Smallholding Lifestyle Ecotourism Guest Farm for sale around Ladismith in the South Cape district of the Western Cape of South Africa.
The smallholding is a lifestyle farm consisting of 6.2 Hectares. Surrounded by Majestic Mountains and very close to the World Heritage site of Seweweeks Poort Mountain and pass. Situated close to Zoar and The Block ( where most of the Farm workers and families live) Amalienstein is also close Barn62 and was part of an old Missionary station. Around 2500 people in these areas.
Opsoek is a peaceful valley with basically no crime.
The smallholding offers the following:
There are around 350+ APRICOT TREES should give you +- 10 Ton harvest if the trees have been fed, watered and pruned correctly. Ceres Fruit Processors (CFP), will buy the Apricots in at the going rate of the year (Apricots are in demand and the current price is around R3200 per ton, but this varies from year to year) Per packing crate it worked out at around R75.00. We however decided to also make Jams and Chutneys which after all costs, (jar, sugar, apricots, spices, gas, wages) we netted around R2200 per crate ( added value). Harvest is around end November to Mid December.
There are also a few Peach trees, Quince and fig trees on the property. ( not sustainable, but with added value worth a bit)
The farm is also perfect for Vegetables ( Onions, butternut, pumpkin, garlic and Lucerne to name a few). There is also around a 300sqm under irrigation for producing lettuce, tomatoes, onions, spinach, etc.
There is a large dam on the property which feeds the Apricot trees with gravity (water) and all the underlying areas.
28 000 litre tanks in total for water storage.
Water costs around R100 per year and is on a Water turn every 16 days for 12 hours. ( the tanks are pumped full via a diesel pump and they feed both the main Barn (house) and the Cottage, wooden cabin, and irrigation vegetable area, as well as the paddock area. The Water comes in a furrow directly from the Mountain and also runs into the dam via the furrow.
The Dam has a ‘Cabin’, but this needs a small amount of work to make it into a cabin to rent out to campers etc.
The dam area is also perfect for camping ( the ablution blocks are up near the main Barn ) Ablution consists of a Male and Female bathrooms. ( Men’s – 3 showers, loo and hand basins / Woman – 2 showers and loo and basin both with Electric geysers)
Electricity is direct from Eskom.
The Cottage and Wooden Cabin are self catering and are priced at R650per night and R 550 per night ( both sleep 4 persons and the Cottage can take 4 extra on mattress’s upstairs in the ‘Attic’ – per person above four we charge an additional R200) both registered on Booking.com and part of the Kannaland Biodiversity Experience (KBDE). The smallholding is the trademark under which we market the Cottages and Camping site.
The smallholding used to be run as a Backpackers but this did not fit in with what we had in mind and we found that the majority of people wanted to hire the cottages more than the rooms we had set up upstairs.
The Barn is also licensed ( New licence is in for renewal) We only run the Pub on special occasions – We have had The Lectric Monks and Hoot and Anni two bands from Johannesburg playing at the Barn on the small stage, which brought a crowd and we charged a small entrance fee.
The Barn is perfect for a restaurant as well as there is ample space inside, outside and more than enough parking.
It would also be perfect for a farm school or training centre
There is also an outside kitchen area which could be used for many different options.
A 6 m container is perfect for storage for either tools or food. A small tool room also forms part of the outbuildings.
The Barn itself can also be used for weddings, church services, school or just a unique home for those who require something different etc.