About Grootvlei on the Dunes
If you take the road from Cape Town in a northerly direction and drive for just under three hours, you will discover an oasis of luxury, comfort and warm hospitality on the West Coast - Grootvlei Guest Farm. Grootvlei Guest Farm is situated 6km from the charming fishing village of Lambert’s Bay with its moderate climate all year round. It is within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean with its long, uninterrupted white beaches.
During the flower season from July to early October each year, the area is covered with a tapestry of wild flowers. Conservation of the dune vegetation has seen the return of small game and you will notice their footprints around the buildings. You may even spot a duikertjie or other buck on an early morning walk. Birdwatchers will have a field day spotting a large variety of birds, and if you are lucky, you may see Heaviside’s dolphins, whales and seals frolicking in the blue waters a short distance from the beach.
The Grootvlei on the Dunes (Tourism Grading Council 3 stars), is a cluster of sea shell-encrusted rooms, also referred to as “skulphuisies” (shell houses), and consists of one grand / honeymoon suite and three double rooms. It is situated right on the dunes overlooking the ocean. All the shell-shaped rooms are beautifully decorated and have an elegant, yet rustic feel.
The charming honeymoon suite comes with an open-roofed, oyster-shaped bath where you can relax while watching the stars and listening to the ocean. The rooms have traditional West Coast “latjieshuis” (reed house), finishes throughout. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom and there is a communal, fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge / dining area with an undercover veranda, offering exquisite and uninterrupted vistas of the ocean.
Weddings and Conferences
Grootvlei Guest Farm offers two unique venues, both having become sought after venues for weddings, conferences, corporate events and private parties on the West Coast. The seating in these venues ranges from 45 to 250 guests.
Innituin, which means “in the garden” and is situated next to the Grootvlei Guest House B & B, is a large venue covered with a freeform tent roof, giving it a light and airy ambience. It is well-suited for bigger weddings, conferences and musical performances. The venue is set in a large garden with an abundance of indigenous flowers, expansive lawns and water features, attracting lots of birds. Inside the venue there are also water features that create a sense of peace and tranquility. This versatile venue is a sophisticated, yet rustic facility that can accommodate up to 250 guests for your extraordinary and special wedding day.
The Oppiduin Lapa, which means “on the dune”, is situated on a low sand dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (right next to the Grootvlei on the Dunes B&B), and is suitable for informal entertaining. It is the perfect venue for smaller weddings, and comes with a unique pulpit and rustic furniture.
Grootvlei has become a popular destination for conferences. An internet-enabled PC, photocopy machine, scanner, fax machine and data projector are available. The guest house on the farm and the shell cottages on the dune can sleep 22 people. Various catering options can be arranged and bar facilities are available on the premises.
Activities & Attractions
With fishing, hiking, bird watching and swimming on the property and 4x4 routes, plus boat trips and game drives in the near vicinity, there is ample opportunity for relaxing or winding down after a long conference.
Grootvlei Guest House B&B
The Grootvlei Guest House has 7 stylishly decorated bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. Each room is equipped with MNet, satellite TV and coffee/tea making facilities. The guest house has a communal dining room, lovely lounge area, various outside patios and a covered braai. See Grootvlei Guest House B&B.