Farm 215

Near Gansbaai, Overberg, South Africa

Press Reviews

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."

Greenwood 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..."

Guest Ratings


Guest Reviews

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  • “Lovely, relaxing stay in a remote outpost. Very peaceful environment. All meals we had were very good quality and very good value, especially with the rand to £ exchange rate as it is.”
    Chloe, United Kingdom (30.01.14)

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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