Bella Vista Farm

Bella Vista Farm, Piket-Bo-Berg

Bella Vista is situated 23km from Piketberg on the Langeberg Road, on top of the Piketberg Mountain.  As the name "Bella Vista" implies, we are blessed with some beautiful views of the surrounding farms, the Swartland, the Sandveld and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

Contact Details:

E-mail: johanenjoan@gmail.com       

Cell: Johan: 083 236 7556     

         Joan: 084 466 4269          

GPS co-ordinates: 32 47.95S     18 38.22E    

                   (Metric: -32.799608 18.637221)

Directions from Piketberg:

  • Follow the Elands Bay road out of Piketberg
  • Turn left at the sign 'Versfeld Pass - Piket-Bo-Berg' (+- 1 km from Piketberg)
  • Drive up the Versfeld Pass and pass the Pomona road turn off (+- 9 km further).  Be very careful of interlink trucks coming down the pass, especially at the hair pin bends
  • Carry on until you see the 'Langeberg Road' (+- 3,5 km further)
  • Turn left and follow the road for about 8 km
  • Look out for the small ''Bella Vista'' sign at our entrance road, where you turn right onto a short piece of gravel road, and then follow the cement tracks up to the house.

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What we do:

We farm, on a small scale, with Buchu and Lemon Grass, and grow Bonsai.  We have a small nursery, mainly for private use.  We also like to have fresh veggies and herbs available.  We try to keep everything as organic as is possible, but are not certified as such.

 

Our solar design straw bale house:

The house was owner designed and built, and took 4 years to complete.  We wanted to build a solar home, but the idea of a straw bale house was born while we browsed the internet looking for information about raw clay building methods (''adobe'' or ''cob'').

We started leveling the site in January 2006, with our tractor and dam scoop, and this took a bit longer than planned.  Foundations were started in July 2006, the roof was up in February 2007 and then the straw bale walls were started.  All the doors  and most of the windows are restored second hand stuff.  It was a lot of work, but we couldn't resist the beautiful old teak and Oregon pine. 

We eventually moved in on Christmas Eve of 2009.  The house is all we expected it to be and more - cool in summer and, with the help of a modern wood burning stove, warm and cosy in winter.  The bale walls were plastered with clay based plaster, which gives it a beautiful natural looking finish. 

 

 Leveling of the building site starts ...... and the foundation walls are being built.

 

 

Workers Valie and Mannetjie building a bale wall.

  Family members Joan (right) and Mariaan (left) inspecting the building work.

 

The solar geyser being installed.

 

Bale walls being plastered, and the stone clad garage wall on the ''weather side".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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