DescriptionValue for money in the country
A visit to The Glen could make permanent changes to your vocabulary.
After a night or two in this genuine Karoo farmhouse, a word like spacious has new meaning. The entire four-bedroomed house is all yours, and the view from the deep verandah is big enough to lose your thoughts in.
And a word like hospitality becomes three-dimensional when you meet your hosts, Marion and Anthony de la Harpe. They are warm and welcoming, and love to have people enjoy their farm. "We make friends with our guests," says Marion, who is mostly known as Tweet. "People come back."
For a visit to The Glen is all about value for money, unpretentious comfort, and the space to truly relax. Full farm-style breakfasts are prepared in the guest house kitchen and served by Betty, who will also prepare supper if you request it. The house is fully equipped, so self-catering is an option.
Supper is usually a Glen speciality like homemade chicken pie or bobotie.
A sound night’s sleep is another Glen speciality, with down duvets, mohair blankets, cotton linen and those clear, clear night skies. And hot water bottles. "This is a farm!" exclaims Tweet. "On farms, you get hot water bottles."
Children are welcome at The Glen: swings and a swimming pool await them. Energetic visitors enjoy the marked hiking trail up the valley or a variety of shorter walks. They may even see the two pairs of Black Eagle nesting on the farm, or buck.
The Glen is situated in a conservancy but is only metres from the main tar road. And an easy drive will bring you to the Mountain Zebra National Park or to Nieu Bethesda.
"We like our guests to go off with happy memories of the countryside," say Tweet and Anthony. It’s impossible not to.
37 km north of Graaff-Reinet on N9
35 km from Nieu-Bethesda
Within easy reach of historic Graaff-Reinet, the Valley of Desolation, and the Cradock Mountain Zebra Park.