Rooms: 3 units: 2 king/twins with en-suite bath and shower. And 3 twin rooms with 2 shared bathrooms. Self catering option on request for whole house.
Prices: Dinner, bed and breakfast: R650 - R800 pp sharing. B&B only from R400.
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Meals: Full breakfast and dinner included (Karoo lamb a speciality).
Directions: 42km on the R75 south of Graaff-Reinet, Wheatlands turn-off to the left, 8km up a gravel road.
Welcome to Wheatlands, where if you’re looking for flat-screens, iPod docks and other city trappings, you’re in the wrong place. Wheatlands is for those who want antique, country-farm luxury and can’t spell ‘mod-con’. Built in 1912 on the profits of ostrich feathers (a so-called ‘feather palace’), don’t expect a humble farmhouse; I found a gigantic manor mingling Cape Dutch and Edwardian styles, a façade dominated by three extravagant gables and a lovely white-pillared rear verandah opening onto a green lake of lush lawn where heritage roses sprout like weeds. Haul your wagon into the huge sandy courtyard (to the strains of the goat chorus) and grace the long, cool, wood-panelled grand hall. It’s a lofty pleasure after the desert heat of the Karoo and an appropriate home for Wheatlands’ antique furniture and Persian rugs. Elsewhere, the bright, homely lounge, replete with cushioned windowsills, houses the grand piano. Corridors are lined with first editions, there’s a snug for reading, and high-ceilinged guest bedrooms are not converted outhouses but an integral, lived-in part of the home. Wonderful wanders can be had in the sprawling back gardens and the Shorts are astoundingly nice people, brimful of the hostly arts. Kirsten and Diana cook decadent dinners, eaten at one large oak table, while David and Arthur are serious wool and mohair farmers. And cricketers. They even have their own ground. Of course, it’s Aimee and Emma, David and Kirsten’s little daughters who really rule the manor.... Enjoy.