Reviews of Sinclair Guest Farm
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Please warn potential guests that there is no signboard for Sinclair when approaching from the south on C13, so it's easy to miss. Not a problem for us since we wanted to go into Helmeringhausen, further up the C13 anyway, to fill up the tank - bad move since there had been no unleaded fuel there for a week. The people in the petrol station / shop pointed us back the way we had come and, sure enough, there's a large sign to the farm from that direction.
We were the only 4 guests at Sinclair that day, so were really lucky to receive undivided attention - invited to eat with Hannelore for dinner and breakfast - we experienced the real family treatment. The food was really goodand the wine was a bargain, we especially enjoyed the home-made breakfast components . Hannelore tells us that she and Gunther (who we didn't meet) were concentrating on the farm and have handed over running the guest facilities to their daughter and son-in-law, but they were in Windhoek for a holiday.
The rooms are adequate for a single night's stay - not luxurious, but clean and well sized.
The remains of the copper mine are fascinating and Hannelore was a wealth of information about it's history. We have a few rock samples (taken with full permission) as reminders of our stay. We weren't able to try anything else.
Sinclair Guest Farm review
As a guest farm and stop on the way Sinclair Farm was good.
The reception from the owner was very friendly and welcoming. She was very helpful in advising us on a walk before dinner.
The family service at the evening meal was also very friendly, and the food was homely, but very enjoyable.
The rooms are a little tired and dated now, but that is a minor criticism.
Sinclair Guest Farm review
Sinclair Guest Farm gave us a refreshing and enjoyably different experience from being in lodges and camps. Comfortable rooms and good food, and we made the tiring but interesting walk out to the copper mine.
The Hoffmans have now stepped back from running the guest side day to day, though we had a pleasant chat with Hannelore. It is their son in law Peter who we spoke to mostly and ate with (his wife we saw only briefly), and he was very interesting to talk to about the difficulties of farming in this climate, of what daily life involves with young children there, and a lot of useful context about Namibia's economy and recent history as well.
A touch of Europe in Africa
A very good place for an overnight stop and surprising in its beauty as a working farm. A very lush and colourful garden sits in front of the main house making a cool and shady area for relaxing with numerous birds flying and walking around you.
Rooms are somewhat old-fashioned but clean and comfortable. Meals are eaten at the main house with the family and are good home cooking.
A very good tour of the farm in the afternoon guided by Peter is to be recommended.
At home at Sinclair
Plainly furnished accommodation but comfortable and spacious. We seem to have been given the best room again! Amazing breakfast incorporating home-made bread, jams, meat, cheese etc. !
The other 5 guests were German, like us with only one language, which made it a little difficult at dinner. However, Pieter, the host, spoke very good English and went out of his way to keep all involved.
Nice walk to the old copper mine. Pieter gave us an informative talk on the stars.