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Farm 215

Near Gansbaai, Overberg, South Africa

Stunning eco-chic retreat and private nature reserve with far-reaching sea and fynbos views - a great stop-off between Cape Town and the Garden Route

200km down the coast from Cape Town, near Africa's most southerly point, is a land dominated by ancient vegetation, flower fields and coastal plains. Many come to see the whales from the shore, but if you drive inland up a 4km gravel track you can reach Farm 215. Don't be put off by its simple entrance sign - this will not be a wasted journey.

Less farm, more private nature reserve, it's a renovated homestead in the heart of a vast expanse of unspoilt fynbos heathland. Only occasional breezes and birdsong interrupt the deep stillness here. Of its 6 rooms, 3 are freestanding suites: stylish and comfortable, yet run on 100% green energy powered by the sun. Lie in bed and you'll believe you're sleeping outside: wall-to-wall windows give astonishing views across the plains to the distant ocean. It's rural but not rustic: clean lines and fine wine mean you won't be roughing it. Owner Maarten has harmonised nature and hotel together, then wrapped it up with some serious eco-savvy.

Guest Ratings

Room:
80%
Food:
100%
Service:
100%
Value:
80%
Overall:
90%

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Highs

  • There's an incredible sense of space, wilderness and tranquillity, yet it's only a 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town
  • The innovative Fynbos Suites offer simple luxury and huge views
  • The friendly, passionate and generous staff have expert knowledge of the surrounding flora and fauna
  • The striking 25m lap pool stretches towards the ocean
  • There's a contemporary dining area where you can enjoy warm fires and an eclectic collection of music and books (from Roberts' Birds of South Africa to The History of Punk)
  • It's set in one of the world's richest floral kingdoms, has won awards for its sustainable land use and it’s close to great shore-based whale-watching, horse riding and hiking trails

Lows

  • The reserve is accessed via a 4km gravel track - not for the faint-hearted, though perfectly fine for normal cars
  • Its remoteness makes this a destination, not just somewhere to stay for a night
  • During November and December it can get quite windy
  • Dinner is a set menu, so let them know about any food preferences in advance

The facilities at Farm 215 are as uncompromising as they are luxurious...        

The GuardianFarm 215:  Read more press reviews
Save to favouritesPrintMailFarm 215200km down the coast from Cape Town, near Africa's most southerly point, is a land dominated by ancient vegetation, flower fields and coastal plains. Many come to see the whales from the shore, but if you drive inland up a 4km gravel track you can reach Farm 215. Don't be put off by its simple entrance sign - this will not be a wasted journey. Less farm, more private nature reserve, it's a renovated homestead in the heart of a vast expanse of unspoilt fynbos heathland. Only occasional breezes and birdsong interrupt the deep stillness here. Of its 6 [r:sa012:rooms], 3 are freestanding suites: stylish and comfortable, yet run on 100% green energy powered by the sun. Lie in bed and you'll believe you're sleeping outside: wall-to-wall windows give astonishing views across the plains to the distant ocean. It's rural but not rustic: clean lines and fine wine mean you won't be roughing it. Owner Maarten has harmonised nature and hotel together, then wrapped it up with some serious eco-savvy.

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