TREAD LIGHTLY, BREATHE DEEPLY AND LET NATURE TAKE THE LEAD
Check in: 15:00 ; Check out: 11:00
From R1000 per person per night sharing
Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve is an inspiring sustainable destination, situated 20km from the fishing town of Gansbaai in the Uilkraal Valley between Stanford and Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape’s unspoiled Southern Overberg.
Far removed from the daily grind of life, Farm 215 is a private, intimate and secluded retreat where you can enjoy tranquility, spacious accommodation, an overpowering sense of space and the unique nature of the richest floral biome in the world. The retreat lies at the foot of “fynbos”-covered mountains in the middle of an 800 hectare pristine private nature reserve and enjoys undisturbed views over the Agulhas Plains towards the ocean.
The reserve is a Protected Area and a sanctuary for hundreds of rare, endemic and common fynbos plants of the threatened Cape Floral Kingdom, known for its weird and wonderful shapes and flowers.
Off the beaten track in a very natural area, its buildings are in an isolated position and Nature rules supreme. Where all attention is given to the quality and comfort of the accommodation and its amenities, Farm 215 is not a resort, but a place where people can retreat in natural and rural surroundings in a down-to-earth and relaxed guesthouse.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION STANFORD
Spaced out along a meandering path in the middle of pristine nature, these large and modern freestanding units offer ultimate privacy and seclusion. Views stretch over the unspoilt Agulhas Plains towards the ocean, down towards the lake of Kraaiboschdam and surrounding vineyards of the Lomond Wine Estate.
The Fynbos Suite exists of 3 interconnected spaces: lounge, bed- and bath-area. The shower and toilet are accessed by the only inside-door in the suite, while the bath is positioned in front of a large window. A wood-stove in the lounge warms the suite up during chilly evenings. The whole front of the suite consists of glass with 3 big glass sliding doors that open up to a covered wooden deck that stretches out over the whole front of the unit.
There are 2 guestrooms on the first floor of the homestead, both with wooden floors and balconies where you can enjoy endless views from your bed over this unspoiled part of the Overberg through large sash-windows. One room has a king-size bed while the other room has twin beds in a king frame.
The 1 downstairs room is the largest and the coolest in summer, has a covered terrace and a private garden filled with chattering birds in the morning. All bathrooms are en-suite with a bath and separate shower.
Each room has a small efficient wood-stove that heats up in no time, ample packing-space, comfortable chairs and a study-table. Though these rooms clearly have modern elements, they have a more traditional feel than the Fynbos Suites.
Farm 215 caters for all meals of the day. All produce is sourced locally, ingredients are organic as far as possible and most of the meat comes from a neighbouring sheep and cattle farm. We only serve fish which is listed on the green list of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative.
The chef decides what will be on the menu. Arrangements can be made in advance regarding food allergies, vegetarian options etc.
The retreat is in the middle of the Cape Agulhas wine-region, the newest wine-region of South Africa and all wines come from 4 local estates: Lomond Wine Estate, Die Werft, Stanford Hills and Hermanuspietersfontein.
The Farm 215 Reserve is accessed from the “fynbos road”, a 100km stretch from Stanford to Cape Agulhas which is also the southern-most point of the African continent and entrance to the Agulhas National Park. The retreat is reached via a wobbly farm road which has a varying level of smoothness, but is always suitable for all normal cars.
FARM 215 NATURE RETREAT & FYNBOS RESERVE: GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Recycling, Green cleaning, Responsible body products, Local & Organic produce, Sustainable energy acumen, Water Wise practices, Eco architecture, Land rehabilitation, Conservation, Community upliftment projects, Fair Trade Tourism practices.
Farm 215 operates under strict “green guidelines” and in a sustainable manner where we place the integrity of the environment in the first place and aim to keep the footprint of both ourselves and our guests as low as possible.
As pioneers in sustainable hospitality, the guesthouse infrastructure has been designed to be compatible with the surrounding nature and to serve the primary purpose of Farm 215: the conservation of a unique piece of the Cape Floral Kingdom on the basis of a small-scale sustainable operation.
Pure, fresh, golden water is sourced from the mountain catchment in the reserve. Surplus water is routed back into the stream and wetland after being routed through sandbanks. There is zero downstream effect as a result of the water-use in the guesthouse and we only use biodegradable cleaning products.
Farm 215 harnesses energy from the sun and uses gas as back-up for water heating on rainy winter days. The Fynbos Suites are 100% off the grid.
All glass, paper, plastic and cans are recycled and our biodegradable waste is fed to the chickens.
We advocate local and organic products and purchase everything we need within a 60km radius around the reserve; only if certain products cannot be sourced locally, will we look further than this. We produce our own vegetables and get our meat from one of our neighbours. Our wine list consists of only local wines; the majority of which are made on vineyards that are members of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative.
In keeping it local, all of our employees are from the area between Baardskeerdersbos and Stanford. Our team undergoes on-the-job training and benefit from remuneration and employment conditions in accordance with all legal stipulations and the further requirements of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa.
Years of clearing invasive alien vegetation has rehabilitated the reserve of Farm 215 to the pristine fynbos and healthy wetlands today. Trees for Tourism is a key joint initiative that creates forest eco-systems for the tourism industry in South Africa to counter-balance the tourism related footprint; under this program in excess of 13,000 trees have been planted in suitable areas of the Farm 215 reserve. Learn more about Trees for Tourism or to make a contribution.
Farm 215 is represented in the boards of the Walkerbay Fynbos Conservancy, the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative and the Uilkraal Estuary Management Forum.
The farm is also one of the proud initiators of the The Skills Exchange Cooperative (SEC). The SEC is a Non-Profit Organization focusing on Social Development and Nature Based Development in the Uilkraal Vallei between Gansbaai and Cape Agulhas. More information.