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YOUR HOSTS BRIAN AND GERDA WHITEHORN

We speak English. Ons praat Afrikaans. Nous parlons français.

Brian is a retired land surveyor and passionate about food. As owner of Die Tonteldoos Bistro, Dullstroom’s first official restaurant, he was awarded as one of MNet’s Top ten country eateries and received a blason and platter from the international gourmet society, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. His motto is honest food and ambience around the table. Since his retirement to elegant simplicity at Paardeplaats Nature Retreat, he has become a master at wood stove and outdoor cooking with flair. Gerda is a freelance journalist with a passion for people and their stories, who is available to accompany guests on any of the multiple hiking trails on the farm.

YOUR HOSTS BRIAN & GERDA IN THE MINERS CANTEEN KITCHEN

We speak English. Ons praat Afrikaans. Nous parlons français.

Brian is a retired land surveyor and passionate about food. As owner of Die Tonteldoos Bistro, Dullstroom’s first official restaurant, he was awarded as one of MNet’s Top ten country eateries and received a blason and platter from the international gourmet society, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. His motto is honest food and ambience around the table. Since his retirement to elegant simplicity at Paardeplaats Nature Retreat, he has become a master at wood stove and outdoor cooking with flair. Gerda is a freelance journalist with a passion for people and their stories, who is available to accompany guests on any of the multiple hiking trails on the farm.

THE FARM – PAARDEPLAATS

Paardeplaats being 700ha in extent, was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve, in 1956. We are a haven for a host of sub-alpine fauna and flora species, and we are the breading ground for the Gurneys sugar bird. We have a variety of small game (oribi, grey rheebuck, mountain reed buck, duiker, klipspringers, blesbuck and often elande and kudus. There are also baboons, porcupines, honey badgers, brown hyenas, black-backed jackals, rooikatte and at times, sometimes frequently, even leopards). We boarder on the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve on our western boundry.

THE FARM – PAARDEPLAATS

Paardeplaats being 700ha in extent, was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve, in 1956. We are a haven for a host of sub-alpine fauna and flora species, and we are the breading ground for the Gurneys sugar bird. We have a variety of small game (oribi, grey rheebuck, mountain reed buck, duiker, klipspringers, blesbuck and often elande and kudus. There are also baboons, porcupines, honey badgers, brown hyenas, black-backed jackals, rooikatte and at times, sometimes frequently, even leopards). We boarder on the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve on our western boundry.

OUR DEAR PETS

Shaka the Great Dane, Bono the Labrador and Dobby the bat-eared Jack Russell, love people and going for hikes. Animal lovers adore them.

OUR DEAR PETS

Shaka the Great Dane, Bono the Labrador and Dobby the bat-eared Jack Russell, love people and going for hikes. Animal lovers adore them.

OUR FRIENDLY PAARDEPLAATS STAFF

Lucas, Veli and Lungi speak Seswati and English and are at your service.

OUR FRIENDLY PAARDEPLAATS STAFF

Our Staff, Lucas, Lungisile, and Velli are here to help make your stay as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. They will wash the previous nights dishes, clean and repack the fires at the hearth and the wood-stove each day, and clean the bathrooms. Please discuss with Lucas, what time you would like them to arrive in the mornings – the normal time on weekends and holidays is 08h00

THE CATERING FACILITIES IN THE MINERS CANTEEN

There is sufficient crockery and cutlery in the kitchen, for about 20 people. We have two large fridge / freezers, for all your meat, dairy and drinks, and an old, antique, evaporative cooler on the veranda for your vegetables and fruit. For cooking we have a 3 burner gas stove and a “Union Number 8”, wood burning stove, in the kitchen. The staff will light the stove for you and show you how the oven works, if you need it. If you want to have a braai, the fire at the cooking hearth, outside in the lapa, is always stacked and ready for you to use. We do have a few 3 legged pots, if you would like to cook a “potjie”, ask the staff member on duty to clean and have them ready for you.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PAARDEPLAATS HISTORY

OUR HISTORY

THE CATERING FACILITIES IN THE MINERS CANTEEN

There is sufficient crockery and cutlery in the kitchen, for about 20 people. We have two large fridge / freezers, for all your meat, dairy and drinks, and an old, antique, evaporative cooler on the veranda for your vegetables and fruit. For cooking we have a 3 burner gas stove and a “Union Number 8”, wood burning stove, in the kitchen. The staff will light the stove for you and show you how the oven works, if you need it. If you want to have a braai, the fire at the cooking hearth, outside in the lapa, is always stacked and ready for you to use. We do have a few 3 legged pots, if you would like to cook a “potjie”, ask the staff member on duty to clean and have them ready for you.

OUR HAVEN ‘ON TOP OF THE WORLD’

We speak English. Ons praat Afrikaans. Nous parlons français.

Get to us: Post Net Suite 158, Private Bag X20097, Lydenburg 1120
Call Us: Main Farm Tel: 079 694 9462 / 013 110 0320
Our Cell: Brian 082 416 1379   Gerda 079 515 7799

Photo Credit: Des Jacobs