Hermanuspietersfontein – Part One : The Farm

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Nestled up against the mountains in Stanford lies the serenely beautiful Hermanuspietersfontein farmland.

Nestled up against the mountains in Stanford lies the serenely beautiful Hermanuspietersfontein farmland.

The vineyards are getting ready for their winter rest, but are not quite flushed with autumnul colours yet.

The vineyards are getting ready for their winter rest, but are not quite flushed with autumnul colours yet.

It was a rare treat for me to visit the farm. On a crisp early winter’s day we set out for Stanford. I love the Overberg countryside so it was sheer bliss for me. From Stanford we took the gravel road out to the farm. Sheep grazed peacefully in the fields as we drove past, while their newborn little lambs skipped beside them.

The gateposts of the farm are gaurded by two alabaster lions.

The gateposts of the farm are gaurded by two alabaster lions.

The farm is signposted so you should not miss it. The road to the farm, however meanders through other farms so it is a bit confusing, so just carry on driving the road. You will know when you have arrived at the entrance to the farm, by the stone pillars with the white lions resting on top.

There are two farm dams. The water is as still and calm as the quiet of the farm that embraces you.

There are two farm dams. The water is as still and calm as the quiet of the farm that embraces you.

Above left is the second dam. We did not think Lochner was being literal when he said he would show us the 'heart of the farm' but there it is middle left. And yes... Swart Skaap does really exist!

Above left is the second dam. We did not think Lochner was being literal when he said he would show us the ‘heart of the farm’ but there it is middle left. And yes… Swart Skaap does really exist!

The Farm Manager is a lovely man who exudes good old fashioned hospitality (not found much any more these days) and a sincere love for the land he works on. He is very knowledgeable about the fauna and flora. He offered to take us on a tour of the farm, so off we went on the back of the farm bakkie with the wind blowing in our hair and the honeyed smell of fynbos all around us, it was an experience I will never forget.

Just some of the flora Lochner showed us. King Proteas, Proteas, Waboom, Besembos and Hottentotskooigoed.

Just some of the flora Lochner showed us. King Proteas, Proteas, Waboom, Besembos and Hottentotskooigoed.

The farm has several self-catering cottages that you can book. For me this would be the ultimate get away. The cottages are run on gas and oil lamps (which means you have a good excuse to leave all the technology at home). You could walk every day and discover something new, or just curl up on the comfortable couches and enjoy the views. All the cottages have indoor fireplaces and I can just imagine how that would be in the winter with a full bodied red wine, the warm glow of the fire and good company. Even the outdoor braai areas have a fantastic view.

Posmeester is set away from the other cottages and is a family unit. You can sleep two couples and two children.

Posmeester is set away from the other cottages and is a family unit. You can sleep two couples and two children.

Kleinboet and Bloos are suitable for couples and share a dividing wall. Swart Skaap stands about ten meters away from them.

Kleinboet and Bloos are suitable for couples and share a dividing wall. Swart Skaap stands about ten meters away from them.

Cattle wander down the road past the cottages. Their loud bellowing breaks the absolute silence.

Cattle wander down the road past the cottages. Their loud bellowing breaks the absolute silence.

There is much to explore in day walks around the farm.

There is much to explore in day walks around the farm.

There is a waterfall in the kloof we climbed up to. It is only a trickle at the moment but after the rains it should be fabulous. I have to imagine if you stayed on the farm for a week you would be able to do a different walk every day. There is even a picnic area in the fynbos up the mountainside. I would also just love to walk in between the vineyards that smell of earth, dust and honeybush.

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So next time you feel yourself flagging and need some solid peaceful rest and country air…make that booking! Find Hermanuspietersfontein at www.hpf1855.co.za , all the information you need is on the website.

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