retreat & private nature reserve
base station of the african horse company
location Cape town
The retreat of farm 215 is located between Stanford
and Cape Agulhas in the undisturbed Overberg of the
Western Cape, the Southernmost region of Africa. 200 km
Though often described as “remote”, the private reserve farm 215
is easily reached: it is a two hour drive from Cape Town airport,
the last few miles over a gravel road, suitable for all normal cars.
Farm 215 is the base station of the African Horse Company,
offering multi day trails through the Agulhas National Park.
Tranquility, space and nature are the three keywords when people want to know what to expect.
Farm 215 is as sustainable as it is laid-back.
There are three large freestanding suites and three spacious rooms in the homestead.
The three fynbos suites are spaced out in nature.
Smart, but not pretentious, these suites are
the most luxurious units of the retreat. The modern
fynbos suites are powered by solar energy.
farm 215 homestead
High up the hill, the homestead has arguably the best views.
There are two spacious rooms on the first floor of the homestead
and a suite with private garden at the ground-floor.
25 m lap-pool
The pool is connected to the garden of the homestead
with a wooden boardwalk. From the sheltered
terrace the views stretch from the distant ocean to
the vineyards of our neighbour, Lomond wine estate.
All meals of the day are served on farm 215. Food is down to earth: ingredients speak for
themselves. All food is sourced from a 60 km radius around farm 215.
The dining area is a modern building powered by solar energy.
The 800 hectares of the private nature reserve have over 20 km of hiking trails which
meander through pristine vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom to the highest peaks
in the area. Hundreds of different plant species including 50 threatened and endangered
species. The reserve and surrounding reserves and parks are furthermore the playground
of the African Horse Company.
From the reserve of farm 215, the African Horse Company organises outrides through
pristine Cape Floral vegetation, vineyards, forest, mountains and plains.
The rides take from one hour to the better part of the day.
A ride along the endless and empty beach of the Walker Bay Reserve take from 3 hours to the whole day.
farm 215 multi-day trails
The African Horse Company is specialised in all inclusive mullti-day horse trails, varying in time
from 3 days to 17 days. The African Horse Company has transit rights through the
Agulhas National Park, Walker Bay Reserve and various smaller reserves, farms
and estates on the Agulhas Plains.
The board room on top of one of the outbuildings
can be used for small workshops and get-togethers
of up to 12 people. Whiteboard, data-projector,
computer with wireless reception and telephone
a sustainable operation
Farm 215 is a pioneer in sustainable hospitality in South Africa
All new buildings powered by solar | water sourced from own catchment is recycled: no downstream effect |
water purification without chemicals | salt water pool |maximisation of locally sourced building materials |
building done by local builders |wood of invasive alien trees used in buildings.
All detergents and soaps are biodegradable | all waste separated and recycled |procurement
of local produce with minimised packaging | local wines produced by members of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative |
food is 80% organic | only fish served on the green list of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative |
food-remains recycled by poultry | Only local people hired.
Sustainable land management
Continuous clearing of alien invasive vegetation | rehabilitation of streambanks and wetlands | flower
harvesting done in accordance with sustainable harvesting techniques by Flower Valley Trust | reforestation
pilot project |data collection of the est. 1000 species in the reserve | no motorised transport in the reserve |
no interference with wild life | winner Cape Fox Award for best management of land in the Western Cape.
Certified by Member Board member Under stewardship of
Fair Trade in Walker Bay Overstrand Cape Nature
Tourism SA Conservancy Conservation Foundation
Responsible Traveller - Summer 2009 A selection of articles about farm 215
“Farm 215 is a visionary example of sustainable tourism in the Western Cape and South Africa.”
Life in Balance Magazine SA - September 2009
“farm 215 is a haven of tranquility for anyone seeking respite in a part of the overberg almost untouched by man.”
Conde Nast House & Garden - September 2009
“immersed in the celebrated cape floral kingdom..., there’s no one around for miles,...”
The Independent on Sunday UK - March 2009
“.... eye catching design with wood burning stoves, downy duvets and toiletries made from native fynbos plants.”
Highlife - BA Inflight magazine - 2008
“Farm 215 in the Overberg has chic fynbos suites powered by solar energy.”
Absolute Magazine SA - 2008
“As a responsible tourism destination, it is a remarkable achievement. It is exclusive, luxurious, compact and private.”
Elle Travel UK - Farm 215 wins the Chic shack award 2008
“Balancing cool design with a passion for the environment,farm 215 stands in the middle of a wild nature reserve.”
House & Garden - November 2007
“Light years away from paparazzi woes, the five star factor here is the sense of space, tranquility and pared-down luxury.”
Winelands Living - April 2007
“Farm 215 is an anomaly of sorts, being both deliciously luxurious and strictly laid back.”
Elle Decoration - march 2007
“....a haven for the conscious traveller, a place to tread lightly, breathe deeply and let nature take the lead.”
Selections from reviews on i-escape.com
A selection of reviews from guests
(users of i-escape have selected farm 215 as the best spot in Africa for 2009)
“The best place we stayed in. Absolutely gorgeous location and design, great hospitality and warmth.”
“A place to totally relax and forget your cares ! To wake up each day to the wonderful view from our bed was amazing.
When can we go back ??!”
“This is a hidden gem. The setting is magical, the rooms simple yet luxurious and the food delicious.”
“It is a wonderful combination of style, eco-tourism and retreat wrapped in a warm and friendly package.”
.” will certainly stay longerhospitality. Only dissapointment was we only had one night there, but next time
“Stunning setting, excellent
FULL REVIEWS ON THE I-ESCAPE.COM WEBSITE CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON THIS SENTENCE
Selections from reviews on tripadvisor.com
“Escaping the humdrum of every day life, farm 215 offers a little slice of heaven down in the Overberg.”
“The walks from farm 215 are excellent- a myriad of wild flowers and plants to see and photograph- and so unusual.”
“You have the feeling to be completely alone in nature, in the middle of nowhere, hearing all the nature sounds during the
day and evening and almost an absolute silence of the night.”
“If you are the kind of person who finds big corporate hotels a little suffocating but doesn’t want to sacrifice comfort or service,
then farm 215 is for you.”
“More like a private nature reserve, this is “eco-friendly” done properly, combining luxury and a passion for the environment,
but remaining laidback and friendly.”
FULL REVIEWS ON THE TRIPADVISOR.COM WEBSITE CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON THIS SENTENCE
Flower Valley Trust, sustainable harvesting
of indigenous flowers.
Platbos, Africa’s southernmost indigenous forest.
Lomond Vineyards, award winning pioneer in the
new Agulhas Wine Region and certified by the
Biodiversity Wine Initiative.
Cape town area map
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farm 215 the catch of a genuine sustainable place
None really, if you are truly interested in dealing fairly with this planet and its people.
A few if you are addicted to all aspects of the lifestyle which only developed in the last few decades.
You cannot use a hair-dryer in the solar powered fynbos suites,
but homo sapiens survived for 99% of its time on earth without them
You arrive in your car on a bumpy gravel road,
which is a luxurious way of transport compared with the ox wagons of less than 100 years ago.
The water is very pure,
but yellow, as was all the drinking water in the Cape before they started to add chemicals.
The chef decides what will be on the menu and food is slow food;
farm 215 is a place for the non-hasty
Linen is coffee-latte coloured;
No bleach is being used on farm 215.
There is no air-conditioning,
and we do not explain anymore why not.
The reserve can be explored on foot or on horseback;
Motorised transport in the reserve only allowed for maintenance and emergencies.
If you have a fobia for spiders, other insects, reptiles, toads etc,
please realise that farm 215 is their home.
There is not a single television in the reserve,
but there is wireless internet and mobile phone reception
The reserve is surrounded by more nature and rural lands,
if you are looking for bars, shops and nightlife, this is not the place