I was looking for something a bit different for a 2 night stay and Terra-khaya set in a very beautiful part of the hogsback with some lovely views had a lot of promise. Shane was very hospitable and has gone to great lengths to build up this place. The cabins are very rustic and private and the outdoor shower and bath quite unique.
Unfortunately the hygiene standards in the kitchen were lacking - cats sitting on all the working surfaces next to food being prepared for dinner and dogs in and out. Some of the kittens were sickly.
The horse ride was recommended so we arranged one for 10am (this suited us because we wanted to do a walk in the afternoon) but after a lot of faffing around we eventually only left after 11.30... The late start meant we had to forego our walk and didn't make the most of our day. The ride however was beautiful and good fun. Shane is an excellent horseman.
The toilet was a long drop and ponged a bit. All in all - different but really not for everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Earth Home Project is a Backpackers, camping facility and eco-farm that celebrates a mindful, alternate way of living. This beautiful smallholding is situated way up in the hills of Hogsback. We practice conscious sustainable living, in simple, creative, comfortable structures & are 100% off the grid. If you dream of revitalizing and relaxing way up in magnificent clouds, we welcome you to Terra-Khaya. The Backpackers: Terra-Khaya offers a unique experience of sustainable living in stunning natural surroundings. We offer, comfy spacious double rooms, dorms, and a comfortable chill area, all built with recycled materials and natural recourses. Take a bath under the stars, enjoy delicious hearty food, relax in a hammock or give a hand on the farm. A sense of living guaranteed! Chillington Farm: The farm is set on 38 acres in the Amathole Mountain region, with a wide array of friendly farm animals and lovable horses. Our water comes from our stream, heating and cooking is wood-powered and minor electrical appliances are run off solar. We produce our own dairy and various foodstuffs from the garden for the kitchen. Amathole Horse Trails: Horses and riding is our passion and speciality; our 8 beautiful steeds and guide will take you on tailor-made excursions around the area. From short strolls into the village for lunch to overnight rides up into the surrounding mountains. Catering for all levels of rider, we endeavor to make your horseback fantasies come true! ... more less