Ketelfontein Guestfarm Guest Farm Accommodation

Colesberg, Northern Cape - South Africa

 
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Ketelfontein is situated 15 kilometers north of Colesberg on the R369 tar road en route to Petrusville. The farm covers a periphery of 4000 hectares and farming continues actively, with merino sheep and drakensberger cattle. To make things easier the farm is divided into smaller camps and horses are used for this purpose.

History

The first Vorster set foot in Cape Town in 1717. After many decades they established themselves in the vicinity of Colesberg and Ketelfontein was shortly registered in 1836. After six generations the farm is still the property of the original Vorster family. Farming in the early days were only for self preservation and consisted of vegetables, fruit, mealies, dairy products and mampoer. Ketelfontein’s name is derived from the brandy-still used to still mampoer.

In 1999 we decided to share all this historical inheritance with the public. All the bedrooms are en suite and the character of the house was kept by furnishing all the rooms and public areas with genuine antique furniture, some inherited from the Vorster family.

Guests can experience the peacefulness of the farm while sitting on the stoep. Go for a swim in the swimming pool, or for a walk up to the dam leading them through shady trees where arum lilies grow naturally in the fountain. The hillock behind the farm house gives one a beautiful view of the farm and the karoo. One can also find a huge variety of fauna and flora on these hiking trails.

During the winter months one would rather stay indoors, snuggle up in front of the fireplace and read a book part of a huge collection.

Satisfied guests say: "I felt my troubles disappear. Here I found my soul. It reminds me of my grandfather’s farm."

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Die plaas Ketelfontein is geleë 15 km noord van Colesberg op die Petrusville pad (R369) Ketelfontein beslaan ‘n oppervlakte van 3697 hektaar en daar word vandag aktief met merino skape en drakensberger beeste geboer. Die plaas is in kleiner kampe verdeel om bestuur makliker te maak. Perde word ook gebruik vir hierdie doel.

Geskiedenis

Die eerste Vorster het in 1717 in Kaapstad aangekom. Na etlike dekades het hulle hul kom vestig in Colesberg omgewing. Ketelfontein is in 1836 geregistreer en is sederdien na ses geslagte nog steeds die eiendom van die oorspronklike Vorster familie. Die mense wat destyds hier gewoon het, het alles self verbou wat hulle nodig gehad het soos groente, vrugte, koring,mieleis, suiwelprodukte, vleis en ook mampoer. Die naam Ketelfontein is dan ook afgelei van die stookketel wat op die plaas was om mampoer te stook.

Vir die gaste: In 1999 is besluit om hierdie geskiedkundige erfenis met die publiek te deel. Die huis is vandag met slegs antike meubels gemubuleer (sommige van die oorspronklike familie). Gaste kan nog steeds rustig op die voorstoep sit en die rustige omgewing ervaar.

Guests can go for a swim in the swimming pool. Go for a walk up to the dam leading them through shady trees where arum lilies grow naturally in the fountain.

Die koppie agter die huis gee ‘n asemrowende uitsig oor die plaas opstal en die karoo. ‘n Verskeidenheid fauna en flaura kan op hierdie staproetes gevind word..

During winter months one would rather stay indoors, snuggle up in front of the fire and read a book part of a huge collection.

Soos tevrede gaste skryf: "Ek voel hoe die sorge van my skouers af val. - Hier het ek my siel gevind. - Dit laat my so aan my ouma en oupa se plaas dink."


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