Suurbraak Schuur is one of those finds that make you want to pack up and go! It has recharge written all over it. Besides lying in a fold of the Langeberg Mountains, just beneath the Tradouw Pass, this beautiful free-standing house caters for the whole family, including the furrier members.
The owners, Nic and Astrid Louw, acquired the small-holding in Suurbraak 7 years ago in 2008.
Upon acquiring the property, in addition to renovating and extending an original cottage, they built a separate building for rental, utilizing local labour and materials, including hand-made and fired bricks and timber beams from a local saw mill. They named the new building The “Suurbraak Schuur”.
Both buildings have large North facing stoeps and frontage onto the Buffelsjags River as well as uninterrupted mountain views.
They also developed the large paddock on the property, where the previous owners kept horses, into a vegetable garden and citrus orchard.
A friend’s property, across a stream was incorporated into the Estate and a beautiful indigenous garden established.
In addition to offering self-catering accommodation at the Suurbraak Schuur, Nic and Astrid, with the assistance of their neighbor and caretaker, Dougie Kock, grow organic vegetables and keep free-range chickens and ducks.The establishment of the organic vegetable garden and indigenous garden, has contributed to a proliferation of birdlife, including a resident pair of Hamerkops, which nest on the property, in addition to a host of other species.