Farm History

Andre Hagan and Ashley Brownlee, the present owners, met in Cape Town in 1994 and bought the property in 2002. After extensive restoration and renovation: running water, electricity, satellite internet and WiFi were introduced.

From the humble beginnings of the guest cottages in 2006, Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, has grown exponentially. Winning the Lilizela Award in 2015 and 2016, for the best self catering accommodation in the Western Cape, firmly placed them as the go to getaway in the Klein Karoo. They are continually awarded recognition from both Trip Advisor and AirBnB, while many booking platforms feature them as their preferred accommodation. Guests have continued to contribute to the success of Wolverfontein, many of whom return year after year.


Plathuis Station, decommissioned after the Laingsberg Floods (25th January 1981), was once a busy rest stop on the Touwsriver to Ladismith railway line. The popular name for this route was the Makadas. Its close proximity to Wolverfontein bares testament to the rich cultural heritage of the area. The foundations of the railway houses, and the demarcated track, are still visible alongside the road to the farm.

With no more trains to catch, and the bustle of a country station having faded into the past, Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages offers the visitor a chance to step back in time and to re-live the past few thousand years at their own leisure.

Andre Hagan and Ashley Brownlee now live at Wolverfontein on a permanent basis, and are thrilled to welcome friends and fellow travelers to desert respite days and Milky Way nights.