Farmer's Weekly

A true escape to the countryside

Walk the few kilometres from the Hermitage timber cottage at Heilfontein Country Escape into Tesselaarsdal and you will be struck by the huge variety of homes visible from the road. Some are ramshackle and crumbling, others modest but neat, and yet others grand, with imposing fences and impressive driveways.

One reason for this is the strange history of Tesselaarsdal, the Western Cape settlement described as “the place that apartheid forgot” in Annalize Mouton’s Tesselaarsdal: A Bend in the Road.

Heilfontein, which means ‘holy

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