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We have a real love of old farms and picture perfect country settings. On arrival I knew I was in for something special, Staart Farm, in the little known Paardeberg Mountains, is conveniently situated just an hour from Cape Town, or an hour from the fabulous restaurants and wine farms of Franschhoek.

Big thick white washed walls, colonial verandas with big comfy sofas. Established in 1707, Staart van Paardeberg is a 40-hectare farm at the foot of the Paardeberg Mountain. Owned by the Reid family, Staart is a working farm with an Nguni herd, a flock of sheep, vineyards and an olive grove. From the farm house veranda the view across the rolling fields and vineyards takes in the expansive Hex River Mountains. The tranquility is intoxicating.

The adventure started with a passion for food and wine, inspiring a journey to get the best ingredients possible, and a need to know exactly where they came from a how they were grown. “Our farm created an opportunity to grow our own vegetables, fruit,nuts and olives as naturally and organically as possible. Our cattle, sheep and chickens are primarily grass fed on our fields. We encourage our three children to be a part of this process. It is important to us that they are aware of where their food comes from and have a sense of gratitude towards it.”

This is a place that holds and nurtures you…making it difficult to leave. Should you be lucky enough to enjoy a longer stay there is plenty to do in the area…half an hour will take you to the art galleries and quirky shops and cafes of Riebeeck Kasteel, or the quaint town of Philadelphia for a casual Sunday lunch and a pootle around the huge gemstone shop. Much closer to home check out the (fabulous) Spice Route Winery with their many artisans (my top picks the chocolate and craft beer!), do a tasting at Vondeling Wine Estate or enjoy lunch with views of the fairy-tale goat tower at fabulous Fairview. Head into Paarl for full moon on Paarl Rock or a picnic at Riebeeks Kloof and if you have little people a trip to Butterfly World is just 20 minutes away and an absolute must!

What we love!
• The farm and farmhouse’s glorious sense of history, coupled with completely modern day comfort
• Having not one, but two deep, comfy stoeps with differing views
• Being left in peace whilst the kids spent hours exploring, swimming and playing on the zipline
• Taking a tour of the farm with the fabulous farm manger, Peter (by prior arrangement only)
• The huge variety of super day-trips and wine estates in the close vicinity
• The utter enchantment for us city-dwellers of feeding the horses each morning
• The super helpful housekeeping staff and on-site friendly farm manager

What you need to know:
• There are pull-out beds in both kids room so these plus the cottage will allow for 14 guests in total making it a super spot to gather for milestone celebrations
• Staart Farm has a genuine sense of history and romance about it making it the ideal venue for a small, intimate wedding.
• Due to animals and machinery dogs are generally not allowed although the owner, a dog lover, may concede if they are small, well-behaved and kept on a lead when outdoors

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 1 x Bedroom (queen)
  • 2 x Kids bedroom (3 singles)
  • 3 x Bathrooms
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ (Portable)
  • Cleaning products
  • Dishwasher
  • Firelighters (supplied)
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Freezer (small)
  • Fridge (large)
  • No DSTV
  • No DVD
  • No microwave
  • No tumble dryer
  • No TV
  • No washing machine
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool (no net)
  • Servicing (additional cost)
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Swimming towels
  • Wi-fi

Guests

Sleeps 10

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Based on 7 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Staart Farm.

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Guest reviews

  • Guest
    2018-10-29

    Staart Farm is exceptional and will leave you relaxed and refreshed after a few days stay in the country. You will delight in the natural beauty setting and old world charm of the beautiful homestead. The comforts of your home was truly memorable. The staff were all exceptional especially Jolene.

  • Guest
    2018-03-06

    Staart Farm was just magical – we absolutely loved the house, it has such a sense of rich history, was deliciously comfortable and spacious and everything we needed was to hand. We enjoyed the most relaxing couple of days, predominantly spent chilling on the glorious ‘mountain views’ stoep or the ‘lush garden’ stoep, coffee and book in hand in the mornings, wine and a sleepy demeanour in the afternoon, whisky, conversation and much laughter into the oh-so-starry nights. Meanwhile ‘tribe kid’ explored the farm, played for hours in the pool and on the zipline and even managed to wangle a horse-ride from the lovely lady who came to feed the horses! We will be back and for longer next time – thank you!

  • Guest
    2017-10-26

    The weekend was next level, I actually sent a personal thank you message to Jo for creating such a beautiful home and sharing it so generously.

  • Guest
    2016-10-18

    Thanks for organising our stay at Staart Farm. Really lovely. Jolene was great help too.

  • Guest
    2016-10-18

    The weekend was next level, I actually sent a personal thank you message to Jo for creating such a beautiful home and sharing it so generously.

  • Guest
    2016-10-18

    just wanted to say Staart Farm was amazing. Such a lovely and welcoming place to stay. A lot of people in the group want to return there for another holiday. Jolene was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful

  • Guest
    2016-10-11

    The weekend was next level, I actually sent a personal thank you message to the owner for creating such a beautiful home and sharing it so generously.

Paarl

We have a real love of old farms and picture perfect country settings. On arrival I knew I was in for something special, Staart Farm, in the little known Paardeberg Mountains, is conveniently situated just an hour from Cape Town, or an hour from the fabulous restaurants and wine farms of Franschhoek. Big thick white

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Activities

Paarl

  • Spice Routes:
    Bertus Basson, delicious cape inspired food
    Chocolate tastings
    Beer and Biltong tastings
    Pizza under the trees
    +27 (0)21 863 5200.

A great day out for everyone, be sure to book!

  • Fairview: Restaurant, great for breakfast or lunch. Cheese tasting
    +27 (0)21 863 2450.
  • Under Oaks Pizzeria: casual pizza in beautiful setting. +27 (0)21 869 8962.
  • Ridgeback Wines: The deck Resaurant, book a table next to the water. +27 (0)21 869 8068.
  • Glen Carlou Restaurant, fine dining on a wine farm. Delicious wines to taste. +27 (0)21 875 5528.
  • Paarl rock, full moon picnic at the Taal Monument, book a picnic +27 (0)21 863 2800 or bring your own.
  • Taal Monument: on top of Paarl rock, a monument to the Afrikaans culture and history. Worth a visit.

Riebeeck Kasteel

This quintessential Swartland town is full of little shops to spend a morning browsing through. Art galleries, the chocolate shop, Still Pure soaps, interior shops, Spirit clothing and a great Swartland wine shop.

  • Bar Bar Black Sheep, delicious food, casual. +27 (0)22 448 1031.
  • The Royal Hotel, gin and tonic on the stoep before dinner. +27 (0)22 448 1378.
  • Auntie Pasti, casual and local food. +27 (0)22 448 1331.
  • Beans about coffee, great coffee, sells beans and light meals (no dinner) +27 (0)22 901 2113.
  • Mama Cucina: well-loved pizza restaurant, best pizza! Does have other dishes as well, is casual with a great atmosphere. +27 (0)22 448 1676.

Wellington

Woolwoorths and Checkers, good for groceries, on edge of wellington 10 min from Staart. Open Christmas day.

Other

  1. Babylonstoren, Restaurant and wonderful garden to wander through or book a tour. +27 (0)21 863 3852
  2. Giraffe House: sanctuary for animals, interesting for little children, just beyond Joostenberg. Ask about the times of their Talks, kids LOVE them and get to hold all sorts of things. +27 (0)21 884 4586
  3. Joostenberg, easy lunch on the grass (great for kids to play), has a deli for food and sells great pork. +27 (0)21 884 4141
  4. Butterfly World, a morning out with the children. +27 (0)21 875 5628.
  5. Franschoek Motor museum: a little further out, but a must if you are interested in old cars. +27 (0)21 874 9000.

 

Make the most out of your Hideaway and book the Wellness in the Wild Mobile Spa. For the price list click here

Rates

Off peak: R4950 (with Owl Cottage R6450)

Winter special (1 May - 31 July) R4 500

Peak (13 Dec - 8 Jan): R9 500 (with Owl Cottage R11 000)

All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability / actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.

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Cancellation / Prepayment

The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.