Nibbana: An Unforgettable Farm Stay in Tulbagh

Nibbana: An Unforgettable Farm Stay in Tulbagh

Take a seat on the deep verandah and let the mesmerising mountain views do their thing.

Tulbagh was never on my list. Neither was Wolseley. I mean, I love a rural farming hamlet as much as the next person, but given the choice between a beach holiday/ game farm/ ski trip/ city escape, I’ll pick the beach every day of the week. The most exhilarating moments in my life, and the memories I cherish most, all revolve around the ocean.

That was until we visited Nibbana… More than just a farm, Nibbana is an experience… or rather a series of epic experiences you won’t soon forget.

The setting

Nibbana Farm Setting

Flanked by two towering mountain ranges in the Witzenberg Valley near Tulbagh, this 190-hectare working farm is the picture of bucolic paradise. Handwritten signs along a dusty farm road lead to a stylish manor house and a smattering of farm cottages, beyond which horse paddocks and grazing sheep complete the storybook scene.

A short walk further up the dirt road, you’ll stumble upon the farm’s pièce de résistance: an enchanting Secret Garden. Archways of ancient cypress, eucalyptus and oak trees create natural tunnelled pathways that lead to a sylvan paradise, where a trickling stream, natural rock pool, life-size wooden sculptures, hammocks and a 10-seater dining table with a pizza oven await.

Nibbana Farm Pond

We spent most of our days here, rock-hopping, swimming and lazing in hammocks on the sun-dappled deck to the sound of croaking frogs, chirping birds and oak leaves rustling in the breeze.

These are the moments I haven’t been able to stop thinking about:

  • floating on our backs – and watching the clouds drift by – in the sparkling green, tree-lined farm dam
  • sitting on a couch on the deep verandah in the early morning, sipping coffee and eating home-baked rusks, with blankets wrapped around our shoulders
  • taking long walks along the dusty farm road at dusk, without seeing or hearing another soul
  • red wine-fuelled stargazing sessions to the sound of a crackling fire

The lodgings

With the Tulbagh Winelands right on its doorstep, this sumptuous retreat offers various accommodation types and is ideal for those seeking a luxurious getaway in nature. Master-of-all-trades interior designer Don McCarthy has created an acutely unique artistic-farmhouse vibe matched by an exacting attention to luxurious detail.

(Think deep verandahs, a colour-coded antique bookcase, built-in fireplaces, oversized, sumptuous furniture, beautifully folded monogrammed towels, super-comfortable king-size beds, high-thread-count linen, Rain toiletries). A breezy lack of stuffiness ties everything together beautifully, creating stylish yet cosy lodgings.

The Manor House

Nibbana Farm Manor House
Nibbana Farm Manor House Bedroom
Nibbana Farm Manor House Bedroom
Nibbana Farm Manor House Patio
Nibbana Farm Manor House Room Interior
Nibbana Farm Manor House Room Sitting Area
Nibbana Farm Manor House Garden
  • four bedrooms (namely the Master, Green, Grey and Twin room) sleeping eight
  • king-size beds (except in the Twin and Grey rooms), with mosquito nets and electric blankets
  • en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower
  • fully equipped designer kitchen
  • spacious living area and dining area with indoor fireplaces
  • large outdoor terrace and dining area
  • braai area and sun deck
  • large private pool and garden
  • complimentary tea and coffee
  • complimentary wifi
  • bluetooth speaker
  • all linen, towels and toiletries provided

Sleeps 8 (exclusive-use only)
Cost From R 5 500 per night for the house (depending on season)

Stable Family Cottage

Nibbana Farm Stable Family Cottage
Nibbana Farm Stable Family Cottage Bedroom
Nibbana Farm Stable Family Cottage Patio
Nibbana Farm Stable Family Cottage Lounge
Nibbana Farm Stable Family Cottage Dining Area
  • three-bedroom en-suite cottage sleeping six
  • king-size beds in all rooms (can be converted into two single beds)
  • mosquito nets and electric blankets in the master bedroom
  • bathrooms with showers
  • large modern kitchen and living area with a dining table
  • fireplace in lounge and a wood-burning stove in the kitchen
  • two large outdoor terraces and a braai area
  • private plunge pool
  • complimentary tea and coffee
  • complimentary wifi
  • bluetooth speaker
  • all linen, towels and toiletries provided

Sleeps 6
Cost From R3 900 per night for the cottage (depending on season)

Stable Studio Cottage

Nibbana Farm Stable Studio Cottage
Nibbana Farm Stable Studio Cottage Bedroom
Nibbana Farm Stable Studio Cottage Interior
Nibbana Farm Stable Studio Cottage Bathroom
  • spacious open-plan suite sleeping two adults
  • king-size bed (can be converted into two single beds), with a mosquito net and electric blanket
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • indoor living area with armchairs and a fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • two large outdoor terraces and a braai area
  • private plunge pool
  • complimentary tea and coffee
  • complimentary wifi
  • al linen, towels, shower soap and toilet paper provided

Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 900 per night for the cottage (depending on season)

Karoo cottage

Nibbana Farm Karoo Cottage
Nibbana Farm Karoo Cottage Bedroom
Nibbana Farm Karoo Cottage Patio
  • spacious one-bedroom honeymoon cottage sleeping two
  • king-size bed with a mosquito net and electric blanket
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • lounge with a couch, fireplace, coffee table and desk
  • fully equipped kitchen with a dining table
  • large outdoor terrace and fire pit
  • wood-fired private plunge pool and hot tub
  • complimentary tea and coffee
  • complimentary wifi
  • all linen, towels and toiletries

Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 900 per night for the cottage (depending on season)

While you’re there…

Nibbana Farm Road

  • Secret Garden with large oak trees, bubbling streams, flowers and sculptures
  • hammocks
  • outdoor wood-fired pizza oven
  • swimming in the natural pool and two nearby dams
  • rowboat at the dam
  • catch-and-release fishing on request
  • private waterfall
  • Horse About horse-riding trails for beginners and up
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • nearby Ceres Zipline
  • birdwatching

Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it Boontjiesrivier Road, Wolseley, Western Cape
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