Richard and Shelagh Lechmere-Oertel have owned and lived on The Aloes Farm since 2013. Richard has worked from home as a consulting grassland ecologist and Shelagh has home-schooled their four children. With two children now at university there has been more time available to develop THE STUDIO as a self-catering cottage.

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THE STUDIO is the perfect blend of convenience and rural experience. Although close to the major access routes (and popular destinations such as the Midlands Meander, Hilton Village, Hilton Life Hospital, Hilton College and other private schools) THE STUDIO offers a ‘farmy’ feel with a sense that one is truly getting away from the busyness of life.

Having driven the last 2km on a gravel road, guests will feel as if they are out in the country, and will be able to enjoy the evening call of jackal, the burble of fiery necked night-jars or the sharp
whistles of reedbuck.

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There is an old dairy on the farm adjacent to THE STUDIO that has been converted to a rural church, and guests are welcome to join the small congregation from mid-morning on Sundays. The open-sided dairy that overlooks Albert Falls dam provides a unique opportunity to worship God in a simple and authentic manner.

The Hilton Village is 5km from THE STUDIO and there are many excellent restaurants and coffee shops to eat at. We have organised discounts at some of the eateries for THE STUDIO guests.