De Hoop Cottages offer affordable self-catering farm accommodation near Robertson on the farm, Laaiplaas, which is situated right at the end of the De Hoop-kloof at the very foot of the Langeberg.
Accommodation is offered in 5 fully equipped self-catering cottages with neat bathrooms, indoor- and outdoor braai facilities and wooden decks. Bedding and towels are provided. Adam se huis and Swink se huis sleep 2 guests in each unit and Ampie se huis and July se huis sleep 4 guests in each unit. Jan se huis sleeps 6 guests.
There also is Die Boshuisie, which is situated privately in a kloof and suited for the more adventurous. Die Boshuisie is a 4-bed self-catering wooden cabin with 1 double bed and 1 double bunk, indoor and outdoor braai facilities and wooden deck. No electricity - only gas facilities - which offers the camping experience without the hassle of bringing your own tent. No bedding is supplied and ablution facilities are separate from the cabin.
De Hoop Cottages is approximately 130 minutes’ drive from Cape Town which makes it an easy weekend getaway in the wine lands of Robertson and on the popular and scenic Route 62.
We also supply starter quantities of dishwash liquid, t-paper, coffee, tea, suger and milk.
Indoor and outdoor braai facilities and a private deck.
Wood is for sale.
The name "Laaiplaas" has got two possible origins: One is that the hunters of yesteryear used this location as a place to load (laai) their muskets for the hunt before the walk into the mountain started.
The other one is that the farm is quite hidden behind the koppie which reminds one of the small hidden drawers (laaitjies) of antique dressing tables.
The farm was originally used for grazing under the old grazing permit system. The first Deeds of Transfer were registered around 1907 which is also the year in which the main house was built. After changing owners a few times, the farm has now been in the family since 1965. The first farmers survived the initial development stages of their vineyards and orchards by planting Calabash as a cash crop. The dried calabash were in demand for various household items such as bowls and dry goods scoops and small ones were used for darning socks, but the main demand was to produce quality necks for Calabash smoking pipes. Later when the calabash became less popular the main crops were fruit, which was mostly dried for export, or sold to jam factories, and wine grapes which the farmers had to process into wine in their own cellars. This system lasted until large co-operative wine cellars, driven by the escalating cost of production, became the norm. Today the farm produces mostly fruit and a bit of vegetables.
Still to be seen on the farm is the old wine cellar from the years of cultivating vines, and the old stable where sheep, a few cattle and a few horses were kept.
In Room Facilities:
Kitchenette with fridge, microwave, kettle, electric frying pan, toaster, necessary cutlery and crockery, braai grid, braai thongs, dish cloths.
Apart from breathtaking mountain views, guests can enjoy pristine nature, do some bird watching, go for a hike on the farm or in the kloof to reach clear mountain pools and have a swim in the dams. Or you can just sit on the deck and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The farm is only 10 km from town and 15 minutes’ drive from all necessary shops if need be, as well as all the wine cellars that the valley is renowned for.