About the Farmhouse
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The Farmhouse has 8 rooms decorated with excellent finishes. All rooms have wi-fi, extra length king size beds made up with cotton percale for your comfort. Rooms have underfloor heating for those chilly winter evenings. All rooms lead out into the gardens. We have 4 suites that have kitchenettes for that little extra comfort for the discerning Guest. We arrange shuttle services to and from the various airports in Johannesburg at an additional cost. Lunches and dinners can be arranged for all Guests. Our magnificent gardens, deck area and lounge areas are available to all guests. Our meeting rooms can be booked, subject to availability.
Did You Know?
- Many companies consistently book their directors, management or staff into The Farmhouse year after year.
- Some of our guests stay at The Farmhouse Linden for up to six months at a time.
- A number of local and international movies have been shot at The Farmhouse.
- Our rooms are surrounded by more than 750 Old English rose bushes, which when in bloom, add to the delight of the place.
And, so close...
The Farmhouse is just 40 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport. Transfers can be arranged on request. There is a large selection of restaurants in nearby Parkhurst, Greenside and Melville where you can experience Johannesburg’s Café Society. Shopping and movies are just 5 minutes away at the Cresta shopping centre, and in nearby Rosebank, you will find the largest African Market in Johannesburg. Monte Casino and the Sandton Convention Centre are 15 minutes away.
What today is a well-known and an established Johannesburg suburb, Linden was founded on the south-western corner of the farm Klipfontein by two Afrikaner farmers: Louw Geldenhuys and Johannes Jacobus van der Linde – both of whom shared the vision of dividing up the farm into portions with a view to selling them off as plots.
The plots did not sell as quickly as was hoped, however, with them being eight kilometers out of town, and with access limited to three dirt tracks. The reluctance of buyers was followed by the breaking out of the Anglo Boer War, and the selling and apportioning of plots was put on hold. It was only in the 1920s, and after a series of further setbacks, that the land was finally sold and consolidated into smallholdings.
Once farmhouses were built, roads to Linden were laid out, and in 1932, a substantial amount of money was put aside to tar Rustenburg Road – a thoroughfare on the border to the “fruit producing area in the vicinity of Linden”.
This was the birth of Linden; a tract of land with fertile soil and acidic clay – perfect for the growing of fruit and in particular, peaches. Before long, Linden was a proliferation of orchards, and an area associated with fruit farming. Water was not a problem – private wells or boreholes supplied good quality, plentiful water. Linden was renowned for the best yellow cling peaches in the world as recorded in the Guinness book of Records.
By 1934, Linden was home to a good 300 to 400 families, living in farmhouses and making their living from fruit farming. The farms gradually disappeared and in the 1950s saw the area becoming home to the Afrikaner elite, resulting in it being referred to as the “Boere Houghton”. By the end of the decade, Linden was a fully developed urban suburb.
Nowadays Linden is home to South Africans of all creeds and colours, with the well-known Albertina Sisulu, the suburb’s most famous resident. With the development of the area, it was perhaps inevitable that the orchards disappeared, but some of the remaining fruit trees can still be seen here and there. Today, Linden is a quiet and well-treed area, away from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg’s commercial centre, but not so far away as to be inconvenient.
One of the attributes of The Farmhouse Linden is, in fact, its location. Guests appreciate that they’re no more than 40 minutes from OR Thambo International Airport, 20 minutes from Sandton and Montecasino, just minutes away from Cresta, Rosebank and the café society, and nightlife of the trendy suburbs of Parkhurst, Greenside and Melville.
The Farmhouse Linden was one the suburb’s first guesthouses and is a throw-back to the days of old: To the days of Louw Geldenhuys and Johannes Jacobus van der Linde, and to an era of grace and charm, and of warmth and hospitality.
For owner Drienie Cooks, The Farmhouse Linden is a culmination of a life-long dream – the dream of a quiet life in the country. Today, thanks to her, the doors of Linden’s original farmhouse stand open once again for visitors to share in its rich history.
Renovated to its former glory, and decorated and furnished in the style and luxury of yesteryear, with an eclectic mix of old and new, this magnificent guesthouse is today a member of the South African Tourism Grading Council and justifiably graded four stars. Whilst The Farmhouse itself is breathtaking in its splendour, the corrugated iron roof and oregon pine doors and furniture are a delight, the rooms nestled away in the property with their adjoining courtyards, are unique. As are the collection of antiques, memorabilia and period pieces, which are conversation pieces in their own right.
Then there are the gardens, which are truly a sight to behold. Magnificent old Jacaranda trees, pergolas, water features and a proliferation of African bird life, and trellises bursting with roses, delight the senses and take you on a multitude of journeys: To your childhood. To a time of contentment. To a past life, free of stress.
Seated in the gardens of The Farmhouse Linden, Johannesburg and Sandton will seem light years away. And yet the businessperson in you will be pleased to know that they are no more than a mere 15 minutes distant. You couldn’t be in a better place.
I rate my experience of visiting the Farmhouse as an example of the highest excellence in personal service. It's a little slice of Heaven on Earth.
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Wonderful venue. Service was great, the setting spectacular.
- I rate my experience of visiting the Farmhouse as an example of the highest excellence in personal service. It's a little slice of Heaven on Earth.
- Excellent service! Beautiful venue! Absolute Treat! Our 'sleeping place' of choice in Johannesburg! Also held my daughter's bridal shower/high tea there - just phenomenal - service, food, staff attitude etc. A must!
My experience at the farmhouse was awesome! The surroundings are beautifully laid out. The people are friendly and accommodating. The food is of high standard, the functions, weddings, flowers, too many to mention. Thanks to all!