Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Northern Cape

Rooms: 8: 5 standard double bedrooms, 2 luxury double rooms and 1 family suite, all with en-suite showers; 5 self-catering units.

Prices: R525– R725 pp for B&B. R90 single supplement. Children 6+ on request.
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Meals: Full 'health' breakfast included. 3-course dinners from R205. Self-catering meal options available.

Directions: 12km south of Colesberg, 60km north of Hanover on N1. Look for Kuilfontein sign. If you are flying they have a 1300m airstrip on the property. The runway co-ordinates are as follows. Kuilfontein, S 30 49 04,86 E 024 59 37,05.

Penny and Lexi Southey
Kuilfontein Farm, Route N1, Colesberg, Northern Cape

Tel: (0)51-753-1364
Cell: (0)82-552-2488
Fax: (0)51-753-0200
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A drink is always welcome in the middle of the blazing Karoo and I was gasping when Penny poured mine in the chilled-out guest lounge. Kuilfontein, a busy dairy and sheep farm, has been in the Southey family for five generations and is very much a family business, with daughter Lexi now helping run the guest house. Surrounded by a vast hinterland of arid fields it’s hard to believe it’s only 1.2 kilometres from the N1. The white-washed Stable bedrooms are all named after racehorses, the theme continuing inside with newspaper clippings and framed shots of ‘Danny Boy’ or ‘Equilateral’ (among others) in action. French doors lead from your own verandah onto gleaming screed floors sporting locally-made furniture, as well as the odd family heirloom, while brightly-coloured walls and fine-quality linen create a homely feeling. The ‘Feed Room’ has been appropriately converted into a dining/breakfast room where the resident chef produces tantalising meals from the organic produce on the farm. ‘Home-grown’ Karoo lamb, venison and fresh cream from the dairy are used in conjunction with cactus fruit and other Karoo specialities. Pre-dinner drinks are taken in the bar with its upside-down trough counter and a great selection of wines are available in an old feed bin. A tall wicker stool is the perfect spot to park yourself for cheerful banter, beverages and hilarity. Coffee and liqueurs are served under the spectacular starry skies. For the more energetic there is a spring-water swimming pool, boules and bird-watching. A popular stop-over point, but this farmstead is worth staying a lot longer for. Self-catering option for families. Children and pets accepted at The Paddocks@Kuilfontein.

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Kuilfontein Stable Cottages