De Doorns - Hex River - Arbeid Adelt Guest House and self-c
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The century-old oaks still stand tall today telling the tale of Arbeid Adelt Guest House, dating back to 1897 and nestled at the foot of the mighty Matroosberg Mountains. Experience the Victorian charm in a lovely garden and warm hospitality as you walk and talk, read and rest... unwind and recharge body and soul. Feel a serene sense of tranquillity in the wide open spaces on an export grape farm. The stately farmstead offers Oregon pine finishings, antique furniture and fireplaces in the living areas. Arbeid Adelt offers self-catering and B & B, dinners by prior arrangement. A self-catering Victorian cottage sleeps 6 persons and a “Boomhuis” loft room en suite sleeps 2. There are four en-suite double bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, a lapa, and an oak covered terrace. Small group functions (min 15). Picnic baskets available by prior arrangement. Grape picking during harvest season. Make this your base to explore the Hex Valley and all the fascinating activities it offers – Hexpass Express Railway Rides, mountain biking, hiking, San rock art tours, Hex River 4X4 and many others.
The century-old oaks still stand tall today telling the tale of Arbeid Adelt Guest House
The century-old oaks still stand tall today telling the tale of Arbeid Adelt Guest House
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Activities:

Game Viewing Visit the Aquilla Game Reserve. Proclaimed a Private Nature Reserve in 1985, this 4 star, malaria free, 4, 500 hectare reserve is steeped in Khoi San and Boer War history and boasts 3 pristine biomes of vegetation set in the most magnificent Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs. Aquila is named after the rare & endangered Black Eagle that thrives in the area. Aquila is situated on the national flower route and has several hectare of mountain Protea. The land can be divided into three separate biomes - Fynbos, Renosterveldt and succulent Karoo .From July through September the Reserve displays a splendid Technicolor carpet of Karoo flowers.

Bird Watching Biding on farm and in valley

Hiking Trails Hiking on farm and various trails in the Hex River Valley

Other Activities Spectacular autumn colours - during autumn (middle May to middle June) the Valley has spectacular autumn colours – a photographers’ dream. Arbeid Adelt also hosts art classes by Ria Holliday. Join a group for a 3-day absolute beginners drawing course, a 3- day painting techniques course with watercolour or a 3-day painting course with oils
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
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Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates on Request. Rates are for Bed and Breakfast in the Guest House. A Self-catering cottage sleeps 6 - rates on request. The Treetop Loft room sleeps 2 -rates on request. 3 Caravan stands or camping sites with facilities - rates on request. Four en suite double rooms in Guest House – lounge, dining room. Pre-arrange for lunch and dinner
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television Yes
Radio No
Heater Yes
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner Yes
Arbeid Adelt nestles at the foot of the mighty Matroosberg Mountains in Hex Valley
Arbeid Adelt nestles at the foot of the mighty Matroosberg Mountains in Hex Valley
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Nearest Town:
Sedgefield
Distance: 0km
Police: Yes
Hospital: No
Hospital 35 km in Worcester. RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation enquiry (only an enquiry) by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office hours: 039 313 0770 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
San Rock Art Painting Heritage, the Hexpass Express Rail Route (Minimum 6), The Groothoek Mountain Hut, Game Viewing & Golf Course, Hiking, Biking & Rock Climbing, 4x4 Routes & Swimming Pools, Wine Tasting Routes

Any other information which may interest tourists to the area
Hex Pas eco trek - It’s difficult to find words to describe this experience. Not just excitement. A sense of exploration, yes! Reminiscence, yes! Bewildered by the scenery, yes! These are the sensations that one experience as you board the Hexpas Express. Your guide talks enthusiastically about the history of this abandoned 3'6" railroad that negotiates the steep climbs of up to 1:40 of the Hex River Pass between Hexpas and Matroosberg stations. Built originally in the 1870's, but replaced by the new modern (and 8 km shorter) rail in 1989, this track runs through one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
De Doorns Wine Cellar and Wine House, Grape picking at De Doorns House Estate and Nooitgezicht Estate, Packing shed at Grande View, Klondyke cherry farm on the way to Ceres, Hexkoel – the largest cold storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere
The Menu
We cater for customers’ needs. Full breakfasts: English or continental. Home cooked meals – light 2 or 3 course meals and traditional barbeques. Lunch and dinners by prior arrangement only

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Arbeid Adelt - 28 ha
Farming Activities: Export grapes
Farm History: The stately home was built around 1897 by Pieter Christiaan Burger. His old 'herehuis' (the only Brandewynpaleis left of three in the Hex Valley) is situated on architectural land that used to be part of the original farm De Doorns. De Doorns was one of the first four farms that were granted in the Hex River Valley. The original deed of transport was dated March 22nd 1731. More than 100 years later the village De Doorns had been established on a less useful part of this enormous farm. The first four farms, Roodezand, Vendutiekraal, De Doorens and Buffelskraal, were extremely large pieces of land and together they covered almost the entire Valley

A bit about your hosts:
The owners Michael and Susan live on the farm and are not directly involved in the management of the guest house. Estelle Schoeman manages the guest house – from the gardens to bookkeeping. She is a keen artist and loves drawing watercolours and oils. San rock art (small pic) and grape picking at De Doorns House Estate
San rock art (small pic) and grape picking at De Doorns House Estate
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made

  Photo gallery

En suite bedroom in guest house (small pic) and adventure activities (large)
En suite bedroom in guest house (small pic) and adventure activities (large)
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   The self-catering Victorian cottage sleeps 6 persons (small pic) and beautifl vines (large)
The self-catering Victorian cottage sleeps 6 persons (small pic) and beautifl vines (large)
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