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Kersefontein Guest Farm

Originally purchased by settler Martin Melck in 1770, Kersefontein farm, with its fine old Cape Dutch homestead and rambling outbuildings, has been worked by eight generations of the Melck family.
Now a National Monument, little has changed in terms of beauty, tranquillity and isolation.

Present custodian and farmer Julian Melck has converted a number of farm buildings into luxurious rooms and suites for Bed and Breakfast, and self-catering accommodation.

Guests are invited to relax and enjoy Kersefontein’s unique and romantic heritage, or explore the thousands of hectares of farmland and river plains, all in a style and comfort which will complement the peace and magic of a wonderful place.

 

To match the long-standing exteriors and historic farm environment, the en-suite bedrooms and sitting rooms have been carefully decorated and furnished with period antiques resurrected from the farm’s great attics.

Kersefontein has benefited from the extraordinary growth the past few years in film and still production in the Western Cape area.
Its unique combination of river and estuary vleis, with dry, cracked pans, a flat horizon and big sky, coupled with veld and shrub, clay airfields, and distressed walls of old buildings as well as the extraordinary light in the early mornings and mid-afternoons have made the farm a popular destination for those seeking a location for commercial film, catalogue and editorials. A number of music videos, and television commercials featuring products ranging from Lipton tea for Dutch television to Timotei shampoo for the Polish market, as well as catalogues and editorials for Italian, English and German clothing have been shot on the farm. An added advantage is the availability of comfortable accommodation and facilities for the clients, agency representatives and crew using the farm and area for shooting, as well as the presence of an owner well versed in the vagaries of an industry requiring anything from horses to aircraft at a moment’s notice.

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  • Nicholas Garrick
    Nicholas Garrick
    3 months ago

    Julian is a perfect host and his 1700’s family farm is like a time capsule from the buildings themselves to the styling and furniture in guest rooms. The house is full of family paraphernalia as is the ‘bar’ house which is an ode to aviation. It’s more of a place to stay and explore rather than relax on site with the absence of pool and lounge area, as well as it is a working farm, not that is suggests any of this, just so others know it is a doing place (horse riding, small plane flights) not a ‘chill-out-by-the-pool) place. Supper with Julian in the dining room is an experience to have as the beds in the rooms are extremely comfy. The rooms could do with a little more attention and a deep clean, such as hoovering carpets and bathroom floors and corners scrubbed (not that they are ‘dirty’ as such), but again this is a not a hotel, it is a farm stay in a historic building.

  • Isobel van Deventer

    Fabulous it is do wonderful to know that there is still historical homes like this that is well looked after and preserved for our younger generation

  • Evidence Sello Magaga

    I really had a great time here at Julian’s farm. He’s such a great host who will go out of his way to make you feel and be comfortable! Also a fantastic filming location for all those filmmakers out there! I will be definitely visiting again and would recommend anyone who loves peaceful farms and animals to visit.

  • Gary Taylor
    Gary Taylor
    a year ago

    This place represents so much of early South African history, and you get to live it while you are here. Hearing the 8th generation of Melck family descendants tell you personally about the farm and the family was truly special, 300 years after the birth of the original Martin Melck. Well worth the trip up the West Coast!

  • Alasdair Ritchie
    Alasdair Ritchie
    7 years ago

    We spent a midweek break at Kersefontein Guest Farm with our son visiting from the US. What a fabulous experience! The accommodation in the Gate House was comfortable and clean although 150 m from the main action of the farm it suited us perfectly. Julian the farmer was our host and the highlight of the stay was the evening feast with 13 other guests at his banqueting table. the food was excellent, the wine pairing was perfect and Julian kept us entertained with history and fables of this special farm. Highly recommended if you're looking for something out of the ordinary

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