Wildekrans Country House, Houw Hoek Village

Wildekrans Country House is a historic 1811 homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek in the Western Cape. Overlooking a rambling garden that cascades to the river, and silhouetted by a rugged mountain backdrop, the house is furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art.

Accommodation with breakfast and dinner is available as is a self-catering option. All rooms have MNet and WiFi. The homestead has three double rooms including a suite. A separate cottage alongside the homestead is perfect for families or travellers wanting kitchen facilities.

Quirky, burnished by the years, Wildekrans Country House offers a relaxing interlude away from the hurly burly of city life. Just one hour from Cape Town it is an ideal weekend getaway, or extension to a Mother City visit.

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historic 1811 homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek


The Old Homestead (built in 1811) has three bedrooms all en suite, furnished with four poster beds with great bedding, contemporary SA art and antique furniture. A living room with fire place and library make for cosy winter afternoons.


Walks – Enjoy leisurely walks in the grounds or hiking trails in the surrounding area. Go mountain biking, the Elgin Wine Route and visit the Elgin Railway market or stay at home and play a game of petanque (boules). If you’d like to watch whales or go to the beach – Hermanus is only 30 minutes away.

The Green Mountain Trail and Blue Mountain Trail are slackpacking trails that include Wildekrans Country House as part of its itinerary.

Art – Enjoy your hosts’ private collection of South African art and sculpture which includes the works of artists Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy Du Toit, Llewellyn Davies, William Kentridge, Judith Mason, Hylton Nel, Simon Stone, Robert Hodgins, Andrew Verster and Francois Knoetze.

Wine – Wildekrans Country House is a member of the Groenlandberg Conservancy. The Groenlandberg Conservancy, the world’s first biodiversity wine route, offers scenic beauty and a wide range of wine styles. On site, Barry Gould’s handmade “A Simple Red” and Sauvignon Blanc, made naturally with least interference, is available.


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