Stay at Jan Harmsgat Historic Farm & Country House in Swellendam.
Jan Harmsgat is set in a historic Cape Dutch farmstead near Swellendam. A mere 2-hour drive from Cape Town towards the Garden Route and Little Karoo, on the R60.
The wine cellar that lies in the heart of the property dates back to 1723, a testament to the farm’s rich past. In 1674, East of the current town of Bonnievale, on a farm nestled under the towering Langeberg Mountains, Johannes Harman Jansz Potgieter was born. Johannes married in 1714, and the farm appears on the grant of 1723 as Jan Harmansz Schat (treasure) from which it was apparently corrupted to Jan Harmsgat.
Today, guests are treated to 5-star elegance in that distinct ‘Overberg’ style. With breakfast included and a fine-dining restaurant on-site for dinner, they grow their own produce for the table. Just across the road, the 680 ha. farm is yours to explore and straddles the lush mountainous belt with its orchards of fruit, nut and olive trees is the source of its highly acclaimed preserves and produce. Indigenous wildlife such as Black Wildebeest, Springbuck, Grey Rheebuck and Ostriches are to be seen here, along with many smaller creatures and birds.
Stay at Jan Harmsgat
Discover the historic charm of 5-Star Guest accommodation that comprises of 10 exclusive rooms – Double, Twin & Family Rooms plus a romantic Honeymoon suite. Otherwise knows as the Executive suite, which we were lucky enough to experience.
There are two Executive units housed above the original wine cellar, and features the original meter-thick walls, updated-thatch roof and original doors. The building has been lovingly restored to its original glory and exudes the magic of yesteryear.
With the the original wooden floor, the room features a long-length king-size bed (can also be made up as twin beds), percale linen, air-conditioning, coffee and tea facilities and stocked mini bar. The en-suite bathroom with opulent bath, oversized shower, toilet and bidet also has underfloor heating. Flat screen TV’s with a selected DSTV package is featured in all rooms plus free Wi-Fi.
Thanks to the rain, we enjoyed one of their famous picnic spreads on the large porch area of our room. If the weather allows, I highly recommend booking one of their lunchtime picnics for an amazing spread of nibbles, baked goods and preserves, expertly prepared by chef Josh, usually set in one of their expansive orchards or under the trees out on the lawn.
Activities and Things To-Do
Jan Harmgat Country House is the perfect setting from which to explore the abundant delights offered by both the Overberg and the Breede River. From the Bontebok Park, Cape Agulhas, the De Hoop Nature Reserve (offering exceptional whale watching in season), and the delightful town of Swellendam itself.
For those intent on just a gentle stay-over, there are easy strolls and walks among the orchards - or simply spend your time relaxing by the saltwater pool.
Book a spa treatment at the in-house spa or start your journey on the somewhat-rougher side by jumping onto their open vehicle for a stunning farm drive experience. The route winds through 38 hectares of pomegranate trees and single block vineyards. Pair this with a tasting of their 100% pomegranate juice or combine it with an unique wine tasting experience.
The tranquil country setting that surrounds all of Jan Harmsgat offers guests not only the peace to revitalize their spirit, but also a variety of wholesome family-friendly activities to indulge in an authentic country ambience and history.
Welcome to Just Amy, where Jan Harmsgat provides an unforgettable dining experience with chef Josh and his French wife, Christelle.
With your stay, a breakfast including homemade muesli and yoghurt with fresh fruit, Boere benedict with a freshly baked croissant topped with garden greens, tomato, cheese, bacon, two soft poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and sprinkled with biltong dust. Freshly squeezed juice and fresh brewed coffee or tea.
The lunch and dinner menu changes frequently as the kitchen utilizes fresh produce grown in the garden.Famous for their Pecan pie dessert, a specialty made with the organically grown pecans from the farm and topped with homemade ice cream.
Good To Know Before You Book Your Stay
The rooms start at the nightly cost of R1184 pps, up to R2991 pps. (*prices correct at the time of publication).
Jan Harmsgat is registered and has been awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism S.A Trademark.
Location: R60 District Bonnievale/Drew, On the R60 between Ashton & Swellendam, Swellendam 6740 South Africa