The Sempurna story
“Kevin and Cecilia Stanford bought the farm in June 2013”
We bought the farm in June 2013. The previous owners had farmed here for 36 years. What attracted us to the farm was the spectacular setting, the space and solitude of the environment, the magnificent old Cape Dutch farmhouse, the potential to further develop the agricultural elements, and the opportunity to introduce tourism and guesting to the farm.
Having never farmed before, but being willing to learn, we searched the area for a suitable farm, and were thrilled to find Sempurna Estate. We aim to build our Sempurna brand through quality outcomes and high standards in our agricultural produce, our value added products, and our guest experiences. Some of our key objectives include :
- Farming with care, concern, pride, and passion.
- Ensuring the longevity and the heritage value of the magnificent old buildings on the farm by sensitively renovating each of the structures.
- Developing the agricultural potential of the farm.
- Developing, growing, and improving the lives of our staff and their families.
- Introducing tourism and guest facilities to the farm.
- Reducing the farm’s environmental impact and striving to make our practices more environmentally friendly through actions such as less spraying of chemicals, removing alien vegetation, recycling, and making better use of our most precious resource, water.
- Building and developing infrastructure and facilities that promote a healthy lifestyle, and an appreciation of our environment. Examples include a 25m heated swimming pool, a gym, mountain biking trails, and walking trails.
- Developing a nature reserve on our “unfarmed” portion of the farm, and working with our neighbours and the appropriate bodies to potentially develop a conservancy in the area.