Stay@Glen Avon Farm

Our Gem of the Eastern Cape

GARDEN VIEW

GARDEN VIEW

Situated in the Garden of the Old Homestead, Garden View, is a spacious self-catering cottage that comfortably accommodates two people.

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HART COTTAGE

HART COTTAGE

Hart Cottage is a quaint family-style garden cottage that is an original 1817 thatched wattle and daub dwelling. It is set in a garden amongst oak trees and white stinkwoods, and gives a spectacular view of Avon Head across the pastures.

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THE OLD HOMESTEAD

THE OLD HOMESTEAD

If you need more beds you're welcome to overflow into the main house. Take us as you find us and join the family when you stay in the main house :-)

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A STONES THROW FROM GLEN AVON FARM B&B

A STONES THROW FROM GLEN AVON FARM B&B

My Mum-in-law Alison runs a self-catering establishment next door which offers a 6 bedded Pecan Cottage and double-bedded Garden Close.

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Birdwatching

Birdwatching

With 270 plus birds on offer Glen Avon Farm is a birdwatchers paradise.

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FISHING

FISHING

If you're hooked on fishing then Glen Avon is your spot - there's trout and bass fishing in the dams on the farm. access to Mountain Dam and the Falls can be arranged.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

MOUNTAIN BIKING

A farm is a perfect place for a mountain biker as gravel roads and paths abound. Its the gradient that separates the novice biker from the experienced and the fit.

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AGRI-TOURISM

AGRI-TOURISM

If you've got children (or not) then watching the morning milking and walk with Greg around the pastures to check on the livestock are a must.

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TRIPPING TO THE FALLS

TRIPPING TO THE FALLS

A day-trip up to the Glen Avon Waterfall is a must.

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MILLING AROUND

MILLING AROUND

Our Mill is open to the public at R50pp and for groups over 5 we'll get the wheel turning and grain grinding! In time we'll have local GMO FREE wheat and maize available for purchase too.

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If history is your thing then you'll have lots to see and learn here at Glen Avon as it is an 1820s settler farm.

The history of Glen Avon is that of Robert Hart who was regarded as being the "Father of the 1820 Settlers".

Who was Robert Hart? In 1795 he was an 18 year old private in the Argyllshire Highlanders when the regiment disembarked at Cape Town. The regiment served for a while on the Cape frontier until Britain returned the Cape to Holland where after it returned to Britain.

In 1807, however, Robert Hart, now a married man, returned to the Cape as an officer in Colonel Graham's newly formed Cape Regiment and was stationed at Grahamstown. Later, he was put in charge of the experimental farm founded by Lord Charles Somerset, the governor of the Cape, and which provided supplies to the army.

In 1825 the farm was closed down and the little town of Somerset East laid out on its grounds. Many of the original houses still stand in this charming little place.

Hart and his family then settled on farmland adjacent to the town which he was granted in recognition of his services to the government. Here he built a homestead - Glen Avon. Hart, who was a pioneer of Merino sheep farming, farmed sheep, grew fruit, especially citrus, and grain. So successful was grain production in the region that it justified him building a commercial mill for neighboring farmers.

The machinery and equipment was made at Leeds in England, shipped to Algoa Bay, transported by bullock wagon to Glen Avon via the old Zuurberg Pass and assembled on the spot.

Robert Hart died in 1867 at the ripe old age of 90. The farm is still farmed by the descendants of Robert Hart. Due to the care the family has taken over the intervening years, the farm's original buildings are in a fine state of preservation and are a wonderful example of the Colonial architecture of the period.

Spend some time discovering the history and heritage behind the pioneering spirit that still lingers on this well preserved 1820s family farm.

MAY MADNESS

MAY MADNESS

May is an exceptionally beautiful autumn month here on the farm but is usually quiet from a guest perspective (having just had school and Easter holidays no doubt!). So we'd like to offer an extra night on the house for people staying 2 nights. If you stay 4 nights then you'll get another free night too and so it goes...

BEDFORD COUNTRY GARDENS

BEDFORD COUNTRY GARDENS

The Bedford Country Gardens event has a route that stretches up into our valley. Although my garden is not open for viewing, but my neighbours at 'The Retreat' Glen Avon and 'The Orchards' are. Instead of seeing my garden, why not pop in for a Glen Avon Mill Tour. Cost is R50pp. The mill will be open for a tour from 10am-4pm, but we will only run the mill at the following times: Friday 20th October: 14:30-15:30. Saturday 21 October: 11:30-12:30; 14:30-15:30. Sunday 22nd October: 11:30-12:30. Friday 3rd November: 114:30-15:30 Saturday 4th November: 11:30-12:30; 14:30-15:30. Sunday 5th November: 11:30-12:30.

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MILL DAY

MILL DAY

A few times a year we get the Waterwheel turning to grind grains. Always a time to celebrate times gone by. Watch this space for events. WE are open for tours by appointment. Please contact Fiona for more info.

Somerset East Parkrun

Somerset East Parkrun

Come join us for parkrun every Saturday at 8am for a 5km timed walk / run. It starts and finishes at the Somerset East golf course.

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  • Glen Avon Farm, Somerset East, South Africa
  • Gravel road, turn left 6km from Somerset East in the Cookhouse direction. IMPORTANT: NEVER follow your GPS ‘quickest route’ to Glen Avon going through the township as that will get you to a locked gate which is our boundary. Always turn in from the R63.