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 1800s. 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 cold in summer.
Since most of them had fallen into despair, we decided to restore the one on our farm Osfontein and make it available as a guesthouse for tourists, so that they can go back in historical time. Everyone who sleeps here is delighted about the unique experience and wonder, as they look up in the stone roof, who lived there and under what circumstances in those days.
Inside one finds the original fireplace with a thick yellow wood 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.
The Old Stone Shed
The Old Stone Shed used to be an old sheep shearing shed and has been converted into a self-catering unit providing a unique experience when staying in the Karoo.
Built from stone, the shed has common reed ceilings and is equipped with electricity.
The house is self-catering with the necessary cutlery, bedding and towels being provided. The lounge area has a fireplace to add to the atmosphere and provide extra warmth in the Karoo winters. The bathroom is equipped with a wash basin, flushing toilet and a shower with hot water. The unit also has an outdoor shower.
The Tree House
The Osfonteintreehouse is like an oasis in the middle of the Karoo. It offers a unique experience to visitors who would like to sleep in a completely safe environment, away from other people. High above the ground in trees that are more than a hundred years old, you can relax amongst the birds and enjoy the complete silence with just the occasional rustle of leaves moving in the breeze.
This luxurious safari lodge tent is set on a deck from where you can admire the captivating open spaces and unique hills (koppies) of the Karoo.At the back you can open the bathroom and walk onto a patio overlooking a beautiful dam, lined with old trees.
The self-catering treehouse offers accommodation for two with a double bed, en-suite bathroom, with hot shower as well as a kitchenette with fridge/freezer, microwave and two plate gas stove. There is a braai area (barbeque) and swimming pool at ground level and firewood is for sale at the farmhouse.
Guests are welcome to take long hikes, bring their mountain bikes to explore trails on the farm or just relax with a book among your friendly and inquisitive neighbours, the birds.
Fires can be made outside and wood can be bought at the farmhouse.
The farmhouse is within walking distance if anything is needed and also has a swimming pool where guests can cool off.
With all the wide open spaces, guests can go for long walks or mountain biking. Sitting outside you will see the incredible star filled Karoo sky at night, a must-see, awe-inspiring sight.
This is the ideal place for the guest who want absolute privacy and do not want to hear noisy cars or people, just the absolute quietness of a Karoo farm, surrounded with the veld.
The most beautiful stars that only the Karoo night sky can offer!
Manuelo, Nicole, Giorgia, sabrina & Olivia Vessio-
Thank you for a fantastic, unique experience! Our 3 girls loved staying in such a special house + they were blown away by the night sky!
Kevin, Sam and Eric-
Unforgettable! Thanks for your hospitality, an amazing farm, peace, beauty and something to talk about for ages!
Marinus + Lize +Mia + Irene-
Fantasties!! Ons vat al die goeie reen verder deur die Karoo!!!
What an incredible little spot. Gracious hosts, fabulous setting and true tranquility. I will be back!
11-12-2010 - Marius + Giselle
Die "highlight" van ons veisie! Die mooiste klein plekkie op aarde. Dit was wonderlik om hier te bly. Ons sal dit nooit verget nie. Baie Dankie.
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