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Verkykerskop Country Village & Farm Retreat

Found in: Camping and Caravan Parks, Cottages, Eastern Free State, Free State, Guestfarms, Harrismith, Self Catering, Verkykerskop

The farm Aansluit on which the village was established, is where five roads from all directions come together. After the Boer war this logic point of collocation soon developed not only as commercial centre but was the heart of community life where Nagmaal was served once a month.

The first dwelling on the farm was a “hartbeeshuisie” of over 120 years still standing on the farm today, now used as camping site. Most of the homesteads in the village, dating from the nineteen fourties, have now been converted into tourist cottages. The old mill is still standing today. The yesteryear police outpost to combat cattle theft was recently upgraded to a modern facility.
Only the foundations of the old Jewish general dealer can be seen today, but the old Blacksmith Shop was saved and is rented out as a cottage now.

The old “eenmanskooltjie” which has been standing empty since the fifties was recently renovated into a tourist cottage. The manor house, which served over the years in different roles including boarding house for the school, accommodation for the ladies of the telephone exchange and post office, and police commander residence, is rented out as Afsluit Gastehuis.

One thing that Verkykerskop never got is a church, which is probably why the village never grew into an established town. We decided to put this historic line of events right and have already collected artifacts like a pulpit and bay windows from an old chapel, and we have commenced building our own old world chapel.

The auction pens are right in the village, with the Boeresaal and old post office next to it. We have a modern agri-shop where you can buy all your farming supplies and refuel.

The old general dealer was revived to its yesteryear glory and also houses a sportspub, a tea garden, an antique shop, and Smileys Restaurant.

One of the old farm sheds now serves as a carpentry workshop where we rebuild and restore old furniture, door and window frames, and make picture frames.
A number of the old “dorpshuisies” have been renovated for renting out as self catering units. New buildings that we have added resemble the rustic village character, which include a motel and a deli butcher shop.

Aansluit Landgoed also hosts the Aboukir Arab Stud established in the 80’s, a Nguni herd, a range of antilope, dams for fishing, mountain bike trails, and quad bikes.

Attractions

  • Eagle Mountain Lodge rock climbing 30km
  • Zeekoevlei Wetland World Heritage Site at Memel
  • Sterkfontein Dam 80km
  • Clarence country village 160km
  • Royal natal National Park and Drakensberg World
  • Heritage Site 180km
  • Oaklands Polo Estate and Club 30km

Rates:

Camping R50 pppn

Self catering accommodation ranging from R150 pppn (no electricity) to R300 pppn (guesthouse). Motel rooms R350 pppn (with satellite tv and bar fridge in room). Rates exclude Breakfast. Rates for children under 12 half price, children under 5 no charge.

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