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Beneath the branches of weeping willows and the expansive reach of the Karoo sky lies Thorn Springs, a picture-perfect Great Karoo homestead.

Built in 1905, Thorn Springs farm has a rich history filled with myth and local legend passed from mother to daughter, father to son. A long stretch of dusty road unfurls farmland before you, with a landscape of lush greens and warm desert hues in the shadow of the slumbering mountain. Local visitors may surprise you with an impromptu appearance: a leaping herd of springbok, birds of every colour, or a single earnest tortoise making its way into the thickets.

The interior is decorated with traditional Karoo charm and a generous touch of modern eccentricity. The home is peppered with relics of times past, animal-skin rugs and plush furniture. A fine-art collection and photographs, including many by Stephen Inggs that so perfectly reveal the surrounding landscape, adorn the white-washed walls. A laden bookcase invites you to curl up on the couch, or you can recline on the generous porch beneath a setting sun and absorb the nostalgic atmosphere, farm magic, customs and comfort.

This wondrous and unique home is an ideal backdrop for soaking up the simplicity of life in one of the world’s most iconic landscapes. Savour long, languid days and star-filled nights with family and friends. There is no better place to escape the grind of your daily stresses. Stretch out and restore yourself, drinking in the peace and sublime beauty of the Karoo.

What we love!

  • Slowing right down and immersing ourselves in the traditional Karoo lifestyle.
  • Getting active outdoors: there is simply nothing better than walking, hiking, trail running or mountain biking in the crisp, clear Karoo air.
  • The extraordinary freedom for kids on the farm.
  • Watching the stars in the Milky Way show off every night.

What you need to know…

  • This is a great stopover en route to the coast.



  • 1 x Bedroom (queen)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (twin singles)
  • 4 x Bedrooms (king)
  • All linen provided
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • DSTV (Card supplied)
  • en-suite
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso machine
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool (no net)
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Stove (Gas)
  • TV
  • Wi-fi
  • Wine cellar
  • Wine consumed is an additional cost


Sleeps 14


Well-behaved dogs welcome by prior arrangement

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Based on 3 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Thorn Springs.


Guest reviews

  • Guest

    This morning I was reflecting on an absolutely fantastic farm/Karoo getaway. What a very, very different and brilliantly relaxing and unwinding experience. I already miss my ‘sit stoep’. Karen thanks for being an exceptional host, for the birthday cakes, the shopping, for checking up on us, for the goodies on the drive back home, for your great staff who just made our stay more comfortable without us even knowing they were there! Thorn Springs will definitely be seeing the Maritz’s again, though we will probably try a winter stay next time.

  • Guest

    “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Thorn Springs in the Karoo. Our daily routine revolved around walking, trail running, mountain biking and mountain climbing. The magnificent home with all its fireplaces going kept us warm during the icy Karoo nights. The mornings on the verandas sipping coffee and watching our many children enjoying the freedom of the farm was very rewarding. We loved the fresh air and all the photos we took had lots of blue sky. It was the perfect Karoo farm experience.”

  • Guest

    “We had a really lovely time at Thorn Springs! Spectacular night skies! All round, it is a really comfortable, easy to be in and gently done farmhouse.”

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Off peak: R5 000 for up to 6 guests, R6 250 for 7 - 9 guests, 9 375 for 10 - 14 guests

Peak: TBC

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

Accepted credit cards

No credit cards accepted; bank payments (EFT) only please

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.