Jackie, André & Assegai Rest Farm
Jackie: My path is a long and windey road… I ‘landed’ in Robertson in 2002 after falling in love with André – and moving here from big city life. With my Corporate background of the Oil Industry - spanning Johannesburg, London and Cape Town - it was a shock to the system to adjust to small town life. First stop was the Robertson Tourism Office, the reason? Farm life was very quiet… I needed to meet people… and my marketing and PR background wanted to see how things are done in a small town. I continue to be passionate about the Tourism aspect of the Breede River Valley.
Jackie's current job's : Admin, Marketing & all 'inside' work at Assegai Rest / Passionate about health - Massage Therapist / Self Employed 'jack of all trades' : Marketing Consultant / Website and Printed Media /Labour relations & Farm Administration for a local export fruit farm
André : moved to Robertson from Cape Town around 1998 and set up his own Taxidermy Studio. His creativity feeds his passion, and he loves making interesting and funky crafts, many of which can be seen in the gardens at Assegai House & at the TiPi’s. Current Job Descriptions: Qualified Taxidermist, Artist, Field Archery (traditional bow & arrow shooting), Pistol shooting, Wood Worker, And More recently …. builder of unique & interesting spaces particulary in the natural form of building.
ASSEGAI REST FARM
Together they bought Assegai Rest Farm at the end of 2012 and decided to start a holiday accommodation business. Assegai House on the farm was perfect for that, but needed renovating and changes to make it a comfortable, self-catering Pet Friendly Accommodation.
We only had funds left to build something ‘small’ for ourselves to live in, and as we needed to get it built quickly we decided on building our cottage on stilts with Nutec Boards and with internal wood cladding. The building plans, concepts and ideas planted a seed with Andre that was set to germinate into something even more fun & exciting ….
Building started on the Paws TiPi camp in mid-2014 and we hosted the first guests in December 2014. Magic TiPi camp opened in March 2015. Our precious Noy Noy TiPi opened in 2016, and it really is something special. We have subsequently done a revamp to the kitchen areas at the TiPi's, and continuous solar system upgrades. We are very pleased about the response to the TiPi Creation and really love sharing our spaces with like-minded people.
We also do love travelling and exploring different places in South Africa. We love meeting new people and sharing good times with friends and family. Our place is Pet Friendly because we love travelling with our Fur Kids : 2 Black Labradors – Bella (baby at heart) and Durango (the gentle soul) and our black cat - Tensing (climber).