Owners of the farm La Folie, Nico and Anita Breed are passionate about the earth, people, animals, food and wine. The family will never be found without at least two or three boxer dogs, a cat and a handful of horses. Throw in a few peacocks and chickens and our world is complete. We hope our sons Luka and Mattys will grow up loving the natural world and its pickings as much as we do.
La Folie green cottage is a rustic but comfortable and well-furnished guest cottage, situated on the farm La Folie at the foot of the Hawequas mountains about 3km from Wellington and 80km from Cape Town. The cottage is set in a secluded area and has no electricity, but ample solar lighting, oil lamps, candles and a wonderful starry night sky.
It offers two bedrooms with good quality bed linen (one double bed and two single beds) and one bathroom (hot water shower, basin and flush toilet) with a fitted kitchen and open fireplace (where you can easily make potjiekos during the cold winter months), lounge and patio and outdoor braai area.
La Folie green cottage is on a securely fenced plot, and guests are welcome to bring along well-behaved dogs by prior arrangement – conditions apply.
We strive to limit the impact our self-catering cottage has on the farm’s natural environment and therefore request that you are aware of the footprint you leave on the farm and support our recycling initiatives.
Absolutely no smoking is allowed on the premises.
Over the years, many different crops were grown here in Blouvlei – the name of the farming area around Wellington’s well known horse shoe road – so given because of the milky blue colour of the dam water in the area.
With the guidance of a family friend, La Folie produced two non-commercial wines during the 2008 harvest. We produced a couple of bottles of Chenin Blanc Straw Wine and then called in the help of some 30 friends to assist with the stomping of our first Cabernet Sauvignon (unlabelled, but fondly referred to as the ‘friendship wine’). About 900 bottles were produced.
Finally in 2011 we enlisted the help of a local winemaker to help us produce our 2012 Mad Cab, a very drinkable Cabernet Sauvignon, which was sold out far too soon to family and friends. We also loved our Chenin Blanc Straw Wine 2012, of which 40 litres were bottled in the farm house kitchen early in September 2012.
La Folie also boasts more than 300 olive trees and are producing a high quality, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil and delicious table olives.