We stayed in the old mill only one night on our way to addo from cape town but could have easily stayed longer! The farm has a very colonial feel, green watered grass, cape dutch farmhouses, gardeners and cleaners working, bunch of local kids playing.. What seem like old labourers cottages have been renovated and converted into incredibly well equipped rooms. We had two joined by a closed in stoep with a sleeper couch and well stocked kitchen, all new, big fridge, even had a snackwich machine!! Outside there was an ample veranda with a braai, all looking out on a river running by. One could easily stay a week or two and self-cater.
We ate in their restaurant, sitting once again on a stoep near the river, beautiful. The menu is wonderful if you like game and meat. Kudu, ostrich, springbok all there, served up beautifully and not extraordinarily priced. There is champagne on the wine list, which in effect is sparkling white and dont be fooled by the waiter who offers it as dry. Wonderful desserts too so a MUST if you stay either there or even near Oudtshoorn.
We had a swim in a lovely pool with never another guest in site even in high season. It seems The Old Mill is catered for large weddings, having a "broekies-lace" gazebo and huge entertaining area all looking out onto green gardens and beautiful mountains.
Breakfast was wonderful and ample in true traditional style. Dont expect to see baby ostrich on the grass in the gardens though, they are kept just outside the main gate in a dusty grassless area and albeit curious are skittish and afraid of visitors. I'm sure we were there off season for the baby ones but were expecting more contact with them somehow.
All in all a beautiful, romantic and welcoming place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a working ostrich farm in season & 4 Star Guest Lodge. Situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains,14 km from Oudtshoorn , exactly halfway between Oudtshoorn and the World Famous Cango Caves.We offer hiking, fishing, two swimming pools , horse riding and we are nearby the Cango Ostrich Farm.Enjoy lunch or dinner in our a la carte Restaurant , with a view of the Grobelaarsriver that crosses our farm. Restaurant open everyday with specials! It is a historic building with the Old Watermill still inside the Restaurant. Approx. 150 Years old. The farm obtained its name from the old mill. All the wheat from the valley was milled on the farm. At that stage there were hundreds of mills all over the country. In Oct. 2003 Christo and his wife Doret Spies, changed the old building into an a la carte Restaurant, with 12 x 4 star rooms next to the Restaurant. We are situated in an area called Schoemanshoek / Schoemanspoort, Cango Valley / Cango Road. We specialize in Venison and Ostrich dishes. We also have lamb, beef fillet, chicken, pasta and many more to choose from. It is a peaceful farm atmosphere and you will have an unforgettable stay with us.Also the perfect location for WEDDINGS , FUNCTIONS & CONFERENCES. Hosts up to 300 people with a spacious dance floor, undercover BBQ facilities, swimming pool area & garden gazebo for your perfect ceremony. Gazebo seats up to 200 people. The venue has a spectacular view of our farm and the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. We supply internet service, screens, telephone & fax service, sound systems, a slide and photocopying service and full secretarial and administrative support for your conference. We have 40, 4-star rooms to accommodate the guests and also two Restaurants: an la carte Restaurant or Buffet Restaurant to choose from to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. ... more less
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