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About Deo Volente Guest Farm

Enveloped by the Lange berg majestic mountains and the Breede River, sits Deo Volente Guest Farm. The tranquil essence of the farm is best captured by the early morning call of fish-eagle, the tortoises, the long-ear hare and the wild buck. Also early morning, you might hear our rooster, Hendrik announce the daybreak.Our wooden cottages consist of a lounge, a fully equipped kitchenette, consisting of a gas two-plate stove and basin. The kitchen extends onto a furnished veranda. Each cottage has a private braai facility. The bedroom consists of a double bed and the bathroom has a bath with a gas geyser and a green loo. We have a pet friendly option with a small enclosed area.The campsite is next to the river and offers a 3 m by 4 m covered deck with a braai facility, gas braai and basic kitchen utensils, a kettle a pot and a pan with a large counter with wash-up basin. The campsite also has an attached private bush bath water and a green loo. The bottom area is also large enough to park a camper or caravan. We supply 5 liters of bottled water for drinking and 20 liters of clean water to cook with. The water we supply to the washing and bathing areas come from either the spring or rain.During your stay with us you are welcome to swim in the river, hike, have a picnic or meditate at the various spots on this approximately 100 hectare area. At the end of the day relax on your cottages veranda next to a crackling fire and become one with the sunset as you watch it slowly slips behind the velvety mountains.

Family friendly: Children can hike, swim in river, fish or play in nature.

Romantic: Very private hide away with an amazing view!


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Water heating through a self stoked water-donkey.
We supply 20 litres of drinking water. The water we supply to the washing and bathing areas come from another source.

Braai, Burning and Butts
Being South Africans, proud of our offerings, we feel a stay on the farm is not complete without a braai (barbeque). For people wishing to...
Water heating through a self stoked water-donkey.
We supply 20 litres of drinking water. The water we supply to the washing and bathing areas come from another source.

Braai, Burning and Butts
Being South Africans, proud of our offerings, we feel a stay on the farm is not complete without a braai (barbeque). For people wishing to braai, we could either assist you or supply you with wood. We have designated areas and containers for making fire. We request our patrons and guests not to gather their own wood as it affects the ecosystems we are trying to protect. You are welcome to bring your own wood or we can supply you with a crate of wood for R20
Runaway fires could occur when burning is not limited to demarcated contained spots. Please acquire about such spots when you wish to make a fire other than the fire places supplied at your cottage, camping or picnic spot.
Please do not smoke inside the cottages. When you smoke outside please make sure your cigarettes are put out properly and the butts discarded in an ashtray.

Potty Principals
When you’ve never used a green loo you might be filled with shock and at the idea! But relax, we will ease you into the etiquette of the N-WC (NO WATER CLOSET). Firstly you need to know, IT DOES NOT smell. Coming from city life we decided before letting our guests loose on our green loos, we would build our own one and try it until it worked 100% odourless! And, it does! So, here is how it works: Next to the can we supply wood shavings and ash. The bottom of the potty is filled with shavings which covers the pee-pee smell. Once you have pee-pee’d just add some shavings on top. When you poo you cover it lavishly with the ash and then the whole lot with wood shavings! Your loo paper also goes in the potty. Every second day we change the potty and the waste gets to become dust in a compost heap.
Count how many litres of water you save every time you visit our N-WC if you consider every flush uses 8 litres of water. Thanks!

We are blessed enough to have approximately 1km of river frontage, so do allow swimming and fishing (by prior arrangement for permit purposes). These activities are done at your own risk. (You would be required to fill in an indemnity form when entering our farm. Please adhere to the rules and embark at designated areas to avoid getting hurt.

We are pet friendly (by prior arrangement). We have specially enclosed areas for pets that stay over at selected cottages. When walking your dogs please keep them on a leash.

Animals on the farm
We share our wooden farm cottage with two dogs (Kevin & Button), two cats (Basil Sun & Fennel Moon) a potbelly piggy (Varkmeedah) and our many chickens under orchestration of Haandrik the cock whose crowing watch can lose track of time at odd hours. We have cattle from a neighbour roaming the farm.
As for the wilder country animals; we have a few have buck, long and short ear hare, tortoises and fish eagles on the neighbouring land which come to play in our airspace.
We have the odd critters like mongooses, otters, snakes and scorpions but they are seldom seen and would not attack unless purposely disturbed.
As insects go we have the odd mosquito, fly or tick.
We grow our own herbs and plants to combat pests and serve as a natural repellent. The very same green house has herbs and plants for bites and other medicinal uses. We recommend however, you come prepared with 10ml tea tree oil just in case of cooking burns, bites or if you left your ode cologne at home!
We offer an English or Vegetarian breakfast at R50 per head. Please arrange this when making your booking. You can have a sit down breakfast at the “breck-vis” room/workshop next to our house.

Picnic Baskets
On request we can provide picnic baskets with cheese, fruit/pickles and biscuits @ R150 per basket excluding beverages. Cold meat options (also without beverages) consisting of the same basic basket costs R200 per basket. Other options are available i.e. fruit only baskets for the cottage. We also provide braai packs made to order.
~ All these options are only available by prior arrangement.

We offer a “mains” only, two courses or three course dinners at R150, R180 or R200 respectively. We offer soft drinks at an additional cost as we are not licensed. We charge a R25 corkage per bottle if you supply your own wine.

For your convenience the keys include a farm gate key and a solar torch key ring.
The keys we provide you with can be dropped off at our farm gate in the red box on your departure.
Please keep the gate closed and as you find it ie. if it is locked please lock it again. If the gate’s padlock is open on the chain please close it in the same way as you find it. Although the padlock might be open the gate must remain closed at all times to ensure the cattle and buck stay on the farm. Many thanks for your co-operation in this regard.

We provide you with all the safety one can offer but need your attention and co-operation to ensure your safety.
• We provide fire extinguishers throughout the farm at the public and accommodation spots.
• When you braai or make a fire please extinguish your fire before leaving the area. We provide sand buckets for this purpose.
• Do not pick up stones as something that bites might be living under it.
• Do not pick or break off plants or remove branches from trees.
• Do not go into the river at unmarked spots or if the water is rushing.
• Drink only the water we provide for drinking or supply your own.
• Make sure the gas stove or heater’s setting is in the off possission or closed setting when not in use.
• Do not feed, catch or chase the animals on the farm. When you come to the farm with your pets and they are likely to misbehave please keep them on a leash when going walking.
• When you spot a creepy crawly do not attempt to catch or kill it. Contact the office and we will remove the problem.
• Please keep your valuables locked away or on you as we do not take responsibility for lost or stolen items. Having said that the farm is very safe which you will notice immediately on arrival as the fully equipped kitchen areas are outside the cottages and are left unlocked.
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Availability and pricing

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  • Campsite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Self-catering campsite with open deck with kitchenette, bush bath and green loo. Features:  Balcony/patio, Self-catering, River views
    from R400 Room rate
    • Adults
      • Self-catering Cottages Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering This wooden cottage feature a double bed, lounge, and a fully equipped kitchenette. Features:  Double beds, Private bathroom, Balcony/patio, Self-catering
        from R800 Room rate
        • Adults

          Reviews for Deo Volente Guest Farm

          4 guest reviews Reviews of

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          Nicky Willcock
          06 January 2018

          The hospitality is second to none ! We felt like we knew our hosts before we even arrived !

          Mark Heistein
          02 May 2017

          This is definitely for people who would like to get away for a break - not just from the city but also from the comfort of on-the-grid living. We appreciated all the information that was sent to us prior to arrival so that we were well prepared for the reality of the ups and downs of off-the-grid living. The views and tranquillity are wonderful.

          Sandi Tomlinson
          23 March 2017

          Stunning hosts and a beautiful camp site next to the Breede River. Very private and shady with an eco toilet and bath. We loved the rustic covered lapa area with firepit which was great for communal meals and many late night chats.

          Amy Kemp, South Africa
          04 May 2015

          Beautiful views from every angle in the cottage. You can lie in bed or the bath staring out into the valley. Would recommended this place to anyone looking to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

          Deo Volente Guest Farm Map

          Deo Volente Guest Farm is 12.8km from the centre of Swellendam , the nearest airport 207.8km (George Airport).
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