Stillwater estate lies in-between Philadelphia and Atlantis on the Rondeberg road. This area mostly has smallholdings which vary in size between 6 to 40 hectares. Besides a couple of Horse Stables, of which Europa Farm is the best known, Rondberg Road is also the home of the Kitten Cottage, Hunter’s Valley and the beautiful venue Klein Diamant, to name a few. Other industries include a chicken farm, a pig farm and a sand mine. This makes Rondeberg road extremely versatile.
All the smallholdings in this area were once part of larger farms of which ours belonged to an extensive Hunting farm (Zouterivier). Over the years these Farms were broken into smaller pieces as more and more people wanted to exchange city life for farm life. The farmhouse of Stillwater is thought to have been the main house of Zouterivier, a smaller section being one of the oldest buildings in this area, sporting antique clay tiles.
Stillwater Estate itself has 11 hectares with 7 paddocks and two stables. The smaller stables near the farmhouse, house our females. The larger stables further away house our boys. The stables were originally used for horses. Our weather can be very different to surrounding areas, especially during summer, as we lie on top of an inclined hill, which is often hit by extreme heatwaves.
Our soil is very sandy and low in nutrients, therefore only few crops grow here well. Early settlers therefore planted Bluegums and Port-Jacksons from Australia for shade and animal feed. Both are nowadays listed as invader plants and are slowly being removed from many farms. So that our animals can enjoy some greenery other than the few remaining Port-Jacksons, we sew oats in autumn so during winter and spring our paddocks are luscious and green.
Alpaca Views Cottage
Alpaca Views Cottage. This charming, Cape style cottage is situated 40 minutes from Cape Town, Philadelphia, on an Alpaca Farm. Newly Renovated, it is perfect for couples or singles that are looking for a peaceful and picturesque getaway. The Cottage has a fully furnished Bedroom, living area with Kitchenette, Bathroom and scenic Stoep. Additionally it has a braai yard with a view of the farm and the surrounding landscape. A private outside entertainment area allows for additional space to relax and enjoy good company.