Oakhurst Farm offers a healthy slice of rural bliss for the entire family. From stylish and comfortable accommodation options to plenty of good ol’ fashioned farm fun for the kids and adults alike, a visit here will remain a family memory for yours to come.
For couples, The Forge, a gorgeously restored and converted stone blacksmith’s forge, offers a unique combination of rustic luxury, while the Farm Cottages are ideal for families or groups looking for that perfect spot right on the forest fringe.
Whatever your choice, be it hiking trails to the waterfalls, fishing on the dam or cycling on the many kilometers of forest single track, this is a farm stay like no other, the kind of place you and your kids will never want to leave.
You’re spoilt for choice at Oakhurst. From the historic Forge, one of the very first buildings on the farm, to the beautifully restored and fun-filled Farm Cottages. All of Oakhurst’s accommodation comes with oodles of personal touches, extra comforts and a great spread of farm activities. Here it’s all about comfort, relaxation and if you’re up for it, getting stuck into the Oakhurst action.
A combination of wow factor, rustic country elegance and romantic charm second-to-none, has made The Forge at Oakhurst a top retreat for anyone looking for a little piece and quiet.
Sleeping two, with two additional beds for kids in a loft area, this 150 year old stone cottage was one of the first building to be built at Oakhurst and today is the main bedroom, with thick stone walls and exposed timber beams. The living area wraps around the cottage and is made up of a dining area, equipped kitchen with gas stove and cosy lounge area. The entire side of the building can be opened up, by way of canvas roller blinds to maximise the spectacular forest views. Firewood, percale linen, bath towels and soaps are included with your stay.
Please note: Due to the The Forge structure being a mix of canvas roller blinds, natural stone and timber decking, you’re likely to encounter a few creepy crawlies and extra drafts.View Gallery Book The Forge
Our Farm Cottages have been a part of Oakhurst for the past 30 years.
Kween’s Kaya, Awies Attic, Leenies Lair, Hans’s Hollow and Nick’s Nook are set along the edge of a section of forest, intersected with a gurgling stream that flows during the rainy periods.
Each cottage is privately positioned and fully set up for self-catering, with a well equipped kitchen and cozy living area with wooden floors. The living area in turn opens out onto a large wooden deck and braai area. This is the spot where you can either enjoy a good meal around the large wooden table or simply enjoy some of Oakhurst’s fine mountain air while getting stuck into a good book.
Each cottage has three bedrooms (One double and two twins) and sleeps up to 6 people. There is a central bathroom with shower. Garden Route winters can be cold, and a fire roaring in the kitchen’s wood-burning stove sets the perfect atmosphere for farm winters.View Gallery Book A Cottage
At Oakhurst there is no shortage of healthy outdoor fun to keep you and your kids busy. From many kilometres of well-maintained forest single track for mountain biking or trail running, to hikes through the forest to the farm’s waterfall, the action at Oakhurst just keeps getting better. Try your luck at a spot of fishing in the farm dam, where canoes are ready and waiting for you. The kids can visit the Oakhurst Dairy and watch the cows being milked or play on the climbing wall and jungle-gym in front of the cottages. There’s no doubt about it, at Oakhurst the action never stops.
Oakhurst now has XX km of pristine forest single track, designed with mountain bikers, trails runners and kids in mind. Whether you’re an avid mountain biker looking for a challenging ride or just want to get out into the forest with the kids in tow, you’re spoilt for choice on our well marked routes. There are a number of short walks and hikes on the farm, the most popular one running down the Klein Keurbooms river to the spectacular waterfalls.
For cycling and trail running groups, Oakhurst is ideally suited as a central base from which to run training camps. Beautiful surroundings, quality accommodation and easy access to challenging and varied training grounds.View Trail Gallery
Oakhurst Farm is located along the well-know Seven Passes Road, which runs inland between George and Knysna. Apart the exhilarating single track on the farm itself, there are a number of running and MTB trails nearby, either heading inland towards the Outeniqua Mountains or into indigenous forest areas. Many of these can be taken on as self-guided trails.
The well-known Garden Route Trail Park is located on a nearby farm, 24km east of Oakhurst along the Seven Passes Road and makes for an exciting day out on a number of challenging trails and obstacles. For more info, visit www.gardenroutetrailpark.com
There is almost no end to the variety of riding and running available in the nearby surroundings. Better still, your bike will barely touch tar.
Simply described as sheer bliss for kids, Oakhurst is the kind of place your kids will never want to leave. From watching the dairy cows going to milk to venturing off on their bikes along farm roads and forest trails, kids are guaranteed some serious farm fun. The Crow’s Nest, a platform built into the trees, The Climbing Wall and Slide are all on the forest fringe in front of the cottages, allowing you to keep a watchful eye. So, abandon the iPads, put on the gumboots and let them play like kids did back in the good ol’ days.
The Climbing Wall and Slide are tucked away on the edge of the forest in front of The Cottages. The climbing wall offers an exciting challenge for all kids, while The Crows Nest is a large platform built into the trees, with a slide attached for an action packed descent. With all this within easy reach of your accommodation, all you’ll need to do is run down to call them back for supper!
It’s all about the outdoors at Oakhurst, kids can run wild and experience life on a large dairy farm, not to mention the farm walks, fishing on the dam or bike trails just ready and waiting for them. So bring the bikes, fishing rods and plenty of sunscreen, at Oakhurst there more than enough to keep them running wild for the duration of your stay.
Oakhurst is a working dairy farm and accompanied kids are welcome to come and watch the cows being milked at the Oakhurst Dairy. Here the Oakhurst staff will explain the process to them and offer them an insight into where their milk comes from and how it reaches the breakfast table each morning.
Oakhurst Farm is one of the few remaining, large working farms along the Garden Route. Covering some 640 hectares, 200 of which are pristine fynbos and indigenous forest, the farm is today run commercially by the Crowther family, sixth generation descendants of the original purchaser, Henry Dumbleton.
Dumbleton bought the farm without laying eyes on it, while serving in the British Army in India in 1820. It was not until 20 years later that he sent his son, Henry Dumbleton Junior out to this wild and remote part of the Cape to develop the farm. Henry built The Forge (today used as one of our accommodation options) and the original farmhouse, before choosing to move to the genteel surrounds of Cape Town.
His brother Walter Dumbleton arrived in 1860 and took the farm to the next level, with the development of a 4.5km water furrow from the Outeniqua Mountains to the new farmhouse, which he built in 1868 to accommodate his wife and 13 children. This home is still used at the main farmhouse today.
In the mid 1870’s he built the Oakhurst Chapel, which still serves the local community and is a popular wedding venue. Next he built a school, followed by a water mill, which was still in use up until the 1960’s and is fully intact today.
As a top dairy and beef farm in the Southern Cape, Oakhurst Farm’s rich history and spectacular beauty draw visitors form across the globe.
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DIRECTIONS TO OAKHURST
From the N2 between George and Sedgefiled: Take the HOEKWIL turnoff, which leaves the N2. Follow this road and bypass Hoekwil village to continue for 7.2km to the farm gate. Having turned right off the tar, continue for 2.4km on gravel to reach the sign posted junction to the Farm Cottages and The Forge.
Distance from Oakhurst to George: 35km; Distance to Knysna: 45km;
Distance to Wilderness: 20km
One unit, The Forge sleeps a family of 5
(1 double room. Mezzanine with 2 kids beds, extra single bed can be requested)
From R1050.00 per night for the The Forge.
(Peak season and school holiday rates apply)
Total of 5 cottages. Each cottage sleeps up to 6 people
(1 double room and 2 twin rooms)
From R1350.00 per night for the cottage.
(Peak season and school holiday rates apply)