Hamzeh Alfarahneh

Sterrekopje Farm

"A biodiverse sanctuary farm guided by ancestral wisdom"

AT A GLANCE: A wellness centred farm with eleven sanctuary-like suites exists to regenerate earth, body, and soul through two, three, five, or seven-night journeys. With 50 hectare of gardens, fields, and farmland, the property offers ample opportunities to lose yourself and your worries. This future-forward, sustainable, and innovative retreat is best suited for travelers looking for some downtime sans the vow of silence and hectic detox that you might expect from such retreats.

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Sterrekopje Farm As we arrived, we were confronted with the beauty and serenity of Sterrekopje Farm

As we arrived, we were confronted with the beauty and serenity of Sterrekopje Farm

Sterrekopje Farm We were welcomed at this well-appointed and light-filled conservatory, where we spent the majority of our downtime

We were welcomed at this well-appointed and light-filled conservatory, where we spent the majority of our downtime

Sterrekopje Farm Love the Kenyan high beds, which are the centerpiece of each bedroom. The beds are above average high and are accessed by the cube step on both sides of the bed. Our suite is filled with modern amenities and luxuries, but at the same time, looking vintage and bygone

Love the Kenyan high beds, which are the centerpiece of each bedroom. The beds are above average high and are accessed by the cube step on both sides of the bed. Our suite is filled with modern amenities and luxuries, but at the same time, looking vintage and bygone

Sterrekopje Farm Oh Hello! After checking in and settling into my suite, I was summoned to the spa to start my cleansing ceremony

Oh Hello! After checking in and settling into my suite, I was summoned to the spa to start my cleansing ceremony

Sterrekopje Farm The beautiful hammam where I was bathed, cleansed, and pampered by Bernice, my spa therapist, for the duration of my stay

The beautiful hammam where I was bathed, cleansed, and pampered by Bernice, my spa therapist, for the duration of my stay

Sterrekopje Farm Got back to the main house to find chef Amy busy preparing a feast for us to celebrate bae's birthday

Got back to the main house to find chef Amy busy preparing a feast for us to celebrate bae's birthday

Sterrekopje Farm Rise and shine!

Rise and shine!

Sterrekopje Farm The first order of the day is a strong cup of coffee

The first order of the day is a strong cup of coffee

Sterrekopje Farm Followed by a wholesome breakfast

Followed by a wholesome breakfast

Sterrekopje Farm Then off to the spa to meet Bernice in the Egyptian room for a relaxing 90 minutes massage

Then off to the spa to meet Bernice in the Egyptian room for a relaxing 90 minutes massage

Sterrekopje Farm The farm is dotted with waterholes, ponds, and dams for guests to enjoy

The farm is dotted with waterholes, ponds, and dams for guests to enjoy

Sterrekopje Farm Got to show off my barista skills during the stay; Sterrekopje Farm's approach is to make sure all modern luxuries are accessible to guests

Got to show off my barista skills during the stay; Sterrekopje Farm's approach is to make sure all modern luxuries are accessible to guests

Sterrekopje Farm After lunch, we were treated to a baking session, which was the highlight of my stay. Love a well-stocked pantry

After lunch, we were treated to a baking session, which was the highlight of my stay. Love a well-stocked pantry

Sterrekopje Farm I baked a gluten-free seed loaf

I baked a gluten-free seed loaf

Sterrekopje Farm Another highlight of our stay was meeting landscape architect Leon Kluge, who curated the grounds, in collaboration with the owners

Another highlight of our stay was meeting landscape architect Leon Kluge, who curated the grounds, in collaboration with the owners

Sterrekopje Farm The sunken garden, planted with lavender

The sunken garden, planted with lavender

Sterrekopje Farm By far my favorite garden at Sterrekopje Farm, designed after the chakras, this bushy labyrinth is a true treasure that words would never do justice. You have to experience it!

By far my favorite garden at Sterrekopje Farm, designed after the chakras, this bushy labyrinth is a true treasure that words would never do justice. You have to experience it!

Sterrekopje Farm After a wholesome garden tour, I had the pleasure of meeting with co-owner Fleur Huijskens which felt like catching up with a friend

After a wholesome garden tour, I had the pleasure of meeting with co-owner Fleur Huijskens which felt like catching up with a friend

Sterrekopje Farm Finding reasons to extend my stay, I am sad to leave… Will have to come back soon!

Finding reasons to extend my stay, I am sad to leave… Will have to come back soon!

Highs & Lows

  • Beauty follows you everywhere, from the well-appointed rooms, stunning common areas, treatment rooms, and the grounds

  • Each room comes with some utilities to use during your stay. I loved this touch, especially the water bottles, all of which you can soon buy at the properties store

  • 50 hectares of matriculate gardens to discover

  • Transformational spa journey, from the moment you set foot into the farm

  • The farm is guided by ancestral wisdom and biodiversity. The ethos here is to stay, rest, grow, and play

  • Not necessarily a low, but just something to keep in mind, alcoholic beverages are not offered for lunch, but if you request, it could be organized

Sterrekopje Farm As we arrived, we were confronted with the beauty and serenity of Sterrekopje Farm

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50
Sterrekopje Farm The beautiful hammam where I was bathed, cleansed, and pampered by Bernice, my spa therapist, for the duration of my stay

Important Bits

  • Type

    Rural Retreat

  • Vibe

    Farm meets wellness sanctuary

  • Location

    Blissfully off-the-grid on the foothills of the Groot Drankenstein mountains 

  • Rooms

    11 sanctuaries/suites

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Easy and breezy. The property was expecting us and ready to delight

  • Future Forward

    To quote Sterrekopje, "Guided by ancestral wisdom, this biodiverse farm with 11 sanctuaries exists to regenerate earth, body, and soul." In addition, the property has an enviable organic and regenerative vegetable garden equipped with a natural water filtration system and composting program that feeds the gardens, no single-use plastic in sight or out of sight, bath products made in-house from herbs and spices grown in the garden and various involvements in programs aimed to empower and give back to local communities 

  • Music

    An ethereal mix of sounds from around the globe  

  • Year Opened

    2022

  • Designed By

    Gregory Mellor and owner Nicole Boekhoorn 

  • Health & Wellness

    As part of your stay, Sterrekopje farm will organize a well-being journey, including cleansing ceremonies, massages, yoga, clay making, and baking. The longer you stay at Sterrekopje, the more you get to experience

  • Food

    Fruits and veggies grown on the farm eventually end up on your plate… Chef Carine Smit will design bespoke culinary moments for the duration of the stay

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    No bar area per se, but your wish is their command. Due to the retreat nature of this property, you will not be coming here for a vibrant nightlife. This said, Sterrekopje Farm organizes special healing-centric events regularly

  • Minibar & Retail

    All suites are decked out with a well-stocked minibar with all the essentials and delicious farm-made treats that are healthy and naughty. The farm is planning to open a retail space  

  • Accessibility

    One suite is accessible, but due to the nature of the land, the gardens are not wheelchair friendly

  • Pet Friendly

    No

  • Children

    This property is geared toward adults in search of some restorative rest

  • Price

    Reassuringly expensive by worth the dime

  • Tel.

    +27 76 420 3507

  • Website

    Visit website

Sterrekopje Farm

Sterrekopje Farm

Sterrekopje Farm

Go for a swim

Go for a swim

Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa

Explore the Chakra garden

Explore the Chakra garden

Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa

Create

Create

Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa

In the Area

Hotel Location Sterrekopje Farm

On the foothills of Groot Drankenstein mountain, Sterrekopje Farm is located in Franschhoek, a charming wine-producing town an hour's drive from Cape Town, South Africa. The property sits on 50 heaters of farmland with a variety of gardens, fields, and dams. You would want to sit anchor and enjoy the grounds.

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