Britskraal Karoo Guest Farm

The epitome of luxury, off-the-grid living.

about britskraal

We would like to share this special part of the Bo-Karoo with everyone who is seeking quality time and wants to reconnect with themselves and with nature.

Soak up spectacular sunrises and sunsets while relaxing on the wraparound stoep, or take in the view through stackable doors in the kitchen and living room. A traditional AGA coal stove in the open-plan kitchen, as well as a fireplace in the living room create warmth and a cosy atmosphere during the cold Karoo winters.

Please read through the additional information at the bottom to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Rooms

Rates

Additional Information

Directions

Tranquil & Remote

Britskraal offers a spacious 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom farm-style home, ideal for family get-togethers, or simply to escape a busy lifestyle.

The house is self-sustained and off-the grid, but still has every comfort and amenity needed for a relaxing breakaway.

The farm is situated 13km from the N12 near Strydenburg, halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is fully stocked with Merino sheep, so you can experience the farm life with additional activities like hiking, mountain bike riding, horse riding and even donkey cart trips.

Affordable Self-Catering

Rates: R850 per adult per night. Half price for children between 2 and 18 and children under 2 stay for free. The house is capped at R4900/night and sleeps a maximum of 10 people.

Please Note: This is a self-catering facility but slow cooking recipes will be available as well as all the ingredients. Please arrange in advance. There will also be frozen meals available upon request. There is an additional gas-stove/electric oven.

Important information

This farm operates entirely off the grid with no input from Eskom.

The house is equipped with solar panels and 15kw hour back-up batteries. During the day the electric oven can be used without a problem, but at night it should rather be switched off.

Warm water is produced by the gas geyser, which automatically switches on when a warm water tap is opened. The pressure booster pump needs to kick in for the gas geyser to function properly. You can test it by opening a warm water tap in the scullery and listen for the sound of the pump starting. The pressure pump is located under the two water tanks next to the braai area.

Braai area: Wood and charcoal is provided. More wood is available upon request.

Lights: The switch for the outside floodlights is located in the main bedroom (North facing) behind the door. Insects might be a problem at certain times of the year. Close all the doors and windows at dusk.

Refreshments: This is based on an honesty system. Please see pricelist and please record what is consumed.

Air conditioner: The central cooling system works on the bases of air being blown over water evaporating. The cooled air is then pumped via vents into the house. The switch is located where the two bedroom corridors meet (on the right when you exit the living room toward the corridor to the bedrooms). To switch it on follow these steps:

Press the snowflake/aircon button once. The letter ‘C’ should appear with a number between 1-100. The number is the speed of the fan. When the system is switched on, water has to be pumped to the cooling tower first. This process takes about 5 minutes and the fan will start running after sufficient water has filled the system. This process happens automatically after step one has been followed.
Set the speed with the up and down arrows. For power saving mode, the fan button should be pressed. The letter ‘C’ is going to change to the letter ‘F’. Only the fan will be working and there will be no water pumped over the radiator.

Back-up generator is located in one of the out buildings next to the house. To start it:

-pull the choke lever

-turn the key in the ignition clockwise

-press the soft button next to the key until it starts

-return choke lever to original position

Directions from Hopetown: take the N12 south towards Strydenburg/Britstown. Turn left into Strydenburg from the N12 into Church Street. Turn left again into Nico Barnard Street, this road will take you out Strydenburg on a gravel road. After approximately 10km turn left at the white walls with Britskraal written on them. Drive another 3km on the farm road until you reach the guest house.

Directions from Britstown: take the N12 north towards Strydenburg/Hopetown. Turn right into Strydenburg from the N12 into Church Street. Turn right again into Nico Barnard Street, this road will take you out Strydenburg on a gravel road. After approximately 10km turn left at the white walls with Britskraal written on them. Drive another 3km on the farm road until you reach the guest house.

GPS Coordinates: -29.9679671, 23.7738086

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