Hillston Farm B&B or Self Catering Middelburg

Hillston Farm

Guest House / Self Catering / Conference and Wedding Venue at Off the R56, Middelburg, 5900, Karoo Heartland, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

About Hillston Farm

Welcome to Hillston Farm! We invite you to experience true escape at Hillston Farm, a place of quiet beauty and glorious views. Experience genuine, warm Karoo hospitality with a difference.


Hillston Farm is an AA Highly Recommended Karoo farm providing accommodation either in a quaint ironstone cottage, built in the late 1800’s or in our remote country house. Meals are served in the farmhouse dining room or al fresco in the expansive garden. You can also do your own cooking in your fully equipped kitchen or enjoy a braai in the lapa or outside.

The Cottage:
The AA Highly Recommended Hillston ironstone cottage was built in the late 1800's. Previous generations have used the cottage to house managers and governesses and 60 years ago it was even used as a school, which all the neighboring farms’ children attended.

The cottage has three bedrooms, a bathroom with bath and shower and separate toilet. All six beds have woolen duvets, electric blankets and luxurious bath sheets. There is an open plan kitchen, dining room and family lounge with under-floor heating. The kitchen is fully equipped for self - catering with stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, iron and breakfast counter.

Relax on the front veranda and watch the sun set with the guinea fowl and hadeda signaling the end of the day or have breakfast at the wooden combo set. Enjoy a braai in our Boer War Blockhouse lapa or outside in the garden (first bag of wood provided). From the garden a pathway leads down to an irrigation dam with a jetty and paddle boat. Children must be supervised.

Ample parking is available and there is a laundry service available on request.


Meals can also be provided by our on-site Cordon Bleu Chef if required eg: breakfast, brunch, lunch, high tea, dinner or a picnic basket.


Hillston also offers catering for weddings, conferences, special events and tour groups. The kitchen caters for up to 120 people. You can also take home some Karoo cooking secrets: we offer hands on Karoo cooking classes or demonstrations by our very own Cordon Bleu trained chef.


Pause for a moment and experience true farm life: milk a cow, touch a sheep, feed a chicken or ride a horse.Hillston's diverse landscape provides a range of adventure. Look out for springbuck, fallow deer, blesbuck, mountain rhebuck, antbears, porcupines and more.

Explore rock pools and thick bush in the river in search of fossils. Experience true peace as you hike through the Karoo Mountains and valleys, view more than 100 bird species including the black eagle, booted eagle, and all three korhaan species! Hundreds of flamingoes visit our farm dams in the summer – quite a site. Allow the Karoo air to refresh your senses as you cycle along the springbok trail. Our cycling or biking routes, all circular, follow serviced gravel roads up to 250km long in total. Clean clear skies allow excellent star gazing at night. We have a telescope with which you can inspect the moon’s magnificent craters.

Float on a tube in our 18m swimming pool to cool off in the summer and catch a tan. Large groups or families enjoy a game of volleyball or boulé on the lawn. You are welcome to visit our country club 6km away for tennis or bowls on Saturday afternoons. For the fit and active: beat the 14 minute 32 second record up and down Hillstonkop!

Visit our 100+ year old Boer War barracks, now used as the shearing shed for our Merino sheep and Angora goats. If you visit Hillston during shearing time, you can see our skilled shearers at work. All our shearing is done by hand. We also have a Boer War Blockhouse which has been converted into the braai lapa at the guest cottage. You can see where the bullet holes penetrated through the corrugated iron!

So come … awaken at daybreak to witness a spectacular Karoo sunrise and experience the farm coming to life, or sleep in and catch up on some rest you have only been able to dream about.

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Accreditations (as claimed by Hillston Farm)

AA Quality Assured Accommodation Highly Recommended

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -31.39722222188889
Longitude: 25.49555555522222

Closest airport(s)
Port Elizabeth Airport - 350km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Listed on SA-Venues.com
December 2012 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

My wife and I could only stay one night on the way from the Southern Cape back to Johannesburg. But it was very relaxing and our very pleasant hosts...

Albert Epprecht, Edenvale, Gauteng

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Very Good

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