The story of Wilde Paarde Kloof and Farmer Redbeard begins in the 1700’s when a host of free-burghers departed the Cape of Good Hope in search of a better life. Ancestors of the present day owners, the van Zyl family saw their dreams fulfilled when they first set eyes upon the beautiful valley that came to be known as Wilde Paarde Kloof. Today the descendants of these brave and adventurous pioneers work diligently to preserve and honour this beautiful heritage that has been passed down through many generations.

In 2006, Louré and Johanna van Zyl renovated the original house, Die Ou Huis. Staying true to the house’s heritage during the renovation, Die Ou Huis has added a lovely guest farm component to the working farm that bears the valley’s name – Wilde Paarde Kloof.

2010 saw the birth of another addition to the guest farm experience with the creation of Farmer Redbeard. Son, Albertus van Zyl and his wife Patrizia celebrated their marriage at Die Ou Huis and came to live and work on the farm. Together they have created unique and complementary accommodations along with farm life styled activities for guests to enjoy during their stay.