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Private room in guesthouse
6 guests2 bedrooms4 beds2 baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
This is one of a few places in the area that has this feature.

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
Unavailable: Smoke alarm
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
The host hasn't reported smoke or carbon monoxide detectors on the property.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed



10 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…
Nicholas User Profile
October 2019
Brett is a warm and welcoming host who responded quickly to requests for information. The farm is beautiful and the space we stayed in was very comfortable. We are very grateful to have shared this space for a short while
Nicolas User Profile
December 2018
Brett's place is a little oasis in a very dry and rough region of South Africa. Down the little path bringing you to Tortoiseback, you will arrive in a lush nature, be welcomed by some lovely animals (dog, cat, tortoise, birds, peacock, goose etc) and find peace. The house is…
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…
Andre User Profile
December 2015
The host canceled this reservation 18 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Hosted by Brett

Tortoiseback FarmJoined in February 2014
Brett User Profile
10 Reviews
Your host, Brett Bard, is the local veterinarian and organic vegetable enthusiast and cook par excellence!
Interaction with guests
My home is open to guests, courteous exchanges come naturally and mutual privacy is respected. I live in the main house and I am mostly available to help guests in any way that I can.
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Klaarstroom, Western Cape, South Africa

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