Fossil Hills is a scenic retreat located on Thornvilla Farm in the beautiful Breede Valley in the Western Cape. This idyllic property is a testament to three generations of the Naudé family's commitment to winemaking, dating back to 1950. Aside from being a traditional working wine farm, Fossil Hills is a sanctuary for those seeking a tranquil escape in nature. Fossil Hills offers a range of self-catering accommodations on the farm, including cosy two-sleeper cottages and spacious houses that can comfortably sleep up to sixteen guests.
Each unit has fully equipped kitchens, private outdoor braai facilities, KolKol wood-fired hot tubs and free use of mountain bikes. Fossil Hills is named after the abundance of ancient fossils that pepper the farm, including remnants of a prehistoric fish aged 355 million years ago. Here, you'll experience the unhurried rhythm of life on a working wine farm, surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas.
Situated in the heart of the Breede Valley in South Africa, between Robertson and McGregor, Fossil Hills forms part of the McGregor Winery. The farm yields grapes, plums, apricots, and vegetables, making it a lush oasis. The surrounding area is renowned for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, where the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve beckons birdwatchers, while fruit orchards, olive groves, and vineyards abound. The Boesmanskloof hiking trail from McGregor to Greyton is a must for adventurers.
The Breede Valley is home to diverse species, and conserving this natural habitat is paramount. Guests can enjoy an array of experiences including wine walks and exploration of the rich local arts scene, from pottery studios to art galleries. Plus, nearby attractions like the R62 wine route offer a taste of the region's finest wines. Fossil Hills is your gateway to a serene wine country retreat where history, nature, and relaxation are a given.
We were absolutely blown away with both the location -- beautiful scenery and views! The cottage was cosy, clean and comfortable. We loved the hot tub!
A pet-friendly getaway - perfect for a group oof friends to get away from the busy city. We enjoyed the privacy as a couple with the separate rooms and bathrooms in our cottage. We loved the activities on the farm and the sunsets and sunrises were unreal.
Fossil Hills in McGregor is a beacon of sustainable tourism, seamlessly blending nature appreciation with environmental and community support. Guests are provided with fishing boats, kayaks, and mountain bikes to explore the pristine surroundings while staying in eco-friendly cottages complete with wood-fired hot tubs and natural gardens. Their Fossil Hills Wine Walk not only channels funds into nearby wine farms but also fosters a love for the region's natural beauty, nurturing a collective commitment to its preservation. Situated on the Thornvilla farm, a family-owned wine estate with a rich history dating back three generations, Fossil Hills showcases sustainability through its diverse harvest of grapes, plums, apricots, and vegetables. With fossils dating back 355 million years on-site, it's a testament to the land's heritage. This tranquil retreat in the heart of McGregor not only offers a peaceful escape but also actively contributes to the protection of the area's magnificent landscape.