Our Useful Features & Services

Swissland is an established small business that was pioneered in 1994 at a time when goat cheese was frowned upon. Owner Fran Vermaak persevered through all the challenges faced with a new business. Mastering the art of cheesemaking and sticking to the basic principles of quality rather than quantitiy. A boutique farmhouse style of cheesemaking, using predominantly goats milk, makes it a unique enterprise. The passion behind it all, the love for the goats, which shows in the quality of the milk and cheese. A winding narrow road through an alpine forrest leads you to a little piece of Switzerland.

The setting comes complete with a Swiss type chalet where the cheese is made and viewed from the quaint shop stocked with the cheeses and all the goodies to accompany the cheese. Rolling lawns, trees and views all round, makes it a lovely place to stop and enjoy a cheese variety pack purchased from the shop. Families can relax whilst the young ones play with the friendly goats or enjoy the creamiest Ice Cream and our own homemade pantry products. The goats are milked twice a day for ten months. In June and July the nannies are on Maternity Leave, having a rest before the babies are born in August.

We have one annual Boxing Day Gig (26th December) when musicians are invited to play in the open stage amphitheatre overlooking the surrounding hills. Future gigs can be viewed on our website, www.swisslandcheese.net. The mascot for our music gigs, Horny Goat, represents the funloving billygoat who peers curiously over the fence at the children playing with his babies. The openstage venue can be hired out for small weddings, as well as kids or adult parties.

On arrival, all visitors are encouraged to sample the large range of cheeses made on the farm..Tours are not part of the daily activities offered, however, can be arranged prior to the date for small groups. We are working on presenting a dvd in the cheese loft for small groups or others who maybe interested in seeing the whole process from the birth of the babies to milking and finally, the cheesemaking.

Swissland is not to be missed if you are interested in seeing a small, neat and unpretentious setup with something of interest for the whole family.

CLOSED Tues – Thurs, Christmas Day, New Years Day

Opening Hours

Monday

9:30am - 4:30pm

Tuesday

CLOSED

Wednesday

CLOSED

Thursday

CLOSED

Friday

9:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday

9:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday

9:30am - 4:30pm

Take the Nottingham Road offramp from the N3 if you are coming from the North, or the Howick North/ Tweedie offramp if you are coming from the South. These will take you onto the R103.Follow the signs on the R103 to Balgowan, approx. 13 kms from Nottingham Road. If you are coming from the North , or 20 kms from Tweedie, if you are coming from the South. The turnoff to Swissland Cheese is on the right, 4kms after Balgowan, if you are coming from Nottingham Road, or 6 km on the left, once you have passed Lidgetton, coming from the South.

Features & Attractions

SERVICES:

Airport / Bus Transfer

Driver`s Accommodation

Doctor / Nurse available in the area

Pets Allowed

Baby Cot / Crib

Babysitting

Photo Processing

Electric Adapters / Transformers

Room Service

Backup Power Generator

Fax/Photo Copying

Restaurants

Banquet Facilities

Fitness Gym

Pizza & Wine

Sauna / Steam Room / Spa

Bar(s)

Foreign Currency Exchange

Shopping Centre

Beauty Salon

Function Facilities

Souvenir / Gift Shops

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Hotel Safe

Swimming Pool - Children

Swimming Pool - Outdoor

Internet Access

Laundry / Dry Cleaning / Ironing

Car / Motorbike / Bicycle Rental

Library / Reading Room

Travel Booking / Confirmation

Car Park

Lobby Lounge / Bar

Visa Service

Children`s Playground

Non-smoking Rooms / Floors

Poolside Bar

Conference Facilities

Newspapers / Magazines

AMENITIES:

Air-conditioning

Alarm / Clock Radio

Bathroom - Private

Bathroom - Private Shower Only

Baby Cot / Crib

Coffee / Tea making facilities

Cooking Facilities / Utensils

Dining Area & Settings

Daily Newspapers

Dressing Table

Electricity Adaptors

Ensuite

Fridge

Fan

Fireplace

Hair Dryer on Request

Hot & Cold Water

Iron / Ironing Board

Living Room / Sitting Area

Mineral / Bottled Water

Mosquito Nets

Mini Bar

Room Safe

Shared Bathroom

Sofa

Telephone

Toiletries

TV - Local Only

TV - Satellite

Umbrella

Verandah / Balcony

Wardrobe

Internet Access in Room

RECREATION:

Archery

Basketball

Billiards / Snooker / Darts / etc.

Bird-watching

Board / Leisure Games

Boating / Canoeing

Trail Runs or Walks

Cheese Tasting

Children`s Playground

Chocolate Dipping

Craft Beer Tasting

Cultural Experience

Cycling

Epic Karting

Equipment Rental

Fishing

Gin Tasting

Golf / Driving Range

Health Retreat

Horse Encounters

Horse Riding

Mountain Biking/ Pump Tracks/Hiking Trails

Karaoke

Kite Flying

Massage (foot / traditional / etc.)

Nature & Wildlife

Nursery

Obstacle Course

Paintball

Picnic Spots

Putt-Putt

Sailing / Sailboarding

Sport Arena (Netball,Basketball, Hockey, Chess)

Stain Glass Workshops

Table Tennis

Team Building

Tennis

Working Farm

Wine Tasting

Zip-Lining

Zorb Ball

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

English

Afrikaans

Zulu

German

SHOPPING:

Bags

Shoes

Accessories (Men & Women)

Gifts

Books

Food Items & Other

Toys

Leather shoes

Leather Bags

Clothing

Kids clothing

Stationery

Home Décor

Furniture

Rugs

Crystals

Beads

Jewellery

Hammocks

Pottery

Bath Salts/Essential Oils/Hand Creams/Room Sprays/Body Butter

Cheese

Cheese Tasting

Art Pieces

Paintings

Bone White Clay Ceramics

Craft Beer