Letskraal, one of the oldest farms in the Graaff-Reinet district, is ringed by the distant ironstone peaks of the Sneeuberg mountains.
This is a place of tangible history, careful restoration and utter peace.
Letskraal was once the farmstead of Andries Pretorius. His family lived here nearly two centuries ago, and he only left to join the Voortrekkers thanks to the persuasive powers of Sarel Cilliers in 1838.
The farmstead went to rack and ruin over several decades, but has been painstakingly restored to its former glory by owner Johan Minnaar. He even used handmade tools to make sure there were no jarring sharp edges.
Built of sundried mud and straw in the authentic Karoo Vernacular style, this lovely farmstead is comfortably furnished and does not have electricity – as befits its history.
Letskraal can comfortably sleep seven people (and during the months with mild weather, at least two can sleep in a covered oxwagon). The house has a fully equipped kitchen with two fridges, gas stove and hearth.
This is a stylish and welcoming place.
Fresh, delicious groundwater is supplied by a nearby windpump. Its metallic sighs are sometimes the only sound apart from birdsong. There are two full outdoor bathrooms with piping hot water from a donkey boiler nearby.
Letskraal is a place where you go for long walks into the Karoo veld. Read a book for the whole day, swim in the farm dam, hang out under the shady grape pergola or cycle down a farmroad.
Bring your dog. This is a pet-friendly Karoo farmstay.
At dusk, there is candlelight, lamplight and the braai fire, plus more modern solar-powered lanterns.
You have the farmstead to yourself, but should help be needed, Lydia and Patrick Jacobs live within walking distance.
- For more information, call Johan Minnaar on 083 642 7774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.