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Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve
Ranked #13 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed November 19, 2010

Stayed with my partner at Farm 215. We had a fantastic restorative experience. Stayed in one of the 3 Fynbos Suites which was so beautiful. The suite is contemporary architecture subtly built into the hill side with uninterrupted views of the landscape and Atlantic Ocean beyond. We had a fixed menu dinner each night which was simple but very good quality. Much of the produce is from Farm 215. We also availed of the great wine menu of local vineyards in the honesty bar. Maarten and his team, including two dogs and two cats, were incredibly welcoming and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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4 reviews
Reviewed September 26, 2010

Maarten and his team are living the dream and we got to experience it for a short while. What a privilege to break away from the hustle and bustle of our city lives and come and unwind. The fynbos, silence and the views are what rejuvenated us. Add to that the fynbos suites, the hospitality, good food, wine and the company. Definitely going back again.

Hartelijk bedankt!

Johann

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Newbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed September 20, 2010

A wonderful location, everyone was more than helpful and did everything they could to make our stay comfortable, informed and memorable.
May Farm 215 prosper.
Tim & Anne Oldham, Newbury UK

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Scotland
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Reviewed July 9, 2010

We stayed here near the beginning of our two week holiday in South Africa. After an incident in Hout Bay we found our ideal escape at Farm 215. Maarten welcomed us with a glass of whisky and an upgrade to a Fynbos suite to get over our unfortunate experience in Hout Bay. We couldn't have asked for better hospitality, surroundings or accommodation. We have stayed in many boutique retreats but this one surpasses all. The surroundings are so glorious, the architecture unique and the finishings extremely tasteful. The food was excellent and we would recommend the Horse Riding with Howard. All the staff were so helpful and friendly. If you want to really chill out and breathe in nature this is the place for you but of course you do so in the most stylish surroundings. It's chic and unique - the best place we stayed in South Africa - we would say to anyone visiting to put this on their MUST DO list even for one night. The business.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

The landscape is beautiful, and the suite is absolutely stunning. Waking up in this suite is waking up in the nature with a marvellous view on the whole valley, perfect to completely relax. Maarten was very friendly and has a lot of knowledge about the fynbos and surroundings. We would certainly come back!

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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The Netherlands
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12 reviews
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

It was our first time that we visit farm 215 and this is a great place to relax, hiking and horsedriving. The service which is provided by maarten his team is excellent we feel like home.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

Farm 215 is definitely worth the bumpy 25min drive off the beaten track. Maarten & the team run a very chilled & relaxing retreat. The views from the suites, the dining/bar area & pool are spectactular. The suites are well fitted out & private - lovely having a bath & looking out over the hills down towards the sea. The bar is well stocked with local wines, evening meals were unpretentious cooking focusing on fresh local ingredients & a great opportunity to mix with the other guests. Walking around the farm gives you insight into how much work Maarten has done to rehabilitate the native species & offered superb views down towards Stanford

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve

Property: Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve
Address: Hartebeeskloof, Baardskeerdersbos - Overstrand | PO Box 1314, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Farm 215 is located in the Cape's undisturbed Overberg. Farm 215 offers luxury, tranquility, privacy, space, original food and exceptional floral beauty. Panoramic views over the plains towards the ocean, vineyards hugging the lake and endless mountains. Located in a pristine private nature reserve of 800 hectares, farm 215 is a shelter from the daily routines of life and a haven for the conscious traveler. Certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. ... more   less 
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