The Langeberg is the perfect r egion for a st ay on a f arm – close enough
to Cape Town for easy ac cess, but far enough to be authent ic platteland.
The farmers here are an enterprising bunc h, offering plenty of rust ic
getaways with inspiring stories . By James Bainbridge
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“From when you first arrive, Kogman & Keisie’s driveway sets the tone of this organic farm: you pass a windmill, solar panels, a natural swimming pool with a water-plant bio-filter, and a tortoisecrossing road sign. On the brow of the hill stand the farmhouse – newly opened as a five-room guest house with Victorian baths and hobbitesque turrets – and two self-catering cottages. If possible, angle for the Mountain View Cottage with its window above the bath for superb watery stargazing.
The views from up here are incredible: in one direction are the wrinkly cliffs of Kogmanskloof, with its hiking trails and climbing routes; in the other, Montagu’s rooftops. ‘Our back gate leads into the nature reserve. We’re a working organic farm, and town is a short stroll away – it’s everything you want from rural life,’ says owner Petrus Jansen.
Petrus, along with his wife Liana, won a sustainability gong at this year’s Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards. But it has been a long road: having studied business management and psychology (surprisingly useful on a farm, apparently), Pretoria boy Petrus bought his three hectares of paradise and ‘roughed it like a mountain man’. He worked the land all alone for five years before persuading Liana, a landscape architect and anthropologist, to join him.
The farm is certainly a fascinating place to tour with Petrus. From the farmhouse, a path winds down along the riverbank, past a swimming pool, braai terrace and hens’ retirement home; to a vineyard and orchard, groves of olive and pomegranate shrubs, and nurseries of indigenous and heirloom plants.”