Elgin Vintners Boutique Guest house

guesthouse,selfcatering in Overberg

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The Ridgelands Manor House, built in 1927 and based on a Sir Herbert Baker design, which has since been converted into a four-star Boutique Guest House is the perfect hiding place for a romantic couple’s get away, or just a tranquil weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life or even the perfect venue for an intimate wedding party. Garden enthusiasts can enjoy meandering.

The Syfret - Master En-Suite Bedroom

Edward Syfret was a Capetonian who purchased the farm, Ridgelands, in 1890 as an escape from city living and his successful investment company - Syfrets Investments. At the time that Edward purchased the farm the farm comprised of mostly veld and fynbos and Edward used the bee house as his farm accommodation.
Edward became more interested in the fruit industry and began to establish apple and pear orchards on the farm. Because of this he was spending more time on the farm and eventually built the Ridgelands Manor House in 1927. The Syfret Room is the luxury Master Suite of the manor house Edward built. This room is the luxurious and spacious master bedroom with a private en-suite bathroom.

Room Amenities

Free Wi-Fi | Double Bed | Dstv | Self Catering | Tea and coffee facilities | Balcony with view. Book Now

The Denniston - Family Suite

Luxurious double family room with a private en-suite bathroom

The first owner of Ridgelands farm, Edward Syfret, had one daughter named Gladys who married Dolf Denniston. Dolf was a keen farmer who modernised orchard plantings, irrigation and brought in new planting material. The Denniston family created the Oudebrug Village on the farm which is now home to more than 50 families working ont he farm. 

The Denniston’s opened the Ridgelands Manor House as a recuperative nursing station for wounded South African soldiers returning from World War Two. John Hahn (father of current owner, Max Hahn) was the only one of 22 newly graduated Wits students who went to war to return home. He was severely injured  and stationed at Ridgelands where he recuperated for 3 years.

Room Amenities

Decorated in clean lines and muted colours with beautiful Victorian-style furnishings.

Free Wi-Fi | Double Bed | DSTV | Self - Catering | Tea & Coffee Facilities | Balcony with view. Book Now

The Browne Room

The End Room Of The Long Corridor - En Suite

Dolf and Gladys Denniston (second owners of Ridgelands farm) had three children; Anne, Patricia and a son who sadly passed away in his adolescent years. Anne married commander Andrew Brown. Commander Browne was an engineer and enjoyed his time improving the infrastructure of the farm whilst Anne continued the families passionate involvement in the community. Anne and Commander Browne moved into the Ridgelands Manor House and had 5 children.

Once the children had finished their schooling, Anne and commander Browne spent most of their time in the UK as they were unhappy with the Apartheid government.

The farm continued as one of the leading apple and pear establishments in Elgin. With the Browne family spending more time in the UK and the Ridgelands Manor House left empty, they decided to sell the farm. The Browne Suite is a luxurious double room with a private en-suite bathroom.

Room Amenities

Decorated in clean lines and muted colours with beautiful Victorian-style furnishings.

Free Wi-Fi | Double Bed | Dstv | Self - Catering | Tea and coffee facilities | Balcony with view. Book Now

The Green Suite

The Green and Hahn Family Suites consist of two double rooms sharing a bathroom with beautiful Victorian-style furnishings and accommodates up to four guests.

First Ridgeland’s Farm owner, Edward Syfret’s neighbour Jack (Jacko) Green had a pack-shed on his farm, Oudebrug. Jack was a legendary farmer, one of the first farmers to export apples and pears to the UK market and contributed hugely to the apple and pear industry as wel as the Elgin community. His house and the original pack-shed on the Oudebrug farm are still in use today. Edward and Jack created a partnership with Jack doing the farming and Edward funding the new developments.

They created a successful business until the start of the Second World War. Due to the pressures of the war their relationship dissolved and Edward purchased Oudebrug farm and named both farms Elgin Orchards.
The Green Suite in the Green Hahn corridor was named after Jack Green and not the famous green bathroom shared in this unit as mistakenly thought by most.

Room Amenities

Decorated in clean lines and muted colours with beautiful Victorian-style furnishings.

Free Wi-Fi | Double Bed | Dstv | Self - Catering | Tea and coffee facilities | Balcony with view. Book Now

The Hahn Suite 

The Green and Hahn Family Suites consist of two double rooms sharing a bathroom with beautiful Victorian-style furnishings and accommodates up to four guests.

Given Max Hahn’s association with the Brownes he was given the first offer to purchase the farm when they decided to sell, but was unable to afford it. A UK based company called Albert Fisher purchased the farm and the farm traded under the name ‘Westminister Produce’. Turmoil came about in the fruit industry with the dismantling of Capespan’s monopoly of the fruit industry in South Africa which resulted in Albert Fisher deciding to sell the farm in 2000.

Max Hahn bumped into Rachel Browne at a dinner party in Johannesburg and was informed that Elgin Orchards was once again on the market. Max Hahn immediately contacted Albert Fisher and counteracted three other offers that had been made for the farm. Max managed to sell his business in Johannesburg and purchased the farm in December 2001 and the farm once again traded under the name Elgin Orchards. Unfortunately his father had just passed away and was unable to experience the farm when owned by the family.
Max Hahn’s love for Elgin and the farm is tangible in what the farm is today and the Hahn room named after him is the one he used to stay in when visiting the Ridgelands Manor House.

Room Amenities

Decorated in clean lines and muted colours with beautiful Victorian-style furnishings.

Free Wi-Fi | Double Bed | Dstv | Self - Catering | Tea and coffee facilities | Balcony with view. Book Now