Hungry and thirsty travelers dare not skip Karoo Padstal. There’s good coffee, homemade lamb pies, and the best lamb curry.

Karoo Padstal & Vrede en Rus Guesthouse

On the N1 highway, 20km from Richmond

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PHONE: +27 81 219 2860


Vrede en Rus Guesthouse on Kantfontein farm

Kantfontein Farm is darn far. It’s 800km from Pretoria and 670 km from Cape Town. But it’s home for Victor and Magda Kock, fourth-generation Merino farmers. Apart from the farm, they are also the proud owners of the Vrede en Rus Guesthouse. It means Peace and Rest, and that is what N1 motorists, weary of speed and large trucks can escape to – Karoo peace and rest.

“We don’t have TV sets in the rooms,” says Vic “guests can find entertainment in nature; walking in the veld or gazing up at the stars.” Previous guests have praised the neatness, the pet-friendliness, and the effort Magda puts in to make them feel at home in the red building that was once Kantfontein’s Manor House. One traveler described it as a fantastic jewel in the heart of the Karoo.

There are four rooms; two with a double bed each, and two with two three-quarter beds each. Vic is adding to family units, each with one double and two three-quarter beds. This will increase capacity from 8 to 16. “Our guests are generally tourists en route and stay over for a night or two,” says Vic “It’s seldom that someone books in for a week.”

Karoo Padstal

Adjoining Vrede en Rus is Karoo Padstal which Nicol and Klaradyn Grobler manage. The farm stall is 20km from Richmond and 40km from Hanover. The Groblers aim to give travelers a unique experience by offering them items they wouldn’t find anywhere else. Wine from Upington, witblits from Oudtshoorn, real farm soap from Ladybrand, handmade birdcages, as well as locally sourced jams and pickled treats. Nicol is a retired architect “But …” he laughs “I soon realized that this farmstall is not any old retirement job!”
Karoo Padstal op die N1
In 2018 the Groblers leased the old sheep shearing barn from the Kocks and redesigned it as a farm stall.

Great coffee

“Klaradyn and I decided to create a place that offers great coffee and clean toilets,” says Nicol “That’s why we partnered with Deluxe Coffee Works in Cape Town” There are two trained baristas and five other employees who help run Karoo Padstal. A big drawcard is the pottery of Werner and Philippa du Toit of Mud Studio (Bathurst, EC). “Their clay beadwork chandeliers, bowls, and large containers are usually sold directly to overseas clients,” says Nicol “but we are old friends and therefore they’ve allowed us to exhibit their work here.”

Hungry and thirsty tourists cheat themselves out of a treat by not turning off at Karoo Padstal. Over and above the great coffee, there are delicious homemade lamb pies and a champion lamb curry. “Initially we thought we’d mainly do takeaway meals but found that most people prefer a sit-down meal,” says Nicol. On Sundays, Karoo Padstal offers quiches and pizzas. They also serve epic breakfasts to Magda’s Vrede and Rus guests. “We are child and pet friendly,” says Nichol “and we are planning to create a playground for little travelers.”

Karoo Padstal and Vrede en Rus are only 400m from the N1, so Vic was not surprised when Joubert approached him about establishing a charging station. “In the past, I considered opening a petrol garage, but it’s expensive, there are so many permits needed, and it brings other problems, such as beggars and other undesirable elements,” sighs Vic “Currently we have no problems, It’s safe, you don’t even have to lock your car when you stop at the farm stall.”

Vic has installed solar power at the farmstall and at the guesthouse, so the construction of a two-hectare solar farm isn’t anything new for him. “It’ll be brilliant once the station is up and charging” he beams “it’ll draw more and more people to our guesthouse and farmstall.”

Kantfontein, remember the name next time road rage or white line fever starts gnawing at you in the middle of the Karoo because Kantfontein’s the place where you’ll find Vrede en Rus.