Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Greetings...

Welcome to 2017!
Wyndford has been busy….full of laughter, chatter and quiet moments… Wonderful to hear children running up the driveway before breakfast, bounding with energy and exuberance!  Others may be a little more sedate as they amble up the tree lined lane for a late afternoon stroll before dinner.
We have seen Christmas come and go, with grateful thanks to Santa, who remembered our co-ordinates and delivered on time!  The kitchen did us proud with festive fare including starters of salmon with balsamic caviar and delightful mille feuille for dessert. A summer buffet up at the pool for lunch meant everyone chilled out and enjoyed the good weather.
A few heavy rainfalls up river, gave us the opportunity to go tubing down the Caledon… you would be forgiven for thinking you were floating in a chocolate milkshake…but being hosed down before heading for a swim is all part of the fun.  
The new year was ushered in with a snoek braai, fish pie, octopus viennas…shark watermelon, chocolate boats and jelly fish.. well, what else would pirates be eating?!! After cannon toss, human battleships and many other games we (remembering the extra second) heralded 2017 with our very own rendition of auld lang syne! George and Lindy will now be known as Sea Dog Edgar and Silver Lilly! 
A slow start to the year saw us all enjoying a continental breakfast picnic with smoothies for that extra pick me up.
Local musician, Salome, treated us to an afternoon of carols and will be joining us again this week for music in the gardens. Also something to look forward to is our back to school special with a difference….. as it only applies if you are over sixty! Stay from 15 -19 January 2017 and receive a 50% discount - yes really! Call us now and start packing.
Starting the year off well will be our monthly draw winner Sonja Meyer.  Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay out of season.
Keep a lookout on www.facebook.com/WyndfordHolidayFarm for any last minute specials and up to date news or visit our website where you can enter our monthly draw at www.wyndford.co.za


From us all at Wyndford, we hope 2017 is a magical, healthy, safe and prosperous year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Seniors Back to School.... Special!

Back to school offer with a difference! This one only applies if you are over 60... from the 15th - 19th January 2017 pack your bags for a unmissable 50% discount!! (Yes really..) so - share with all the old in numbers but young at heart people out there or give us a call now!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December greetings...

As the tortoise mountain stands guard over Wyndford, the other two tortoises were seen scurrying (yes, really, tortoises can scurry) as they were caught out last week.  We have had so many ‘nearly’ thunderstorms which came to nothing, that Perry and Charlotte got so blasé that when the real rain arrived in force they were as startled as the rest of us!!
Our dining room chairs are all looking smart in their new clothes, although there is one lucky chair that has a sprinkling of gold fairy dust…. It would appear that my painting skills while doing the Christmas decorations were not up to scratch…oops!
The sandstone  mountains resounded with the sound of the bagpipes this last week as barefoot, John serenaded us with Scotland the brave, Amazing 9Grace and others… with vocal accompaniment by Molly and Sprocket!  The jumping castle is being checked out, the pool lounger cushions are also newly covered – all we need is you!  There is still place available until the 15th December with the added bonus of two nights Stargazing from the 12  - 14th with the Faltemeiers.
Well, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and to usher in the New Year with a ‘heave an a ho me matey’.. may we take this opportunity of saying to you all – Thank you for spending time with us this year, travel safe if you are on the move, enjoy family time… and if you are working through the season – a smile always makes it better!
Our Christmas treat winner is Chanel Brinkworth.  Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay out of season.
On a personal note… thank you to all who have written or phoned regarding the passing of my Dad and to all who took time and stopped for a chat in the garden to reminisce with him. 
Keep a lookout on www.facebook.com/WyndfordHolidayFarm for any last minute specials and up to date news or visit our website where you can enter our monthly draw at www.wyndford.co.za
On behalf of the Wyndford family we would wish you…Mary’s Joy, Joseph’s Wonder, Jesus’ Peace, The Wise Men’s Awe, The Shepherds Excitement and Gabriel’s Hope.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Our latest news...

This is a favourite time of year for us at Wyndford with the first flush of Roses in the gardens, as well as Foxgloves and Columbines adding their cheerful colour to the gardens.  The Icebergs are full albeit a little dusty since the ‘nearly’ rainstorm of yesterday didn’t deliver the much needed water we were hoping for! 

After the last weekend when the “Spiderman” joined us, one is never sure if guests are looking for bugs and bees or just smelling the roses.
The Piet-my-vrou has been singing, always wonderful to hear as he is supposed to herald rain…. I fear he is getting a sore throat, as it is still very dry in this part of the Eastern Free State. The wheat in the fields is looking good to my untrained eye… but we long for rain along with so many in our country. 

It seems, with just eight weeks to Christmas and New Year, that 2017 is rolling in fast.  We still have plans to recover all the chairs in the dining room and the black and white bunting for New Year’s eve is ready…. more about that later for those joining us!  There is still availability before the 9th December if you can squeeze a four night stay in you will qualify for the 20% discount – what a way to celebrate the end of exams!!
We have some new residents in the bunny cage, who really enjoy the day the carrot and ginger soup is on the menu as there are lots of peelings… the nine chicks are flourishing and their mom is having a busy time trying to keep them all in place.
Thanks to our guest with a fancy drone, we have some wonderful aerial photographs of the farm. Here is one beautiful one which shows the origins of the Wyndford name – Scottish for wynding road to the ford… the crossing of the Caledon river.!
   Keep a lookout on www.facebook.com/WyndfordHolidayFarm for any last minute specials and up to date news or visit our website where you can enter our monthly draw at www.wyndford.co.za

This month our winner is Annie Davey.  Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay out of season.
Happy Greetings from the Wyndford Team.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Spring news....

 Wow, October arrived!  Wyndford has been particularly beautiful this Spring… not sure if it was the tiny bit of rain that did it, but colour seemed to explode wherever you looked. May bushes, Japonica, peach and apricot trees, Wisteria, Irises – just wonderful. The bright green of early spring is in evidence and the bowling green has had it’s first game played this season.

Unfortunately there are a large number of fruit trees and plants that have felt the brush of Jack Frost this last week with temperatures dropping to minus one on a couple of days. Still beautiful days just with chilly starts.

Molly and Sprocket – our border collie pups - are now nine months old and doing well. They are learning to walk with Dozer and the guests on hikes and to interact with the other animals on the farm. Unfortunately the ‘do not chase’ lesson seems to be taking longer to master, much to the disgust of horses, sheep, geese, cats, gardeners….. you get the picture!

We are often asked about the history of the farm, which has been hosting people since the early 1920’s, and especially what we call the Summerhouse.  It was built by the Italian prisoners of war sometime between 1942 and 1948 and has seen many happy morning and afternoon teas served, along with scrumptious homemade cakes and biscuits.
There is still time to book for Stargazing and Spider/ Butterfly weekends as well as the Steam Train and Cherry Festival in November – give the girls in the office a call now on 058-2230274 for more information.
Keep a lookout on www.facebook.com/WyndfordHolidayFarm for any last minute specials and up to date news or visit our website where you can enter our monthly draw at www.wyndford.co.za
This month our winner is Rene Claassen.  Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay out of season.

Enjoy your Spring, Greetings from the Wyndford Team.

Monday, August 29, 2016

August news...

It has been a busy time on the farm, hence the late news…
The guests have been buzzing  - unfortunately the bees are not… none in evidence at the hive yet - zip lining, walking, agate hunting, tractor riding – in fact I was sure I saw the horses wiping their brows when, at lunch time today, they were still doing rides up and down the driveway!
 Spring is definitely showing it’s face.  The bowling green has had its annual makeover and both tennis courts have been resurfaced and painted – waiting for all budding ‘Federer’s”!  The thatching on the new tree house is underway, nearly ready for a quiet read with a drink while watching the kids clamber or play tennis.
There are signs of blossoms and green shoots popping out, along with cameo appearances from all three tortoises – always good to see them come out of hibernation well.  The puppies (Molly and Sprocket) were not particularly impressed with these hissing and moving ‘rocks’, having forgotten that they met them in the summer when they were little. The tortoises seem unfazed by all the racket as did mommy pig today, who delivered three little piglets with a grand audience cheering on!
If you haven’t yet heard… (where have you been!) we have a Spring Special running from the 12 to 21 September 2016 only - 35% discount  for a minimum two night stay – and we will still feed you!  …Walking through the kitchen with the very delicious smell of fresh baked bread yesterday, I watched them prepare the broccoli and apple salad with its vibrant colours. Yum!  Don’t delay… round up the family and join us.

Looking ahead to October – two special weekends to remember are the Stargazing weekend from the 7 – 9th and the Spider /Butterfly (and anything that wiggles) from the 21 – 23 October 2016.  These have proved great fun for young and old, and if you don’t particularly like spiders wonderful to be able to understand and enjoy them (Celvin doesn’t yell for Angelique nearly as often anymore!!)
 Keep a lookout on www.facebook.com/WyndfordHolidayFarm for any last minute specials and up to date news or visit our website.
Mary Van Wijk, you are our monthly draw winner!  Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay out of season.  Head off to the website to enter on www.wyndford.co.za

Enjoy your Spring, Greetings from the Wyndford Team.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July news... the Sepia Edition

Why the sepia edition? I hear you say….. well it seems that the Eastern Free State is painted  in shades of brown and gold at this time of the year. A sandstone palette, the mielies are being harvested leaving cream cornrows, bunches of golden grasses are being collected for thatching, the trees stand bare and the leaves crunch under foot … even the puppies blend in!
  Keeping in the brown theme of things we have three new calves… Mandy and a first for us, twin boys! Also recently arrived, little lambs the 6th and 7th!  (Our flock is growing)  Zazu did herself an injury, again, what is it with horses, but is looking well now and we were wondering if it was just an excuse to spend time being coddled in the paddock. Our first beehive is now in location and hopefully we will be able to offer you homegrown honey along with all our other organic produce in the future.


Well, our limited satellite internet is a thing of the past. After successfully installing fibre we can now offer our guests uncapped access, although it often takes just a few days on the farm for the gadgets to get sidelined!  Fresh air and free space beckons….
 
We have been brushing up on our chocolate mousse… white chocolate, coffee infused, chunky, smooth…Yum!  Although our crème bruleé still seems to take top awards!
 Remember that during the July / August school holidays the 20% discount for 4 nights applies as does the Senior Discount so round up the whole family!  Also, keep a lookout on www.facebook.com/WyndfordHolidayFarm for any last minute specials and up to date news.
Whoop whoop… Michelle Fuchs you are our monthly draw winner!  We look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay out of season.  Head off to the website to enter on www.wyndford.co.za

Until next time stay well and warm, Greetings from the Wyndford Team.