Rufpatch offers comfortable, clean, well-priced self-catering accommodation with boundless garden and open views of Smithfield's mountain. It is ideal for a relaxed stop-over en route to your holiday destination, or for a break to recharge your batteries.

This sprawling vintage house has four self-catering units, each with its own bathroom and self-catering facilities. Some of the units can be opened up so that they interlead and make a variety of configurations - a perfect solution for large groups travelling together.

The Sonkamer is an extra large room with a double bed and three singles, a sitting area, a dining area and an enclosed grassy courtyard making it an excellent choice for families with little children (or dogs). It has a bathroom with a bath and a shower over the bath as well as basic self-catering facilities. The Wisteria unit has a large main bedroom with a king size bed (or two singles), a sitting room (with TV), a full kitchen and a bathroom with shower. The Ou Kombuis is a charming double-bedded unit with direct access to the garden - excellent for people with mobility issues. Bathroom with shower. Basic self-catering facilities. The Voorhuis is a two-roomed unit with a queen size bed in one room and two singles in the other. Bathroom with shower. Self-catering facilities. Its grassed garden is fully enclosed with traditional high poles so it's perfect for people travelling with pets.

Let us know in advance if you'd like to braai so we can organise facilities for you. But we're also close to the town's restaurants in case you don't feel like cooking. Two of the rooms have a west facing patio from which you can enjoy sundowners while watching legendary Free State big sky sunsets over the mountain.

Bedding, including towels, is provided in all the units.

Smithfield is half-way between Gauteng and the Wild Coast and is an excellent stop-over venue for city people travelling to the sea. But why not time your visit so that you can sample some of the charm of this historic little town?

One of Smithfield's boasts is Ou Grietjie, a canon used during the Boer War that still functions and is used during village festivals. Then there's rock art in a cave on the mountain behind the town, golf - the course was originally laid out by British officers during the Boer War - good walking, excellent birding. And, of course, cycling.

The house is owned by local mountain bike legend, Gus Uys, who will gladly introduce you to the superb on- and off-road riding in the area. He has laid out many tracks in the surrounding veld and mountains, and would be delighted to put together a spectacular biking weekend for you. Contact him for more details of the awesome single-tracks available here or to arrange an accompanied ride. We are also knowledgeable about the local birding specials and would be delighted to help you add some new species to your list.

Please note:

Rufpatch is a smoke-free, environmentally-friendly, zone, and we encourage guests to help us keep it that way.

We don't take credit cards, but if we have advance notice we are happy to include friendly dogs among our guests.

  • braai / barbecue - communal
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • DSTV in communal area
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • golf (less than 5km)
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • lake (less than 5km)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • medical facilities (less than 5km)
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • private entrance
  • restaurant (less than 5km)
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • television in communal area
  • washing machine onsite

Rufpatch GPS co-ordinates:<

30° 12' 47.06" S
26° 31' 32.60" E