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The Elegant Farmstead
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was our last place we stayed in our trip to Namibia. We had only one night. If we had known that this place is so fantastic we would have stayed longer. We all talk about coming back and "hanging out" for a while. The grounds were beautiful. The cookies/biscuits and pastries, all home made, were incredible. My grandmother used to make pastries just like the ones that welcomed us to the Elegant Farmstead. After the long drive we were delighted to have a big of something with our coffee out by the pool. The location is remote but well positioned to get to Windhoek. We were there in the dry season so river beds were dry as a bone. They had a short circular trail from the Farmstead that we did before dinner. It was beautiful as the sun was setting but walking on the sandy bottom of the dry river was good work for your thighs. We saw 2 Kudu along the way. The special part of this facility is all the small but special things. The coffee and cookies and brownies when you arrive, coffee left at your door in the morning with an arranged time for the delivery, day beds for lounging the afternoon away, plenty of sitting rooms for reading a good book you brought or one of theirs on the shelves, I could go on. My favourite place was above the pool looking out to the hills as the sun set. It all felt comfy and cozy. I hope we get back soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Great place.. Ideal location for a relaxing week end... The place is unique, an old farm turned into a really cosy, friendly and comfortable place.. Service was great, food was ok.. Really helpful and friendly staff.. Game drive is nice and you ll end up on a mountain, somewhere on a farm for a great sundowner.. Highly recommended as a getaway destination for namibians..

  • Stayed: July 2013
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NeefWindhoek, Owner at The Elegant Farmstead, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Dear David t

Wow, when I read your review on The Elegant Farmstead I was flattered.
Thanks’ too all the Staff at The Elegant Farmstead, well done!
Dear David, we hope to see you back at The Elegant Farmstead soon.

Warm Regards from The Elegant Farmstead

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

2 hours away from the airport, this is a wonderful spot for your first or last day in Namibia.
Beautiful rooms, swimming pool, garden and reserve where you can go walking on your own and see hartebees, springboks, hoags, etc.
The service is really nice and full of (good) surprises. Dinner in the cellar is a must if you have the chance to enjoy it.
This was our last day in Namibia before leaving and it was great to spend it there.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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NeefWindhoek, Owner at The Elegant Farmstead, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

Dear Fabfabfa

We are very Thankful for the fantastic review.
It was really pleasure to have you at The Elegant Farmstead, and thank you for the comment on the Wine Cellar.

The Staff at The Elegant Farmstead including myself take these review very seriously, and reading such a review is a huge boost to keep on doing our best.
Again, Thank you

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The Elegant Farmstead Team
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We were warmly welcomed by Paul and Katya and then toured around the property. Lovely pool, garden area and the general ambience was excellent. Both the managers and staff ( especially Jack) were always looking out for ways to be of assistance. Our bedroom was comfortable and after the turn down service candles were lit and it gave the room that special touch. Food was interesting ( lots of wild game) good wine was available. - what more could one ask?
We did the self guided walk around the farm and the sundowner game drive and it was interesting to note how the animals were a bit skittish when humans came into sight ( there is limited hunting on the farm property ). This was in contrast to game preserves where there was no hunting allowed.
Yes, the road in was rough but so are most of the roads in Namibia. It was handy for leaving our rental car in Windhoek prior to our departure from the airport.
A great final couple of nights in Namibia.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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NeefWindhoek, Owner at The Elegant Farmstead, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

Dear Youngatheart1960

Thank you for the review. It is always a great pleasure to read if guest have enjoyed the stay with us, and it is very motivating.
Just to comment on the limited hunting, Actually we do not do any hunting at the Farmstead, Animal is general are a bit skittish if the see someone walking.
As we do a lot of Game Drive’s, our Game is much more used to the Vehicles.
Thank you so much for your visit, and I hope we will meet again at The Elegant Farmstead.

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The Elegant Farmstead Team
J.Dedig

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Incredible place! I have only best words and top comments for Elegant Farmstead. First of all I just love the setting! In the bush in an old, renovated farmhouse gives a special, homey and welcoming feeling. At the entrance friendly manager greeted us and gave us introductory tour of the place. We were "oohing" and "aahing" at all lovely facilities, especially a big, sparkling pool, which kids made good use of for the rest of the evening and after dinner. Evening meal was elegantly served on the wooden deck, elevated over the surrounding rock garden and overlooking small, lit waterhole, where game gathers for a drink of water. After dinner, a total surprise! Lovely fireplace aglow in the middle of the area surrounded with chairs to relax in quiet of the evening. Selection of cheeses and biltong served on the platters till fire goes out! Rooms were clean, neatly decorated. Bed and fluffy white bedding very comfortable. It was wonderful to wake up in the morning to the sound of guinea fowls calling nearby, to open the door leading directly into the beautifully kept garden. Breakfast was served in the semi-opened area overlooking the pool and rest of the garden. Freshly baked muffins were so delicious! Truly memorable experience!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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NeefWindhoek, Owner at The Elegant Farmstead, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

Dear MasmaNa

Thank you for the great review, Wow, it was really rewarding to read it.
I have printed the review and gave it too all the Staff, and they were so happy. Thank you so much for your visit, and we hope we can great once more at The Elegant Farmstead.

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The Elegant Farmstead Team
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Elegant Farmstead was our last accomodation after a 17 days round trip trough Namibia. We spent two days at this wonderful peaceful place. Elegant Farmstead really stands out, it's very different from the other lodges in Namibia because of it's small scale and authentic feel. The food was great, the staff very very friendly and escpecially the personal touches as well as in decoration as in service are outstanding. Little things make the difference: the mosquito net open when you go to bed, a home made chocolate and a bed time story on your pillow, candles lit in the room, a bonfire in the yard and so on. Don't forget to take a walk on the farm just before sunset to see springbok, oryx, baboons, blesbok and if you're lucky even giraffes!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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NeefWindhoek, Owner at The Elegant Farmstead, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Dear AnnemarieVers

It is amazing to read you review. Thank you for you visit, and we hope you will be back soon.
The team at The Elegant Farmstead is one of the best Teams, and you have so nicely expressed it in your review.
Thank you!!!

Warm Regards from The Elegant Farmstead

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

I was underwhelmed by our one night stay at the Elegant Farmstead.
Our room had an odd set up. The toilet was behind a flimsy sliding hollow core door and stepping into the shower was a bit like entering a dark cave. The room was dark, where the lights were situated didn't seem to illuminate the bed or sink area.
If I had to sum up the room furnishings I'd say they're a bit on the shabby side, in need of a freshening up.

Our included dinner was very institutional, the mushrooms in the gravy/sauce we had were obviously from a can. The dessert, a guava tart was inedible.

If looking for a place to stay near Windhoek before flying out, the location isn't necessarily convenient based on the 20km section of poor road that take a good 30-40 minutes to traverse from the tarred road.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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NeefWindhoek, Manager at The Elegant Farmstead, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

Dear DumbDog

Thank you for the review and your opinion on The Elegant Farmstead.
We do take all the review’s to heart, and we can only improve, and having such a review will lead us and will help us to improve.

Thank you for the your visit at The Elegant Farmstead and we do hope to be able to greet you back at The Elegant Farmstead on day!

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The Elegant Farmstead Team
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Address: D2012 | Okahandjia, Okahandja 9000, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Otjozondjupa Region > Okahandja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Okahandja
Price Range: $134 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Elegant Farmstead 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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ELEGANCE, TRANQUILITY AND WILDLIFE. The fusion of old and new at The Elegant Farmstead allows you to indulge in a refreshingly different experience. From the outside it has the typical old farmstead look and feel. As for the inside the thoughtful touches and elegant interior give it a modern and stylish twist. This unique combination of old and new is tucked away in a beautiful garden with lush plants and trees. Just beyond stretches the vast African bush with an abundance of wildlife. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquility of The Elegant Farmstead. The Elegant Farmstead offers 11 tastefully furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The stylish and modern rooms invite you to recline in the unique atmosphere of old and new. The beautiful and tranquil garden offers many seating arrangements and day beds which will inspire you to enjoy the outside life on the Farmstead. Cool down in the huge, sparkling pool overlooking the flourishing garden. Treat yourself to a casual Champaign lunch under the mighty camelthorn trees in the dry river bed. Relax in one of our chic lounges, take endless strolls along the dry river beds and enjoy an unforgettable African sundowner on the nearby Signal Hill. In the evenings we invite you to unwind in our trendy cigar lounge and indulge in an excellent bottle of fine South African wine. Afterwards tickle your taste buds with our delicious cuisine, served in the Lapa under the African sky or in the warm straw-thatched dining room by the pool on cold winter evenings. After dinner The Elegant Farmstead will spoil you with a tasty cheese and biltong (traditional dried meat) platter served around the glazing camp fire. The Elegant Farmstead also offers a large variety of wildlife and plenty of birds on the 2500 hectare farm. Springbok, Eland, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Kudu, Hartebeest, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok, Warthog, Ostrich and Jackal roam freely amongst the breath-taking setting of mountains, dry river beds, and open plains. Take pleasure in a game drive or view the game from the tranquil wooden deck. Various hiking trails via the dry river beds and open plains to the Signal Mountain can be explored on your own. The hiking trails will allow you to become intimate with nature as the endless horizons are engraved into your heart. We also recommend you to visit the Herero village Ovitoto and Okahandja with its cultural sites such as the Herero graves and the most famous Namibian wood-carving market. Directions to The Elegant Farmstead from Windhoek City: Drive the B1 north from Windhoek and travel for about 68 km towards Okahandja where you will reach the turn-off on the right leading to Von Bach Dam on Road 2102. Travel for another 26 km on this scenic road until you arrive at the entrance to The Elegant Farmstead on your right. Directions to The Elegant Farmstead from the Hosea Kutako International Airport: Drive the B2 towards Windhoek until you reach the turn-off M53 on you right side. Travel the M53 for about 12 km where you get to the turn-off D2102 on your left. Travel the D2101 for about 110 km until you arrive at the entrance to The Elegant Farmstead on your left. Landing strip suitable for small aircrafts: Aeronautical co-ordinates: 17°18 E, 21°55 S. A brief history of The Elegant Farmstead: "Otjisazu is the original name of the Farm which is today The Elegant Farmstead. The name Otjisazu is derived from the red cattle of an old Herero man who used to live there (ozosazu = red oxen). The place is 115 m higher in altitude than Okahandja and situated 1520 m above sea level 21º, 56’17" east. The station was built on the right bank of a small river which has its source in the mountain above Okahandja in the east and which flows into the Swakop two hours below Otjosazu at Ozoserekaze "the old honored lady". Otjosazu then had a good river source which streamed for a quarter of an hour with rich gardening land on either bank and a beautiful mimosa forest on its left bank, particularly near Okandjira. The grazing land was good with rainfalls of 350 mm in good years and 150 mm in bad years. There was no lack of ostrich, leopard, hyena, wolves and jackals. Ostrich troops often came into the plains of the place. Snakes were found there, too. The 5-6 m long Ondara lived on the Ondrohungu Mountains for some time, scarring us with her presence. During a conference of the Rhenish Mission Society held in 1871 it was decided that the young Missionary J.Irle should build a station with the aim to convert the Herero and Mbanderu people under Chief Kukuri to Christian faith. Irle stayed on Otjosazu together with his wife for 31 years. He gained profound insight into the life and traditions of the Herero people which made him the best qualified expert of the Herero culture at his time. When the Herero rose against the German colonial power in 1904, Irle was one of the few people from Africa who informed the public in Germany about the reasons and causes of the rebellion. Irle’s successor on Otjisazu was Missionary Brockmann who lived through the Herero rebellion there. Senior Chief Samuel Maherero had passed a resolution which protected non-German whites and German women, children and missionaries against harm. In the following events, Missionary Brockmann was requested by the Herero on 29 January 1904 to leave Otjosazu and to go to Okahandja. Like all surrounding missionary stations Otjosazu was also looted and destroyed." ... more   less 
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