Farm living has always been an integral part of South African heritage and our countryside boasts some spectacular farms. City dwellers often flock to farms to indulge in the tranquillity of the open spaces or to enjoy the natural beauty of the environment and the history associated with some of the farmhouses. If you’re lucky you will even get to see farm animals roaming around and witness firsthand how a farm is operated. It’s impossible not to feel completely recharged after you’ve spent a couple of days on a farm and that’s why TravelGround scouted 8 beautiful guest farms all across the Western Cape!

Witklip Guest Farm is the perfect place if you are looking for a true countryside getaway. This revamped farmhouse is beautifully decorated and is situated between grain and canola fields on a working farm just outside Moorreesburg. You can experience the tranquillity of the farm and listen to the sheep in the background while you sit around the fire or enjoy the wood fire hot tub outside.

Where: Moorreesburg
Type: Farmhouse
Sleeps: 8 guests
Facilities: Fireplace, braai and Kol Kol wood fire hot tub

The vast and beautiful Karoo consists of many farms and you can enjoy an authentic Karoo experience at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm in Prince Albert. This historic farmhouse has a lovely verandah where you can relax and take in the stunning landscapes around you. There is nothing like completely switching off on a farm in the middle of the Karoo!

Where: Prince Albert
Type: Farmhouse, Struben’s Place, farm cottage and campsite
Sleeps: Up to 20 guests
Facilities: Braai, swimming pool, conference facilities and wheelchair-friendly

You can enjoy nature at its best while staying in one of the comfortable cottages on Hemelsbreed Farm. This farm is situated at the foot of the imposing Sonderend Mountains just outside of Greyton and it has breathtaking views of the area. The horses will make your farm stay extra memorable.

Where: Greyton
Type: Farmhouse and cottages
Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Facilities: Fireplace and braai area

You can get lost between the olive trees, fruit orchard and vineyards at Klein Nektar Farm Cottage. This farm-style cottage is beautifully equipped and you can enjoy off-the-grid living in the countryside. It is situated on a farm in the heart of Montagu and is the ideal accommodation if you want to explore Route 62.  

Where: Montagu
Type: Cottage
Sleeps: 4 guests
Facilities: Fireplace and braai

With the majestic Sonderend Mountains towering over the farm landscape, The Oaks Estate is the perfect place to unwind and take in the scenery. You can also see how this cattle and fruit farm is operated. Accommodation on this historical farm is beautifully equipped and you can relax in a freestanding bath while taking in the incredible views of the countryside.

Where: Greyton
Type: Loft rooms, luxury suites, farmhouse and cottages
Sleeps: Up to 23 guests
Facilities: Wheelchair-friendly, braai area and conference facilities

The Blue Cow Barn – Boutique Farm Accommodation is situated in the quaint town of Barrydale on Route 62. The neat cottages are the ideal accommodation in the Overberg if you want to escape the bustling city. You can unwind in true country style while exploring the farm and vegetable gardens and cooling off in the dam.

Where: Barrydale
Type: Cottages
Sleeps: Up to 7 guests
Facilities: Braai facilities and WiFi

Uitkyk Guest Farm is just the place if you’re looking for accommodation for a big group on a tranquil farm. The spacious house is situated on a beautiful farm close to the picturesque town of Swellendam. The stunning scenery from the swimming pool won’t disappoint and you can spend quality time with friends and family around the bonfire at night.

Where: Swellendam
Type: Farmhouse
Sleeps: 8 guests
Facilities: Swimming pool, conference facilities, braai area and fireplace

There is beauty in the landscape of the Swartland and you can experience it at Vleidam Guest Farm. This historical farm offers incredible views of the fertile farmland and you can enjoy a stay in one of the three cottages that were built in the 1920s. The farm animals create an idyllic atmosphere, ensuring a peaceful country getaway in beautifully decorated cottages.

Where: Moorreesburg
Type: Cottages
Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Facilities: Wheelchair-friendly, swimming pool, braai area and fireplace

So, next time the noisy city gets too much, simply escape to the countryside! It has never been easier than with this selection of great farm stays.

Feature image: Klein Nektar Farm Cottage (TravelGround)