Berluda Farmhouse and Cottages
Schoemanshoek, 6620 Oudtshoorn, South Africa –
Excellent location — rated 9.1/10! (score from 160 reviews)
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In the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley, halfway between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves, lies Berluda, an intimate guesthouse and self-catering family destination. Come and experience sincere South African farm hospitality, while enjoying the many activities our farm has to offer. Our restaurant offers dinner and breakfast (the latter included in your room rate), while you also have the opportunity to enjoy your own BBQ in the privacy of your cottage. No need to bring anything, we provide the food, the firewood - all you have to do is grill your own meat! Choose from ostrich, beef, venison or Karoo lamb. Join an exclusive educational tour of our working ostrich farm. This tour is presented with an animal friendly alternative, with no riding of ostriches. Also an encounter with our meerkat family, is not to be missed. Berluda is also a bird-watchers' paradise, and a walk in the hills behind will give you a glimpse of the beautiful and rare indigenous Karoo vegetation. There are also hiking and mountain biking opportunities, as well as stargazing. A family friendly experience that you will never forget.
Piet Schoeman grew up in the fertile Schoemanshoek Valley, just 15km outside of Oudtshoorn. His father was a humble vegetable and tobacco farmer. Piet's father taught him to be a hard worker, and today he can honour his father by the heritage that they built at Berluda. This 10th generation family farm was lovingly restored and guests can enjoy the peacefulness and beautiful views of the Swartberg Mountains from their cottage. He and his wife Laura invite you to share this beautiful valley with them. It has always been a dream in their hearts to make a difference in their community, and 4 years ago they started a small pre-school centre for the children of the community. This has now grown to over a hundred children. Already the impact can be seen on the lives of these vulnerable children. An arts and crafts project was also started that offers employment to many of the mothers of the children at the school. They create products from ostrich materials such as ostrich eggs and feathers. These can be seen and bought at the gift shop at Berluda. A local artist is steering this project on a voluntary basis.
The warm climate of the Little Karoo, offers over 300 sunny days per year. So sightseeing can be done in glorious sunshine throughout the year. Even the mild winters invite guests to enjoy the many hiking and mountain biking trails. The exclusive ostrich farm tours, the meerkat encounter, sunset drives, and fishing are just a few of the many activities that we offer in and around Berluda. Winetasting is within walking distance from Berluda, and the port wine capital of South Africa, Calitzdorp, is just. half an hour drive away. Berluda is within easy reach of the Cango Caves, the magnificent Swartberg Pass and the imposing Meiringspoort. The quaint villages of De Rust and Prince Albert, is also only a short drive away. We recommend a 2-3 night stay to make the most of your Little Karoo stay.
Languages spoken: Dutch, English, German, Afrikaans
Property surroundings – Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
- Ostrich Farm 5.8 miles
- Cango Wildlife Ranch 6 miles
- Cango Caves 6.3 miles
- ArtKaroo Art Gallery 7.2 miles
- Oudtshoorn Golf Course 7.4 miles
- Le Roux Dorpshuis Museum 7.6 miles
- Arbeidsgenot Museum 7.6 miles
- Suspension Bridge 7.7 miles
- CP Nel Museum 7.9 miles
- Ateljee Thijs Nel Gallery 8.5 miles
Most popular landmarks
- Meerkat Magic 8.6 miles
- Safari Ostrich Show Farm 11.2 miles
- Swartberg Pass 14 miles
- Groot Swartberg Nature Reserve 14.4 miles
- Schoeman S Gallery 16.9 miles
- Meiringspoort Waterfall 19 miles
Restaurants and markets
- Bello Cibo Restaurant 11.2 miles
- Pick n Pay Supermarket 13.7 miles
- Swartberg Pass Mountain 10.6 miles
- George Airport 37.1 miles
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Open for: Dinner
Most popular facilities
- Air conditioning
- Soundproof rooms
- Bridal suite
- VIP room facilities
- Family rooms
- Facilities for disabled guests
- Non-smoking rooms
- Shared lounge/TV area
Sit back and relax
- Outdoor fireplace
- Picnic area
- Outdoor furniture
- Sun terrace
- BBQ facilities
Pool and wellness
- Swimming pool
- Spa/wellness packages
- Spa Facilities
- Pool/beach towels
- Outdoor pool
- Hot tub/jacuzzi
Pets are not allowed.
- Horse riding
Food & Drink
- Kid-friendly buffet
- Kid meals (Additional charge)
- Special diet menus (on request)
- Restaurant (buffet)
- Packed lunches
- Room service
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
- Accessible parking
- Street parking
- Secured parking
- Shuttle service
- Shuttle service (free)
- Bicycle rental (additional charge)
Entertainment and family services
- Kids' outdoor play equipment
- Books, DVDs, music for children
- Daily maid service
- Ironing service (Additional charge)
- Dry cleaning (Additional charge)
- Laundry (Additional charge)
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14:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 10:00
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to apartment type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
The maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 2.
Pets are not allowed.
Berluda Farmhouse and Cottages accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Dear Visitor, this region is currently experiencing drought conditions. Please be aware that certain properties are subject to comply with local water usage restrictions.