Near Gansbaai, Overberg, South Africa
The Guardian, June 2011
"Perched right in the middle of the fynbos, the facilities at Farm 215 are as uncompromising as they are luxurious - a refusal to add chemicals means the drinking water is a peaty yellow and the bath water a teaky brown; the three "fynbos suites" are solar-powered... Even to the uninitiated, staying in the midst of such a precious ecosystem - sharing the knowledge and hospitality of such committed conservationists - is clearly a rare privilege."
The Independant, March 2009
"This luxury retreat is in a vast nature reserve, overlooking the Agulhas Plains and the Atlantic Ocean on the Western Cape. There are just six rooms spread between the country house homestead and three freestanding suites: eye-catching design with wood-burning stoves, downy duvets and toiletries made from native fynbos plants. You can relax by the designer lap pool along a winding walkway, or go hiking with a local guide."
"The individual cottages, angled to look rosy-faced into the sunset and onto sea and mountains, squat above the 35 different species of protea that contribute to the vast and wild garden. Yellow lichen, a sign of air purity, paints the rock faces of this self-sufficient retreat. The log fire in the restaurant provides the under-floor heating, while solar panels heat the spectacular chlorine-free 25m-lap pool. Maarten is constantly improving his fynbos world and speaks with eager animation of plans in progress..."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“The Fynbos suites are absolutely stunning: the architecture, the interior, the views, all are extremely special. A great place to settle for a couple of days and wind down. It is not cheap but if you consider the fact that they have chosen to (almost) completely manage the place in a sustainable way with respect for nature and local social structure I am willing to pay a little extra.”
Michiel, Netherlands (17.12.11)