Since 2000, when the first two self-catering units were opened on Blesfontein, we have made many friends, laughed with many happy families, celebrated many 40th birthdays, cried with many broken hearts and, in the process, learnt so much about life, but most of all, we've learnt how thankful we must be for living on this farm.
Blesfontein is situated 28 km south west of Sutherland. We offer 9 fully equipped self-catering units. Each unit has an inside- and outside fire place for cooking or to enjoy the heat of a cosy "kaggel" fire in winter. The kitchens are equipped with electric and/or gas stoves. Our most popular unit is the Honeymoon Cow Shed. Most of the units were stone built stables which we converted into rather unique accommodation units. The others were old farm buildings converted for convenience, without losing their character.
Dinner and breakfast is served on prior arrangement. At night, Nicol takes our visitors stargazing in our amateur observatory where we have two telescopes. During the day the freedom of the farm is yours to enjoy. Bring your own 4x4 or hire ours to take a scenic drive to the viewpoint at the edge of the escarpment. On the way you may see Blesbuck, Zebra, Springbuck, Grey Rheebuck, Steenbok and Black Wildebeest, not to mention the Meercat family, the Tortoises, the Skunks, our resident Black Backed Jackals and several bird species.
In the farm yard your children can bottle feed lambs (when in season) and feed our horses, chickens, pigs and geese. They can collect eggs, ride their mountain bikes, swim in the farm dam, meet our small Alpaca herd or milk the goat, Bella. In the unlikely event of Karoo rain, or when you are trapped in a snowstorm (we do sometimes get snow in winter!), you can play table tennis, watch television or play board games in our communal dining room.
We hope to host you soon,
~ Nicol and Marina van der Merwe