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Middelvoetpad Farm Experience

SuperhostMontagu, Western Cape, South Africa
Private room in farm stay hosted by Leoni
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 private bath
Self check-in
You can check in with the doorman.
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10 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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As you drive on the 10km tar road and thereafter the less than 6km gravel road it feels like you leave everything behind and mentally, away from the city-rush, latent noise, traffic and all the daily stresses. Middelvoetpad is a lifestyle Dorper sheep, Boerbok and Springbuck farm, the perfect Getaway

The space
The farm Middelvoetpad is situated 16 km's from Montagu. Conveniently located 16 km’s outside Montagu on the R318 in the Keisie valley, (10 km’s tar road and 6 km’s a well maintained gravel road ), thus close enough for a quick outing to the picturesque town of Montagu. Ashton, Robertson, Barrydale, Swellendam, Touwsriver and Worcester within 100 km’s, with Cape Agulhas the closest beach 111km's (1 and a half hours drive) and Aquila Private Game Reserve (1 hour's drive)
Not that you would want to go far from this haven of real live, nature in its rawest form and hospitality that would make you come back for more.
Accommodation options available either B&B and/or dinner or Self Catering, A farm style breakfast, with warm baked bread and dinner optional to book and an exstra fee, please inquire? The fully equipped kitchen is the hub of the house, shared between the owners and the guests for their self catering. This gracious old Cape-Dutch house dating from the 1800’s, in which the owners stay, consists of 4 bedrooms and offers two capacious double bedrooms with a shared bathroom exclusively for guests, with their own entrance, at the opposite end of the bedrooms of the owners to ensure privacy. Experience the natural climate control of the building with walls 600mm in thickness.
Guests will have access to the entire private entertainment patio, a relaxing retreat, which includes, a coffee and tea station with home made rusks, dining table, television and built in braai. During possible load shedding of Eskom our generator automatically start up, to ensure electricity supply at all times.
Wake up when the cock crow and frolicking of the birds in the White Karee and the Wild Plum trees and the smell of warm baked bread!

Guest access
Latest addition is a group of Springbok which are even visible from the front patio!
Tortoises roam the farm freely and if you are lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a mongoose, hare, rock hyrax, duiker, steenbok, klipspringer, leopard, caracal, jackal and baboons. Abundant birdlife on the farm and the call of the beautiful Fish Eagle at the Pietersfontein Dam can be heard. The Hydnora Africana classified as one of the Top 20 Weirdest and most interesting plants and fungi in the world currently in bloom on the farm. - See note at the bottom
Explore the great scenery, either by hiking, mountain bike, quad bike or drone (bring your own). The farm roads are part of the annual BMW GS bike challenge route and will be your perfect personal challenge while getting acquainted with Mother Nature again.
Cool off and relax at the swimming pool, with breathtaking views of the majestic mountains, where the large African birds of prey namely the Black Eagles are nesting and often seen hunting for rock hyrax. The rock pool in the mountain gorge, minimal or dry at times, an ideal picnic spot, will be a pleasant adventure. Guests may order a picnic basket in advance, at an extra fee, to be enjoyed at the rock pool. You might even spot some leopard tracks and/or been watched by baboons from the hilltop! A mountain drive to absolute tranquility and peace in admiration of nature that will leave you breathless! Delight in a sun-downer on the front patio while the goats are grazing and feeding their lambs, before leaving for their overnight camps.
Spectacular day breaks, sun -downs and stargazing at night.
The farm offers the following activities:
-Watching the ISS - International space station in flight according to the Spot the Station schedule
•Involvement in the boerbok farming activities.
•Explanation of solar and irrigation systems to reduce the carbon footprint.
•Compound and Crossbow shooting demonstration, equipment setup and shooting techniques.
•Bird watching.
•Rock climbing (Kloofing).
The lifestyle on the farm as environmentally friendly as possible which include the following green initiatives:
•Water is piped from a fountain deep in the mountains, where gravity flow ensure a constant supply, of crystal clear fresh water 24 hours per day. ‘Beurtwater” is also shared by the farmers in the Pietersfontein area.
•An impressive Solar system to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for household purposes and irrigation.
•Guests will be allowed to buy any indigenous tree at any Nursery and plant in a specific area on the farm.
•Biodegradable guest amenities supplied.
Middelvoetpad Tradition -
A photoshoot on the "sleepwa" just before departure, which will be send by e-mail to you
Dare to better the " verspoeg bokdrolletjie" record!
Top 20 Weirdest and Most Interesting Plants and Fungi in the World
14. Hydnora
Scientific name: Hydnora africana
Location: Southern Africa
About the Plant: This plant looks like it might belong on a fictional planet in a sci-fi movie, except that no viewer would find it believable for a moment. The Hydnora grows completely underground except for the flower (“flower!”) which is shaped to maximize the efficiency of its bristles in directing beetles to its unpleasant center.
And why would beetles want to go near that? Well, because it smells like feces. Many an entranced dung beetle has been lured into its depths. I know what you’re thinking, Cydro, will you lay off with the carnivorous plants? Don't worry, it doesn't eat the beetles. It just keeps them. It traps them until the flower is completely mature, and then releases all the beetles to go forth into the world and pollinate and reproduce. The male and female Hydnoras have different receptors for this pollination, so the beetles have to come across another Hydnora for the scheme to work.
Does this lovely thing, once pollinated, bear fruit? Why, yes! The fruit takes two years to mature underground, is said to be similar in taste and texture to a potato, yet useful for tanning leather and preserving fishnets.

Other things to note
THE HISTORY OF MONTAGU (in short)
Montagu was cut off from the main trek routes due to the seemingly impenetrable nature of Cogmans Kloof. It wasn't until Thomas Bain built the pass and the tunnel that trade began to develop in the area.

In 1841 Montagu was laid out on the farm Uitvlucht and in 1852 John Montagu, the Colonial Secretary of the Cape, visited the infant town.

In 1855 the first school was opened and two years later a contract was signed for the building of a church designed by George Burkett.

In 1873 the Montagu Hot Springs began charging a fee for the use of the baths. Their use obviously goes back to time immemorial, with traces of early man found in the nearby caves. The importance of the baths to the general public is reflected in the conditions written into the title deeds:
That the outspan place and thoroughfare as laid down on the diagram shall remain free that the grant now made the public shall not be excluded from the benefits derived from a Hot Springs situated within the Limits of this land, but on the contrary, have the right of using the said Springs as a Hot Bath and that it shall be optional with them, should the proprietor hereafter construct suitable accommodation on the spot, to avail themselves there or not, as they may think proper; that all roads leading to the bath shall remain free, that the said public frequenting said bath shall be allowed to Outspan on this land, but the cattle shall not, unless with the consent of the grantee or his successors, remain longer that twenty four hours on his land.

Montagu banknotes were printed and issued from 1861, up until the demise of the bank in 1868. Samples of notes are on display at the museum. In 1877 Thomas Bain built the Tunnel and the new road through Cogmans Kloof.

Between 1902 and 1985 the Brink Brothers enterprise was of major significance to the town. Their activities included general dealers, bottling work, canning factory, dried fruit production and a department store.

In 1936 Montagu was declared a health resort. This resulted in an influx of wealthy people purchasing holiday houses. At one time during the early years, Montagu boasted 5 millionaires!

In 1941 the Montagu Muscadel Co-Operative was formed with fifteen members present at the first meeting. The development can be gauged by the fact that in 1944, 800 tons of grapes were processed; in 1991 the figure had grown to 11,000 ton.

In 1950 Montagu hosted the first South African Wine Festival. With much trepidation and debate the committee members assured the protesters that drinkers will not be able to make themselves drunk during the periods the wine will be served. "We will not have dishonour brought to our product" ... and all went well.

In 1954 the Montagu Nature Garden was inaugurated by a group of ladies gathered to work in the gardens, as it still is to this day. During certain months of the year - usually until October, the Tuesday morning teas & snacks are still on offer to all who care to join them.

In 1982 Joubert House was acquired by the Museum Trust.

In April 1995 President Mandela in his first informal engagement following his inauguration, opened the twenty first Muscadel Wine Festival.
Contact
Phone:+27 23 614 2471
Email:info@montagu-ashton.info
As you drive on the 10km tar road and thereafter the less than 6km gravel road it feels like you leave everything behind and mentally, away from the city-rush, latent noise, traffic and all the daily stresses. Middelvoetpad is a lifestyle Dorper sheep, Boerbok and Springbuck farm, the perfect Getaway

The space
The farm Middelvoetpad is situated 16 km's from Montagu. Conveniently located 16 km’…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 crib

Amenities

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Breakfast
Pool
Fire extinguisher
Kitchen
First aid kit
Private entrance
Washer
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Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa

Middelvoetpad forms part of Pietersfontein, a secure farming community

Hosted by Leoni

Joined in May 2018
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By now everyone should know that Montagu was chosen as the Western Cape Town of the Year and how privileged we are being part of the Little Karoo and the majestic Langeberge! Thus we are exited to share the Middelvoetpad Farm Experience, a lifestyle Dorper sheep and Boerbok farm, our dream with you ! "Live as if someone left the gate wide open" !
By now everyone should know that Montagu was chosen as the Western Cape Town of the Year and how privileged we are being part of the Little Karoo and the majestic Langeberge! Thus…
During your stay
Due to the limited cellphone reception between the mountains, please contact us at the Pietersfontein turn off to ensure we can assist with directions to the farm or use What App message, Video or Voice calls +27 829349291 or e-mail leoniunderhay@gmail.com
Rest assured that you would be happy to unplug in this haven of nature, peace and tranquility- with a good shot of Karoo Farm live as memories to take home (that is if you do not try and sneak the cute little “hanslam” into your luggage)
Due to the limited cellphone reception between the mountains, please contact us at the Pietersfontein turn off to ensure we can assist with directions to the farm or use What App m…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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