Photo above: Looking at it today, camera technology has come a long way, as well as The Farmhouse Hotel.
As custodians of various historical properties across the Cape, one of the greatest things about these buildings is the history behind them and there is always an interesting story behind all of them. With Farmhouse Hotel, there is a rich history to it.
We’ve still got the most amazing views on town, and what a great spot this is to relax for lunch or just some afternoon drinks
The neighborhood of Myburgh Park was originally known as the Panorama Farm and belonged to Mr Ponty Haupt and was then later bought by Mr Myburgh. The original farmhouse was located closer to what we now know as Shark Bay. The Acker family rented the Panorama Farm from Mr Myburgh and they commissioned Mr Schikkeling to build the Farmhouse. The original building was divided into three parts, namely the losieshuis, Die Skool and Die Winkel. There were also stables known as Die Stalle and a small stone cottage known as Okkie se kombuis.
The losieshuis consisted of six larger rooms and one small one. A large oven could be found in one of the rooms as well as a staircase leading down into the cellar. This is now The Farmhouse Hotel’s reception area.
Die Skool was where the children of Langebaan attended classes. This was also where the teacher lived.
Die winkel was where all food supplies were kept. Okkie se kombuis was where the ovens were and where the lady of the house spent her time baking breads and cooking delicious local cuisine. The farm mostly consisted of cattle, poultry and wheat. The area close to Shark Bay was a large vegetable garden.
To make directing workers around the farm easier, names were given to the different areas. There were Die Klipland, Gatland, Rofland, Haasklip, Die rooi heuwels, Die Baken se Lande, Die Soutgat, Langklip and Die Bitterbos Kamp.
One of the older photos we have from the memory books of The Farmhouse Hotel
One of the largest farming challenges was the lack of fresh water. The livestock had to be walked down into town every day so that they could drink municipal water from the well. The house was also supplied by this source and had to make use of a “water kar” which was a horse drawn cart with a large pail of water on the back.
Things have changed a lot since those days but The Farmhouse Hotel retains it’s true character and walking through the hotel immediately gives you a feeling of those old historic days, and we invite you in to experience them once again.