The owners take great pride in their many community-based achievements: Fair Trade accreditation, proven skills development programmes for the local community, empowerment of staff-shareholders at the Old Gaol Coffee shop in Swellendam and regular charity music events, to mention just a few. M18678 is the perfect setting from which to explore the abundant delights offered by nearby Montagu (with hot mineral springs), the Breede River, Bontebok Park, Cape Agulhas, the De Hoop Nature Reserve(offering exceptional whale watching in season), and the delightful town of Swellendam itself, the third oldest town in South Africa, and well worth exploring. The nearby Robertson wine route is renowned for several festivals: Wacky Wine Weekend in June, Roberstson Slow Food weekend mid August, and the Wine and Food on the river event at the end of October.
For less adventurous souls, or those intent on just a gentle stay-over, there are easy strolls and walks among the orchards, or simply relaxing by the lavender-surrounded pool. Indigenous wildlife such as springbuck, grey rheebuck and ostriches can be seen from an open-vehicle drive on the 680-hectare farm, along with many smaller creatures and birds. Fine wines have been a tradition here almost for three centuries, and the impressively-stocked wine cellar is nestled in the farm's original fermentation tank. Neighboring wine estates on the Robertson Wine Route welcome you to sample their acclaimed wares.
Granted as a "freehold farm" in 1723, the historically significant Jan Harmans' schat (Jan Harmans Treasure) has been at the heart of the regions rich history, and featured in the writings of Lady Anne Barnard. Today, owner/managers Brin and Judi Rebstein invite you to join them in savoring one of the true gems of this wonderful region.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Since 1991 – Previous owners bought the farm because it was in their family before and renovated the buildings.
2. What is your company's mission?
The keep guests satisfied and comfortable and to make the best of their holiday.
3. What does your company specialize in?
5 star guesthouse accommodation and gourmet dinners on a working farm.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Jan Harmsgat farm was bought in 1990 by the previous owners Judi and Brin Rebstein. The farm once belonged the Judi’s 3 x great grandfather. They bought the farm and started to renovate the old Wine Cellar and Slaves quarters build in 1723. In 2009 Willie Malherbe bought the guesthouse when Judi and Brin retired. Since then 5 more luxury rooms has been added in the van Eeden house and vineyards, pomegranate orchards ect has been planted on the farm.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Accommodation, because it is on a working farm and guests can experience the farm surroundings.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Overseas guests saying that they are traveling for 3 weeks and that this is the best guesthouse and food that they have had, not wanting to go away but stay longer!