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Springvale Farm

A full working dairy farm, Springvale Farm is situated between Nottingham Road and Rosetta in the picturesque Midlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Springvale Farm was originally owned by The Groom Family and the main house was built in 1888. The stone cottage was built a bit earlier than that and was the original building/homestead on the farm. Summer House which lies adjacent to the main house, was built in 1900 as a retreat for his spinster sisters who came over from England to spend their summer in Africa each year. Chris Groom sold Springvale Farm to Harry Barnett, who ran it as a successful horse stud for many years. Following which, The Berning family purchased it in 1974.

From 1974 the property changed from a horse stud to a beef operation. In the late 1980’s when the profitability of beef farming diminished, vegetable production was started and the Berning family also started to look into the viability of a dairy. The new dairy site was established in 1993. Under James and Sandra Berning’s watchful eye,they built up a herd of 850 milking cows on the farm. Their mission was to run a sustainable dairy that would be managed in an eco-friendly manner.

While still running the dairy and realising the demand for accommodation in the area, they set themselves the task of restoring some of their outbuildings. Its apparent that when a vision of transforming something old into something new arrives – it stubbornly occupies itself in your imagination until it comes to complete fruition. The dilapidated outbuildings, called upon its owners to bring them back to life and have now been tastefully transformed into 5 farm cottages, all with farm style stoep’s, wood-burning stove’s and enclosed private garden’s.

In early 2022, James and Sandra decided to lease their milking herd to Ant and Lyn Galliers who will continue to farm with their vision. This has allowed them to focus their attention on their growing tourism venture.

With their love for nature, they too have donated 50 hectares of their farm to the neighbouring Crane and Oribi Foundation in order to ensure the survival of both these species. Springvale Farm is home to Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Oribi, Steenbok, Porcupine and Genets as well as all three crane species.

Who knows if one can believe what you hear, but there is talk of some veggie tunnels making a comeback on the farm in the near future. So just maybe, the incoming guests who are so generously gifted with farm fresh produce (milk, eggs, butter and bread) may well be receiving a box of handpicked veggies too – it reminds one, it’s the feeling of simplicity that people seek and why Springvale Farm is so wonderful to visit!