Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage: Escape life’s routine at this Paarl farm

Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage

Quaint and quietly snuggled at the foot of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage is a magical farmhouse dating back to the 1800’s.

Located between Paarl and Franschhoek, it offers guests a closeness to a wide variety of wine farms, restaurants and the area’s well-known tourism facilities.

With a warm and temperate climate, Paarl is actually the third-oldest town in the country and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. In the 90’s, it gained worldwide fame when the late former President, Nelson Mandela, walked out of prison from the town’s correctional centre.

At Hartebeeskraal Cottage, you can enjoy all that this area has to offer including panoramic views of Paarl and Paarlberg from a spacious front stoep. It is definitely a place to remember and one that I will visit again – this time for a longer stay!

The cottage is suited for group, family or romantic holiday retreats to the Cape Winelands.

Accommodation at Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage

The Hartebeeskraal Cottage can sleep up to eight people in four comfortable bedrooms – two serve as the main bedrooms, one with a fireplace. Both have King-size beds that can be separated to form singles, and one room has two single beds.

There is also a room with bunk beds and one large bathroom. If a camping cot and eating chair are required, their helpful staff can get it arranged.

For your convenience, the cottage comes with fresh, all linen bedding (100% white percale) and towels.

The lounge and kitchen areas in the cottage are open-plan and air-conditioned with a fireplace in the kitchen.

I fell in love with the farmhouse kitchen. Owners Johan and Tania certainly add their personal touch like fruit from the farm and a fridge stocked with spring water, which made it all more special.

See their accommodation rates HERE – please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Facilities at Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage

This cottage is self-catering so the kitchen is fully-equipped with sunlight liquid, dishwasher tablets, kitchen cloths, toilet-paper, blitz, matches, wood,  braai grids, instant coffee (plunger available) tea (rooibos and Ceylon), milk and sugar.

The lounge has a TV with DStv and guests can enjoy the use of an indoor and outdoor barbecue.

The cottage is serviced every third day, with the exception of Sundays and public holidays. Coffee, tea, Wi-Fi access and wood is complimentary, as well as fresh fruit harvested from the farm.

For the visitors, who remember the 70-80’s, there is a special Arcade room with pinball machines free to play. There is also a special playroom for children while you are relaxing inside or on the terrace, overlooking the dam at sunset.

Things to do in Paarl

Hartebeeskraal is a working farm and lies opposite two famous golf courses – namely the Boschenmeer and Pearl Valley, as well as the Polo Estate, Val die Vie. This makes it the perfect getaway spot for golf enthusiasts.

After a day out and sightseeing in the town and its surrounds, you can return to the cottage to have a sundowner on the spacious verandah or go for a walk through the orchards with the owners’ friendly dogs in tow. 

If you are not too keen to leave the cottage, you will love their large hammock where you can relax book/drink in hand with views of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains.

There is also a Farm Shop within a five-minute walking distance called Freedom 301 Village, which contains a deli, wood supplier, nursery and a bar/restaurant. It’s a must-visit.

Reviews from previous Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage guests

“Amazing getaway accommodation, with big spacious rooms,” wrote Justin Leaf-Wright HERE.

Marius added; “Excellent location Beautiful gardens Beautiful views; cute dogs.”

“The house was spacious and we love that. The view was beautiful. Love the fireplace and open plan kitchen. It’s just a beautiful big house,” said Cynthia.

Dionette Alfredo-Mucata added; “Historic farmhouse which was converted into a spacious self-catering cottage. Near popular wineries and other Winelands attractions.”

For bookings at Hartebeeskraal Self Catering Cottage, call +27 76 705 0504 or email hartebeeskraalcottage@vodamail.co.za. Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Visit them online at hartebeeskraal.co.za. Directions to Hartebeeskraal Cottage will be sent to the guests on booking confirmation. Also follow them on Facebook HERE.


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