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About De Rust
The first owner of the farm De Rust was Marthinus Bekker. He was a transport driver and lived here from 1812. Petrus Johannes Meiring, who came from Worcester, was the charge-hand for Bekker. Meiring subsequently married Bekker’s widow and in 1832 became owner of De Rust and other farms in the vicinity. He was a very precise and innovative man and was responsible for creating the first footpath through Meiringspoort. When he died, his 2 brothers-in-law hired the farm and in 1899 the land surveyor, Adley, divided the farm into plots, which were sold and thus established the village of De Rust.


• Our neighbouring Stompdrift Dam, with a shoreline of 26kms, it is the largest dam in the Klein Karoo.
• One of the most primitive beetle species in the world, Colophon berrisfordi
is found in the higher peaks in Meiringspoort. It is endemic here.
• Pelargonium Zonale was collected in 1689 by Hendrik Oldenland and exported to Europe, where they were cultivated during 1710 by the Duchess of Beaufort. They are one of the parents of the geraniums found in Europe nowadays.
• To mark the official opening of the Meiringspoort road on March 3 1858, twelve loaded ox-wagons ferried the first wool to be exported from the Groot Karoo to Mossel Bay.
In 1874, the first wool washing plant in South Africa, was built at Klaarstroom, by George Wallis for a Canadian businessman, Percy Alport.
• In 1925, while on an official tour to South Africa, the Prince of Wales visited Meiringspoort and was so impressed by the area that he brought his wife and two young daughters back here in 1947. Then, while on a visit to the farm Riet Valley, the queen (later the queen mother) had the privilege of clipping ostrich feathers. Pictures of this historical event are on view at the Mons Ruber wine tasting centre, on the farm.
• The largest tree in Meiringspoort is a Cape White wood with a height of 30 metres and a trunk diameter of 1 metre. The wood from these trees was used to make brake blocks for wagons.


Doornkraal Kothuis

Edwardian-style cottage in the tranquil shade of a 100 year old oak and with delightful views of the main house, an impressive Ostrich Palace constructed in 1914. This totally private cottage consists of 2 ensuite bedrooms.

Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4

Doornkraal Kothuis (Cottage) is a totally private, self-contained house comprising of 2 suites with adjoining bathrooms – one with a romantic 4-poster bed, the other with a three quater and a single bed. Specially chosen family antiques and eclectic artwork add further charm and unique style. Well equipped kitchen and outside BBQ area with spellbinding views across the sweeping valley and hills. Discover everyday life on a Klein Karoo farm with its many activities or simply relax and unwind, perhaps with a glass of wine from the farm winery..? Secluded yet at the same time an ideal base from where to explore surrounding areas including the famous Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort (a natural gorge with spectacular rock formations), Oudtshoorn with tourist attractions for all ages (Cango Caves, ostrich farms etc) and the picturesque Prince Albert, a Victorian village nestled between the mountains and the vast plains of the Great Karoo. An easy and scenic drive of no more than 2 hours to the Garden Route and its stunning beaches and George international airport. Birdlife and botanical delights are plentiful and special. Baviaanskloof is about 1 hour away.

Guest Access

Guests are warmly welcomed to experience all facets of Doornkraal, a traditional and fully functional Klein Karoo farm. Scenic walks amongst the fields and hills, cycling on footpaths or farm roads and excursions on our Cape Riding Horses, direct descendants of the noble horses featured in South Africa's epic history, are a few favourite and fully-inclusive activities.

Interaction with Guests

No day is the same on this working farm where you are invited to join in on daily, seasonal activities including sheep herding, feeding the animals – with fresh eggs for breakfast as reward - harvesting (and tasting!) of crops from the farm and kitchen garden, planting and irrigating with fresh mountain water… Or simply observe from a distance but keep your camera or sketchbook close! Breakfast is homegrown and freshly prepared every morning and served in the cottage.

The Neighborhood

De Rust is a closely-knit farming community and the small town plays host to quaint shops and interesting characters. The area produces some of the best olive oil in the country and its delectable wines, home-baking, artisanal crafts, vegetables & fruit all pay tribute to this veritable land of milk and honey, locally also known as Kannaland. The goodness of the earth combined with wholesome food and great company is an irresistible Doornkraal concoction which charms guests to return year after year, often becoming friends for life.

Getting Around

The best way of getting around is by rental car with agencies at George airport and Oudtshoorn. Public transport to the farm is non-existent. Assistance with airport pick-ups can be arranged.

Other Things to Note

Dinner with the family may be requested and with prior arrangement in advance of your stay.

2 nights minimum stay

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Front entrance of Doornkraal Kothuis. Sunset view with swimming pool and an outside sitting area with braai facility.
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View from the hill behind the villa, towards the Swartberg Mountains. Abundant fruit in the gardens - olives, pomegranate, almonds, figs, etc.
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Horse outrides on the farm - also suitable for novice riders. Kids are welcome to get close to farm animals.
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Doornkraal Kothuis farm animals. Sheep on their way to their pasture for the day.
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Second suite with 2 single beds. It has an en suite bathroom with a shower and separate toilet. Main bedroom.
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Delights of the Klein Karoo - good wine, clean air and beautiful landscapes. Swartberg Pass, a national national. A must see.