From R1100 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 tranquillity, spacious accommodation, an overpowering sense of space and the unique nature of the richest floral biome in the world. The retreat lies half way up 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
Fynbos Suites are 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 whole front of the suite consists of glass with 3 big glass sliding doors.
Facilities & Amenities: 3 interconnected spaces: lounge, bed- and bath-area; bath positioned in front of a large window, shower and toilet; wood-stove in the lounge warms the suite up during chilly evenings; 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.
THINGS TO DO
Hiking: Farm 215 has an extensive infrastructure of hiking trails and farm roads of more than 20 kilometers. Hikes vary from gentle to more adventurous and can take an hour up to a whole day. Only guests and a restricted amount of permit holders have right of access to the reserve and clear rules of behaviour do apply. Discover over 800 plant species and 800 hectares of various natural habitats. Horse Riding, Wine Tasting.
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. Advance reservation for the first night of the stay is appreciated.
The retreat is in the middle of the Cape Agulhas wine-region, the newest wine-region of South Africa and all wines come from local estates such as Stanford Hills and Hermanuspietersfontein.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Green Cleaning
♡ Local & Organic
♡ Responsible Body Products
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Eco Architecture
♡ Land Rehabilitation
♡ Community Upliftment
♡ Fair Trade Tourism Practices
Farm 215 operates under strict “green guidelines” and in a sustainable manner where they place the integrity of the environment first, and aim to keep the footprint of both themselves and 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 they 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 the biodegradable waste is used as fertilizer.
They advocate local and organic products and purchase everything needed within a 60km radius around the reserve; only if certain products cannot be sourced locally, will they look further than this. The 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 employees are from the area between Baardskeerdersbos and Stanford. The 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.