Honeywood Farm near Heidelberg, Western Cape, has been in the Moodie family since 1817 and borders Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve up against the Langeberg Mountains. It is a nature lover’s paradise and offers hiking, mountain biking as well as birding. Also horse riding, and swimming in rivers and pools all in a peaceful and secure environment. Ideal venue for meetings and weddings.
This self-catering and camping venue is on a working honey farm producing fynbos honey for guests as well as retailers. It also has cattle, a few sheep as well as experimental plantings of olives and honeybush tea.
Accommodation at Honeywood Farm
Some of the 3-star self-catering cottages are around the main house, while others are scattered in more isolated places. They are reachable by farm tracks which one should preferably negotiate with a 4×4 or bakkie. It also offers a Lodge, or Bush camp as well as camping sites.
Hunters’ Cottage and Woody’s Cottage
Isolated restored woodcutters’ cottages, out of sight, more rustic on Gooseberry Hill. Offering an authentic link with the past, but with regular and necessary comforts,without high luxury. Indoor hearth with firewood for cold evenings as well as gas lamps, fridge, stove and hot water, but no electricity. They are fully equipped with bedding, cutlery and crockery, you only bring your food to be enjoyed by candle light.
Because of its isolation, it is not suitable for very low vehicles. For the same reason the hosts prefer not to offer meals for guests staying in one of these cottages.
Comfortable cottage with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It sits alongside the main house thus making it ideal for guests wanting breakfast and dinner. There is a TV with DStv in the living area, which makes this the only cottage with DStv. Furthermore this cottage is fully equipped for self-catering, should you so wish.
This is the largest venue with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms as well as a spacious living room/kitchen area. There is a micro-wave, dishwasher, double oven as well as a double sink. Also an outside braai area and large veranda as well as an inside fireplace and firewood. No TV in this cottage, but guests can watch TV in the main house, should they so prefer.
Situated next to Jack’s Cottage with 2 bedrooms, bathroom, a gas stove, electric fridge and microwave. Also an outside braai and small wood stove inside for cold winter nights.
This cottage has an extensive wooden deck around two sides as well as 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Also all the necessary amenities for self-catering.
Quince Cottage and Coral Cottage
These two cottages are alongside each other, each coming with 2 bedrooms as well as a bathroom. Also spacious living rooms with fireplaces and firewood as well as equipped for self-catering.
Ou Werf Woodcutter’s Lodge
The rustic isolated lodge is built over a ruin dating back to the 1730’s. It can sleep 9 – 12 people on comfortable bed and mattresses, but guests should bring their own pillows and duvets. There are all the essential comforts such as gas hot water, stove, fridge with two showers and flush toilets. No electricity, though, so make sure your phones and cameras are fully charged.
Campers can join the group on the space surrounding the lodge. The access road is a farm track which should be kept in mind if you drive a very low vehicle.
The camp site is under and enormous oak tree and there is an electrical point, a small fridge, a shower as well as a flush toilet. A simple, rustic getaway with all the basics – a paradise for true campers. Access road is a farm track, thus bakkies or 4×4 would be the better vehicle choice.
Facilities at Honeywood Farm
Special meals on request
Cottages are equipped for self-catering including cutlery and crockery
Linen, bedding as well as towels provided
Good for honeymoon couples, children as well as elderly people
Fireplace inside with wood provided
Swimming pool with brown mountain water
Outside sitting area
Pets only by arrangement
Wedding as well as conference facilities
Wedding and Conference Facilities
The Honeywood Farm also offers a well equipped venue for wedding and conferences. The hall can accommodate 100 guests or delegates for weddings, conferences or also team building exercises. This open plan building has a pine-wood floor with a deck on either end. There is also a smaller room, the Green Room which can be utilises for smaller functions or meetings.
Caterers and service providers in the area can assist you with the food and music as well as anything else you need for your function.
Activities and Attractions at Honeywood Farm
There are various mountain biking trails on Honeywood Farm as well as the conservancy to be explored.
This area is, of course a bird watchers’ heaven what with more than 200 species recorded.
You could also enjoy the stunning mountains and valleys while riding a horse through the nature reserve.
There is a swimming pool filled with fresh brown mountain water on the farm.
Various marked hiking trails allow you to see nature from up close while enjoying a safe and invigorating hike along different trails.
If you just want to relax, there are interesting books in most of the cottages waiting to be read.
Miranda Moodie also tutors art getaways, should you be interested.
Honeywood Farm Selfsorg en Kampeerplek naby Heidelberg, Wes-Kaap
Op ‘n werkende heuningplaas langs Grootvadersbosch Natuurreservaat teen die Langeberge. Hulle produseer fynbosheuning en het ook beeste, ‘n klompie skape en so ook eksperimentele aanplantings van olywe en heuningbostee.
Akkommodasie by Honeywood Farm
Die selfsorgverblyf op die plaas Honeywood Farm, bestaan uit kothuisies, ‘n Boskamp en so ook kampeerplek. Sommige van die 3-ster kothuisies is rondom die hoofhuis gebou, terwyl ander op afgeleë plekke in die veld is. Die kothuise varieer in grootte en is almal volledig toegerus vir selfsorg. Verder het die afgeleë kothuise nie elektrisiteit nie, maar gas, gaslampe en so ook kerse.
Die boskamp is gebou op die ruïnes van ‘n houtkappershut wat dateer uit die 1730’s en kan so 9-12 persone huisves. Hierdie is nie een van die kothuise nie en mense word gevra om hulle eie kussings en so ook duvets te bring. Verder is daar gas, warm water, ‘n stoof, yskas, twee storte en so ook spoeltoilette en beddens met matrasse.
Daar is plek rondom die hut waar mense kan kampeer as deel van die groep in die hut. En daar is ook ‘n kampplek onder ‘n groot eikeboom met ‘n elektriese punt, klein yskassie, stort en so ook ‘n spoeltoilet.
Geriewe by Honeywood Farm
Spesiale maaltye op versoek
Kothuisies is volledig toegerus vir selfsorg
Linne, beddegoed en so ook handdoeke word voorsien
Braaigeriewe en so ook hout is beskikbaar
Swembad met vars bruin bergwater
Troeteldiere slegs met voorafreëling
Trou- en konferensiefasiliteite
Tel: 028 722 1823
Cell: 083 270 4035
RATES: From R75 p.p – camping, R150 p.p – Woodcutter’s cabin to R240 -280 p.p self catering cottage.
For those travelling on the N2 please note that our farm lies on a parallel route to the N2 that links Heidelberg with Swellendam, so although you are travelling towards the mountains, the actual distance is almost the same as travelling along the N2 – traditionally the N2 was known as the ‘coastal route’ and the R322/R324 as the ‘more scenic mountain route’.
Oakvale Homestead (5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8-10) R 300 pp.pn Laila’s Cottage (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4-6) R 300 pp.pn Hunter’s Lodge (sleeps 2-4) R 300 pp.pn Woody’s Lodge (sleeps 2) R 300 pp.pn Quince Cottage (2 bedrooms, sleeps 2-4) R 280 pp.pn Coral Cottage (2 bedrooms, sleeps 2-4) R 280 pp.pn Clover Cottage (2 bedrooms, sleeps 2-4) R 280 pp.pn Jack’s Place (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4-6) R 280 pp.pn Ou Werf Woodcutter’s Lodge (minimum 3 people, maximum 12) R 175 pp.pn Camping – R 100 pp.pn Rates per person per night. Children under 12 are half price. Dinner Bed & Breakfast (DBB) rate on request.
50% deposit required to secure booking.
All cottages are fully self-contained, but not serviced. Special prices for groups and tours on request.