is a working olive and cattle farm with several well-appointed accommodation options for discerning visitors. Located in Tulbagh’s incredible ‘Valley of Abundance’, only 90km from Cape Town and in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands, its beauty defies description. Your hosts, Bill and Averil Slater, have gone to great lengths to provide you with a blend of comfort and privacy, whilst ensuring that each suite has unique views of the magnificent setting. Quality finishes, crisp white linen and so many special touches delight the heart and extend a warm welcome.
This lovely farm offers a bouquet of self-catering accommodation options – suitable for small, intimate getaways and also large gatherings of up to 32 people. Among other delights, Tulbagh is wedding town – what better than for a family than to spend this happy time together? Conferencing facilities for up to 24 people are also available.
Raptor Rise is named for the birds of prey that ride the thermal currents created by the combination of valley and mountains in the area. Sitting quietly on your veranda, you too may observe the Jackal Buzzards circling or hear the clarion call of the majestic Fish Eagle summoning the soul to serenity. Guests may walk, run or cycle anywhere on the 37 ha farm, and you may also purchase its lovingly created produce.
Accommodation at Raptor Rise:
Privately positioned at the foot of the farm, this charming ‘cottage’ accommodates up to 8 guests in two double en-suite rooms plus a loft, which sleeps 4 in single beds with en-suite bathroom and a `loo with a view`. A fully fitted kitchen plus lounge/dining area with log fireplace and TV are provided. A large covered patio with a Weber braai overlooks a sparkling private pool, beyond which shimmers a panoramic view of the three majestic mountain ranges which enclose the Tulbagh Valley.
FARMSTEAD SUITES (No’s 1-5)
Below the main farm house a large shed and disused stables have been completely rebuilt to house a 2-bedroomed apartment, 4 en-suite double rooms, reception office, conference venue, gym room and laundry.
DOUBLE ROOMS (No`s 1 – 3)
What was previously stables have been cleverly converted into 3 air-conditioned, self-catering en-suite king/twin rooms, carefully designed to ensure optimum comfort in a compact space. Each has its own patio and a small Weber braai as well as access to the communal pool for lovers of outdoor living. The kitchenettes are suitable for light catering only and full DSTV is available in the conference room/lounge which is available to all our guests.
2-SLEEPER FLAT (No. 4)
The last ex-stable in the row was also the feed room and thus had a bit more ‘elbow room’, enabling conversion into a larger self-catering air-conditioned suite with a queen-size extra-length bed and en-suite bathroom featuring both a shower & bath, kitchenette and covered patio with a small Weber braai.
FAMILY UNIT (No. 5)
Offering two king/twin bedrooms, both en suite, with an additional sleeper couch in the lounge, the family apartment has a clean, modern feel. A full kitchen and open plan lounge with fold-out doors open onto a spacious north-facing patio with expansive mountain views. This lovely apartment also features air-conditioning, DSTV, a Weber braai and use of the communal pool.
SOUTH WING SUITES (No’s 6 -9)
The recently renovated main home on the farm can accommodate an additional 8 - 12 people in 4 self-contained self-catering suites in its south wing. These have been designed to be accessed from the exterior, giving each its own entrance off a private patio with unique views down the valley. All the rooms have all been delightfully decorated, using revamped period (ball & claw/Queen Anne-style) furniture, and feature compact kitchenettes as well as braai facilities. Units 7 and 8 can either be totally private or, for your convenience, linked to form a family unit.
QUEEN SUITE (No. 6)
This gorgeous open-plan suite features a queen-size extra-length bed, en-suite bathroom with shower only as well as a lounge area with an additional sleeper couch.
KING SUITE (No. 7)
Suitable for a monarch, this suite offers a king/twin bed facility and the luxurious en-suite bathroom has both shower and bath options.
JUNIOR SUITE (No.8)
This slightly smaller, yet very comfortable suite offers king/twin bed options with a shower-only en-suite bathroom.
PENTHOUSE SUITE (No.9) Spoil yourself by luxuriating in a king size bed while gazing out upon the glories of the Tulbagh valley, or enjoying the sunset from your private balcony whilst sipping a glass of `bubbly` from one of the excellent neighbouring wine estates…
This commanding eyrie also features a large walk-in shower in its en-suite bathroom, a kitchenette and an additional sleeper couch.
- The kitchenettes in suites 1 – 3 and 6 – 8 are suitable for light catering only.
- Units 1 - 9 are all air-conditioned and also have access to the communal swimming pool in front of the conference room.
- All suites are equipped with Weber braai facilities, but the use of charcoal is mandatory and (due to serious fire hazard during the summer months) extreme caution must be exercised.