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
Where15km from Bredasdorp
GPS co-ordsS 34°27'12.15''  E 20°08'57.4548''
Meals availableno
Pet-friendlyby request
Activitiesfarm animals, farm tours, mountain biking, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes

Guest Comments

"Ons het 'n heerlike, ontspanne naweek by Middeldam gehad. Wat 'n pragtige plaashuis met persoonlike styl en aandag. Vars gebakte brood en plaaseiers, kuiers om die kombuistafel by die binne-braai en kraakvars-wit beddegoed om in te kruip. Heidi en Cobus se gasvryheid verdien 10/10." (Liza Du Plessis, visited April 2015)
"This was such a wonderful get-out-of-the-city weekend, there were no phones or distractions, just open space and leaves rustling in the wind and bird-song waking you up in the morning. Didn't spend nearly enough time sitting on the stoep doing nothing!" (Hema Maskowitz, visited March 2015)
"Besonderse plaashuis waar mens heerlik rus en oor die Overberg se heuwels kan staar. Waenhuiskrans is lekker naby as mens die see soek. Die Uyse van Middeldam se gasvryheid sit die kersie op die koek." (Johan Stadler, visited December 2014)
"We had a very relaxing and peaceful time on the farm, a great getaway from city life. There was a warm welcome on arrival, with biscuits and rusks for the first cup of coffee! We were thrilled to see the farm in action with the sheep herding ... the views are stunning and the attractions of Arniston not far away. The house was simple in design and very spacious with a nice verandah for sun downers. We will be back!" (Yvonne Green, visited December 2014)
"We loved our short stay at this gorgeous newly refurbished farm house. We really appreciated Heidi's hospitality and communication, which made us feel very welcome. We really felt that we could fully relax and unwind in this lovely spot!" (Thandi Davies, visited October 2014)
"Breathtaking views and invigorating peace and quiet, take it all in from a wonderful old-fashioned stoep that wraps halfway around the house. Inside the charm of original wooden floors and high ceilings are complemented by sash windows and shutters. Very well equipped kitchen with an indoor fireplace/braai for cold nights. The whippets ran themselves silly on the beautifully maintained lawns. Loads to explore on mountain bike or foot on good farm roads. Ample bird life, prize livestock and beautiful fields of grain to stare at as you unwind. Cobus and Heidi's warm hospitality tops it all. This place is a find!" (Louis v, visited September 2014)
"We had a lovely stay at Middeldam plaashuis. The scenery is beautiful and the interior of the house is stylish, calm and relaxing. Even our Labrador had a great time. Highly recommended!" (Nidia Lourens, visited July 2014)
"Beautiful setting, relaxing, everything you need to just escape the rat race and recharge." (Christo Serfontein, visited July 2014)
"The warm hospitality and peaceful setting was like you would expect from A beautiful countryside town like Bredasdorp, but combined with the interior and luxurious feeling of a upper class hotel. We enjoyed every glorious moment of the weekend and will definitely be back. A very special place." (Elze Lerm, visited January 2014)
"Had such an amazing stay at Middeldam farmhouse this past weekend. Loved the little personal touches all over the house. Everything was so comfortable and left us all sleeping later than what we are used to. We were two families of four and space was adequate and convenient. The home baked cookies were a welcome snack and an instant hit, as well as the eggs which was such an unexpected surprise. Just a few of the small, personal touches we appreciated so much. The only drawback was the cockroaches in the house but the house is on a farm so a certain amount of creepy crawlies are to be expected. Extremely child friendly and I would love to return some time in the not too distant future." (Candice Boonzaaier, visited January 2014)
"Middeldam is one of those rare finds that will keep surprising you throughout your stay. It’s easy to see that a lot of love and care went into the tasteful and lush interior. We were welcomed with open arms by Heidie and Cobus and immediately felt at home. The house is superbly well equipped with everything you may need to ensure a comfortable stay. It’s not often that one finds such attention to detail in a self-catering place. A nice touch was the little biltong welcome packs! Relaxing on the stoep with an amazing view over the valley is a great start and end to every day and we can strongly recommend Middeldam Plaashuis. We will definitely be back!" (Andre du Toit, visited September 2013)
"Lovely old farmhouse with enough space for families with children to run around and explore the area. Very kind hosts who will go the extra mile. The cherry on the cake was the ripe avocado waiting for us in the kitchen cupboard!" (Jolana Holdsworth, visited October 2013)
"Van die intrapslag af, was dit wonderlik! Verwarmde kamers op ‘n koue winter aand, stylvol gemeubileerde vertrekke en die bes toegeruste kombuisie ooit. En boonop ‘n pragtige uitsig oor die groen September velde! Baie dankie vir ‘n onvergeetlike naweek!" (Henri Meier, visited September 2013)
"Dis ideaal om absolute stilte en plaasgevoel te ervaar. Jy is nogsteeds ry aftstand van die dorp en samelewing. My kids wou nie huistoe gaan toe ons moet oppak! Die beddegoed en meubels binne Middeldam is handpicked en pas perfek by die omgewing. Middeldam is 'n moet vir die ruens se besoek. Neem jou fiets en trail tekkies saam, jy gaan 'n naweek vir ewig he." (Evonne Nieuwoudt, visited July 2013)