Dennehof: The Patio Room

  • 2 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom

Steeped in history – a national monument (built in 1835, the first homestead in the area) – complete with its own iconic Karoo wind-pump in the garden and a classic deep front stoep, Dennehof will grab your heart before you’ve even stepped inside.

Owners Inga and Albert Terblanche have brought a fresh energy to this heritage property. While respecting its story, they’ve also added contemporary design touches and splashes of colour (thanks to Inga’s impeccable photographer’s eye), and lots of heart – although their ridgeback puppy Ferdinand, the “guest liaison officer”, steals the show.

The glass conservatory in the garden makes for a most wonderful breakfast room. Here you’ll get to sample Inga’s signature sourdough loaves as part of a marvellous morning meal – some say the best in the region – alongside 360-degree Karoo views.

The enchanting garden, with its leiwater canals and fountain, is filled with fascinating Karoo flora as well as plants and trees that produce a bounty of fresh produce. The old reservoir is now a salt-water pool, with Spanish tiles and a raised sundeck with views over olive groves to the Swartberg Mountains; nearby is a sauna for two to beat the Karoo chill.

Rooms in the original homestead, plus a cottage, the wagon shed, dairy room and blacksmith’s forge have been turned into gorgeous cocoons of luxury – each individually decorated to give a sense of place, a glimpse into a bygone era, and delight the senses.

The romantic Wagonshed Suite has an outdoor Victorian bathtub; the Windmill Suite and Cottage Room both have utterly charming vintage kitchens; the Patio and Stoep Rooms in the original homestead have gorgeous bay windows. The Forge Room has an emerald-green feature wall; the Dairy Room a royal blue one.

Original features – thick whitewashed walls, beamed or reed ceilings, wooden floors, lead-glass windows and antique heirlooms – all add to the atmosphere. Mungo throws and towels, fluffy robes, mohair blankets and top-notch coffee bring those special touches.


One of the original rooms of the old homestead, The Patio Room boasts gorgeous wooden doors, floors and ceilings, and a large bay window.

Indoor living

  • King-size bed with percale linen
  • Ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower
  • Fridge and tea/coffee station
  • Air-conditioning

Outdoor living

  • Characterful patio with seating
  • Large garden, pool, sundeck and sauna on the property


  • Breakfast included


On the property

  • Swimming in the pool
  • Veld Feast dinners (October – April)
  • Cheese-and-wine pairings (on request)

In the area

  • Guided walks (history, nature or ghosts)
  • Restaurants, shops and galleries in town
  • Olive and wine estates nearby
  • Dairy and fig farm visits
  • Hiking and mountain-biking
  • Swartberg Pass (with possible snow in winter)


  • WiFi
  • Heating
  • Pool
  • Bath
  • Coffee Machine
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Secure Parking
  • Serviced
  • Backup Power

Best for

  • Couples


Low Season
R1,750.00 Per Night

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