Local things to do

Local things to do at Toad Hall

W E L L  H E L L O
T H E R E  D A R L I N G

Darling, a charming farming village tucked away on South Africa’s Cape West Coast. Darling had its start in the early 18th century when 29 farmers were living in an area called Groenkloof.

Groenkloof was zoned and used by the Dutch East Indian Company at the time for farming, cattle grazing and producing fresh produce for passing ships, they also harvested salt. One of these farms was called Langfontein and is where the village of Darling was established.

Why Darling? Well, it was named after Sir Charles Henry Darling, a Lieutenant Governor who came to the Cape in 1851. Luckily, Darling is only one hour’s drive away from Cape Town which makes it the perfect weekend destination, filled with history, vineyards, coffee shops, breweries and a lot of family fun. It’s also famous for its wildflowers and forms part of the South African Wildflower Route.

Every year in September they host the Darling wildflower show.


Most of our guests make use of the brilliant local shuttle service and touring company, Cape Cobra Tours! Should you require a shuttle service please contact Cape Cobra Tours directly, however, if you need assistance to get hold of them we are happy to help however we can!

Contact Cape Cobra Tours:

G R E A T  I D E A

Have a look at our Curated Weekends page.

We will plan and organize an amazing weekend away for you, from wine farms to nature reserves and everything in between!
Let us do the work so you can sit back and relax.

Local things to do


With so many local things to do in Darling a weekend will not be long enough so feel free to book your next stay with us now!

Heart of Darling

Situated in the Main Road (next to the Marmalade Cat), Heart of Darling has a wide selection of gifts, jewellery & fashion accessories for your shopping pleasure. Toad Hall guests qualify for a 10% discount on presentation of the voucher found in your room. It is also home to DML Classics offering an extensive collection of pre-owned, opera & musicals CD’s.


9a Main Road Darling
082 588 9962

West Coast
Horse Trails

This is a once in a lifetime bucket list moment, riding a horse on the beach! Explore the near endless 16 Mile beach of Yzerfontein on horseback. The starting point is the gorgeous Blombosch guest and game farm, situated on the R315 just before Yzerfontein. You have two options either the beach/safari ride or the horseback safari. A horse ride & picnic can also be arranged. We highly recommend this experience and booking is essential. Let us know if you would like to try this and we will try our best to facilitate this experience for you while you are staying with us.

Blombosch Farm R315, Yzerfontein
+27 (0)65 532 2830

Evita se Perron

Evita se Perron, founded by Peiter-Dirk Uys in 1996 as a theatre complex in Darling’s original train station building. Evita se Perron is open 7 days a week & has a licensed restaurant, serving South African cuisine. Shows usually take place on a Saturday or Sunday from 12. Evita se Perron is also home to Swartland Kitchen traditional Rusks.

Arcadia Street, Darling
022 492 2101/083 235 4002

Duckitt Nurseries

Duckitt Nurseries is one of the largest orchid nurseries in the Southern Hemisphere, situated on the farm Oudepost, just outside of Darling (opposite the Malmesbury turnoff) Doors are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, from May to November, from 09h00-12h00.

Oudepost Farm, Darling
022 492 2606

B U T  W A I T , 
T H E R E ‘ S  M O R E

Darling Museum

A visit to Darling is not complete without a trip to the Darling Museum situated in the Town Hall (1899) in Pastorie Street. The museum recreates life in a bygone era with fascinating displays of Victorian clothing, China, and household furniture. One section contains a unique selection of artefacts depicting the beginnings of the butter making industry in Darling which was famous for its creamery.

Pastorie Street, Darling
022 492 3171

Darling Olives

Darling Olives is located just 3 km out of darling towards Yzerfontein, nestled amidst vineyards, grazing cattle & olive groves. It’s the perfect location for an olive & wine tasting.

Darling Olives on the Darling Yzerfontein Road
022 492 3171

Darling Sweet

Darling Sweet produce the most delectable old fashioned quality handcrafted toffee & toffee spreads at their beautiful premises that originally housed Darling’s General Dealer Store- which was known as Retief se Winkel & built around the turn of the 20th Century.

7a Long Street, darling
022 492 2101/083 235 4002

Storar’s Treasures

Pre- loved clothes & Bric-a-Brac
Church Street, Darling
083 755 4678

Darling Wine Shop

Boutique Wine Shop
5 Main Road, Darling
022 492 3971

and don’t forget the

W I N E  F A R M S

Contreberg Darling

Contreberg was established in the early 1800’s by the Dutch East India Company to support passing trade with fresh meat. The farm has been in the Pretorius Versfeld for most of the last century and currently stretches 352 ha. Contreberg & Toad Hall are currently in a collaboration.

What does this mean for you as our guest?

Well upon arrival we would love to welcome you with a complimentary glass of wine & you will find a coupon that will entitle you as our guest a free wine tasting on the farm as well as a 10% discount on any purchase you may make with them.

Private Reserve, R307, darling
072 717 1607

Darling Cellars

Winery & Cellar

Mamre Weg Station, R315, Darling
022 492 2276

Groote Post

Groote post Vineyard & Cellars include a restaurant (see food & drink)

Darling Hills Road, Darling
022 492 2825


Ormonde Vineyards is conveniently situated on the edge of the village on Langfontein farm at the top of Mount Pleasant Street. Wine tasting and light lunch. They are well known for their Charcuterie board.

+27 (0)22 492 3540

Cloof Wine Estate

Cloof Wine Estate pty ltd

Tasting room open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

R315 between Darling & Malmesbury, Mamreweg road

022 492 2839



* Please note that:
The guest entrance is at the back of the property on Van Riebeeck Street.


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