Just outside the red flower-lined streets of picturesque Roberston is a place that’s truly seen a renaissance that captures its rich past. Jan Harmsgat Guest House is a grand old dame, cleverly veiling some of her best kept secrets, just a little off SA’s famed Route 62.
The farm history dates back to 1723 and as if that’s not impressive enough, if pomegranates are the fruit of the gods – this must certainly be an earthly offering of heaven. Exporting more than 850 tonnes a year, a safari-style farm drive around the 625 hectares of seemingly ever-stretching views proudly boasts some of SA’s most fertile lands. When Jan Harmsgat is not perfecting its wine offering, they’re harvesting and exporting pomegranate, making pomegranate honey and handing out litres of the 100-percent natural pomegranate juice that the health world is lapping up for its incredible anti-oxidant properties.
At its core, this is a working farm but beyond the bountiful harvests and warm welcomes, there’s a sense of tranquility that greets you upon arrival and holds you at a sub-average pulse rate until your departure date.
It could be something to do with the slower pace of life that’s enjoyed here. Pecan nut trees line the picturesque gardens and encourages the sense of tranquility that Jan Harmsgat has become well known for. Dining al-fresco at this luxurious old country lodge also means your first-world problems extend only to the choice between tree canopy cover or vineyard view.
From ceramic art packs, cleverly created to keep children entertained, to neighbouring farms that offer the opportunity to play bee-keeper for a day and bottle your own honey or a friendly ‘Tannie’, who’s behind a preserve master-class, are just some of the ways you can ensure the whole family is kept happy and entertained.
Less than a two hour drive from Cape Town, be prepared to be transported back to another era where open space, country charm and your comfort reign supreme.
Whether you’re looking to escape the city noise for a weekend or would just prefer to take a day trip and lose track of time whilst indulging in hearty, wholesome meals on the terrace, this is a place that truly welcomes all. Gourmet foodies are in for a treat; with craft beer and a great-value traditional menu. The fun extends to the Backlands Farm Tour, where day and overnight guests are able to enjoy a sunset picnic and wine tasting in the countryside. For those not driving home, indulge away or opt to stock up at cellar-door prices and enjoy at leisure back at home.
Old-world luxury and an unsurpassed opportunity to indulge in an authentic country ambience and history are all part of the package at Jan Harmsgat.
1 night for 2 people at the luxury lodge
Full board, all meals and select drinks
On site Wine tasting
On site pomegranate juice tasting
Sunset Farm drive
(Two hour drive from Cape Town)
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