About Wildekrans Country House
Wildekrans Country House is a historic 1811 homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek near Elgin in the Overberg. Overlooking a rambling garden that cascades to the river, and silhouetted by a rugged mountain backdrop, the house is furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art.
Accommodation with breakfast and dinner is available as is a self-catering option. For those on business, all rooms have MNet and WiFi.
The Homestead has three double rooms including a suite. There is a separate cottage that is perfect for families.
Quirky, burnished by the years, Wildekrans Country House offers a relaxing interlude away from the hurly burly of city life.
This funky and fun room is eclectically furnished and filled with bits of contemporary South Africa. Traditional four poster bed with great bedding. Under floor heating for cool winters, bath and separate shower, art books and TV. Views of the garden.
Garden View Room:
This softly furnished room has the best views of the garden and swimming pool. Traditional four poster bed with great bedding contrasted with modern art. Writing table and TV. This room is the owners' favourite and makes for a tranquil and rejuvenating stay.
Mountain View Suite:
Our spacious suite includes a balcony and living room with fireplace, library and TV. Enormous views of the dramatic mountains with private breakfasts in the living room make for a real getaway.
An authentic Cape cottage. Dramatic garden and mountain views, bordered by Birch trees. Two en-suite rooms separated by kitchenette. Four poster bed, antique furnishings. Second room doubles as living area with TV and dining. Outdoor dining and BBQ on verandah.
Wildekrans Country House is a “No Smoking” zone and we encourage smoking guests to smoke in the garden or on the stoeps. The Wildekrans garden includes a swimming pool with stunning vistas of the Houw Hoek Mountains. The garden leads to a river across which a footbridge leads you to the mountain paths for leisurely walks and hiking. Mountain Biking trails can be found on the neighbouring lands.
For winter visits bring warm clothes and relax round one of the log fires after a beautiful mountain hike. In summer be sure to bring swim and sunning gear for long days around the swimming pool. All facilities include braai facilities and “braai packs” are available on request.
The Wildekrans Country House family make their own wines and olive oil. We encourage visitors to try these garagiste wines which are available for purchase at the guest house. An abundance of food and wines and adventure can be enjoyed on the Green Mountain Eco Route.
The gardens are ideal for mellow summer weddings and private functions.
With the neighbouring rustic church, space for a 120-seater marquee and a romantic honeymoon suite, Wildekrans is a popular venue for country weddings.
Activities and Attractions
Enjoy leisurely walks in the grounds or hiking trails in the surrounding area. Go mountain biking, explore the Elgin Fruit Route, do the Walker Bay Wine Wander or stay at home and play a game of petanque (boules). If you'd like to watch whales or go to the beach - Hermanus is only 20 minutes away.
Enjoy your hosts private collection of South African art and sculpture that includes the works of artists Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy Du Toit, Llewellyn Davies, William Kentridge, Judith Mason, Hylton Nel, Simon Stone, Robert Hodgins and Andrew Verster.
Wildekrans Country House is associated with the award-winning Wildekrans Wine Estate in Botrivier. Guests can enjoy these outstanding South African wines at the guest house or travel down the Houw Hoek pass and enjoy them at the Wildekrans Cellar. In addition Barry Gould’s handmade “A Simple Red” and Sauvignon Blanc, made naturally with least interference, is available on site.
Wildekrans is part of the Green Mountain Eco Route. The Green Mountain Eco Route, the world's first biodiversity wine route, offers scenic beauty and a wide range of wine styles.
Whether you want to crank uphill on your mountain bike, hike through acres of fynbos, experience a unique wine tasting with the winemakers, or enjoy meals made from locally grown produce, the Green Mountain Eco Route has something for everyone.