Meet Ollie and Chloe, our dobermans; Jesse, our Scottish terrier; and Mia, our Burmese cat.
Jesse loves to zingela, which in Zulu means to roam free, sniffing here and there amongst the bushes, hunting for insects and chasing whatever takes her fancy! And she has found her way out of the security of the enclosure. As you can see in the video, being an almost accomplished fence climber, she has a ready way of escape… She is also quick to make friends with our guests and even sometimes accompanies them on their walks, drives and rides across the farm. Even into the boat or the water… Lately she has also, in the sly, mastered the trick of fetching a fresh egg from the hen’s nest and carrying it in her mouth without crushing it! Naughty, clever girl.
Ollie and Chloe, as well as Jesse, love long walks or runs alongside the bakkie. Not even deep puddles after heavy rain deter them; oh no, it’s a cause of more fun and excitement! Interaction with the farm animals is another favourite, although only allowed under supervision, because some of the animals feel threatened and might try to protect themselves or their young against what they perceive as “predators”. It took more than a year to teach Ollie and Chloe, who were raised in a city, to not chase or catch the sheep while being supervised! It must sometimes be hard though to stay within the boundaries when you see all the animals ambling past.
Mia is a real lady of the manor. She and the dogs are great friends and often snuggle together. Then again, Mia loves to snuggle and has many places to cuddle up – a blanket on the sofa, on a human’s lap, inside the tumble dryer, or with the dogs.
As you can see, we absolutely love animals and really understand that people do not want to leave their pets at home. But for their own safety’s sake and our farm animals’ protection, and for the peace of mind of our guests as well as our own, we had to make the tough decision to not allow guests to bring their pets along to the farm.
FARM RULES AND REGULTIONS
Guests are requested to take note of the following rules and regulations to preserve the peace and tranquility of the farm as well as for your own safety:
- Always close all gates
- Please ensure all doors and windows are closed when leaving the cottages/homestead due to the frequent and sudden wind. Please also latch and hook doors while at the cottages/homestead.
- No quad bikes or motorbikes. Guests are welcome to bring their own mountain bikes
- Snakes: When walking on the farm you need to be aware of your surroundings and be cautious of snakes. It is advisable to wear closed shoes, socks and trousers. Most snakes will get out of your way. In the event of a snake bite, try to identify or remember the snake, remain calm and call for medical help.
- Due to all the farm animals we can unfortunately not allow any pets.
- No loud music.
- No portable braais/open fires allowed anywhere on the farm, other than the braai provided at the cottages/homestead on the verandahs. Please do not use the interior fireplace as a braai!
- No smoking inside the cottages/homestead.
- The toilet is meant to handle small amounts of toilet paper. Please do not flush any foreign objects down the toilet.
- The cottages/homestead are well stocked with firewood for the fireplace and braaiing. Extra wood is available at R15 a bag.
- Linen and towels provided in the cottages/homestead, but own swimming towels required.
- All visitors to Landmeterskop do so at their own risk and the owners cannot be held responsible for any incident/accident/injury/damage/loss/theft of possessions and/or vehicles.
- The farm’s water is from a spring in the mountain and is eminently suitable for human consumption. The brownish colour is due to plant matter and does not affect its purity or taste.
- We work hard to keep the area clean. Kindly do your part by throwing all trash in designated trash bins, including cigarette butts, candy wrappers, etc.
- Arrival and Departure: Arrival times are normally between 14h00 and 18h00. Guests are requested to vacate the cottages by 10h00 on the day of departure.
- Cottages/homestead should be left clean and tidy ready for the next guest.
Hermanus Medi-Clinic: 028 313 0168
Fire and Rescue: 028 312 2400 / 079 507 7326
Valerie Steenkamp: 0826538110 or 028 341 0479
Theuns Steenkamp: 083 658 8995