We feel privileged to live on such a beautiful property and encourage you to explore our extensive garden with its majestic Oak and Yellowwood trees. Relax on the lawns and enjoy the mass-plantings of agapanthus, irises, arum lilies, red-hot pokers and cannas. Feel free to wander through the organic vegetable gardens (a work in progress). Venture into the Berry House and when the blackberries are in season, we’ll provide you with a basket for your pickings. Stop by at the free range chickens which provide our nutritious breakfast eggs. Birdwatchers will enjoy spotting, amongst others, the paradise flycatcher, the giant kingfisher, three owl species and the resident fish eagle pair.

“A haven of peace and happiness” - Doris Craib


We offer a working farm stay, tranquil country gardens and a sense of history.

Enjoy luxurious, fresh, country rooms with all the modern conveniences.





Breakfasts are available by prior arrangement.  Please indicate when you make a booking.

Breakfast is served in the Guest House dining room.

Continental breakfast: R50 per head     Full English breakfast:  R90 per head 

(served 07:00 till 09:00) 

Free Wifi


For your convenience, complimentary WI-FI is available in the Guest House.



Laundry service available on request.



DSTV is available in all rooms. 

Rooms are serviced daily. 
In the case of a longer stay, 
bed linen & towels are changed by arrangement. 

Gourmet Dining

Celebrated chef Janet Telian is available to cook for discerning guests who choose to experience exceptional gourmet dining. Guests will be able to join Janet at her home Rosehope in town for dinner.

This is strictly by prior arrangement.






Wander through the organic vegetable garden, it's a 



Spot some interesting birds at the pond in the garden.

Mountain biking
Try out the various mountain bike trails in the surrounding area. 
Pick Berries

Feel free to harvest black berries  when in season.

Collect Eggs

Take a basket and collect some fresh farm eggs from the coop.

Fly Fishing

Try your hand at fly fishing on the

surrounding farms.


Enjoy a hike on the

surrounding mountains. 

National Parks

Do a game drive at:

Mountain Zebra National Park

Addo Elephant National Park

Camdeboo National Park

Visit the Museums

Pay a visit to the Somerset East Museum or the Walter Battiss

Art Museum. 



From Cookhouse / Port Elizabeth R63

As you approach Somerset East, about 7km from town, you’ll pass the Glen Avon turning; you’ll then cross the Little Fish River Bridge (unmarked). Go up the hill and be on the lookout for a small little green sign on the right which says Gardiol. Turn off sharp right at the sign and then sharp right again immediately. The lane swings left and becomes gravel … follow for about 200m and you’ll see the white entrance pillars on the left. Proceed to the gate.

From Somerset East

R63 to Cookhouse … about 4km from town (Gill College), look out for a big clump of Blue Gum trees on the left.  Do not take the left turning at the paintball sign. Just a bit further is a little green sign which says Gardiol. Turn sharp left at the sign and then turn right immediately. The lane swings left and becomes gravel … follow for about 200m and you’ll see the white entrance pillars on the left. Proceed to the gate.



email: info@gardiolcountryhouse.com | tel: 042 2430205  | cel: 063 6827651

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