Carnarvon-Loxton – Osfontein Corbelled Stone House
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This unique destination is situated between Carnavon and Loxton and really worth an extended visit!

These antique stone corbelled houses appear only in the Karoo in an attractive small area. They were the first houses built by the Voortrekkers in the early 1800's. Due to a shortage of building materials such as wood in the Karoo they built the houses entirely of stone, even the roof, which was well insulated, being warm in winter and deliciously cool in summer.

Since most of them had fallen into disrepair, we decided to restore the one on our farm, Osfontein and make it available as a guesthouse for tourists, so that they could go back in historical time. Everyone who sleeps here is delighted about this unique experience and wonder, as they look up at the stone roof, who lived here and under what circumstances in those days.

Within walking distance is the farmhouse if you need anything or wish to use the swimming pool, but it is far enough away to ensure complete privacy. There is space to take long walks or ride mountain bikes – and the most beautiful stars that only the Karoo night sky can offer awaits guests!

(Also see “Carnavon-Loxton - The unique Old Stone Shed” on this website)

Old Stone House is one of 5 finalists in the Tuis/Home magazine competition (Nov 2012)
The Corbelled Stone house - everyone who sleeps here is delighted about this unique experience (small and large)an
The Corbelled Stone house - everyone who sleeps here is delighted about this unique experience (small and large)an
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Activities:

Game Viewing Experience Springbuck in their natural habitat

Bird Watching On farm

Hiking Trails Long walks on the farm. 4 X 4 routes and mountain biking (bring own bikes)

Other Activities Excellent star gazing, rock rabbits, dassies and a wide variety o Karoo grass species
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 0.00 R 0.00
Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates on request

Inside the corbelled stone house one finds the original fireplace with a thick yellowwood beam - this now serves as a braai/barbeque place. Fires can also be made outside. The house has four rooms. The one bedroom has a double bed and the other two single beds, a bathroom with a washbasin and flushing toilet and a hot shower.

The house is self-catering, with the necessary cutlery, bedding and towels being provided. There is an electric stove and fridge with freezer. Candles are used for lighting so as not to spoil the atmosphere of this unique experience
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater Yes
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
The stone roof -- as one looks up at the stone roof you wonder  who lived here and under what circumstances (small and large)
The stone roof -- as one looks up at the stone roof you wonder who lived here and under what circumstances (small and large)
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Nearest Town:
Carnavon Loxton
Distance: 40km
Police: Yes
Hospital: Yes
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 0608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
SKA radio telescope; English church designed by architect Herbert Baker; Rock paintings; Corbelled home museum

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
Sheep farming
The Menu
You can buy lamb chops on the farm - the best you can get! Fully equipped for self-catering

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Osfontein - ha
Farming Activities: Sheep farming
Farm History: The farm was first measured in 1830 and the first farmer was Daniel Jacobs on 1 November 1838 – we thing that he built the corbelled house. Stegman’s farther, Lukas Petrus Lubbe, bought the farm in 1979

A bit about your hosts:
Stegman and Natasha married in 1079 and come from Carnarvon. They have 3 children. They renovated the corbelled house in 1997 and it is so popular that they decided to renovate another old stone shed (shearing shed) as a guest house Dining area and fireplace (small) and another view of the Stone House (large)
Dining area and fireplace (small) and another view of the Stone House (large)
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How to get there:
Route map and co-ordinates supplied when reservations are made

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Within walking distance is the farmhouse if you need anything or wish to use the swimming pool
Within walking distance is the farmhouse if you need anything or wish to use the swimming pool
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   The house is self-catering, with the necessary cutlery, bedding and towels being provided
The house is self-catering, with the necessary cutlery, bedding and towels being provided
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