We feel privileged to live on such a beautiful property and invite you to explore our extensive garden with its majestic Oak and Yellowwood trees. Relax on the lawns surrounded by mass-plantings of agapanthus, irises, arum lilies, red-hot pokers and cannas. Feel free to wander through the farm 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 malachite kingfisher, three owl species and the resident fish eagle pair.
“A haven of peace and happiness” - Doris Craib
Breakfasts are available by prior arrangement. Please indicate when you make a booking.
Breakfast is served in the Guest House dining room.
Full English Breakfast R100
Continental breakfast R60
(fruit, yogurt, cereal, toast, juice)
(served 07:00 till 09:00)
Free, safe, covered
Rooms are serviced daily
(except Sundays & Public Holidays).
In the case of a longer stay,
bed linen & towels are changed
Laundry service available by arrangement from Monday to Friday.
Flat screen TV & DSTV (hospitality package) in all rooms and self-catering cottage
Rooms are equipped with percale linen, toiletries & towels, hairdryer, electric blankets, heating/cooling, extra blankets, kettle & hospitality tray, fresh drinking water, magazines, electrical charging points, emergency torch, insect repellent
(there are no self-catering
facilities in Guest House rooms)
For your convenience, complimentary WI-FI is available in the Guest House.
THINGS TO DO & SEE
Wander through the farm
vegetable garden, it's a
Spot interesting birds at the pond
in the garden.
Try out the various mountain bike trails in the surrounding area.
Feel free to harvest black berries when in season.
Try your hand at fly fishing on the
Do a game drive at:
Mountain Zebra National Park
Addo Elephant National Park
Camdeboo National Park
Take a basket and collect fresh farm eggs from the coop.
Enjoy a hike on the
Visit the Museums
Pay a visit to the Somerset East Museum or the Walter Battiss
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.