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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

                                                                                                             Winston Churchill.


We welcome you here as guests and sincerely hope that you will return again in the future as good friends.

See ‘Booking, Contact & Rates’ page and our ‘On-Line Booking’ for our tariffs



                           PAARDEPLAATS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS:

                                                                                SPRING IS HERE!

                                                    * Our first rains are forecast for the beginning of October. Hallelujah, we had 8mm on October 3rd
                                                    * We have a resident leopard on the farm.
                                                    * Brian erected an Owl House amongst the trees, down at the stream. We now await a
                                                       broody pair of spotted eagle owls to occupy it, and to control the mouse  population.
………………………………………….* Gerda and I are menbers of the Lydenburg Wine Guild. In October  we won the 2019 …………………………………………….Blaauwklippen blending competition out of 76 national entrants.
                                                    * The next ‘Full Moon Hike’, falling on a weekend, is on Friday January 10th.
                                                    * The New Moon, night sky’s photography weekend with Des Jacobs, falls on 22-23 May 2020
…………………………………………….Contact Des or Brian.
………………………………………….* The Easter weekend falls from 10-13 April 2020


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See our ‘Booking, Contact & Rates’ page for Specials or please contact Brian


Cell: Brian 082 416 1379 Gerda 079 515 7799
Farm Cell:   079 694 9462

Email:         Web:


NOTE: To make your ‘on line’ booking easier, Paardeplaats now has a ‘YOCO’ credit card facility, for Master & Visa cards.


Paardeplaats Activities:

see our ACTIVITIES page for more details

We host landscape photography adventures and workshops that will not only improve your digital photography skills but will also take you to places that you always wanted to visit. You will have the opportunity to get those special landscape photos while being at some of the most beautiful and iconic locations you always dreamed off. Internationally acclaimed photographer Des Jacobs, is planning a ‘night skys’ and ‘nature’ photography weekend, here on Paardeplaats, in May 2020 at the time of the new moon.  For more info contact either Brian 082 416 1379 or Des 076 858 6317. It would be necessary to book well in advance.


 Apart from ‘Family Therapy’, and real Solitude, the activities that we offer on Paardeplaats are:

  • hiking (including our ‘Full Moon hike’),

  • mountain biking,

  • birding,

  • fauna and flora – with an abundance of wild flowers in autumn and through the summer months.

  • Tractor & trailer picnics, in our ‘Surrey with the Fringe’ in pristine nature, for up to 12 people, either self catered or catered with a variety of exciting picnic food.

  • Saucy Chef cookery courses with yours truly.

  • Digital Photography courses with Des Jacobs.

At 2000 meters we are ideally situated for altitude training.
We offer photography and cookery courses (see below), and weather permitting and for those with the right equipment, even star-gazing, in our crisp clear night skies, particularly in winter.
Our photography and cookery courses are ideal activities for smaller team building groups.
We also love to offer our venue as a spiritual retreat!
Activities close by are: Craft beer tasting, Toboggan rides, river fly fishing in one of South Africa’s best facilities. This would take a few days to arrange.























On Paardeplaats we have tried to create an ambiance of “family therapy” and “elegant simplicity”, with the focus on nature, so as not to detract from the beauty of the farm.

Please read The Paardeplaats Story (click here).

This will help you to understand the nature and history of our farm.
Our staff are here to welcome you, to help you move in, and to assist you with  your needs while you are here.
Please fill in our guest book and leave your cell numbers and e-mail addresses.
We welcome inquiries, so please do not hesitate to contact Brian.We invite you to relax, and enjoy our farm, with all it has to offer.
You, our guests, are special to us, and we hope that your stay here, will become a lasting memory!



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Hikers Meloncholy


             Surrey with a Fringe


Winter Panoramic View


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Saucy Chef Cookery Courses:

Paardeplaats Nature Retreat


Cell: Brian 082 416 1379   Gerda 079 515 7799

Farm Cell:079 694 9462

Email:         Web:

For those with an interest in the ambiance  and pleasures, created around the table, we offer “Saucy Chef” cookery courses in either the one day or weekend format.
Day courses are ideal for birthday groups or office groups of up to 18 people.
Weekend courses  can accommodate up to 8 people for a full weekend in 4 en suite rooms. Your host Brian, ex Dullstroom’s “Tonteldoos Bistro”, and retired land surveyor, loves to share his ideas and recipes, which he has gathered  over more than 30 years. For more information read all about this on the “Saucy Chef” page.



Ruins – Des Jacobs Photography


Welcome to our haven ‘on top of the world’!

Drone photo of Paardeplaats


Paardeplaats is situated at 2000 meters above sea level, on the beautiful Longtom Mountain Pass, on 770 ha of dramatic mountain scenery, and we offer you a share in our Nature Experience, in total privacy.
For singles, smaller groups from two, to larger groups of up to 10. Whether you are here on business, or as a group of friends, or a family and are looking for fully catered or self catered facilities, in what we like to call “elegant simplicity”,  you need look no further!




.      We supply catered and self catered accommodation for both weekdays and weekends

.      We pride ourselves as being a nature friendly venue, hence our investment in solar energy. Please try to abide by our rules. According to understandable international standards, we do not allow smoking indoors.

·       For group bookings, longer stays or repeat bookings, please contact Brian to negotiate a discounted tariff.

·       Bookings can be done ‘On Line’ on our website. The weekend prices, (see ‘Booking, Contact & Rates’) are generally a guide and should be discussed and confirmed with Brian first.

·       If we have availability, on weekends, and at short notice, we do not mind letting out our facility to couples, or small families, at a reduced tariff. Please discuss this with Brian before making an ‘On Line’ weekend booking.

·       Catered buffet breakfasts normally cost R80 pp and 3 course dinners R190 pp (drinks excluded). For special dietary requirements, please contact Brian.

·       We normally require up to a 50% deposit to secure a booking  with the balance due in the week before arrival. A booking is only confirmed on payment of the deposit.

·       Contact Brian for our banking details.

 .       Our staff members, Lucas, Lungisile and Velli will help you to move in on arrival. They normally arrive at 08h00 each morning. They will clean up in the kitchen, repack the fires, and will make up the beds before 11h00. If they are required beyond that please let Brian know before hand – the cost would be R125 per staff member per day (until 16h00). We supply enough wood per day for normal use, for the stove, the braai area and the fire place – If you require more, ask Lucas and he will supply you with suitable wood at R60 per wicker basket.


How to Find Us:

   (See our Diagrammatic Route Map under ‘Booking, Contact & Rates’)

Paardeplaats Nature Retreat is situated on the top of the Longtom Pass (R37), 12 km from the Lydenburg Wimpy, at kilometer post 12.4  The gate is on the left hand side, at the “JESUS” Hill.

Turn in at the gate (undo the clip, the gate is not locked) and travel on the gravel road for about one kilometer to Lucas’ stone house (on right), continue another 100 meters, then keep left at the fork in the road, to the bottom of the hill (about 500 meters). Keep left at the boom, and continue for another 200 meters to the car port and the house. Please use our diagrammatic route map, if you are not sure. See you there!

The geographic co-ordinates at our gate (km post 12.4) on Route R37 are: 
S  25.099173º E 30.552929º

& at the lodge carport:
S  25.091688º  E 30.563842°

Please Note: The R36 between Bambi and Lydenburg is under construction at present, and because of  the bad road and mining lorries, is dangerous. We suggest, rather leaving the N4 at Belfast, using the R 540 to Dullstroom and Lydenburg, to get to Paardeplaats.