10. Wildekrans Country House

Houw Hoek, off N2

Wildekrans Country House • W

Barry Gould and Alison Green

A diverse informal garden at the foot of the Houw Hoek Mountain, fringing the core of the World Heritage Site – the Kogelberg Biosphere. Mature trees, rose garden, shaded lawns, indigenous beds, olive groves, fruit trees, water ponds, streams and contemporary sculptures surround the historic homestead, dating back to 1811. New this year, AN ODE TO WILD CLIFFS: Moments In Time (what landscape can mean and what moments in time can be captured through the artful eye), curated by Voni Baloyi and led by Jill Trappler.

Entry: Donations to Bot River Education Fund.  Country style food and farm  shopping at the Barn. 

Directions: The Houw Hoek main road has been severely damaged in the recent Western Cape floods, but Wildekrans Country House is still easily accessible via a farm road.

N2 from Cape Town

  • Leave the city on the N2 in the direction of Somerset West/Hermanus,
  • Continue through Somerset West and over Sir Lowry’s pass,
  • You will pass the town of Grabouw and Peregrine alongside the N2,
  • About 11km after Peregrine, you will turn left off the N2. The turnoff is opposite Jackal River Farm, at the 1km sign to the Houw Hoek Hotel,
  • Continue slowly down this road and Wildekrans Country House is just across the railway line.

N2 from Bot River/Caledon

  • Continue over the Houw Hoek Pass,
  • Pass the turnoff to the Houw Hoek Hotel and Houw Hoek Farmstall,
  • Take the next right turn off the N2 (about 1km after the Farmstall and opposite the Jackal River Farm entrance), it is hidden so indicate well ahead and go slow.
  • Continue slowly down this road and Wildekrans Country House is just across the railway line.