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2012-05-22
The Palmenhof Story - A Rich Heritage


The Palmenhof Story

The homestead was built in 1905 on a section of the farm Kroondal. This farm was bought by and divided among a group of farmers, including many of the offspring of the original missionaries. Among the early missionaries was Heinrich Penzhorn, who arrived in 1866 and worked 30 years among the Bafokeng people.

Displayed in the garden: a steam engine, restored by Otto Harms, the owner's father - until his death in 1980, one of the country's last working blacksmiths.
Naboth Mokgatle, the Chief's grandson, fled South Africa during apartheid years, but his autobiography mentions the remarkable Mrs Penzhorn and the homeopathic medicine she used to treat the ill among the tribe. She was also the tribe's midwife.

 


The Homestead

At Palmenhof Estate you will be welcomed by Verena Harms, the great granddaughter of Heinrich Penzhorn and the fourth generation of Penzhorns to live at Palmenhof, a section of the farm Kroondal.

Here guests are surrounded by the priceless peace of a lush bushveld garden. Many linger on the spacious deck late into the evening, captivated by the sounds of owls and bushbabies in the cool night. The interior delights with tasteful modern decor and comfort. Guests enjoy the freedom of private entrances to six en-suite rooms - each unique and equipped with pure cotton percale bed linen and state-of-the- art mattresses. The morning brings a hearty country breakfast.

 

 


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