Gooseberry farm

Apart from the natural beauty of the Keisie Valley, this property offers a unique opportunity to enter a niche market for producing gooseberries. The area in general and the soil in particular make the farm suited for the production of a wide range of other products common for the area (wine grapes, fruit, olives, etc.). The farm has secure water supply from several sources for household and irrigation use by means of a fountain (10% of flow to the farm regulated by a “verdeelkas”), an allocation of 18 hours every 28 days from the Boskloof Irrigation Scheme and two equipped boreholes (yielding ± 60 000 and ± 15 000 litres per hour respectively). Water from these sources are collected in a holding reservoir (capacity of 220 000 litres) from where it is pumped to a second holding reservoir (capacity of 220 000 litres). Irrigation then happens with gravity feed from the second holding reservoir. The irrigation system is fully automated and pumps are operated during Eskom Ruraflex to minimize the costs of electricity. To reduce the risk of frost damage, a fully automated frost fan with remote sensors was installed. The farm has a main house (4 bedrooms), a manager's cottage (2 bedrooms) and three guest cottages (Vine Cottage 40 m², Lavender Cottage 45 m² and Fig Cottage 40 m²). Planning approval was granted to extend the cottages, establish a restaurant and to construct a second dwelling (subject to approval of building plans). There is a fully operational processing facility for gooseberries on the farm. The opportunity for a lease agreement with the current owner exists and could provide an additional income stream to the farming and hospitality ventures. The farm is offered as a going concern and a selection of non-motorized implements and equipment to operate a sustainable farm is included in the asking price.

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53.10 ha

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