About 3 km directly south of Graaff-Reinet, the majestic Spandaukop towers over an almost forgotten architectural relic of early Graaff-Reinet, the homestead of the farm De Erf which lies along the Sundays River.
The building, with its whitewashed walls and towering gables, was built circa 1806. It has the distinctive Cape Dutch H-shape design which it shares, in Graaff-Reinet, only with Reinet House. Almost all of the outbuildings used over the years such as the forge, coach house and blacksmith’s shop are still intact and have been renovated and converted into a guest house of note.
A TYPICAL FARM DAY
De Erf Manor House currently offers two luxury en suite double bedrooms with private entrances. Lianne and Fabian take pride in providing only the best in linen and antique furniture. Amongst other things, these rooms have DSTV ( Cable ), air conditioning, huge fans and mosquito nets. A fruit bowl and sherry await you upon your arrival. In addition, almost anything is possible on request.
There is aside from the little farm things, a swimming pool, where you can cool off on those hot Karoo afternoons. You can even have a braai (BBQ) in the entertainment area next to the pool. DINING:
Breakfast: We serve a legendary Karoo breakfast ( included in our rates ).
The almost English breakfast (you don t get karoo lamb sausage in England, I am told) is something else. The eggs are from De Erf (Ok, not really, we buy them next door, but they are good and prepared to perfection in whatever form you want and believe you me, we have had some really finicky people here). The bacon is as good as it gets. Then to get you properly stuffed we have home baked bread ( this time honest ), tomatoes and mushrooms all to be washed down by refreshing fruit juice. A fine cup of coffee is always on the lurk, that is if you don’t want tea.