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The Great River
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Private room in guesthouse
6 guests2 bedrooms4 beds2 private baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 private baths

An historic farmhouse graces this oasis of calm set in a lush valley of the Swartberg Mountains where the atmosphere is conducive to quiet contemplation and communing with nature in an extensive permaculture garden and forest lined river surrounded by hills.


Indoor fireplace
Hot water

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

House Rules



8 Reviews

Lara User Profile
April 2015
Here's a little poem to describe our stay at Tortoiseback farm. **** We had a lovely time, hiking up the koppie with the big dog bounding up ahead, bambi bringing up the rear, balanced rocks and beauty showing the way. We had a lovely time, napping on the green grass, by the …
Anastasia User Profile
December 2014
Amber and Jesse were the kindest and most accommodating people we met on our trip! We had the most amazing vegan dinner and breakfast prepared for us and we ate it in our private farm style dining room. The location was peaceful and beautiful! There is an amazing vegetable garden…
Jane User Profile
January 2018
This place deserves more than 5 stars in every category. We had not planned our trip but Brett had space for us at the last minute. He cooks superbly, tells guests great stories and has the most beautifully designed house and garden. If you need meat to eat, then this place is …
Marelie User Profile
October 2017
Beautiful surroundings - special and different. Gracious and generous host. A real oasis in the Klein Karoo. Our kids loved the animals (especially Rufus the cat and the giant tortoises) and splashing in the river. As noted in the description, these are guest rooms in an open hou…
Andre User Profile
December 2015
The host canceled this reservation 18 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Anja User Profile
December 2015
The Tortoiseback Organic Farm is a oasis of peace, beauty and harmony. The abundance of the garden is amazing and the room is spacious and clean. Brett is a very conscious, respectful human / host and a great cook. I enjoyed my stay a lot and I hope to come back one day.
Yannick User Profile
May 2014
Brett is a very welcoming host and very accomodating. Room and bathroom are very large and comfortable. The place is very relaxing. I struggled to find the entrance but Brett installs a panel. And it will be great!

Hosted by Brett

Joined in February 2014
Brett User Profile
9 Reviews
Your host, Brett Bard, is the local veterinarian and organic vegetable enthusiast and cook par excellence!
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