Oakfield Farm, Johannesburg
In 1988, Mary Slack fell in love with the farm, and with her long-time friend, David Stubbs, purchased the farm from the Harrison family. In 1991, David’s son, Matthew, left his teaching career and trekked from the Cape with his wife, son and a load of horses. The task of making the farm pay its way was not as easy as it seemed. Quail eggs were sold, guinea fowl were bred and fifteen rather wild Warmblood horses arrived from Alzu Stud to be broken in and trained as show jumpers. However, it was the old barn overlooking the indigenous wood and freshwater stream which came to the rescue. This was converted into a reception venue.
Tuesday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 16h00
Sunday: 10h00 – 15h00
Inspired by an old stone altar in an Oak forest which has seen the marriage of five generations of Halse children on their beautiful family farm, a charming Chapel was built in the grove of Cottonwood trees. Having grown up on horseback, it also seemed obvious to include a horse-drawn carriage. So began the vision, the “one-stop” wedding venue. Over the years, the unique Summerhouse was completed, followed by the bridal suites and the Guest House. The old chicken run in which old Mrs Harrison grew her prized orchids, then became the beautiful Conservatory. Recently, the Dressing Rooms and an executive Boardroom was added.
Mary sold her share in 1996, and Oakfield Farm rooms have been added and recently became a family-owned business. Although farming is no longer viable, the farm is still a welcome oasis for the celebration of memorable occasions.
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