Skilpadkloof Farm Cottages

Set in the foothills of the majestic Swartberg range, in the shadow of the legendary Towerkop Peaks, are the three stylishly renovated, traditional workers cottages. The farmland is surrounded by neatly tended vineyards, orchards and lucerne fields of neighbouring farmers and the homestead looks out onto the hills of a private game farm.

Each cottage has a comfortably appointed double bedroom with an en-suite shower room, a fully equipped kitchen, a sitting room and a private patio. All linen, towels, crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils are provided. The cottages are each equipped with a small fridge and a stove. A hearty farm breakfast or a delicious dinner will be provided with pleasure, by prior arrangement. Alternatively a hamper can be arranged with locally sourced ingredients.

The 57 ha farmland is a scenic and tranquil haven for succulent Karoo vegetation and a stroll or hike in any direction will reward the walker with an astonishing diversity of plant life unique to the area. A pleasant 10 km drive leads to the village of Ladismith where you will find your everyday needs.

Interesting walking trails and challenging cycling routes are plentiful in the area. Nearby towns of Barrydale and Calitzdorp are renowned for their ports, brandies and wine. The nearby Seweweekspoort, an awe-inspiring passage between imposing cliffs and peaks, is a World Heritage Site worth exploring.

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Reviews

  • "Absolutely Beautiful!"

    15 January 2018

    "This is such a beautiful property. The cottage I stayed in (the green cottage) was a gorgeous little self-contained unit that was wonderfully maintained and offered everything I needed for my 'I want to be alone', self catering holiday. What I loved most was the enchanting patio. One step off it and you're on the hill where you can take a lovely walk up a gentle slope. The only reason I didn't give comfort a resounding 5 stars was because I struggled to get cold water out of the basin taps in both the kitchen and bathroom...only hot. But the cold water in the shower was fine. I highly recommend Skilpadkloof - thank you so much Murray for an absolutely wonderful stay."

    Julie Sander
  • "Lovely weekend getaway"

    17 July 2017

    "We stayed in the Blue cottage, which was quaint and cosy, with a decent indoor fireplace. The cottage was furnished with rarely-seen attention to detail and provided everything we needed for a weekend stay. Its a great place to go if you need a little peace and quiet, and the hosts are friendly and generous. The fact that they supplied fresh fruit and milk was amazingly thoughtful.<br/><br/>Establishment's response: <br/><br/>Hi David and Jessica, <br/>Many thanks for your great review! So glad you enjoyed your short time with us, please visit us again soon, for a longer time! Spring (Sept/Oct) is beautiful, ideal for long lazy hikes and fascinating birding!<br/>Regards,<br/>Murray<br/><br/>"

    David Berliner
  • "SkilpadKloof Farm Cottages"

    19 June 2017

    "We loved every moment!!Spotless clean and it has everything that you need.Highly recommended - and we would love to go back again soon."

    Sandra Petts
  • "Beautiful and peaceful"

    09 January 2017

    "We had a wonderful time at Skilpadkloof! The surroundings are beautiful and it is very peaceful on the farm! The hosts were really wonderful and were very helpful when we had car troubles! The homemade bread was also amazing!!"

    Hilde Heyns, South Africa
  • "Awesome rustic stay"

    24 October 2016

    "Stayed in the "Red" cottage. Wonderful location with stunning views, spotlessly clean and with all the promised amenities. Loved the "off-grid" setup of the dwelling. We will definitely be back!"

    Matt Elliott, South Africa
  • "Skilpadkloof"

    05 April 2016

    "Had a friendly warm reception.Fantastic cosy cottage.Very tasteful decorations and neat.Everything was explained to us.Lovely walks in the Little Karoo,clean air.Thanks Hennie en Marcelle Ferreira."

    HENNIE FERREIRA, South Africa
  • "In the heart of the Klein Karoo"

    01 June 2015

    "What a gorgeous little cottage - revamped old worker's cottage where every little detail was thought of. A beautiful night's stay under the karoo sky and a huge thank you to our host, Murray."

    Kelly Dean, South Africa
  • "Peace and quiet"

    02 May 2015

    "Our stay at Skilpadkloof was amazing! The cottages are excellently equipped, and the area a treat to explore!"

    Janelize van der Merwe, South Africa
  • "Lovely stay."

    17 November 2014

    "We stayed in the green cottage for one night only (unfortunately)on our way to Cape Town. What a lovely stopover. So peaceful and comfortable. Definitely recommend this place.Thank you."

    stephanie pinnoy, South Africa
  • "Overnight stay at Skilpadkloof Cottages"

    22 December 2012

    "We only slept one night, but what a fantastic stay! The total silence of the farm with a terrific sunset was simply amazing. The decor of the cottage is stunning and everything you need is there. Even a bowl of fresh fruit and tea/coffee and fresh milk to welcome you. Will definitely recommend to friends & family!"

    Andre Rademan, South Africa
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