Wolseley Behind the Scenes ~ The Creative Hub

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Tell us who you are!

In 2005, Paul and I were offered the opportunity to buy a small piece of ground adjoining the farm we were then farming - White Bridge Farm on the R43.  This piece of ground was an abused piece of mountain with few prospects other than its location.  In its past, it was a stone crushing business with mining rights and the mountainside was eroded away as the clay was used to make bricks, leaving dreadful scars.  Our idea was to turn this piece int a community development project, which would involve our staff.  Our son, a newly qualified Chef started training ladies how to add value to otherwise waste fruit, making jams, jellies and preserves.  We turned an old building into a kitchen and were relying on government funding to get this project underway.  Unfortunately our dreams were too big  for any backers to see and we were possibly ahead of our time, so we had to pull the project and for many years the land lay fallow.

Some years ago Peppi decided to turn the training kitchen into a studio to enjoy her mosaic crafts and invited many ladies in the valley to join her and for a number of years they met every Tuesday, sharing skills, inspiration and a morning of creativity.

Paul and Nick turned the existing shed into a wood crafting station and so the creativity started flowing.

In 2016, Peppi decided to add a shop to what is now known as the “Creative Hub” and things really started to happen.

We still have a dream to involve the community with mini workshops involving the “Township Creatives” and developing the “Hub”.

What makes you special or unique?

What sets us apart and makes us different to the usual farmstall / craft shop is that focus largely on recycling and up cycling, making bespoke gifts form exotic bottles, drift wood, broken  plates, kettles and numerous other items.  Everything has a story and an interesting history, making us quite unique.

To enhance these unusual gifts, we offer fruit, vegetables and home made preserves, jellies  and products from the valley.

Who is your ideal guest?

Our ideal visitors are guests to the valley who want to explore our area and take something unusual back with then after the weekend.  We are able to take card payments and are open on Sundays. 

What is your favourite part of The Creative Hub?

It is extremely special to us to see the expression on the faces of people who enter our shop.  They are pleasantly surprised by unusual, and unique items that are on display.

Name one thing other than your establishment that you would recommend other people to visit/do in Wolseley?

I would highly recommend the more adventurous visitors to our area, to enjoy one of the Horse About activities with Jo and John Lister.   They offer a wonderful experience on horseback supported by a wealth of knowledge on the fauna, flora and the beautiful horses available to ride

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Wolseley Behind the Scenes – Riverstone House

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Tell us who you are?

  Riverstone House is an exclusive destination, situated in a flowering pear orchard on the banks of the seasonal Bree River. We are a working farm, which adds to the charm!  

What do you offer and what makes you different from the rest?

We offer a country retreat, in style, for comfortably 8 people in 4 bedrooms. We can accommodate an extra 2, making a total of 10pax. It can be difficult to find high-end group accommodation options. We aim to deliver an exceptionally high level of service, and offer numerous small touches to make the stay memorable.

Who is your ideal guest?

We are geared for the discerning city dweller, wanting to escape to the Country, without compromising on creature comforts. We welcome families with kids, and 4-leggeds too!

What is your favourite feature at Riverstone House?

Watching sunset on your enormous private patio, over the river and neighbouring orchards, with a glass of chilled white wine is certainly one of our favourite offerings. Expect peace, relaxation and privacy.

Name one thing other than your establishment that you would recommend other people to visit/do in Wolseley?

Bosjes! Whether you love gardens, architecture, tea and treats, exquisite dining, or you need an exceptional spot for the kids to burn off energy,

Bosjes is our go-to for guests!

Wolseley Behind the Scenes – Fynbos Guest Farm

#Wolseleyza - A Thousand things to do and then @ Fynbos Guest Farm!

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Meet Peter & Maurice, owners and your hosts at Fynbos Guest Farm.

Maurice and Peter have interesting backgrounds, Pete from Zimbabwe; and Maurice from Nigeria met in Cape Town and decided to start a new chapter.  So searching for a place to buy and stay began in earnest. Maurice in Jhb left much of the searching to Peter who was living in cape Town.   After much ‘hunting’ Peter remembered a good friend who lived in Wolseley. He decided to drive through to meet her and had a strong feeling that she may be selling.  His first trip was fruitless – no one was there, and the place was locked up, and then early one morning, 2 months later, he had a strong feeling and decided to make another trip. This time he found the owner who told him the farm had already been sold [cash deal];  Pete’s response – was "We will own this farm, wait and see!"  Well 2 months later, he got a call to say the deal had fallen through and we started the process to eventually buy the farm. We always say, the farm choose us.  Pete called me and described the farm, and my response was “buy it”.    The 1st 3 years was HARD work, fixing; repairing and cleaning.   The next few years was enhancing and uplifting.   Now we live in what we call ‘paradise’. We love it. Our home is a reflection of us.

Fynbos guest farm is a 67 ha working farm only 90 minutes away from Cape Town, in the 'Valley of Abundance' - the Witzenberg Valley; bordering Tulbagh and Ceres.   Located just 2km outside the small town of Wolseley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

What does Fynbos Guest Farm offer? What makes a Fynbos visit special or different from the rest?

We have 3 self-catering farm cottages and a small, private and tranquil caravan and camping facility, comprising 9 sites each with an electrical point.   We have been regarded by many as one of the best in the country and listed as one of the top 10 'things to experience' by various media.

Renowned for our flowers, visitors from all over visit Fynbos Guest Farm to view our extensive flower and grass species.   This is not to mention, the diverse fauna on the farm, from tortoises, Grysbok, mongoose, steenbok, zebra, springbuck, emus, goats, donkeys and abundant birdlife.  Our guests are invited to interact with them and feed the animals. Guests are welcome to bring along apples, carrots, bread, lettuce, etc and feed the animals.

Who is your ideal visitor?

Fynbos is loved by nature and animal lovers. We do expect our guests to respect that our animals, birds, pigs etc live in complete harmony and are not accustomed to ever being chased or harassed in any way! Children are expected to treat all animals and other livestock with respect and care.

What is your favourite feature, something you especially love at Fynbos?

Our favourite feature on the farm – we each have one; Pete’s is having coffee every morning at the stables and watching the ‘going-ons’.   Maurice’s is sitting the aviary, having coffee and experiencing the silence and the beauty of the birds.  Our guests always find something that resonates with them and each is so different. For some it is the labyrinth, the horses coming in from the paddock in the afternoon, sitting in the bunny manor to just enjoying the peace and tranquillity

Name one thing, other than your establishment, that you would recommend other people to visit/do in Wolseley?

High on Fynbos Guest Farm’s list of recommendations for guests is to visit one of the Valleys outstanding Wine & Olive Estates – the award-winning organic wines at Waverley Hills are rated highly and a meal in their Restaurant should not be missed by any visitor to the Witzenberg Valley!

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Wolseley Agrimark puts the swing back

Marlo Lotter, Manager of the Wolseley Agrimark, reported that he was approached by one of their clients, to assist in repairing the swings at the local Malikhanye crèche in Pine Valley, Wolseley.

Without any hesitation, they decided to become involved with the project. They fitted new chains, and built six swings with ordinary motorcar tyres, one with a wooden seat, and a large swing with a tractor tyre.

According to Marlo the project was carried out during the Easter holiday period, and the children were ecstatic on their return when they found that the swings were repaired.

Marlo also thanked Tony Rosendal and the rest of his team for making such a valuable contribution towards the development of the children attending the Malikhanye crèche.

Originally posted on Agri mark website

Thank you Agrimark #wolseleyza for your support in our valley.