Druk My Niet stems from the old Dutch meaning "don't squeeze me".
Our magnificent Lodge which is surrounded by The Witzenberg mountains and lies in a valley flanked by the Boontjies River and sleeps 10 guests with ease.
The main house consists of 3 beautifully appointed double rooms and one twin bedroom all with en suite bathrooms with huge rain showers. The adjoining cottage also has a double bedroom with en suite and is located just across the main courtyard from the front door.
Guests can snuggle up as we have 3 roaring fireplaces and lounge around, or play Snooker in the huge living room tastefully furnished with leather couches and comfy arm chairs. There is also a separate bar with walls picturing our previous racing champions for those guests wishing to relax with pre or post dinner drinks.The house has full DSTV and WiFi.
Our kitchen is a cooks dream and is well equipped featuring a double fridge/ freezer, dishwasher and a Smeg gas range along with a fireplace and stunning 12 seater dining table.
There is also a 12 seater table on the back Stoep where guests can enjoy meals overlooking the mountains as they turn pink at sunset.
The Venue which seats 60 can be transformed into a space befitting any wedding party or social event you may wish us to host for you. Apart from a massive fireplace it also boasts a superb Braai area with a pizza oven and an adjoining Boma with firepit.
The swimming pool although not olympic size is decked and perfect to cool off in and lounge next to on a hot summers day.
Services include pre arranged bistro style home cooked meals, event flowers and decor and booking of wine tastings, mountain bikes and discounted Zip sliding adventures in nearby Ceres. Excellent horse trail rides are offered close by, or better still, bring your own horses and ride on our 280 hectare estate. The magnificent Waterfall is only a short hike away, too.
Druk My Niet Stud has since its inception always bred Thoroughbred horses and the original Leeuwrivier farm bred Polo horses for many years. The emphasis moving forward is to re brand DMN Stud as a breeding, foaling down and spelling facility for mainly sport horses.
We have spacious and modern 4x4m stables for up to 38 horses and several secure, lush grass paddocks where our resident equine friends live and cavort in integrated small herds. Horses are fed on natural grazing, a combination of premium concentrates and an added roughage mix of oat hay, milled oats and husks ensuring a perfectly balanced diet.
We are proud to announce our collaboration with Equine Reproduction Specialist Vet, Robyn Hamman, who will take over all aspects of breeding, foaling down and trouble shooting should any problems arise. Robin will be on call and lives a mere 8 km's from the stud giving livery owners complete peace of mind.
We also use the services of local, highly skilled "barefoot" Farrier, Spike Lister who comes out every 5 to 7 weeks to do our horses feet and performs miracles.
The Guest Lodge will be available to livery owners and their friends and families at a 20% reduced rate making it the perfect excuse to come and relax, unwind and re group on this most beautiful and private estate whilst visiting their equine loved ones.
Livery and Spelling rates depending on services provided by The Stud and Vet will be arranged based on clients and horses individual requirements.
We have recently created a small boutique Cheesery on the estate showcasing a delicious range of artisan cheeses made by renowned cheesemaker, Ulrike Christensen.
Having started with a small herd of 5 Swiss Saanen goats we have grown the herd to 20 and produce outstanding Camembert, Pecorino and Chèvre from virtually organic milk. We still milk our animals by hand old school style and leave kids with their nanny's as this makes for happy, relaxed goats which in our opinion makes for better milk.
We also offer a range of cows milk cheeses made from locally sourced Jersey milk producing creamy and rich Camembert, The Maximus, Halloumi and Quark (cream cheese). Our aim is to supply restaurants, hotels and wine estates with the best cheese the Witzenberg has to offer.
DMN Stud will be offering cheese making weekends, cheese and wine pairing lunches and dinners with wines from our Paarl sister estate and a small hole in the wall Cheese Shop for guests to take home something very special.
Our select range of Druk My Niet premium wines are already sold throughout SA and are featuring very well in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets too.
Located an easy hour and a quarters drive from Cape Town, Tulagh and The Witzenberg Valley have so much to offer. We look forward to sharing a little piece of heaven with you.