Welcome to the peaceful tranquility of Voorbedacht Farm, a magnificent retreat tucked away at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains – a World Heritage Site with unforgettable vistas. Nestled among rolling hillsides and lush green pastures, this historic estate offers a sublime blend of luxury and relaxation. Long admired for its original farmhouses, expertly converted into four-bedroom and three-bedroom suites complete with brooky lace finishes, Oregon Pine floors and ceilings, Voorbedacht exudes charm and elegance with each stunning suite. Just imagine the peace that awaits you here…the perfect place to escape from it all or share special moments with your loved ones. Step inside and experience everything this unique destination has to offer – fabulous dining, unique Karoo style architecture and an aura that is truly something special.
The Lodge – Swartberg County Manor offers 25 comfortable en-suite guest rooms. The Historical House (1864) has four enchanting rooms overlooking a fig orchard. The Main House offers 11 stylish rooms, with breathtaking panoramic mountain views from the open lounge. A further nine rooms are set in true Karoo style cottages, with a dreamy honeymoon suite to top it all.
The Rooms – Slip into bedded bliss in our 11 tastefully decorated rooms, suitable for romantic weekends away, family visits, or for that perfect pocket that inspires rest and relaxation. Combining classical styles with modern touches, we employ our guests to share in our charming history which dates back to 1864, and our desire is that your stay in your chosen room will be an unforgettably charming experience.
Cottages – Each cottage contains three independent rooms, each leading onto a comfortable veranda overlooking the mountains. The views, we’re told, are so inspiring, you might never want to go to bed.
Buoyed by the rich and varied ingredients of its homeland, a stay with us is truly an experience of authentic South African cuisine. Savour the flavours of the country at The Patat Restaurant – a timelessly elegant space that has become a haven for relaxed dining and good conversation. Our chefs carefully craft their dishes from locally-sourced, seasonal produce to bring you tastes that are as distinctive as they are delicious; including traditional street foods, classic comfort food and an array of vegetarian options. Our expertly-curated wine menu also provides special insight into South Africa’s vibrant, terroir-driven wines. At Patat Restaurant, we strive to make all our guests feel like they’ve come home – so join us to explore the cultural diversity that makes South African cuisine unique and unforgettable.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Welcome to Oudtshoorn’s best kept secret nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Swartberg Mountains! The perfect place for adventure-seekers and nature-lovers alike – let us serve as your home away from home while you take in all the beauty that surrounds us. With lush green trees, rocky terrains, crystal clear streams and cascading waterfalls, this is a destination you need to see to believe. Just steps from world-famous Cango Caves and a 15km drive is all it takes to get to the top of Swartberg Pass for breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. Get ready for an unforgettable experience – explore Gamkaskloof (“Die Hel”), enjoy sightseeing and hear the song of Fish Eagles echoing through undisturbed vistas as far as your eyes can see. Come indulge yourself with us and discover memories made here that will last a lifetime!
Picnics & Pairings – As the weather gets warmer, we encourage our guests to enjoy al fresco eating on our beautiful lawns with our Gourmet Picnics – the essential Summer dining experience. You can tuck into freshly made bread, homemade pesto and humus, a variety of cold meats and locally sourced cheeses and preserves…not forgetting a bottle of Tangled Tree wine, designed especially for picnics. We also encourage guests to customize their choices, if we have a full days’ notice in advance, and we’re always keen to recommend local delicacies. Each month we offer a new pairing experience to delight the taste buds, drawing on inspiration from our local area. Our chefs create a unique dining experience that will change the way you view food, as well as introducing you to locally crafted gin, wine and beer.
Mountain Biking – For cycling and walking fans, numerous trails run from the manor, from gentle, leisurely excursions, to more rugged terrain. The slopes of the mountains reveal a richness of flora and fauna, a pleasure to see in any season. For those who wish for more of a challenge, take a guided tour of the Cango Caves and walk/crawl through some of the most impressive caverns of towering stalagmite.
Swartberg Pass – Thought of by many as a national monument, the mystery and history of the pass displays an incredible array of scenery. Take a slow drive and discover epic views. As one of the steepest passes in South Africa, the terrain can be a little tricky to navigate, but don’t think that you can only venture through it with a 4×4 – imposing views can be enjoyed in any vehicle and it’s a breath-taking drive.
Country Life – A warm welcome awaits, the chance to relax being the centre of our way of life. We promise a stress-free stay in one our country’s most attractive areas. Wake up to the gentle sounds of nearby working farm life, and have the chance to explore the true spirit of subsistence farming in the Little Karoo.
WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
Experience a magical and unforgettable wedding day at our stunning venue. Boasting exclusive attention to detail and an unbeatable setting, the perfect location for any bride or groom awaits. Exchange your vows in summer on our pristine lawns beneath a canopy of trees or inside our 1930’s chapel, and enjoy your reception either inside the restaurant or on the immaculate grounds. In the winter, the possibility of snow will create a mesmerizing backdrop – the mountains become even more picturesque when blanketed in white. Make your special day one you will never forget with us at this unforgettable venue!
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life at Swartberg Country Manor – the perfect venue for your special day. Located just an hour away from George International Airport, our stunning manor is steeped in history and charm and will offer your guests a unique, unforgettable experience. Whether you are planning a traditional wedding or something a little more intimate, our experienced team can cater to all of your needs. We have packages for parties of 20 to 120 people, each bringing their own distinct flair and atmosphere. Stay with us and create memories that will last a lifetime.