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Deo Volente Guest Farm

Swellendam

| 4.5 Excellent 11 reviews
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About Deo Volente Guest Farm

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About Deo Volente Guest Farm

 Sleeps 4
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
 Minimum stay: 2 Days

Enveloped by the Lange berg majestic mountains and the Breede River, sits Deo Volente Guest Farm. The tranquil essence of the farm is best captured by the early morning call of the fish-eagle.
Our wooden cottage consists of a lounge, a fully equipped kitchenette, consisting of a gas two-plate stove and basin. The kitchen extends onto a furnished veranda. The cottage has a private braai facility. The bedroom has a double bed. The bathroom has a bath with a gas geyser and a green loo. We are pet friendly and the bathroom has a small enclosed area to take fur kids out at night.
The cottage is rustic and put together with love and mostly recycled materials.
The privacy and amazing view is the perk here. The cottage is roughly 300 meters from the main house.

The campsite is next to the river and offers a 3 m by 4 m covered deck with a braai facility. We do not provide a tent. We provide a kettle, a pot and a pan with a large counter with wash-up basin. The campsite also has an attached private bush bath and a green loo. The bottom area is large enough to park a camper or caravan. We supply 5 L of bottled water for drinking and 10 L of clean water to cook with per 2 night stay.
The water we supply to the washing and bathing areas come from either the spring or rain.
During your stay with us you are welcome to swim in the river or hike..
The road down to the river is challenging for an ordinary car.

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Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Double bed
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Mini fridge
  • Safe

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Family friendly: Children can hike, swim in river, fish or play in nature.

Romantic: Very private hide away with an amazing view!

Important Information

Water heating through a self stoked water-donkey.
We supply 20 litres of drinking water. The water we supply to the washing and bathing areas come from another source.

Braai, Burning and Butts
Being South Africans, proud of our offerings, we feel a stay on the farm is not complete without a braai (barbeque). For people wishing to braai, we could either assist you or supply you with wood. We have designated areas and containers for making fire. We request our patrons and guests not to gather their own wood as it affects the ecosystems we are trying to protect. You are welcome to bring your own wood or we can supply you with a crate of wood for R20
Runaway fires could occur when burning is not limited to demarcated contained spots. Please acquire about such spots when you wish to make a fire other than the fire places supplied at your cottage, camping or picnic spot.
Please do not smoke inside the cottages. When you smoke outside please make sure your cigarettes are put out properly and the butts discarded in an ashtray.

Potty Principals
When you’ve never used a green loo you might be filled with shock and at the idea! But relax, we will ease you into the etiquette of the N-WC (NO WATER CLOSET). Firstly you need to know, IT DOES NOT smell. Coming from city life we decided before letting our guests loose on our green loos, we would build our own one and try it until it worked 100% odourless! And, it does! So, here is how it works: Next to the can we supply wood shavings and ash. The bottom of the potty is filled with shavings which covers the pee-pee smell. Once you have pee-pee’d just add some shavings on top. When you poo you cover it lavishly with the ash and then the whole lot with wood shavings! Your loo paper also goes in the potty. Every second day we change the potty and the waste gets to become dust in a compost heap.
Count how many litres of water you save every time you visit our N-WC if you consider every flush uses 8 litres of water. Thanks!

Swimming
We are blessed enough to have approximately 1km of river frontage, so do allow swimming and fishing (by prior arrangement for permit purposes). These activities are done at your own risk. (You would be required to fill in an indemnity form when entering our farm. Please adhere to the rules and embark at designated areas to avoid getting hurt.

Pets
We are pet friendly (by prior arrangement). We have specially enclosed areas for pets that stay over at selected cottages. When walking your dogs please keep them on a leash.

Animals on the farm
We share our wooden farm cottage with two dogs (Kevin & Button), two cats (Basil Sun & Fennel Moon) a potbelly piggy (Varkmeedah) and our many chickens under orchestration of Haandrik the cock whose crowing watch can lose track of time at odd hours. We have cattle from a neighbour roaming the farm.
As for the wilder country animals; we have a few have buck, long and short ear hare, tortoises and fish eagles on the neighbouring land which come to play in our airspace.
We have the odd critters like mongooses, otters, snakes and scorpions but they are seldom seen and would not attack unless purposely disturbed.
As insects go we have the odd mosquito, fly or tick.
We grow our own herbs and plants to combat pests and serve as a natural repellent. The very same green house has herbs and plants for bites and other medicinal uses. We recommend however, you come prepared with 10ml tea tree oil just in case of cooking burns, bites or if you left your ode cologne at home!
Breakfast
We offer an English or Vegetarian breakfast at R50 per head. Please arrange this when making your booking. You can have a sit down breakfast at the “breck-vis” room/workshop next to our house.

Picnic Baskets
On request we can provide picnic baskets with cheese, fruit/pickles and biscuits @ R150 per basket excluding beverages. Cold meat options (also without beverages) consisting of the same basic basket costs R200 per basket. Other options are available i.e. fruit only baskets for the cottage. We also provide braai packs made to order.
~ All these options are only available by prior arrangement.

Dinner
We offer a “mains” only, two courses or three course dinners at R150, R180 or R200 respectively. We offer soft drinks at an additional cost as we are not licensed. We charge a R25 corkage per bottle if you supply your own wine.

Keys
For your convenience the keys include a farm gate key and a solar torch key ring.
The keys we provide you with can be dropped off at our farm gate in the red box on your departure.
Please keep the gate closed and as you find it ie. if it is locked please lock it again. If the gate’s padlock is open on the chain please close it in the same way as you find it. Although the padlock might be open the gate must remain closed at all times to ensure the cattle and buck stay on the farm. Many thanks for your co-operation in this regard.


Safety
We provide you with all the safety one can offer but need your attention and co-operation to ensure your safety.
• We provide fire extinguishers throughout the farm at the public and accommodation spots.
• When you braai or make a fire please extinguish your fire before leaving the area. We provide sand buckets for this purpose.
• Do not pick up stones as something that bites might be living under it.
• Do not pick or break off plants or remove branches from trees.
• Do not go into the river at unmarked spots or if the water is rushing.
• Drink only the water we provide for drinking or supply your own.
• Make sure the gas stove or heater’s setting is in the off possission or closed setting when not in use.
• Do not feed, catch or chase the animals on the farm. When you come to the farm with your pets and they are likely to misbehave please keep them on a leash when going walking.
• When you spot a creepy crawly do not attempt to catch or kill it. Contact the office and we will remove the problem.
• Please keep your valuables locked away or on you as we do not take responsibility for lost or stolen items. Having said that the farm is very safe which you will notice immediately on arrival as the fully equipped kitchen areas are outside the cottages and are left unlocked.

Rates & Availability

Guest Reviews

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hillary lane
March 2019
Loved the rustic accommodation and solitude. Would have liked to know before hand that it was difficult to get to the water . but was great once I had been able to get over the rocks. Would also be nice to have more shelf space to store food. Have could back totally refreshed and would high recommend Deo Volente for recharging once batteries!
s calder
January 2019
Deo Volente was exactly what it was made out to be. Unpretentious, rustic yet clean and comfortable. I was there for five days and was sad to leave.
lorraine van zyl
January 2019
Loved the river,the views and the peaceful surroundings.Great hosts.
martin etter
October 2018
The view was really lovely.Although we were told about what to expect from the owners, it was not as we had envisioned. Things seem to be a bit neglected ie rotton wood on the outside table, holes in the moqutio net. There was no provision for a heater when it was very cold one night. When it was very hot it's impossible to sit inside due to the tin roof and there is not adequate shade outside.... Read more
annette & collin ellis
September 2018
Stukkie hemel op aarde!!! Vernuwe jouself, te Deo Volente!!!Ons het dit baie geniet! Vis-arend se pragtige roep, tot die ou pofaddertjie, maar ons was immers in die natuur, en dit is waar all diertjies hulself bevind! Die natuurskoon is prentjie boek mooi!Annli en Rencia is 2 gasvroue wat hul storie ken, en het ons hartlik laat welkom voel! Van sink bad, tot kompos toilet!! Ek sal enige iemand... Read more

Deo Volente Guest Farm location

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Deo Volente Guest Farm is 12.8km from the centre of Swellendam , the nearest airport 207.8km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
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