Zoning: Agricultural and Residential
Erf size: 68.6 ha
Key features: Few properties come with such a magnificently abundant water source that’s not only clear and pristine but has rock pools big enough to swim in and waterfalls to stand under.
The Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape have always provided a welcome escape for holidaying Capetonians. Not only is the landscape an environment rich in fynbos and wild flowers, birds and other indigenous wildlife but, dramatic, rocky and remote, its kloofs and ravines shelter ancient Khoisan rock art that records the passing of the region’s earliest inhabitants sometimes thousands of years ago. These are landscapes of cultural significance, but they also provide the potential for a sojourn away from home that’s tranquil and beautiful. The only sound on a hot summer’s day is that gentle clacking of the cicadas.
This is also a landscape of olive groves and orange orchards, the village of Citrusdal the namesake of the heavenly scent of the orange blossom that pervades the air annually from August to October. Not far from Citrusdal, Waterfall Farm is just two hours from Cape Town but far enough way that sometimes it seems you’re on another planet. Extravagant in its simplicity, it’s a citrus farm featuring a large farmhouse, which comfortably sleeps ten, and two separate cottages of which Honey Cottage sleeps seven and Weaver’s Nest sleeps four. Oh, and being a working farm, the oranges and the naartjies are provided free from the surrounding the trees.
If you have a hankering for simple country living then look no further. Rustic, low-key even, with covered stoeps to sit out on when the evening air is cool, the roomy accommodation particularly in Waterfall farmhouse provides the quintessential South African holiday home away from home. The farmhouse is the heart of the property. Comfortable and modern, on the outside there’s a roofed boma and a stand-alone braai. These, and a simple homestead, economically planned, are often all it takes to satisfy the urge to decamp from the city. After all doesn’t the perfect weekend of downtime feature an open fire, somewhere to cook and eat outdoors and copious quantities of red wine? Weaver’s Nest is a vernacular-style long house with a traditional bakoond attached to one end and a deep, shady stoep running all the way down its view-facing façade. All the houses have an indoor fireplace; even though winters here can be spectacular, you’ll want to curl up in front of a log fire on a chilly evening.
But that’s not all. If you’d like to have a mountain river close to hand, the water in it cool and fresh, even icy, on a hot summer’s day, then Waterfall Farm is a place to have. Few properties come with such a magnificently abundant water source that’s not only clear and pristine but has rock pools big enough to swim in and waterfalls to stand under. People who’ve experienced a hot Cederberg summer understand that easy access to a free-flowing river is part of what makes holidays in this region hugely desirable. A short walk from both farmhouse and cottages, its water safe for children, it’s the real reason to come here. And if that’s not enough, across the farm there are places to cycle and hike and there are sun-baked outcrops to picnic on. For history buffs, if ancient rock art is your thing, then Waterfall Farm also has some exceptional sites of its own to explore.
Farm size: 68.6 ha
Main house (394m2):
4 x bedrooms
3 en-suite bathrooms
Large lounge with a fireplace
Open plan dining room
Boma and outdoor fireplace / barbeque
Honey Cottage (168m2):
Weaver’s Nest (133m2):
2 x bedrooms
Wood burning fireplace
Staff quarters: 138m2
Water rights: 38 ha
Orchards: 14.25 ha (Lemons, Clementines, Valentia and Navel Oranges) and 86 Olive trees (Calamata)
(price excludes personal items and Daisy Cottage)