In the fully equipped kitchen at the heart of the main house, an extra-long table invites long, lingering suppers with the fire aglow, or happy lunches with the glass doors flung open to the courtyard. Meals can also be spent under the sun or the stars at the dam boma or around the firepit closer to the main house.
Find a book and settle onto the deep and shaded stoep under a whirling fan. This is an outdoor-lover’s haven with jeep track paths for mountain-biking, hiking routes for those who want to head down into the kloof, and a running path of 12 km. There is a swimming pool, dedicated yoga space, infrared sauna and small gym. The farm has it’s own soccer or touch-rugby field too.
If you are feeling contemplative, there are botanical gardens to savour, a nursery abundant with succulents, and endless viewpoints on which to linger.
Come the rain, its distinctive patter on the tin roof lulls you into deep generous couches in front of the large lounge fireplace.
Wifi is via satellite and is good for all communication. Cell phone signal comes and goes.
Nearby, you’ll find big-five game viewing, horse riding, polo, wine-tasting and, 20 minutes away are the excellent restaurants, nightlife and shopping of South Africa’s most-loved resort town, Plettenberg Bay.
The vast and extensive planting of the Botanical gardens started 20 years ago. Bobbejaanskloof has featured in the coffee table book called “Remarkable Gardens” by Nini Cloete, who has this to say: This planned garden had to be organically sustainable, need no irrigation and function without pesticides. At Bobbejaanskloof there is enough for everybody: from people to animals, insects, birds and beetles. The large eucalyptus trees, now over 40 years old, are a strong architectural feature as well as an excellent windbreak. There are curving grass pathways and gentle undulating mounds planted with perfect erythrinas and tree aloes. There are massive banks of watsonias, helichrysum and agapanthus offering a strong scarf of colour along the roadsides and every manner of fynbos, Ericas and restios can be found. Pelargoniums, cotyledons, aloes and strelitzias also grow en mass. Some distance away a grass clearing overlooks the enormous kloof that cleaves the land. A curvy bench shelters under two cycads and there are a number of cussonias for contemplation or picnics. Blonde grasses, many dams, indigenous trees and swathes of colour give an atmosphere of space and subtle sophistication.