The best time to arrive at Trymore is in the early afternoon. This provides you with time, once settled, to go up to the main house for tea with Marion, after which she will take you on a tour of Wellwood’s unique fossil collection housed in a special little museum near the homestead.

An immaculately raked drive will be your first indication of the apple-pie order to come at Trymore. In winter, a wonderful time to visit the Karoo, malachite sunbirds will be flitting through the salvia bushes in bloom along the fence. You may be tempted to sink immediately into one of the morris chairs on the deep stoep and simply gaze across the pastures and into the vast space around you. Resist and follow Betty into the utterly restful interior - the lounge with its comfy armchairs and fire ready laid; the fresh flowers from Marion’s garden; the homemade kumquat liqueur on the sideboard and four large airy double bedrooms. There is also a family-size dining room and a fully equipped country kitchen if you would like to prepare your own meals.


Guests are accommodated in the private, charming cottage “Trymore” built in the 1950's by Grandfather Sidney Rubidge, a successful sheep farmer and renowned amateur palaeontologist, who's collection of fossils is reputed to be the largest in private hands. This self-contained 4 bedroom cottage, with 2.5 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and comfortable lounge with open fireplace, is well suited for a couple, family or group.

Wellwood has a sense of tranquility, a sense of space as you sit on the stoep looking out across the pastures where sheep graze out towards the mountains restores you after a long journey.


Daily Housekeeping


The Cottage is fully serviced and housekeeping is done daily.



4 en-suite bedrooms ( Sleeps 8), 2.5 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and comfortable lounge with an open fireplace.

Private Fossil Collection

The fossil collection that was started by Dr. Sydney Rubidge is the pride and joy of Wellwood and is housed in a building on the farm.



Look forward to lavish farm breakfasts with new laid eggs and farm fresh orange juice, prepared and served in the dining room at Trymore.

Self Catering


Trymore Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and braai facilities, well suited for the self~caterer. 

Farm Dinners 

Enjoy Karoo Lamb or Venison Pie which may be ordered when you make your booking.



Villages & Towns


Nieu Bethesda is a mere 20 km away, historical Graaff-Reinet 30 km. See below links for more information.



A number of museums are located in the nearby Nieu Bethesda

and Graaff-Reinet.

National Parks


The Camdeboo National park is 30km away and the Mountain Zebra National Park 70 km.

Birding & Wildlife


A large variety of indigenous birds and animals can be viewed on the farm.  

Hiking & Cycling


Enjoy the wide-open spaces of the farm,  pick a direction and explore the 10 000 hectares that is Wellwood.

Star gazing


The clarity of the air and distance from populated areas makes this an ideal spot for admiring the night sky.


Wellwood is one of the Karoo’s handsomest and most historic farms. Thirty kilometres north of Graaff Reinet, on 10 000 arid hectares of koppie and plain, five generations of the Rubidge family have built up a renowned Merino stud and an oasis of legendary hospitality. It’s a wonderful place to stay, ideally situated for an overnight stop between the coast and the interior. Best make it for longer, though. The comfort and beauty of Wellwood make it a perfect retreat where you can unwind, explore and experience the tranquillity of Karoo life.


Self catering

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Bed & breakfast

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Indicated rates are per person per night. Children under 12 half price. 

These rates apply 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. 



Please contact us directly or by using the contact form below, alternatively

make your reservation via airbnb


Wellwood Farm, Graaff-Reinet

wellwood@wam.co.za | 082 379 0131

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Wellwood Farm, Graaff-Reinet

wellwood@wam.co.za | 082 379 0131

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