The Old Dairy

The Old Dairy is a renovated quaint little cottage on Diepgelegen working farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof area. Come to experience this quaint little piece of heaven, with views over the rolling mountains as far as the eye can see. Walks through the Woodbush Forest Reserve, trail runs, mountain biking and fly fishing are all within metres of the cottage.

This quaint little cottage was originally the milking shed for the farm dairy which supplied the local community with rich creamy jersey milk, fresh cream and homemade butter. Cows would be tethered to the food trough and hand milked twice a day. The bedroom was the separator room. Skim milk was given to the children of the workers, who would line up to fill their containers each day.

Diepgelegen Farm was bought in 1949 with no infrastructure. An architect friend of the owner designed the manager’s cottage and the homestead on the hill. All the bricks were made on the farm in a single brick hand press and were sunbaked. (Yes, we do get sun sometimes!) The farm has been in the family for over 70 years. For nearly 30 years it was a chicken multiplication unit for Festive Foods, producing fertile hatching eggs. The chicken business became too intensive, so the 16 hectares of avocado orchards replaced it.

Wildlife on the farm consists of jackals, bush buck, bush pigs, grey duikers, porcupines, civets, genet and lynx. Samango monkeys are indigenous to our rain forests, baboons are attracted to our orchards as well as vervet monkeys. The forests are home to many special trees: Cape Chestnuts, White Stinkwoods and Yellowwoods. There are rare birds here: Turacos (Knysna Louries), Narina Trogons, Buff-spotted Flufftail and the Cape Parrots.

Walks on the farm have been mapped and a list of restaurants in the area is provided. Come and enjoy your stay in our piece of natural paradise…