This family-run dairy farm is a picturesque country gem sure to delight people of all ages. Situated between Pretoria and Johannesburg, on an oak and plane tree-lined avenue in Irene this storybook farm is a Gauteng landmark.
Originally called Doornkloof, the Irene Dairy Farm was purchased in 1896 by Johannes Albertus (“Bertie”) van der Byl, who renamed it after his daughter. In 1902, the surrounding area adopted the new name. The dairy has remained in the Van der Byl family for five generations
Stroll along straw pathways to see the cows and their calves. Children will enjoy watching the cows being milked and the bottle-feeding of the calves at around 3pm daily. The Dairy Shop sells fresh farm milk and a wide range of farm products and baked good plus Irene Dairy’s unique and indulgent clotted cream.
Dining at the dairy farm
Two restaurants offer delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as sumptuous buffets over weekends. The Barn Restaurant is an open-air venue under 100-year-old oak trees, occupying the location of the original barn built in 1890, while the Deck Restaurant is more intimate and coffee-shop style. The conference centre is an excellent choice for weddings, functions and staff parties.
The restaurants do not accept cash, so bring your debit or credit card. While in Irene be sure to visit nearby Jan Smuts House Museum and the Village Market that takes place in the Museum grounds on the second and last Saturday of each month.
- Barn Restaurant
Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 11am (last orders at 10.45am for breakfast) and open from 12pm to 4pm for lunch.
- The Deck restaurant
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 5.30pm (last orders at 5.15pm)
- The farm shop opens Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm.