Become part of nature at De Hoop Cottages!
Eric and Laetitia invite you to come and have a rest on our peaceful and beautiful farm. Enjoy stunning views of nature and the Langeberge. Be assured of recovery from a hectic life!
We are approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town which makes it an easy weekend getaway in the winelands of Robertson and on the popular and scenic Route 62.
De Hoop Cottages offer affordable self-catering farm accommodation near Robertson. The farm, "Laaiplaas", is situated right at the end of the De Hoop-Kloof at the very foot of the Langeberg. Only 10 km from town and 15 minutes’ drive from all necessary shops if need be, as well as all the wine cellars that our valley is renowned for. The setting of the farm, hidden behind a substantial koppie, ensures a peaceful and tranquil sojourn, cut off from the noise and bustle.
We offer fully equiped self-catering cottages with neat bathrooms, indoor and outdoor braai facilities and wooden decks.
Bedding and towels are provided. “Adam se huis” and “Swink se huis” sleep 2 persons each.
“Ampie se huis” and “July se huis” sleep 4 persons each.
Apart from breathtaking mountain views, you can enjoy pristine nature, do some bird watching, go for a walk on the farm or in the kloof with its clear mountain pools, have a swim in the farm dams or just sit on the deck and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Furthermore you can explore Robertson and surroundings and do wine-tasting at the various cellars.
The name “Laaiplaas” has got two possible origins: One is that the hunters of yesteryear used this location as a place to load (laai) their muskets for the hunt before the walk into the mountain started.
The other one is that the farm is quite hidden behind the koppie which reminds one of the small hidden drawers (laaitjies) of antique dressing tables.
The farm was originally used for grazing under the old grazing permit system. The first Deeds of Transfer were registered around 1907 which is also the year in which the main house was built. After changing owners a few times, the farm has now been in the family since 1965. The first farmers survived the initial development stages of their vineyards and orchards by planting Calabash as a cash crop. The dried calabash were in demand for various household items such as bowls and dry goods scoops and small ones were used for darning socks, but the main demand was to produce quality necks for Calabash smoking pipes. Later when the calabash became less popular the main crops were fruit, which was mostly dried for export, or sold to jam factories, and wine grapes which the farmers had to process into wine in their own cellars. This system lasted until large co-operative wine cellars, driven by the escalating cost of production, became the norm. Today the farm produces mostly fruit and a bit of vegetables.
Still to be seen on the farm is the old wine cellar from the years of cultivating vines, and the old stable where sheep, a few cattle and a few horses were kept.