R1350 to R2050 nightly per cottage, depending on season.
Budget Getaways Review
Sitting high above the Wilderness Lakes in rural Hoekwil, Oakhurst Farm has got the getaway recipe down to a tee: Plenty of good ol’ farm fun, clean country air, and a platter of rustic-luxury accommodation that will knock your socks off.
The Forge, Oakhurst's flagship, fits into a category of its own: 'Romantic Escape Perfected', while the meticulously renovated Oakhurst Farm Cottages are tailormade for families with kids and in-laws in tow.
But lets kick off with The Forge - a romantic nest combining high octane wow factor, solitude, rustic elegance and easy living.
Ever so carefully restored, The Forge features yellowwood beams, percale cotton linen, soft towels and oodles of rustic-romantic ambiance.
Sleeping a possible family of five, the main bedroom has a double bed and elegant furnishings. A further three single mattresses can be found in the loft room - but if we were you we'd pretend to ignore these, as the Forge is all about lurve and romance.
The open-plan living room with fireplace and fully equipped kitchen take the concept of open living to a new level: roll up the canvas sides and you’re dining and cooking al fresco, to a view of sweeping lawns and forest views.
It gets better. Try out the shower: open-air and more fantastic views over forest and river. Maybe a little breezy for some in bad weather, but hey, that's the price you pay.
Moving on to the new five-pack of family cottages, these were once home to Oakhurst’s workers, many of whom worked this land for generations. In tribute, the cottages are aptly named after their colourful characters.
Kween’s Kaya, Awies Attic, Leenies Lair, Hans’s Hollow and Nick’s Nook are identical, with landscaped lawns and views over the surrounding forest.
Each has three bedrooms (a double and two twins) and shared bathroom with shower. The living room, with wooden floors and wood burning stove, is open-plan to a small, fully-equipped kitchen.
Leading off from the living room is a generous deck with built-in braai area and dining table - yet another perfect spot for that glass of fine red and a roaring fire.
Oakhurst now also offers an exciting collection in what once was the Schoolyard. This building has been lovingly restored and converted into four charactar-packed, fully equipped units, each with a double and twin bedroom.
The long school building houses three of these units, namely Landon’s Loft, Holly’s Hangout and Anna’s Apartment. The latter two are ideal for larger groups sharing, as they include inter-leading doors between each unit. All have independent braai areas (wood included), patio’s, kitchenettes and a bathroom with shower.
Set away from the main building is Isak’s Eden, the fourth unit which also has separate double and twin rooms, a kitchenette, private patio and braai area and equal amounts of rustic Oakhurst charm. The Schoolyard puts you right in the centre of the action, and within walking distance (500m) of the children’s play area, the farm dam and the swimming reservoir. With those gorgeous rural views and fresh country air, there’s plenty of reason to get out and explore.
Easing the logistics, free-range eggs and fresh milk from the dairy are available on request, and Wilderness itself is also not too far down the way, as are a couple of decent restaurants.
The farm has several interesting historic relics - the quaint Oakhurst chapel takes centre stage and is well worth a pop-in and a serious contender for your own big day.
Nearby waterfalls, farm trails, a gold mine of mountain biking options, are all up for grabs.
“The Forge at Oakhurst is the loveliest place we have ever stayed in my opinion!” says one guest. It's not hard to see why.
Go on then, treat yourself.
"Oakhurst Farm is an excellent place, well kitted out in a superb location with great walks on the farm and plenty to do and see in the area. Our hosts were helpful and informative (especially when we watched the daily milking of the cows)."
(Alan Low, visited Dec 2016)
"We had a wonderful stay at Oakhurst Farm. It was very cold and rainy while we were there but the indoor fireplace kept us very warm and toasty. We would love to go back when the weather is good to enjoy the gorgeous stoep!"
(Rae Donnelly, visited Jun 2016)
"Dit was n fantastiese wegbreek en die opset van die plek is baie kinders vriendelik. Sal eendag weer terug gaan om die daaglikse roep van die visarende te beleef. Net jammer die bass in die dam was bietjie skaam om te byt."
(Willem Kroon, visited January 2015)
"Another perfect mini-break for the family. The forge is a deliciously-scrummy combination of a cosy, rustic setting and working dairy farm, with lashings of nature and wholesome fun, topped off with fluffy bedding, full cream milk and homemade rusks, we loved every last bit of it, including the occasional visit from your gorgeous dogs, the odd bird and snail stopping by, and even an early appearance from Easter Bunny! Can't wait to come back soon and maybe spend more time with our human hosts too!"
(Ros Koch, visited April 2015)
"There are many very cool places on this website, but rarely have I come across a place this charming and picturesque. Every little detail in the Forge and its garden is something you would want to write home about. Cleverly crafted and made with the heart. I would live there, if my life was a holiday. The farm eggs and home made rusks were very enjoyable,too. Coming back again and again."
(Kelly Urban, visited February 2015)
"We arrived after a full day in the car from Cape Town. What a heavenly place. It was like something out of a story book. Misty and romantic. We did not want to go anywhere other than to relax at the Forge Cottage. The aerated flow of the cottage gave it a special country feeling. Very peaceful and relaxing with everything there. Our doggies also loved to run around the cottage and was like a holiday for them as well. The walks around the farm were fantastic and the Hosts Jake and Claire and Jake were super. Only a few minutes drive to Wilderness and Sedgefield or anywhere around the area makes it an ideal escape with everything on offer. We will be back."
(Katherine Munro, visited November 2014)
"Beautiful spot with fantastic forest walks on your doorstep. Accommodation was clean, comfortable and well equipped. Hosts Claire and Jake were wonderful sending down fresh milk every morning. One of the best stays that we have had. "
(Rob Danks, visited May 2014)
"What an awesome peaceful spot!! Loved it and will be back."
(Caitlin van den Berg, visited April 2014)
"Lovely weekend away with my hubby and son in a very quaint and beautiful cottage on the edge of a forest it was perfect. Only complaint was there was so much to do we really needed another day to get to the dairy and the waterfall walk. Will definitely be back."
(Samantha Engle, visited March 2014)
"The cottages are right on the edge of the forest, and platforms and climbing frames have been erected for kids under the trees. The cottages are furnished with amazing attention to detail, quirky and comfortable. Highly recommended."
(Susan Gardiner, visited March 2014)
"I really have nothing bad to say about staying at Oakhurst Farm. This place is the ultimate farmsy getaway and it is so tastefully decorated. It is only a matter of time and I will be back there smelling the roses."
(Kelly Urban, visited April 2013)
"Thanks Claire and Jake for 2 very relaxing days in your beautiful cottage which has been so lovingly restored and tastefully decorated. We were very comfortable and warm even on the one rainy, cold night. The peaceful atmosphere and rustic charm of The Forge made for a very pleasant stay and will be fondly remembered."
(Brendon Morris, visited April 2012)
"I had a fantastic stay and can strongly recommend The Forge @ Oakhurst!"
(Petra Vandecasteele, visited September 2011)
"Beautiful setting and the attention to detail was amazing. Hosts are very friendly and so are the dogs. Can’t wait to go back!"
(Gerrie Berner, visited October 2011)
"The hospitality of the family was exceptional. This is a great venue if you have small children who would enjoy the country life."
(Maxine Nel, visited December 2011)
"The Forge at Oakhurst is the loveliest place we have ever stayed in my opinion! Jake, Claire and family are wonderfully warm and hospitable, and the cottage has a peaceful, serene atmosphere. It is a real haven away from the hustle and bustle of our stressful daily lives! We first visited The Forge on honeymoon in Dec 2009 and have returned several times, and plan to do so many times more in the future!"
(Kendal Hunt, visited December 2011)
"We stayed for three nights in the middle of December - the setting was tranquil and Claire and her girls were most hospitable - even the dogs! All facilities were excellent (I did have to get used to the large spiders though!). We loved the availability of fresh milk and eggs from the farm! Also loved that we could wander off to the waterfall on the farm and enjoy some solitude. One night was quite cool and we found that perhaps this cottage was not suitable for winter getaways (the kitchen/lounge area was a bit draughty and too exposed to the elements) - although there were heating appliances (oil and gas heaters) and a fireplace to keep it relatively cosy. As it was summer, we were not fully equipped with heavy duty winter clothes! The bedroom though was sheltered and very very cosy. I would highly recommend the cottage for couples."
(Adele Arendse, visited December 2011)
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