History

The farm is about 128 hectares and dates back to the late 1790’s. The Old Dutch Homestead is an H-shaped house with a gable that is dated 1841. The front original section of the house was probably built around 1798 and tallies with the belief that Lady Anne Barnard stayed there. The gable and H-shape was added
later. Eikehof was cited by the doyen of Cape Dutch buildings Hans Fransen in his book ‘Old Buildings of the Cape’, to be in good condition, a rare compliment by Fransen. He was impressed by the good state the house was in and put a high value on the complete set of stinkwood and yellowwood single panel doors. Eikehof was designated a National Monument in 1985. For us it was love at first sight. Eikehof is nestled against the
Olifantsberg Mountain in the Breede River Valley and is breathtakingly beautiful with its scattering of whitewashed buildings. An olive grove was started and in the last 6 months we have planted more than 500 trees. The future plans are to restore all the cottages, to create a function and wedding venue as well as to establish a large seasonal vegetable garden, for a farm to table experience, where guests can forage
for their own produce.

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