Thorn & Feather Guest Farm – amazing country stays in Vermaaklikheid

Thorn & Feather Guest Farm-Vermaaklikheid - Western Cape

Thorn & Feather Guest Farm, Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape

For relaxing country stays in the heart of Vermaaklikheid in the Garden Route, look no further than Thorn & Feather. This peaceful accommodation overlooks the Duiwenhoks River estuary and is roughly 7km from San Sebastian Bay.

The Guest Farm was built between 2013 and 2015 along the ridge of thick local vegetation. It was built in this way as to disturb as little of the natural area as possible. The Rooikrans trees were removed and replaced with endemic trees for the betterment of the environment.

The house itself has been constructed by white rocks from the site and the ceiling is made up of reeds from the river area. The tables and counters have been constructed from old recycled teak doors.

Accommodation at Thorn & Feather Guest Farm

The property is rented on an exclusive basis with a maximum capacity of six adults (sharing) and three children. There are three separate sleeping cottages to choose from, namely; Annabelle, Astrid or Sam Cottage, each one designed in a way to provide total privacy and a sense of togetherness. The cottages and buildings are linked by well maintained, low walled, walkways with LED night sensor lighting.

Annabelle Cottage comes with a Queen-sized bed and a single bed and can accommodate two adults and a child.

Families can enjoy a stay in the Astrid Cottage as it comes with one Queen-sized bed and two single beds; it can accommodate a couple and two small children or three to four older children.

For couples wanting a private getaway, you can stay in the Sam Cottage. This cottage comes with a Queen-sized bed, making it perfect for either a couple or a lone traveller to enjoy.

Facilities at Thorn & Feather Guest Farm

The Main building at Thorn & Feather Guest Farm is fully equipped and has a traditional cooking hearth with a small gas oven and stove. There is a dining area, enclosed porch and indoor fireplace which also serves as a braai where guests can enjoy a meal together.

The porch leads onto a large open deck area overlooking the beautiful river with a private walkway connected to it. The plunge pool provides the perfect place for you to cool off and relax under the hot summer sun. Near the deck, you will find a circular fire pit where you can sit together and bond by the warm fire under the beautiful African skies.

Thorn & Feather Guest Farm has its own bathhouse you can utilise that comes with a stone-clad bathtub, shower, and separate toilet and bathroom facilities.

A toilet and semi-outdoor bathroom are linked with the Astrid Cottage. You won’t have to worry about walking around in the dark as the cottages each have their own motion sensor outdoor lighting.

En-route to the river you will find a second partially-covered outdoor deck with pool and outdoor furniture where you can enjoy a good book or simply bask in the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings.

You can even bring your furry friend along for your stay as long as you make prior arrangements.

With the river and ocean nearby you will probably want to try out some water sports and activities during your stay, especially if you are travelling with the kids.

The staff of the Guest Farm can help arrange access to water sports gear and equipment such as Kayaks, Canoes, Stand Up Paddle Boards and accessories.

What do people say about Thorn & Feather Guest Farm

“Beautiful farm style buildings equipped with everything you may need. Could not ask for a better setting against the river.” – Josh TravelGround.

“First off, the accommodation is amazing! Decor suits us perfectly, eclectic comfort. The view is also incredible, totally surrounded by nature. The common room is relaxing, great in good weather and bad with glass windows that slide open all around. The kitchen has it all and the deck is comfortable with ample furniture, great braai’s and a fire pit. There is also a great little dip pool on the deck to take off the edge without going down to the river. The most amazing treat is the Bath-house, you’ll feel like you’re in your own private spa. If you like nature but are not too keen on camping, this is it. You’ll be so relaxed you won’t be able to move.” – Nicole TravelGround.

Top reasons for staying at Thorn & Feather Guest Farm:

  1. You can stay in a place that offers total peace and tranquillity in natural surroundings.
  2. The cottages are spacious, uniquely decorated and well-kept.
  3. There is a large bathhouse you can utilise that feels just like a private spa.
  4. The river is nearby so you can enjoy a number of water sports during your stay.
  5. There are two braai areas as well as a fire pit you can use to your heart’s content.

To find out more about Thorn & Feather Guest Farm, give them a call on 083 453 2994 or email Visit their website at Find them on Google Maps.

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