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N1 - R318 | De Doorns
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Karoo One Farm estate is situated at the far southern tip of the Karoo. It is the first farm when coming up the Hex Pass from the Hex River Valley. The Hotel offers 24 rooms on an active farm propoerty which encompases many activities, including sheep, fruit trees (apricot and cherry), honey and an artisan distillery which produces the Bergerac brandy.
When exploring the property, which used to be called Karbonatjieskraal, one senses the connection of it’s history with the diamond route. Fortune seekers and diamond prospectors were known to have stopped at the Karbonatjeskraal to buy meat. The old road to the diamond diggings, the old Voortrekker road, running parallel to the N1, is still used on the  Karoo 1 Farm.

The Hugo family had owned the property for 165 years when John Rudd bought it in the 1992. John had worked for De Beers for 40 years. His grandfather, Charles Dunnell Rudd (1844-1916) played an important part in the early days of diamonds being discovered in Griqualand West in the 1860’s. Charles Rudd met Cecil Rhodes at the diamond diggings in 1871 and they formed a lasting friendship as well as a business partnership. They acquired the De Beers Farm in 1880 which led to the formulation of the De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in 1888. After the discovery of gold in Witwatersrand, the Rudd-Rhodes partnership formed the Gold Fields Company. In 1888, Charles Rudd obtained the Rudd Concession from Matabele King Tobengula near Bulawayo for mining rights in what became Northern and Southern Rhodesia, today Zambia and Zimbabwe.
After buying the farm, John Rudd restored the homestead and converted the farm buildings into a guest house. The farm was then bought in 2008 by Belgian architect, Willy Woestyn, who left his marks of the art lover he is. He restored the hotel and added his touch and vision. He built the Gallery to exhibit his art collections.

The Robles family, who bought the farm in 2013, wanted to restore the farming activities on the property while running the hotel. This is where Yves Robles found the perfect spot to set up his distillery. Yves Robles was born in the South West region of France. He grew up in the tradition of wine and “eau de vie” making and his family still owns a Poire William distillery. He had the privilege of spending a lot of time in South Africa and grew very fond of the country. He had always dreamed to find a little spot in paradise to set up his own distillery of fine quality spirits. The Robles family wanted to settle down after many years living abroad, mostly in Africa and when they found the Karoo One farm, it seemed like the perfect place combining a strange spirit of freedom, adventure and romance.
The Bergerac Brandy is an organic Brandy made from carefully selected grape varieties in a natural and artisan setting. The VS Bergerac Brandy is a blend from 2006 to 2008, Chenin blanc & Colombar, aged in old French wine barrels. The XO Bergerac Brandy is a blend from 1999 to 2005 of Chenin blanc, Crouchen blanc & Colombar aged in old French and American barrels. Both brandies are 40% alcohol.

The Bergerac Brandy is an organic Brandy made from carefully selected grape varieties in a natural and artisan setting. The VS Bergerac Brandy is a blend from 2006 to 2008, Chenin blanc & Colombar, aged in old French wine barrels. The XO Bergerac Brandy is a blend from 1999 to 2005 of Chenin blanc, Crouchen blanc & Colombar aged in old French and American barrels. Both brandies are 40% alcohol.
Bergerac is proud to be part of the Brandy Foundation and to be a candidate to a Brandy Consulate in South Africa.
Yves planted Colombar Ramzy in front of the Farm House and is to be used for the brandy making in the next years.  You can contact the Distillery or the Reception if you are interested in visiting the distillery or for a brandy tasting.
The Cape Dutch main House (circa 1756) is now where the Robles family stays, with its old furniture, family treasures, bits and pieces collected on travels, books, art works etc…
This family run hotel focuses on quiet and comfort rather than gadgetry. The curious visitor will discover many gems in the hidden places of the surrounding veld and mountains and will soon find harmony with the  surrounding nature.

The property ends at a waterfall over a rock amphitheatre which offers a fine selection of traditional style rock-climbing routes. While the amphitheatre technically falls on adjacent and very inaccessible state owned land, the climbing area and access to it belongs to the Karbonaatjieskraal property.
The Robles Family and the dedicated staff of the Karoo One Farm Estate hope that the visitors will enjoy their stay and will feel compelled to explore the beauty that the property has to offer.
Activities available on the farm include hiking on the many trails, rock climbing, marine fossil observing, bird (including black eagle) and buck watching, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, pic-nics in beautiful viewpoints and  romantic spots etc...

Karoo1 Farm Estate is  also ideally situated in the vicinity of charming towns which offer many attractions and places of interest for the visitor. You will find more information at the Reception and please do not hesitate to ask for assistance for bookings