Oakhurst Farm Cottages (Self Catering)
You’re spoiled for choice at Oakhurst. From the historic Forge, one of the very first buildings on the farm, to the beautifully restored and fun-filled Farm Cottages. All of Oakhurst’s accommodation comes with oodles of personal touches, extra comforts and a great spread of farm activities. Here it’s all about comfort, relaxation and if you’re up for it, getting stuck into the Oakhurst action.
The History of Oakhurst
Oakhurst Farm is one of the few remaining, large working farms along the Garden Route. Covering some 640 hectares, 200 of which are pristine fynbos and indigenous forest, the farm is today run commercially by the Crowther family, sixth generation descendants of the original purchaser, Henry Dumbleton.
Dumbleton bought the farm without laying eyes on it, while serving in the British Army in India in 1820. It was not until 20 years later that he sent his son, Henry Dumbleton Junior out to this wild and remote part of the Cape to develop the farm. Henry built The Forge (today used as one of our accommodation options) and the original farmhouse, before choosing to move to the genteel surrounds of Cape Town.
A combination of wow factor, rustic country elegance and romantic charm second-to-none, has made The Forge at Oakhurst a top retreat for anyone looking for a little piece and quiet.
Sleeping two, with two additional beds for kids in a loft area, this 150 year old stone cottage was one of the first building to be built at Oakhurst and today is the main bedroom, with thick stone walls and exposed timber beams. The living area wraps around the cottage and is made up of a dining area, equipped kitchen with gas stove and cosy lounge area. The entire side of the building can be opened up, by way of canvas roller blinds to maximise the spectacular forest views. Firewood, percale linen, bath towels and soaps are included with your stay.
Please note: Due to the The Forge structure being a mix of canvas roller blinds, natural stone and timber decking, you’re likely to encounter a few creepy crawlies and extra drafts.
Our Farm Cottages have been a part of Oakhurst for the past 30 years.
Kween’s Kaya, Awies Attic, Leenies Lair, Hans’s Hollow and Nick’s Nook are set along the edge of a section of forest, intersected with a gurgling stream that flows during the rainy periods.
Each cottage is privately positioned and fully set up for self-catering, with a well equipped kitchen and cozy living area with wooden floors. The living area in turn opens out onto a large wooden deck and braai area. This is the spot where you can either enjoy a good meal around the large wooden table or simply enjoy some of Oakhurst’s fine mountain air while getting stuck into a good book.
Each cottage has three bedrooms (One double and two twins) and sleeps up to 6 people. There is a central bathroom with shower. Garden Route winters can be cold, and a fire roaring in the kitchen’s wood-burning stove sets the perfect atmosphere for farm winters.
Once the school to Oakhurst’s farm children, 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. Just like the rest of our farm accommodation, 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.
Cell: 082 461 7669
Tel: 044 850 1173
TRAILS ON THE FARM
Oakhurst now has 16 km of pristine forest single track, designed with mountain bikers, trails runners and kids in mind. Whether you’re an avid mountain biker looking for a challenging ride or just want to get out into the forest with the kids in tow, you’re spoilt for choice on our well marked routes. There are a number of short walks and hikes on the farm, the most popular one running down the Klein Keurbooms river to the spectacular waterfalls.
For cycling and trail running groups, Oakhurst is ideally suited as a central base from which to run training camps. Beautiful surroundings, quality accommodation and easy access to challenging and varied training grounds.
HORSE RIDING AT OAKHURST
A visit to Oakhurst Farm isn’t complete without a horse riding trail. Our calm and gentle horses are available for guided trails along our dedicated riding routes. Ideal for beginners and kids, the trails on horseback offer an unforgettable farm experience. We provide helmets and tack, and our guides will be with you every step of the way.
Should you wish to do any of our riding activities, please book well in advance, so that we can make the necessary arrangements ahead of time.