Meet Our People

Aansluit Landgoed 

Matt introduced Louis Grobler to Verkykerskop and its surrounds back in 2004. He immediately appreciated the unique potential installed in the rural village. Land happened to be available, and he establish the development company Verkykerskop Country Village (Pty) Ltd, together with professional colleague Alf Raspi.

The conveyancer for the acquisition of the land, Joe Vogel, was also persuaded by Louis to buy into the development company. The farms on which Aansluit Landgoed, Afsluit Gastehuis, Old School Cottage and the Aboukir Arabian Stud are situated, belong to this company.

July Zungu and his family are managing the farm, maintaining the facilities, service the guest accommodation, and take guests on out-rides.

Since July 2017, PJ Grobler, son of Louis and Alona, is the resident farm manager, taking bookings, looking after our guests, offering hunting packages in the area, and breeding and breaking horses in his spare time.

The current shareholders in the company are as follows:

  • Louis Grobler Familie Trust
  • Honesta Boerdery, Joe Vogel
  • Alf Raspi
 
 
 

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Aboukir Arabian Stud

“Abukir” is the name of the Egyptian city where Napoleon defeated Seid Mustafa Pasha of the Ottoman Empire in 1799. It was in this era and from this part of Egypt that Europe received one of its greatest blessings ever from Africa in the form of excellent hotblood genes. Aboukir Arabian Stud” was registered in 1985 by Theo en Marvel van Hasselt of Zastron, Freestate SA. The stud produced excellent work, breeding, and sports horses, many of which excelled at the Fauresmith endurance race. Breeding was stopped and the stock much reduced since 2002 when Theo retired. Fortunately, in 2006 his daughter Anli managed to gather a few brood mares from the orignal Aboukir stock and revived Aboukir’s breeding programme. The stud found its new home at Aansluit Landgoed, Verkykerskop, north-eastern Free State. Ownership and management of the stud was taken over by PJ Grobler in June 2017.
 
 
 

Verkykerskop Tourism CC

Matt Hoffman en Beth Hillary se betrokkenheid in die omgewing kom van 2000 toe hulle saam met vennote die Witkoppen Fish en Game Lodge noord van Verkykerskop begin ontwikkel het, nadat hulle die gejaag van die stadslewe vaarwel toegeroep het. Ons het op ‘n dag kom sigarette koop in die village vertel Matt, en toe koop ons sommer die dorp.
Saam met Chris Chameleon, ‘n mede-eienaar in Witkoppen, bedryf hulle Verkykerskop Tourism cc met die doel om Verkykerskop as ‘n toeriste en leefsteil bestemming te bemark. Die Smileys Restaurant is reeds ‘n gevestigde naam in kos en leefstyl tydskrifte en televisie prorgamme, en die Central Hotel, Townsview Guesthouse, en Outpost Inn (gerestoureerde historiese geboue in die village) huisves menige stadsjapies wat hier kom wegkruip.

 
Onlangse infrastruktuur toevoegings sluit in die Skinderhoekie Koffiehuis en Deli, Slagskaap Slagshuis, Pik-‘n-Wyn Wynwinkel, en ‘n skrynwerk werkswinkel waar ou rame gerestoureer word. Verkykerskop Tourism cc het reeds ‘n aantal erwe ontwikkel en aan hul nuwe eienaars oorhandig in die Molenrivier Landgoed net buite die nedersetting, en hul is ook ver gevorder met die beplanning van die Green Fingers village in Verkykerskop.

Matt en Beth het reeds ‘n hele klompie plaasfeeste hier gegooi, en groot name waaronder Chris Cameleon, Karen Zoid, Valiant Swart, Ollie Viljoen, Jannie du Toit, Shawn Els en vele ander het die boere al hier op hulle voete op die dansvloer van die skuur gehad.

Matt – ‘n kranige houtwerker en bouer – wys jou sy gerestoureerde rame en vensters wat in sy werkskuur gemaak word uit Oregon dennehout vir gebruik in gerestoureerde asook nuwe huise wat hy om en in die dorpie van Verkykerskop gebou het om inwoners ‘n landelike lewe te bied. Met vele huise wat hy oor die afgelope jare in die omgewing gebou het, staan Matt gereed om joune saam met Landgoed Argitekte Gary White te beplan op een van die village erwe wat eersdaags beskikbaar sal wees.

In 2015, Tony Pitout, a businessman from Durban and amateur pilot, bought into Verkykerskop Tourism cc, and bought other farms around Verkykerskop. Tony, who has been a regular visitor since 2008, is the example of the gradual but sure way in which you will fall in love with our place for the rest of your life.

Aansluit Landgoed

Matt introduced Louis Grobler to Verkykerskop and its surrounds back in 2004. He immediately appreciated the unique potential installed in the rural village. Land happened to be available, and he establish the development company Verkykerskop Country Village (Pty) Ltd, together with professional colleague Alf Raspi.

The conveyancer for the acquisition of the land, Joe Vogel, was also persuaded by Louis to buy into the development company. The farms on which Aansluit Landgoed, Afsluit Gastehuis, Old School Cottage and the Aboukir Arabian Stud are situated, belong to this company.

July Zungu and his family are managing the farm, maintaining the facilities, service the guest accommodation, and take guests on out-rides.

Since July 2017, PJ Grobler, son of Louis and Alona, is the resident farm manager, taking bookings, looking after our guests, offering hunting packages in the area, and breeding and breaking horses in his spare time.

The current shareholders in the company are as follows:

  • Louis Grobler Familie Trust
  • Honesta Boerdery, Joe Vogel
  • Alf Raspi

Verkykerskop Development Consortium

Around 2004, a number of friends and business associates identified the unique potential installed in the rural village of Verkykerskop and its surrounds.

The ground breakers, Matt Hoffman and Beth Hillary, bought the general dealer, the old mill, and other small properties in and around the village. They established Verkykerskop Tourism CC in 2006 with the purpose to upgrade the existing facilities in the village and to develop Verkykerskop as a rural commercial node and tourist destination.

Inspired by Matt’s vision, Louis Grobler and his partners acquired the land around the village in 2005. They decided to establish the development company Verkykerskop Country Village (Pty) Ltd. to be used as vehicle for facilitating the development of the town and estate.

For lodging a joint single application for the subdivision and rezoning of all the land and the establishment of a new township on the land of the various owners, a developers consortium was formed between Verkykerskop Tourism CC, Verkykerskop Country Village (Pty) Ltd., the Verkykerskop Boerevereniging, and a few other land owners.

In addition to the village itself, an area of 850 hectares of farmland surrounding it is included in the development master plan.

The Rural Spatial Development Framework was approved by the Phumelela Local Municipality early in 2010, and the township establishment is now in process.