Consolata Estate accommodation is situated on a private farm at the beginning of the Ebenezer Dam about 1.5 km from Haenertsburg in the beautiful Magoebaskloof area. The farm house and accommodation is on a peninsula, surrounded by the Ebenezer Dam. The peninsula is a rambling garden with a variety of old trees such as Liquid Amber, Pin oak and Chinese Maple, making autumn a spectacular sight.
An abundance of Azalea, flowering Cherry trees and Crab Apple give spring a burst of colour. Summer follows with lush green lawns and the many Hydrangea plants with their show of magnificent blossoms are a sight to behold. Enjoy strolling through the 3ha garden and take time to meditate at special spots or stop to admire the fountain while relaxing under shady trees. Enjoy a relaxing sundowner while watching the sunset overlooking the tranquil Ebenezer Dam. If you are an early riser you could be rewarded seeing duiker walking through the garden or under the Chestnut trees. Ideal for gentle walks, mountain biking, birding and fishing. Keen fishermen will be happy to know that they can launch their boats from the property. This facility is exclusively for Consolata guests.
"Consolata" meaning consoling
At the beginning of the second world war, Secondo Rech was incarcerated with his brother Mario at Koffiefontein internment camp. At the time he was farming with his father in the Mooketsi area, but as per the law of that time, was sent to prison because he was Italian. He came out of internment in 1940, and together with his brother planned to purchase their own farm to start an avocado nursery. In 1943 he noticed in the local newspaper - The Zoutpanberg Review - that there was to be an auction of a farm in Haenertsburg. The farm had been up for auction several times but never reached the minimun to repay the outstanding loan. He also had a chat to a local Haenertsburger, Bob Collins' father, who had nothing good to say about the farm and most people thought he was mad because he did not have enough experience to do farming of any sorts. He eventually bought the property for eleven pounds seventeen shillings per morgen (R23.75) They paid a 20% down payment and the balance was covered by a Land Bank loan. At the time he was corresponding with a Kenyan priest whom he befriended in the camp and told him about the farm. He asked if the priest had any suggestions for a name. The priest suggested "Consolata" meaning consoling, as this was the name of the mission station he came from in Kenya. He immediately accepted this name as it fitted the spirit of his endeavours to acquire his own farm. At a later stage he learned the Consolata Mission in Nairobi is quite extensive amongst the Kikuyu people of Kenya. The order takes its name from the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Turin called "La Madonna de Consolata"