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Kersefontein Guest Farm

Kersefontein Guest Farm

Kersefontein Guest Farm is a historic farm near Hopefield in the Swartland. Originally purchased in 1770 by one Martin Melck, the Melck family prospered through the centuries, and today the outstanding old Cape Dutch homestead and outbuildings are national monuments, standing as a testimony to the family and their work over the eight generations during which they have farmed here.

But there is much more to Kersefontein. It is a farm, yes, and also a guest farm, but it is also a part of the history of the region and the Cape. And today it is the canvas against which the present owner can be seen conjuring up his magic. Julian Melck is “the present custodian” and farmer and raconteur and hunter and organist of note.

There is only generosity at Kersefontein, starting with the magnificent old Cape Dutch homestead with its original timber floors, doors, ceilings, and family furniture. The antique furniture (if nothing else) is evidence of the family’s character and interests through the years.

Guest accommodation is in six rooms fashioned out of some of the characterful old out-buildings. There are two double rooms, two twin rooms, one separate two-bedroom cottage, and one suite with double bed, lounge, and en-suite shower and bath. Pricing at Kersefontein is readily accessible to most visitors, so it is worth reserving the suite.

Breakfast is a full-on cooked, farm-fresh affair and is part of the inclusive room rate. Dinner is an optional extra, but, frankly, there should not be an option. For goodness sake take it, as the farm has the freshest of home-grown ingredients harvested from its own gardens, fields, and herds (with the occasional animal taken by the hunter and shared with guests). The early 19th century dining room is formally set for the evening dinner. Laden with the family silver and lit by candlelight, it is a real joy, particularly special if one remembers that this is someone’s home rather than a hotel decorated to impress guests. There is also very little that can compare with farm-cooked meals prepared by loving hands.

It is easy to relax at Kersefontein, whether browsing the library, taking a walk in the farmyard and beyond, picnicking, or boating. Wander the farm’s thousands of acres to get a picture of its daily activities and admire its many historic buildings.

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