Vensterklip is a farm but not just any old farm. The name ‘Vensterklip’ means stone window. The farm offers accommodation including camping, a restaurant called The Tin Restaurant and The Vensterklip International Bar.
There’s something nostalgic and romantic about the zigzag pattern of corrugated iron (or sinkplaat as it is commonly known), even more so when coupled with old stone buildings, gaily painted blue doors and wooden benches.
This is the scene that greets you once you have entered Vensterklip. Chickens called after disciples allow themselves to be picked up; an old wagon with touches of blue stands guard in front on the lawn. Big corrugated iron doors open up to allow fresh air and light into The Tin Kitchen. Vintage farm implements are dotted about. An idyllic setting for a weekend away, it seems.
Accommodation is available in Louw’s Manor (a beautifully restored farm house), Scott House, Pelican Cottage, Fish Eagle Cottage and Klein Bonteheuwel cottage – some with views of Verlorenvlei – and at private camp sites as well as caravan campsites.
The Tin Kitchen, a weekend restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is situated in a 300 year old barn. They serve comfort food including seafood from the local area. Elands Bay is just a hop away after all. Meat is locally sourced, they grow their own vegetables. On Friday nights pizzas are served.
The bar is cheekily named The International Bar. Notwithstanding the name this is where all the local guests feel at home.
Regular live music events and art exhibitions are held at Vensterklip. If The Tin Kitchen or The International Bar does not tickle your fancy on a particular day, or night, there’s always the enclosed lapa for a lekker kuier. Whatever you do at Vensterklip, come to chill!
Amidst chilling – whilst taking in the scenery – you could also do some hiking (in the private nature reserve), bird watching (at Verlorenvlei wetland), fishing (also at Verlorenvlei), kayaking (Verlorenvlei again) and swimming (in Vensterklip’s pool).
At Vensterklip they like you to have fun. Horse trails can be organised. They’ve been known to host weddings, birthday parties, team building groups and informal get-togethers.
Vensterklip also offers the farm as a destination to shoot a movie or TV series should you want to feature rustic old buildings, windmills, tractors, horses and vintage horse carts. Oh yes, and those friendly chickens.