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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 and light country-style suppers are available by prior arrangement. Please indicate when you make a booking.

Meals are served in the Guest House dining room.

Continental breakfast: R50 per head     Full English breakfast: R80 per head (served 07:30 till 09:30) 

Supper: R100 per head 

(serving time by arrangement)

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.






Feel free to wander through the organic vegetable garden, it's a “work-in-progress”.


Try 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

On R63.  About 6km from Somerset East, go past the Glen Avon turning on your right hand side. Cross the Little Fish River Bridge (unmarked). Go up the hill to the Blue Gum trees and look out for a sharp little turning to the right. Take the sharp little turn and then turn right again immediately. The lane swings left, follow the lane, the Gardiol entrance is on the left hand side.

From Somerset East

On R63.  About 4km from town (from Gill College), look out for a big clump of Blue Gum trees on the left hand side. Ignore the sharp left turning. Take the left turning which runs parallel to the R63 (there is a metal flower marker). The road swings left, follow the lane.  The Gardiol entrance is on the left hand side.