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Just over ninety minutes from Cape Town, nestled in a basin of mountain ranges, sits the charming, rural village of Tulbagh that dates all the way back to the 1700’s. On one street alone, the largest number of Cape Dutch, Edwardian and Victoriana heritage sites have been dutifully restored, earning its title of being the 4th oldest town in South Africa. This blissful little hamlet is a desirable destination for nature enthusiasts, wine lovers, adventure-seeking and serenity-savouring families, alike. The enigmatic mountains pull you in with their soaring cliffs and deep crevices. Every season is as pleasant as the other, with the crisp clean air being the only element that remains the same throughout the year. Sign posts are often handwritten, pointing you in the direction of firewood and toffee apples, as the roads wind through the valley, up into the vineyards, and out towards the farmlands.
If you follow one of these winding roads for twelve minutes of scenic driving, away from the village and into remote pastures, you’ll arrive at the bucolic bolthole of Nibbana Farm. Set on 190 hectares of agricultural land and lush wilderness, this hideaway unravels itself from the pillars of the front stoep, across the green lawn, the swimming pool, the paddocks, the line of oak, eucalyptus and tall cypress trees, and all the way to the foot of the Witzenberg mountains. The sight of which, magnetically draws you in and softens your stance, as your eyes take flight and travel the breadth of the tremendous view that marks the beginning and end of natural beauty.
All this pulse-raising stuff swivels your step and leads you inside for a welcome tipple of your choice. Chunky wooden beams, flagstone floors and rough cement walls are offset by copper fittings, open fireplaces and an impressive collection of antiques. With its crushed velvet furniture and consciously curated artwork, a colourful story of curiosity ensues. It’s as enchanting inside as it is out. You really get the feeling of being hidden away from everything else.
The owners of Nibbana Farm earnestly resurrected the existing foundations and restored the old farmhouse into a contemporary, playful manor house with four adjoining cottages. All displaying an eclectic blend of vibrancy, heirlooms, bespoke carpentry and utter luxury. The pièce de résistance of the property is the secret garden, behind the manor house, just a 10-minute stroll past the olive trees, garden sculptures and free-roaming sheep. A secluded oasis enclosed by thick stonewalls and entered through large wooden doors reveals a wonderland of greenery and dreamy dappled light. Old oak trees, ferns, flowing streams forming crystal clear rock pools, more quirky sculptures, hammocks and recliners will occupy you for hours on end. You’ve earned every still second of it, after hiking the mountainous terrain, jumping from waterfalls and swimming across the large farm dams.
Some say, to live amongst the mountains is the healthiest life you can live. I gather the owners of Nibbana Farm concur and thus created a haven of healthy hedonism.
Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie
Main House - Sleeps 8
Whole Farm - Sleeps 22
No pets allowed
Based on 5 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Nibbana Farm.
It is really a perfect hideaway! The communication up to It is really a perfect hideaway! The communication up to arrival was brilliant and the house is extremely impressive. It was an unforgettable weekend - so thank you very much.
The hosts greeted us upon arrival and made us feel right at home. We cannot wait to return!
On Saturday morning we went for a walk to the secret garden which is very impressive and I cannot believe how much work has gone into making the place so beautiful. The garden had a very tranquil and relaxing feel about it.
We had a wonderful stay at Nibbana Farm. I was particularly impressed with the decor and design of the cottages.
The photographs on the website did not reveal the wonderful vista that we saw as we pulled up in front of the Nibbana Farm Manor House. A quick inspection of the Manor House had us all in raptures of wonderment and contentment with our choice. Everything is large, opulent and tasteful. During our stay the beauty, changing moods and patterns in the house, discovery of new art or special designs was a continuum every day. The added benefit of an attentive housekeeper if required and the daily clean-up of the kitchen area by two staff members made the whole experience even better The Manor house feels like it is part of the Winterhoek mountains – these mountains just tower over the whole area, with beautiful scenery and a solitude which is palpable. There is much to explore on Nibbana and a very special place is their Secret Garden which is developed around a river in the foothills of the mountain. It contains the most magnificent oak trees, flowers and shrubs, statues, cool corners, swimming spots, picnic spots and is an amazing place to linger in. The surrounding area contains a number of superb wine farms and the town of Tulbagh is a real treat to explore. We had a wonderful time and a wonderful stay and would highly recommend this property for anybody that loves nature and some solitude during a break.