautiful.
We would also like to give Tsala a special mention… she had such a good way with Mila, always including her and making her feel part of the “group”.
We certainly will be returning with friends.
Gosh, was it hard waking up this morning and going to work.
I have attached a few pictures of our stay.
Nadine and Allan
Recently, Mr Potts and Mrs Belly, two pot-bellied pigs, joined our animal family on Landmeterskop. Although their very distant ancestors came from China, these two were born on a smallholding near Teslaarsdal, Caledon. In honour of their arrival, the pigsties on our farm had been restored! As pigs, and especially pot-bellied pigs, are very affectionate animals that love companionship and body closeness, and are often kept as pets. They can weigh anything from 43 to 136 kg, and can live up to thirty years. This pair had no trouble settling in with our other pigs, the Kolbroeks, and the alpacas, goats, chickens and human visitors. They are indeed very happy and thriving!
Landmeterskop Farm now also boasts two Kolbroek pigs, a bore and a sow. Kolbroek is South Africa’s best known indigenous pig. The name Kolbroek originated from the name of the ship called Coalbrook which was wrecked on the Eastern Cape coast in 1778. Another theory is that this breed was introduced to South Africa by the earliest traders from the far east. It is smaller than most other ‘modern’ breeds. It has sturdy legs, strong feet, is extremely hardy and survives under harsh conditions. It is also a good forager and efficient converter of high-roughage rations. All of these features make the Kolbroek ideally suited for free-range or smallholder systems.
We’ve done it! We have our first holiday season behind us. And what an amazing season! We were fully booked, and had the most wonderful guests staying in our cottages and The Homestead, and enjoying our farm! Can it be only four months since we opened our doors?! The Homestead, although only partially renovated when we started letting it in December, has proven a big hit for larger groups and families. And on request we are now busy renovating the last two rooms and bathroom, and would soon be able to accommodate 4 more people in The Homestead! We are so happy that our guests are taking full advantage of everything we have to offer and for the short time that they are here become a part of our daily farming activities. But read for yourself what our guests have to say and enjoy these photos of the views and children having fun!
And this is what some of our guests had to say:
If you are seeking peace and solitude, these delightful, tastefully decorated cottages deliver in every respect. Private and offering a true sense of remoteness on a beautiful farm, the owners could not have done more to make us feel truly welcome! Thank you for a perfect stay. (Amanda Francis-Pope, visited December 2013)
What a beautiful place and what fantastic lodging! We couldn’t have chosen a lovelier place for our big family holiday. We spread ourselves between the homestead and one of the enchanting cottages (both gorgeous, immaculately clean, charming and comfortable way above average). The set-up catered for all the varying ages, the kids loved the farm vibe, milking the goats, feeding the lambs and collecting the chicken eggs in the morning (with the delicious bonus of eating them), the teenagers enjoyed the wonderful dam swimming and paddle on the rowing boat. In the evening we all had fun playing board games around the outside porch braai area. The lovely owners were incredibly generous with their time and knowledge too. Highly recommend this place for big families in the homestead or romantic getaways in the cottages. (A Treppo, visited December 2013)
I do not give this little gem in the Overberg a 5-star rating without any thought. Everything on this beautiful farm, from the warm and inviting hostess (and her lovely husband), to the well-cared for sheep, the cheeky goats to the charming cottages, shouts, “5 stars!”. Everything has been thought of; hot water bottles, lavender bath salts, fresh flowers in the bathrooms and kitchen. It is so clear that Valerie has put her heart and soul into making sure that her guests have a wonderful stay. And we did! Valerie was generous with her time, and her enthusiasm for their farm is contagious. I had a chance to meet their Alpaca (who thinks he’s a sheep – get the full story from Valerie herself), check out the new born sheep, meet the ducks (not just any ducks… chocolate brown ducks, caramel ducks, and they are bringing in even more interesting breeds too), and of course milk the goats. (Well I didn’t milk her per say, but I drank fresh goat’s milk the whole weekend!). We went in winter, and when we weren’t lazily exploring the green expanse that is their farm, we cuddled with blankets by the crackling fireplace. I cannot wait to go in summer, and swim in one of their fabulous (and clean) dams. I could continue to rave on and on, especially about how tastefully the cottages are decorated, or how relaxed we were when we got home. Bottom line, book now. I’m already organizing our next visit. (Talya Kahan, visited September 2013)
I almost don’t want to tell anyone how amazing this cottage is, because we want to be able to return again and again, and when word gets out, I think there will be a long waiting list! Such a beautiful farm with exquisite attention to detail in the cottages. Waking up to the bleating of little lambs as they cavort and play all around the cottage. Coffee and rusks in the sun strewn dining room. A cozy and romantic fireplace to cuddle up to at night. A challenging run up the mountain on Sunday morning. Brilliant sunset and outdoor braai. Very comfy double bed (my personal grading criteria!). A short weekend away that felt like a two week holiday – such awesome restoring of the soul! (Linda Els, visited October 2013)
What a lovely few days we had. Our family really needed a break and we were so pleased with our choice. If you are looking for the beauty of nature and a very clean and well equipped cottage with very friendly and helpful hosts then this is the one. It was a wonderful farm experience. We can not wait for our next visit. (Jackie Richardson, visited September 2013)
The stay was amazing and then I got physically ill! Even then, Valerie (our host) literally nursed me whilst I was in bed trying to recover and kept an eye on the kids too. The view outside our cottage was idyllic and exactly what we needed to recoup. I will definitely recommend and visit Landmeterskop again and again. (Faatin Bux, visited October 2013)
I had an incredible time. The accommodation was exceptional and the farm itself is beautiful and peaceful. Furthermore, the hosts were extremely welcoming and I will most certainly return for another vacation. (Branden de Jager, visited August 2013)
A wonderful place to forget all you’re problems in the real world. The scenery is stunning and the hosts cater to your every need. Look forward to visiting many times in the future. (George Oberholzer, visited August 2013)
I wish we could give more than 5 stars for this gorgeous farm! Valerie has thought of absolutely everything, the amenities of a 5 star guest house with 2 star prices. I cannot praise this farmstay highly enough. The ‘Homestead” is beautifully furnished down to a cupboard full of brand new board-games (unlike the tatty collection you normally find). The dam with its tractor tyres, diving jetty and all the animals, what more could we want. (Micki Evans, visited January 2014)
We stayed at the Landmeterskop homestead with friends for four days over Christmas. We had a wonderful time. The homestead is beautifully decorated in a traditional farm style, and it is immaculately clean. The setting is absolute tranquility on a working sheep farm. I had forgotten how delicious a fresh free range egg and fresh goat’s milk can be. The owners were away whilst we were there, but the lady who had been left to take care of us, Tsala, was brilliant, her hospitality was 5-star, she is a beautiful lady and a credit to Landmeterskop, in fact all of the staff we met were great, they all made us feel at home. The farm is easily accessible from Cape Town, not far from Stanford, it is ideal for a weekend getaway. (Martin Connolly, visited December 2013)
Absolutely loved it! Our kids milked goats and drank the milk, hand-fed lambs and collected free-range eggs for breakfast. We had such a relaxed experience. The house is big and the perfect farmhouse, even a Miele fridge in the kichen so luxurious! It was quite hot but there are fans in all the bedrooms so we slept well. The staff were incredible, very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. We will definitely be back. (Linda Kemp, visited January 2014)
This place is fantastic! We took two families and 4 children from 2-7 yrs old and they all loved it. There are lots to do on the farm, feeding the animals and collecting the eggs was a daily highlight. The homestead is beautifully decorated and has everything you need, it’s so spacious and there is plenty of room for the kids to run around. The hosts are so friendly and you won’t want for anything. This is going to fast become a favourite and we can’t wait to go back. (Justine Huizinga, visited December 2013)
On behalf of Michael and our good friends Frances and Martin, I would like to lodge a formal complaint about the totally fabulous, relaxing four days we spent at The Homestead.
The Homestead – high ceilings and cool airy rooms, crisp white linen and little touches and conveniences that one can tell were carefully thought out to magnify the enjoyment of your stay.
The Homestead – complete with signature flock of contented sheep silently migrating back and forth, seemingly far and yet only a chew-sound away.
This is a neat open plan spacious guesthouse with a fabulous social outdoor entertainment area – sheltered cleverly from any wind. We needn’t have brought along our binoculars, candles, fancy liquid hand soaps, creams, shower gels and whatnots. These were all catered for, and not your ordinary product either.
Upon our arrival, the lovely, very friendly Tsala welcomed us and saw to all our needs with great enthusiasm. She also took time out of her busy schedule to show us around and share some interesting farm facts.
The farm is incredibly well organized. Everything is tidy and orderly and stacked away in its own special place. So much rich green manicured rolling lawn!
We visited the dams, enjoyed a glass of champagne in the rowboat with one eye on the setting sun and the other mindful of our discrete intrusion on mother nature. We collected eggs straight from the hatchery and milked the goats for our morning tea.
Valerie, I thank you for the efforts you have gone into ensuring the comfort of your guests. I hope future visitors will enjoy their stay as much as we did and that they will respect and appreciate all these things so that they remain there for all to enjoy… always.
1 January 2014
Ten days ago it started raining, and it rained for three days, almost non-stop. In 48 hours we received 170mm rain, almost half our annual average! On Landmeterskop we had to quickly dug furrows above the dams to get some of the runoff water away from our already full dams.
In spite of the bad weather, our guests still had a good time – relaxing and resting, and fortunately for the children there was the thrill of helping with the milking of the goats and the feeding of the lambs!
The entrance to Landmeterskop Farm.
And on Sunday, with many of the roads closed due to heavy flooding, we had to try and find a road which would be safe for our guests to use, as they had to get back for work Monday morning. And with a little precautionary help from Theunis (as you can see in the photo), they all made it home, safely.
Oops, sorry, wrong side…
Do I really need to show my face? Oh, well, now you all know, I’m Betty, and they call me “the stubborn one”. You can remember me by my torn ear. I am raising only one child, Billy-the-kid. No, no, no, not that American outlaw! But I must say, with these rough cords around our necks, it is easy to think that! Fortunately, Valerie promised that we shall have elegant new collars soon…
Daisy, the one resting in the shade of the tree, is raising twins – Rosy and Annie.
Milking time… what a relief! Valerie is thinking of learning to make cheese… that would be quite neat, I think.
We are British Alpine goats and were bought from Walter Curlewis (0847758172) of Paarl who has been breeding goats for ten years now – he started when he was only fifteen. Before joining his father in the family-business, he worked at Fairview Farm.
The British Alpine goat was developed in the early 1900s and is used for milking, showing, breeding or just for keeping as pets. We are black all over with white ‘Swiss’ markings – white facial stripes stretch from above the eyes to the muzzle, while the edges and tips of ears, legs from the hocks and knees downwards, and both sides of our tails are also white. Quite handsome, don’t you agree?
Important: Please check with the owners or manager for a suitable time to interact with our kids!