Working historic sheep farm with a four-bedroom farmhouse
Budget Getaways Review
It started seven generations ago with the first Uys arriving at Middeldam, unpacking the wagon and trying his luck with a spot of farming. His efforts paid off, 'cause today the Uys family is still firmly rooted at this very spot, with farming still running deep in their veins - even laying claim to Bobby, the world's largest Merino sheep.
Besides the colourful history of this 550ha Overberg farm (15km from Bredasdorp), the recently renovated Middeldam Plaashuis is a sure treat for a comfy family farm escape.
Simply, yet elegantly furnished, the historic farmhouse sports a good balance of old world and modern. The Oregon floors and ceilings are still in place as are the old sash windows and a voorstoep second to none, with a 360 view across the Overberg’s rolling hills.
There’s a total of four rooms (two Queen, two twins), all decked with quality linen and towels. The two bathrooms are shared (One with bath and shower and the other with shower only).
The fully equipped kitchen is the hub of the house, with the living area alongside. There’s a built-in braai/fireplace in the kitchen, which makes for convivial winter evenings featuring enormous volumes of red wine.
To keep the kids happy and dad in touch with his rugga, DSTV is available in the living room.
Heading onto the stoep, the garden is fully enclosed, flat as a pancake and toddler-friendly. Newly added is the fire pit, know as Die Kraal, a fine spot for social evenings around an open flame.
Keeping the rest of the team busy isn’t going to be a problem. Head off to De Hoop Nature Reserve (30km away) or take a cruise into Bredasdorp for an art, craft and coffee shop trawl.
Hanging up the keys and staying put on the farm, you can walk, run or bike the 6.5km farm trail. Then there's a farm dam for swimming and canoeing (bring your own) during season, and the Patryskraal Merino Stud for a glimpse into the world of sheep farming - a must for our Aussie visitors.
The appeal of this farmhouse and its surrounds is confirmed by a recent guest comment from Paarl. “I couldn’t get my kids to go home after our stay at Middeldam Plaashuis.”
From our side, it certainly tickles Captain Getaway's fancy as a great farm escape.
Getaway Facts: Middeldam Plaashuis
|Where||15km from Bredasdorp|
|GPS co-ords||S 34°27'12.15'' E 20°08'57.4548''|
|Meals available||no |
|Activities||farm animals, farm tours, mountain biking, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes|