Self-Catering Guesthouse accommodation in Calvinia

A tranquil escape to the wild, wide open...

Nestled between the beautiful Hantam Mountains, Handvol Gruis Guesthouse is the perfect farmstay getaway. The old farmhouse is ideal for big families and groups of friends. Situated next to a small poplar forest with wonderful birdlife, wild horses and sheep grazing in the veld around the house. It is ideal for big families and groups of friends. This is nature at its best! The peace and quiet as well as the simplicity of the house and the surroundings are exactly what you need to unwind and take a well deserved break from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Experience spectacular Karoo sunsets and night skies. Take a drive up the only road that leads to the top of the Hantam Mountains to enjoy a sun-downer or braai, biking and hiking to your hearts desire. For a ‘home away from home’ experience, you can pre-order free range Karoo Lamb and baked bread or roosterkoek for your stay. Wood can also be bought on the farm.

Our Facilities

Witkamer 3

Indoor Amenities

  • Dstv (limited channels)
  • Wifi (limited free/unlimited bought)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Washing machine and line
  • All braai equipment Puzzles, games and books
  • A tiny honesty ‘shop’ with a few necessities
Buite 9

Outdoor Facilities

  • Indoor fireplace on the stoep
  • Outdoor mobile fireplace
  • Kol-Kol woodfired hottub
  • Tranquil garden with active birdlife
  • Playhouse and slide
  • Trampoline
  • Swimming pool during summer times at the main farmhouse
  • Snow during the winter – if you are lucky!
  • Hiking and Biking on the farm
  • Bird watching
  • Stargazing
  • Secure parking
Kombuis 2

Other Services

  • Other services
    Cleaning services can be arranged


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A authentic farm stay with spectacular stars and a deafening silence that makes you feel safe at night. Braai some of the locally produced lamb chops on the indoor braai and you are in heaven.

Lida Stander

Our second stay at this little gem! The house is comfortable and gives you that great farm feeling. It is big enough for two families and two dogs! We were blessed with snow all around the house, farm and mountains on the first morning we woke up. The AGA kept us warm after we built a snowman on the front lawn! Love this place, wonderful hosts! We might just make this our regular winter break away destination.

Esme Louw

Absolutely beautiful place to visit. Enjoying the fresh air and the freedom from the outside world. nothing goes on here but peace and quiet. No signal, no problem! There is Wi-Fi if you really need it.

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