Thorn Springs

Thorn Springs
Beneath the branches of weeping willows and the expansive reach of the Karoo sky lies Thorn Springs, a picture-perfect Great Karoo homestead.

Built in 1905, Thorn Springs farm has a rich history filled with myth and local legend passed from mother to daughter, father to son. A long stretch of dusty road unfurls farmland before you, with a landscape of lush greens and warm desert hues in the shadow of the slumbering mountain. Local visitors may surprise you with an impromptu appearance: a leaping herd of springbok, birds of every colour, or a single earnest tortoise making its way into the thickets.

The interior is decorated with traditional Karoo charm and a generous touch of modern eccentricity. The home is peppered with relics of times past, animal-skin rugs and plush furniture. A fine-art collection and photographs, including many by Stephen Inggs that so perfectly reveal the surrounding landscape, adorn the white-washed walls. A laden bookcase invites you to curl up on the couch, or you can recline on the generous porch beneath a setting sun and absorb the nostalgic atmosphere, farm magic, customs and comfort.

This wondrous and unique home is an ideal backdrop for soaking up the simplicity of life in one of the world’s most iconic landscapes. Savour long, languid days and star-filled nights with family and friends. There is no better place to escape the grind of your daily stresses. Stretch out and restore yourself, drinking in the peace and sublime beauty of the Karoo.

What we love!

  • Slowing right down and immersing ourselves in the traditional Karoo lifestyle.
  • Getting active outdoors: there is simply nothing better than walking, hiking, trail running or mountain biking in the crisp, clear Karoo air.
  • The extraordinary freedom for kids on the farm.
  • Watching the stars in the Milky Way show off every night.


  • 1 x Bedroom (queen)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (twin singles)
  • 4 x Bedrooms (king)
  • All linen provided
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • DSTV (Card supplied)
  • en-suite
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso machine
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool (no net)
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Stove (Gas)
  • TV
  • Wi-fi
  • Wine cellar
  • Wine consumed is an additional cost

Sleeps 14
Well-behaved dogs welcome by prior arrangement
Check-in time: 2PM
Check-out time: 10AM


Off peak: R5 200 for up to 8 guests, R6 500 for 8 - 14 guests
Peak: R10 000

All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability/actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.
Accepted credit cards
No credit cards accepted; bank payments (EFT) only please

Large groups welcome    NO Wheelchair access

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Meerlust Estate Baden Powell Drive P.O. Box 7121 , Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa