About Rhodene Farm Cottages
Rhodene is a working fruit farm and offers luxury self-catering accommodation which overlooks the fertile Ceres valley and is situated at the foot of the majestic Skurweberg mountain range. The farm is 9km from Ceres and easily accessible as it is only 500m off a tarred road. There are breath-taking views from Rhodene of the entire valley and you are guaranteed to go home rejuvenated and relaxed.
The self-catering cottages were originally staff houses on the farm that have been renovated.
We have nine cottages and a recently refurbished modern farm house. All are fully furnished. Linen and towels are provided. Each cottage has underfloor-heating for the cold Ceres winters and three of them have indoor fireplaces. The house has a fireplace and air-conditioning.
Self Catering Accommodation
In total there are nine self-catering luxury cottages and a farm house. All are fully furnished. Each cottage is fitted with built-in cupboards and counters, a TV, select DStv bouquet channels, a fridge, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery and all utensils. Each cottage has under-floor heating and /or a fireplace for our cold winters and fans for the summer. The farm house also has a fireplace and some rooms have air-conditioning and roof fans. Each unit has an outside stoep and braai facilities. Bedding, towels and weekly cleaning is also included. The configuration is different in the cottages.
Can sleep maxium six persons and has two bedrooms. The main bedroom has one double bed.
The second room has two sets of bunk-beds (four single beds). There is one bathroom with a shower, small bath, basin and toilet. The living room is open planned combining the lounge and dining table. The kitchen is separate.
Guinea Fowl Cottage
Has one bedroom (double antique brass bed), a separate bathroom with bath, shower, & basin. There is a separate toilet & basin. The kitchen & lounge are open-planned and has pull-out couches in the lounge for two persons (preferably children). Guinea Fowl can sleep a maximum of two adults and two children.
Is very similar to Guinea Fowl cottage, the only difference being that it doesn’t have a bath. It is also wheelchair accessible with a spacious roll-in shower. It can sleep a maximum of three persons.
The four Voelvlei cottages
Are semi-detached, each with one bedroom (two single beds) and a pull-out couch in the lounge (except one unit). The bathroom has a bath with a shower inside, toilet and basin. The living area is also open planned with the lounge and kitchen. Each unit has shaded parking. These units can sleep a maximum of two to three persons each.
Fish Eagle and Kingfisher Cottages
Are both spacious and have been recently renovated. Each cottage has two bedrooms: main bedroom with a king-size bed and the second bedroom with two single beds. It has two bathrooms: one (en-suite to main bedroom) with bath, shower, toilet and basin and a separate bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. The living area is open-planned with spacious lounge and kitchen. Each unit has shaded parking. These units can sleep a maximum of four persons each.
The Voëlvlei House
Is a separate standing modern farm house with a fenced-off garden, salt-water pool, and is close to the foot of the mountain. It has four bedrooms: two double beds and five single beds, and has three bathrooms. It has a modern kitchen with scullery, vine-covered stoep and a spacious lounge and dining area with fireplace. The house can sleep a maximum of eight to nine persons.
Activities on the farm
• Hiking and walking
• Fishing - small and large mouthed bass
• Mountain biking
• Star gazing
Other activities available in the area
• Wine routes & tastings
• Cherry picking in season
• 4 x 4 Routes
• Mountain biking, cycling and horse riding
• Zip slide rides
• Snowfalls in winter
• Sporting facilities (golf, swimming, gym, tennis & squash)
• Historical Tulbagh
• Kleinplasie Agricultural & Open Air Museum in Worcester
• Transport Riders Museum in Ceres.
The farm has been in the von Buddenbrock family since 1951 when Ray von Buddenbrock was given the farm by her father as a wedding present. Her son, Ean, is the present owner and has been on the farm since 1989. Ean is married to Glenda and they have a daughter, Chantelle, and a son, Karl and three other furry children. Skollie, is a Great Dane, that was rescued from the S.P.C.A. and follows Glenda around - he is huge and loves eating! Charlie Brown, a Jack Russell, is thoroughly spoiled and rules the roost. A new addition to the family is a Rottweiler named Rambo who is the naughtiest dog we have ever had!
The farm was originally laid out by Captain Dean in the 1920's and he named the farm after his daughter, Rhoda. Captain Dean was a founder member of Ceres Fruit Growers’ packhouse and fruit was exported from the farm under the "Heron Brand" in those days. He was also a keen golfer and a founder member of the Ceres Golf Club.
The size of Rhodene is 150 hectares of which some 30 hectares are planted to fruit. It is a deciduous fruit farm consisting mainly of various varieties of pears, as well as apples, peaches and plums. The farm practices Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and biological controls where possible and is Global GAP accredited. The fruit picking season stretches from the middle of December to the beginning of April.
Enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by the exquisite natural beauty of the area.