Kersefontein

West Coast

Rooms: 6: 2 doubles, 2 twins, 1 separate two-bedroom cottage, 1 new suite with double bed, lounge, en-suite shower & bath.

Prices: R650 - R750 pp sharing. Suite: R950 pp sharing. No single supplements. Aircraft hire prices depend on the trip.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinners by arrangement: R290 excluding wine (licensed bar on the farmyard).

Directions: From Cape Town take N7 off N1. Bypass Malmesbury, 5km later turn left towards Hopefield. After 50km bypass Hopefield, turn right signed Velddrif. After 16km farm signed on right just before grain silos. Cross bridge and gates on the left.

Julian Melck
between Hopefield and Velddrif, Hopefield, West Coast, Western Cape

Cell: (0)83-454-1025
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Nothing has changed at Kersefontein since the first edition. Julian’s convivial dinner parties are still a reason to book in on their own. And Julian himself remains a Renaissance man, described on his business card as ‘Farmer, Pig-killer, Aviator and Advocate of the High Court of S.A.’ He farms cows, sheep and horses on the surrounding fields, and wild boar appear deliciously at dinner. He also hires and pilots a six-seater plane and a flight round the Cape or along the coast is a must. He modestly leaves out his virtuosity as a pianist and organist and some of us trooped off one Sunday morning, braving a 40-minute sermon in Afrikaans, to hear him play toccatas by Bach, Giguot and Widor at the local church. When not eating, riding or flying, guests lounge on the pontoon, swim in the river or read books from Kersefontein’s many libraries. Or they use the house as a base to visit the coast or the Swartland wineries, which are really taking off. The homestead is seventh generation and the rooms either Victorian or African in temperament, with antiques handed down by previous Melcks. It’s certainly worth splashing out on the luxury suite, in a separate barn next to a breakfast room clad in a stunning array of framed, pressed wild flowers from the nearby fields. You are fed like a king, but treated as a friend and I am always recommending people to go here.

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