Whether Hartenbos is the place you first fell in love, somewhere to escape from the rat race of everyday life, or to get closer to nature, we all make special connections with different places we travel to during our lives. These are the places that make us who we are.
In truth Hartenbos was not where my wife and I fell in love but it is our preferred destination on the Garden route in South Africa.
Hartenbos and Mossel Bay are world-renowned for their moderate climate, friendly people and beautiful beaches, and nested in the Eco estate Hartenbos Landgoed is where you will find our self-catering home away from home.
Situated close to Restaurants, Gyms, Shopping Centres and Entertainment for the kid, our home offers 3 bedrooms sleeping 6\7 , 2 bathroom with showers and a bath, an open plan kitchen/lounge and a patio with built in BBQ\Braai. Our kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering including a fridge, box freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. The lounge area has a flat screenTV with satellite connection for selected channels.
Full Dstv package can be arraigned but who wants to be stuck infront of the TV when the beach is over the dune. Hartenbos Landgoed also has access to a community Pool, Jungle Gym and Trampolines for the kids.
Mariaan and I (Kevin) found Hartenbos many years ago when we were invited by family on holiday. This was a popular destination for my wife when she was young as her family farm was in the Karoo.
Staying in Hartenbos Landgoed offers you a secure and tranquil environment situated on the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route South Africa. Nested between the towns of Mossel Bay and Grootbrak lies our perfect holiday town with an endless expanse of golden beach for walkers and anglers and a shallow, sandy lagoon that offers swimming and canoeing.
The town of Hartenbos lends itself to both quiet weekends away with your partner or family holidays, during school vacation the peaceful town becomes a bustling seaside destination. The village of Hartenbos started life as a farm granted to Esaias Meyer, a local farmer, as a reward by the Dutch East India Company after he helped shipwrecked sailors.
He called the farm Hart en Bosch (deer and bush). Most of the farm was later bought by the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging (Afrikaans language and culture organisation) and turned into a holiday resort for its members during the years of apartheid. Today it is still very popular with visitors from across the country and the world with thousands of people spend their annual summer holiday in Hartenbos.
Dolphin and seal watching are very popular, particularly during May through November and the river mouth is an active breeding ground for many sea birds. The bay of Mossel Bay is also one of the many birthing areas for Whales
During peak season, the Hartenbos main street is lined with colourful kiosks selling anything from seafood to clothing. There is a heated indoor pool, a supertube for the kids, amusement centre and many fine restaurants in the the newly build Hartenbos Seefront
Our kitchen is not only set up to cater for your family needs but also as the centre of all your holiday planning. Enjoy early morning coffee or tea as you watch the sun rise with it beams entering the kitchen via the dining room. You will find the dishwasher, tumble drier and all your catering equipment as needed. Pots and pans are stored in the scullery to the left where you will also find the fridge and freezer. A list of utensils will be made available on arrival.
Over the years we have collected a number of family heirlooms and today we make use of them in our home.We provide a built in braai or BBQ for use when its raining and have a mobile unit should you wish to be outside. The windows in the dining room open to allow a cool breeze in with the patio leading from the dining room to the right. If you need wood and charcoal please enquire when you make your booking and we will provide as needed.
Many stories have been shared around the table in the lounge. please feel free to put the candles on and if your prefrence is to watch some TV, we provide a compact selection of TV channels from DSTV.
Our main bedroom is air-conditioned and overlooks the natural gardens. The matrices are firm and comfortable and promote a good night’s sleep. The upstairs bathroom includes a shower, washbasin, and toilet and is to the left of the main bedroom at the top of the stairs. . We provide towels for use in the house but also recommend that you bring extra for the pool and the beach.
Also overlooking the gardens is the second upstairs bedroom. This room also includes a 3rd pull-out bed if needed and all matrasses are firm to support a good night’s rest. The upstairs bathroom includes a shower, washbasin, and toilet and is to the left of the main bedroom at the top of the stairs. Towels are provided but we suggest that you bring extra for the pool and the beach.
The downstairs bedroom is located just from the lounge and has a bathroom with a shower, bath, toilet, and washbasin to the right. This room is air-conditioned and overlooks the garden and patio. The matrasses are firm and support a good night's rest. We provide towels but suggest that you bring extra for the pool and the beach.