Oryx House Worcester
Oryx House is situated on the working farm Langverwacht 30km from Worcester, only I hour 45 minutes from Cape Town. This private getaway nestled between Gemsbok Kop and the magnificent Breede River, at the end of the Scherpenheuwel Valley offers nature lovers a peaceful haven to unwind.
Surrounded by vines, fruit trees, olive groves, undulating mountains and the gently flowing Breede River, the rhythm of life slows down. The peace and quiet of nature is happily disturbed by the familiar cry of the resident fish eagles and the chattering of a variety of kingfishers feeding in the riverbed.
Self Catering Accommodation
The accommodation in Oryx House is ideal for relaxed family entertainment and can comfortably sleep 12 people, ideal for a few families or groups.The house, with its well cared for country garden is fenced so that children and pets can roam freely. A swing , sandpit and jungle gym will keep the little folk happy.
The accommodation consists of 5 rooms. In the main house, a double room with queen bed en-suite, a twin room and a room with 2 bunk beds sleeping 4 and a big bathroom with shower and large bath tub. The outside accommodation, with its shady stoep, has 2 twin rooms with a spacious bathroom with a shower. Attached to the outside accommodation there is also a small kitchen area with tea making facilities.
The house has an open plan kitchen, dinning room and lounge which lead out onto the front stoep. There is a TV nook ( bring your own smart card) and music system with a DVD player. Fireplaces in the lounge and the kitchen will warm up those winter evenings and with no city noises and well sprung beds and cotton linen, a good nights rest will revive your soul.
A rolling grass bank from the front stoep leads to your private river frontage. Here under the shade of a boma with braai area and Indian canoes, your days can be filled fishing, swimming, canoeing or simply relaxing. For the more energetic there are interesting koppies to climb behind the house with a wide variety of plants. In spring the veld explodes with carpets of colour as the succulents come into bloom. Mountain bikers and cyclists can safely enjoy their sport on the many quiet country roads, opening up new routes to explore while enjoying the stunning scenery of the Boland.
Activities and Attractions
Oryx House lies almost equidistant between >Worcester, Robertson, Macgregor and Villiersdorp, giving it access to a wide variety of activities In close proximity to the house is the game lodge, Amathunzi, where a variety of antelope and small game can be seen.
Just upstream a stunning river cruise is offered on the Breede Otter and wine can be tasted at Alv's Drift Cellar, Aan De Doorns and Brandvlei Cellars. Breede Adventures offers an exciting choice of organized canoe trips through the Breede River winelands and at the top of the valley is the vast Kwaggaskloof dam with its popular water skiing club.
There are several farms offering olive tasting, as this area is renowned for producing some of the highest quality olive oil and processed olives in South Africa with 5 awards coming to the Worcester area at the SA Olive awards 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Worcester, Robertson, Nuy wine routes offer great value wines and beautiful venues for tasting. The magnificent Karoo Gardens in Worcester is a very worthwhile visit for succulent lovers and in spring time a “must " stop over for every visitor!
The Scherpenheuwel Valley follows the Southern Bank of the Breede River for about 15km before the river cuts through the mountain on its way to Robertson. The valley is hemmed in on the south by rolling foothills and koppies extending far back to the Riviersonderend Mountains. The natural vegetation consists of succulent Karoo with fynbos high on the mountains.
The Breede River, with its source in the Ceres Mountains is the lifeblood of the farming community supporting large farms along its banks. The predominant crop is wine grapes with many thousands of tons delivered to the Aan De Doorns co operative wine cellar and the large private cellar, Alvi’s Drift. Many hectares are also planted to fruit for the canning and fresh market, with varieties like apricots, plums and peaches being exported over seas.
There has been a recent expansion into high quality olives for oil and table olives with awards being won in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for oil by the farm Rio Largo and black table olives grown and processed by Oryx Ridge.
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Langverwacht Farms, Scherpenheuwel, Worcester, Beede River Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
- Sarah Jeffery
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