It is an odd and wondrous experience to stay on a Karoo farm that is set high on a hill and deep in a forest.
From the R63 road between Cookhouse and Somerset East, you can glimpse where you’ll be staying – a mere flash of gabled grace among the lush gardens and thick green indigenous woodlands of the Boschberg mountains.
Farmer Brett Wienand is the sixth generation in this district. Most of his work happens down below the evergreen yellowwood trees, on the flatter lands where sheep and citrus thrive.
His wife Wendy Wienand is an excellent chef, and it’s a real treat to eat Karoo lamb while gazing down at the mesmerising view through a frame of green trees.
You could stay at the spacious Olive Cottage, which sleeps four and has self-cater options, but there are also several large en suite bedrooms in the house, in a separate wing.
Either way, the views down the valley are nothing short of spectacular.
Olivewoods is also a pretty romantic place to be, with its well-maintained garden and walks through the forest, either up to the plateau or down towards the citrus orchards.
Both Brett and Wendy are very knowledgeable about the region and its attractions. Somerset East, with its intriguing museums, is only a short drive away.
- For more information, see www.olive-woods.co.za, email Wienand@bosberg.co.za, call 082 579 5084 or 042 243 3533.