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What a lovely tranquil piece of nature. Absolute great for the soul to take a break and unwind. A must a nature lovers. We enjoyed the walking trails and the children enjoyed bass fishing. Catch and release. Lovely to sit and watch the zebras, Springbuck...More
My husband and I stayed in quaint 'Stone Cottage' for 2 nights, which was clean and perfectly equipped. Everything we needed..a good pile of dry wood by the braai, a brilliant shower, and awesome views! I had to have a swim in the plunge pool,...More
If you need a break from it all Welbedacht is definitely the place to go. It might be a bit tricky navigating the road with a normal car but the view and peacefulness is definitely worth it. Each unit has its own little splash pool...More
Stayed in a self catering chalet in the middle of the reserve.Had a splash pool next to our verandha where the horses and zebra would come to in the morning and evenings for water.You are allowed to feed them with carrots and apples In the...More
Stone Cottage, a comfortable well appointed little place. Peaceful and with views all the way down the Tulbach valley. It has its own splash pool which is nice but too cold to enjoy on even the hottest days. A solar panel or wood fired heater...More
About Welbedacht Nature Reserve
Just over an hour's drive from Cape Town, Welbedacht Nature Reserve offers a stunning retreat in the countryside. The Reserve is just below the magnificent Winterhoek Mountains and offers a tranquil environment, nature walks, an abundance of bird life and flora and spectacular views of the valley.
All cottages have private mountain water plunge pools, braai areas, open fireplaces for winter nights, and large verandas with beautiful views. The cottages include fresh towels, linen and plenty of fire wood.
Orchard Cottage has two bedrooms, each with a double bed and a bathroom en-suite. The large open plan living area has a fire place, kitchen, dining area, sitting area and two single pull out beds. Double doors open onto a shady verandah and a neat garden enclosed by low stone walls and offering a view of the entire Tulbagh Valley.
This cosy, stone cottage offers an open plan bedroom with a double bed, a lounge and kitchen area and doors opening onto a covered verandah. There is an indoor fire place, an outdoor braai area and a private mountain water splash pool with views over the dam.
Stone cottage offers an open plan bedroom with a double bed, a lounge and kitchen area and doors opening onto a covered verandah. There is a fire place for cold winter nights, an outdoor braai area, a mountain water splash pool for the warmer, summer days and beautiful views.
Eagle Cottage has a bedroom with a double bed and a smaller children’s bedroom with two single bunk beds. The kitchen and living area are open plan with a fire place and doors leading to a covered verandah. There is a built in fire place outside, a mountain water splash pool on the verandah and low stone walls enclosing a natural garden.
The Blue Butterfly:
The Blue Butterfly is a beautifully restored barn with facilities on the ground floor including a large lounge / studio / workshop area with a big fire place connected via a large covered veranda to the self catering facilities in the form of the thatched, fully equipped, farm-style kitchen that can seat your whole party. The large covered veranda / stoep opens onto a huge enclosed garden with trees, big lawns, pergola and fishpond and where there is a large fire pit and BBQ / braai. This area looks out onto a large camp with horses and zebra and borders the reserve as as the primary game conservation area.
The Blue Butterfly has a total of 6 bedrooms with the following configuration: It has two en-suite loft-bedrooms upstairs that have separate entrances; each room with its own bathroom / shower and 4 single beds. It has another four garden rooms in separate buildings these also have their own entrance and each unit has its own bathroom / shower – two of them have 3 single beds and two of them have 2 single beds. All units have fresh linen and towels and plenty of fire wood.
We offer stay - over conference packages for small to medium size groups.
• Full use of all facilities including workshop / studio space, large fully equipped kitchen and beautiful gardens opening into the Nature Reserve with it's trails and wild life
• Meals either on a self-catering or catered basis; your choice
• Wireless internet
We offer stay - over wedding packages for small to medium size groups.
• Accommodation for up to 30 persons
• Guests up to 100 persons
• Gardens, Nature Reserve or Labyrinth for out-door ceremony options
• Fabulous setting beneath the Winterhoek Mountains with views down the entire Tulbagh Valley
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
Walk the nature trails: There are several marked walking trails which meander through the fynbos, rhenosterveld and wetland areas of the reserve. The trails vary from 15 minutes to two hours.
Swim in the dam: There is a large dam for swimming which is within walking distance of all units. The dam is surrounded by lush brush and trees and an abundance of bird life.
Fishing: There is a second dam inside the conservancy which is stocked with wide mouth Bass and Tilapia.
Go mountain biking: There are many different trails and tracks for mountain bikers and these are maintained and managed by the Tulbagh Mountain Bike Club. Please enquire for more information.
Explore the labyrinth: This unique labyrinth is beautifully integrated into its environment, a forest of blue gum trees, and is a wonderful space to feel a sense of connection with nature.
View the wild life: A large variety of fauna inhabit the reserve; from pole cats, caracal and cape fox to numerous buck species and the additional 15 hectare conservancy on Welbedacht is home to herds of springbok, bontebok and zebra and forms part of a program for re-introduction of game.
Go birding: Between tall, leafy trees that provide shelter, to the fynbos with its vast variety of plant life and the savannah wetland grasses that provide an abundant food source for dozens of species of raptors and hundreds of other species, Welbedacht is a veritable haven for birds and bird watchers alike.
Go horse riding: Just five minutes drive from Welbedacht, on one of our neighbouring farms, horse riding is available. Explore orchards, vineyards and mountain trails and take in the beautiful mountain views. All levels of riders are welcome. Booking details will be referred.
Take in the historic town of Tulbagh: 10 minutes drive from Welbedacht is the historic town of Tulbagh. Take a stroll down Church Street which boasts a wealth of Cape Dutch Architecture, several restaurants and stores, a museum and monuments. Olive groves, vineyards and orchards can be found in the surrounding areas, making Tulbagh a delight for fruit and wine lovers.
Just rest & relax: Here, away from the hustle and bustle of living, you may just find that all you long for is a book and a quiet, shady spot. You may wish to find a peaceful nook, let go of all distractions and immerse yourself in the immense beauty of the surrounding nature.
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Questions & Answers
"Orchard Cottage is the largest cottage, so if you like space it's the one to choose."