Andrew and Anneke Fraser Jones bought the dairy farm Stonehouse Estate so as to expand their milking herd. The lovely river, pastures and backdrop of the Akkedisberg mountain and fynbos clinched the deal. Stonehouse Estate sits in the middle of Stanford, Caledon, Napier, Hermanus and Bredasdorp. The name Stonehouse comes from the old toll house on the farm , hidden from sight higher up the mountain.
Built with stone collected on the farm, one can rent the house for quiet weekends and winter kagel fires. There is no electricity, gas hot water , two bathrooms , two main bedrooms and an attic for a bunch of kids. As a dairy farmer you always have a dream to one day make your own cheese. At the end of 2015 we started to work on our dream.
A wonderful herd of jersey cows, roaming the pastures can be seen from the roadside. All the ingredients for the dream. Well established jersey herd, good natural grazing and a passionate family. We met our cheese maker at our guesthouse some years ago and he has brought this dream alive. Months of planning , hard work and learning has slowly brought us closer to the goal of making cheese. We forsee our mountain pass becoming a cheese route for our local and foreign visitors. We already have a brewery, wine estates and another well established cheesery.
We hope to see you find us on the R326 and visit our shop and other attractions . One can watch cows being milked and see the process of cheese making while being treated with lovely creamy cheese and other home made delights.
Strive to produce the best quality dairy products, using only the best quality ingredients, in the most sustainable methods possible. In doing so ensure that all involved, from staff to client, are well informed and are enriched in all ways possible.
Upliftment Policy For Staff
We try to train all our staff to start taking responsibility for the farm themselves. We believe that responsibility brings out the best in people.
Use Of Byproducts
We farm for the future, so we must be sustainable. So we must use up all the most valuable whey that we produce. On the same site as the factory we have pigs and calves which drink all the whey. Thus very little transporting of whey is done keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible. All the manure is returned to the lands. With our sustainable approach to farming we hope to hand over a better piece of Africa to our children.