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 years 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. The Schoolyard offers three charming semi-detached units, each with a private patios and gorgeous mountain views.
Whatever your choice, be it hiking trails to the waterfalls, fishing on the dam or cycling on the 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.
All Oakhurst accommodation has free WiFi.
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 the ultimate in rural piece and quiet. (Although you may hear the distant banter from the feathered producers of our fresh farm eggs, who reside nearby.)
Sleeping a total of six, The Forge has two spacious bedrooms with king-size beds, as well as a mezzanine loft room with two more kids beds. The main bedroom is ensuite while there is an additional shared bathroom off the living area. This 150 year old stone cottage was one of the first building to be built at Oakhurst, still retaining its thick stone walls and exposed timber beams. The living area wraps around the cottage and is made up of a dining room, equipped kitchen with gas stove and a cosy lounge with fireplace.
The living area opens out via glass doors onto a lovely covered deck with soothing views onto open fields and forests. Outdoors there is a secluded, open-air hot shower, dining table and braai area, hammocks as well as a private plunge pool and permanent wood-fired hot tub. Easy access to the forest trail is via the gate alongside the cottage.
Percale linen, bath towels and soaps, as well as free WiFi are included with your stay.View Gallery Book The Forge
Our Farm Cottages have been a part of Oakhurst for the past 40 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. The cottages are about 15m apart, separated by hedges and have a large lawned area in front of them. They’re all a stone’s throw from the action, with the forest walking trail, large swing, kids playground and communal braai area being right there.
Each cottage is 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. For those who’re after a wood-fired hot tub, Leenies Lair, Hans’s Hollow and Nick’s Nook, have permanent tubs installed on their decks.
Each cottage has three bedrooms (One double and two twins) and sleeps up to 6 people. The double bedroom is self contained, while the two twin bedrooms are interleading, the second twin can only be accessed via the first twin bedroom. Each cottage has 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
Once the school to Oakhurst’s farm children, this building has been lovingly restored and converted into three character-packed, semi-detached (they all sit alongside each other), fully-equipped units, each with a double and twin bedroom.
The three units, namely Landon’s Loft, Holly’s Hangout and Anna’s Apartment each sleep 5 guests in total. They have one double room, plus a second bedroom with a single bed and bunk beds with ladders. The units share a full length covered patio, with views out over the farm and mountains in the distance.
Holly’s Hangout and Anna’s Apartment are ideal for families or groups sharing, as these two units inter-lead via internal doors. All units have indoor fireplaces, independent braai areas, kitchenettes and a bathroom with shower.
The Schoolyard puts you within easy reach of the farm shop and within walking distance (500m) of the children’s play area, the farm dam and the swimming reservoir. You’re also guaranteed a front row seat from your patio, as the Oakhurst herd passes by enroute to the dairy at milking time. With those gorgeous rural views, fresh country air and a setting like this, you’ll wonder how the kids managed to concentrate during their school day.View Gallery Book A Unit
Africamps now has eight beautiful canvas tents set up at Oakhurst. Overlooking rolling green fields and the Outeniqua Mountains beyond, the views from the Africamps tents are breathtakin. Two tents are positioned along the banks of one of the farm ponds, teeming with local birdlife.
Each tent sleeps 5 and has two queen beds and a single bunk bed. The tents are fully equipped with everything you need, including aircon for summer, electric blankets and fireplaces for winter, wood-fired hot tubs and a lovely deck and braai area.
At Oakhurst there is no shortage of healthy outdoor fun to keep you and your kids busy. Kilometres of well-maintained single track through the forest is ideal for mountain biking or trail running and the farm’s majestic waterfall makes for an adventurous forest hike. The kids can visit Oakhurst Dairy to watch cows being milked and calves being fed either early morning or afternoon.View Gallery Book A Tent
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 has 6 km of pristine forest single track, designed with mountain bikers, trails runners, bird watchers 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 viewpoint where the river can form a waterfall after heavy rain.
The MTB pump track is a hit amongst those honing their trail skills, with the wooden launch drop set to test even the most fearless of riders.
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
A visit to Oakhurst Farm isn’t complete without a horse riding trail. We provide helmets and all tack, while our careful and considerate guides will help you and Oakhurst’s gentle steeds along…every step of the way.
We currently offer three riding trails:
PETITE PONIES: This short, easy ride is designed specifically for young children. Our guide will lead the horses on this trail and include some time for the kids to feed the horses afterwards.
DOWN THE AVENUE: Suited to riders aged 8+, this 30 minute ride heads out via our famous tree-lined avenue.
FOREST, FIELD & FARM: This 1h15min trail cuts through forest, fields and different vantage points. It has an interactive element, with your guide pointing out bird and plant life along the way.
HORSE CARE is our popular workshop for kids which focusses on feeding, grooming, stable and tack care and general horse maintenance. Run at the Oakhurst stables, it gives a handy insight into what it takes to own and care for your horse.
Beginner riding lessons are also offered on the farm, please enquire regarding details and bookings.View 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 or to the farm shop to buy sweets, kids are guaranteed some serious farm fun. The Crow’s Nest, a platform built into the trees, the climbing wall and big swing are all on the forest fringe in front of the Farm 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 swing are tucked away on the edge of the forest in front of The Farm Cottages. The climbing wall offers an exciting challenge for all kids, while the gigantic rope swing is a hit for kids and adults alike. The Crows Nest is a large platform built into the trees with a reading hammock nook attached alongside, a great place to take a breather. 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 on our scheduled dairy tours. 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. Please book your dairy tour at reception.
Our farm shop is well stocked with unique treats, farm produce and kids toys to make your stay at Oakhurst even more fun. We’re proud to offer our guests a real taste of the surrounding farming community with a collection of fresh produce for sale. These products include Oakhurst’s famous Jersey milk, free range eggs and farm honey. We also stock locally sourced braai meat (sosaties, boerewors, lamb chops) for your convenience, as well as firewood from our alien clearing program, matches and firelighters.
Don’t feel like cooking? We’ve got you covered too! Our store also boasts an extensive selection of readymade meals that you simply need to pop in the oven, heat and eat. These include: lasagne, macaroni and cheese, spring rolls, wontons, home made pies made on the farm in various flavours (chicken, kudu, mince, spinach & feta), ready made pizzas (6 different toppings) & braai pizzas, sourdough and ciabatta from our local bakery and sweet treats for dessert including Oakhurt-made brownies & apple crumble pie.
We also offer ready-to-cook breakfast and braai baskets (kids’ options available), as well as DIY burger baskets All this means less time in the kitchen, and more time soaking up the joys of farm life!
The Oakhurst Farm Shop is also jam-packed with handmade treats, toys, collectibles and even a few farm-inspired décor items that allow you to take a little piece of the beautiful Garden Route home with you.
You can order any of the above when booking your stay, or once you have arrived at Oakhurst.
To ensure our guests get to enjoy the complete South African farm experience, we’re proud to offer our exclusive Sunrise Breakfast Baskets, hand selected and prepared especially for Oakhurst guests.
These hearty baskets of joy include Charlesford Farm bacon and sausages, Oakhurst free-range eggs, English muffins, yoghurt and muesli, Oakhurst farm milk, locally squeezed orange juice, Lancewood Farm cheese and butter, seasonal fruits, home-made rusks baked by our Nanna according to her age-old recipe.
To round it all off, we’ve included freshly ground coffee, tea and sugar.
No South African holiday is complete without a traditional braai (barbecue), which is why we’re delighted to offer guests our exclusive Great Griller Braai Basket.
These bountiful baskets feature a selection of locally sourced meats; locally baked garlic rolls, a green salad picked from the Oakhurst veggie garden; pickled beetroot; seasonal root veggies; potatoes with garlic butter and a delicious sweet surprise.
With a menu like this, your Oakhurst braai is going to take a lot to beat, so get the fire going, relax and enjoy.
Now who doesn’t love a burger, especially a wholesome Oakhurst burger, built the way you like it.
Our DIY Burger Baskets include: Free-range burger patties, fresh burger rolls and butter, lettuce, whole tomatoes and onion, sliced gherkin, jars of tomato sauce and mayo, pour over sauce (best served hot), Steri Stumpis (flavoured milk drinks).
Doesn’t this look like the ideal recipe for a great night around the fire?
Oakhurst Farm provides the ultimate setting for a wedding that will be remembered for a lifetime. From the picturesque All Saints Church, built on the property by Walter Dumbleton in 1876, to the breathtaking backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains and our purpose-built wedding reception venue.
Our accommodation facilities can accommodate a large number of guests and the chapel can seat up to 150 people.
For further information about your dream wedding at Oakhurst Farm, please visit www.oakhurstweddings.co.za
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 Sedgefield: 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: 30km; Distance to Knysna: 58km;
Distance to Wilderness: 12km
Please note: There is limited cell phone signal at the main farm house and The Forge.
Our manager Wilna Vorster can be reached via What’s App or via SMS 064 384 1266 or contact Claire Crowther on 082 461 7669.
Bookings & cancellations
In the event of a cancellation more than a month before arrival, your deposit of 50% will be non-refundable.
In the event of cancellation within a month before arrival the entire booking amount is payable to Oakhurst. In the case of premature termination of the stay, the entire booking amount is payable to Oakhurst.
· More than 1 month before arrival: 50% Cancellation fee. (50% deposit is non-refundable)
· Less than 1 month before arrival: 100% Cancellation fee. (Full amount is due and non-refundable)
· No refunds will be made for bookings made over peak periods i.e long weekends and holidays.
To secure your stay a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the booking amount must paid in full to Oakhurst, at the latest, one month before arrival. In the event of a booking made within one month before arrival the entire booking amount must be paid immediately. In the case of a late or incomplete payment you are in default. Oakhurst will reserve to the right to cancel the booking within immediate effect. You are responsible for all damages which suffers or will suffer as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which Oakhurst has made with regard to your booking and the cancellation.
The farm dogs
The farm has five delightful dogs which are part of the Oakhurst family. The dogs live at the main farmhouse, some distance from the accommodation, but do from time to time visit our guests.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know if they bother you in any way.
Sleeps up to 7 guests
2 large bedrooms with king beds & three additional single beds for kids.
Total of 5 cottages.
Each cottage sleeps up to 6 guests
1 queen room and 2 twin rooms
Total of 4 units.
Each unit sleeps up to 4 guests
1 queen room and 1 twin room
Total of 8 glamping tents.
Each tent sleeps up to 5 guests
2 queen beds and a single bunk bed