2020 Spekboom Project

Some of you may have heard of the Spekboom project and those who haven’t, you will soon find out about it. Read below on how we plan to do our part at 50 Shades of Hay to contribute to a better climate and environment and how you can as well.

Let’s start with a few facts about the Spekboom plant:

  • Out of all the plants in the world, the Spekboom has the ability to absorb the highest amounts of carbon dioxide, cleaning the air that we pollute on a daily basis.
  • It is a proudly South African plant – Local is Lekker.
  • Spekboom can live up to 200 years and can easily adapt to its surroundings, making it a relatively easy plant to grow.
  • It’s also edible and has great nutritional values.
  • Spekboom can handle all seasons.
  • The Spekboom plant requires half the amount of water that most plants require to grow and maintain making it very water wise which is perfect for ongoing water issues around South Africa.
  • It’s able to grow in poor soil, making it very resilient.
  • One hectare of Spekboom can sequester between 4 and 10 tonnes of carbon per year.
  • It’s an affordable way to combat climate change.

At 50 Shades of Hay, we have Spekboom growing all around the property, especially around the buildings, but we aim to grow more through 2020 and the following years. We have plenty of space and aim to utilise it to give back to the environment.

The current challenge is to plant at least 10 Spekboom plants this year. All around the country, South Africans are challenging each other so we want to encourage YOU to plant at least 10 Spekbooms this year and to encourage those around you to do the same. Remember they don’t need to be big, they can start in small pots around the house. Even consider giving them as gifts and encouraging that as a start of the challenge.

We aim to plant at least 10 additional Spekboom this year and you can hold us to it!

Come check out 50 Shades of Hay in the next few months to see how we are doing with the challenge 🙂

Spring Time!

This time of year brings with it some stunning flowers! Our field is filled with them and we’re loving the view 😍

Photography: Zoe Coss

A puppy on the property!

The latest addition to our 50 Shades of Hay family, comes in the form of a puppy! Her name is Brandy and she is a rescue, adopted on 20 January 2018. She is full of energy and a super friendly pup that will greet you with love and licks!

Our Weekly Wednesday Wedding Tips of Feb!

As February draws to a close and so does our first month of weekly Wednesday wedding tips, we thought we would group the lot together. This way you know where to find them and it’ll hopefully save you some time! Continue reading below to catch up on February’s wedding tips:

7 February:

Prioritising is key! Instead of trying to save on a whole bunch of aspects that you like, rather choose three or so that you are passionate about and spend a little extra money on those things.

14 February:

This may seem like an obvious one for some, but in the hustle and bustle of all the “few days before the wedding” plans, things can be looked over. Make sure you have a small sewing kit stored somewhere nearby and with easy access, or have a bridesmaid keep it. Rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it!

21 February:

When it comes to guests and budgets, things can become a little trickier. To keep numbers down and save money, consider these before adding people to the list: inviting children, co-workers, inviting someone just because they invited you to their wedding, have you spoken to them in the past year, is their number saved to your phone?

28 February:

Remember, if there is a tradition or “expected” aspect that doesn’t work for you, then you don’t have to keep it! Go with what works for you, it saves money for other areas and keeps a smile on your face!

We hope you enjoyed these tips and feel free to comment and leave feedback. Check back in a month’s time for the collection of March tips!

Hello February!

Already in the second month of 2018?! Time is flying by and before you know it, it’ll be your special day! We thought that February would be the ideal month to start our ‘Weekly Wednesday Wedding Tips’, so keep your eyes peeled!

50 Shades of Hay – Site Viewing 7 to 9 November 2017

There is still time to make use of the open invitation to visit our new venue.  If this week does not suit you – please contact us to schedule an alternate date.                                                                           

2018 Wedding & Events Brochure Now Available

Our brand new 2018 Wedding & Events Brochure is now available!

Please contact Michele to get the full brochure and more information on:  bookings@50shadesbnb.co.za

We are getting excited about the upcoming Wedding season.  This new venue has just the right amount of rustic charm, while still remaining classy to host the perfect wedding.  Indoor and outdoor facilities allow for catering for a types of weather conditions.

Our current, 2017, Brochure is still available!  Don’t miss out the 2017 prices – dates still open for your end of year function.

Continual developments are taking place at the Venue and there is also something exciting and new taking place.

Just one of the many features to be enjoyed on 50 Shades of Hay, is the newly finished Koi pond.  These beautiful fish are therapeutic to watch and add to the beautiful surrounds.

The Koi pond is situated next to The Stables Venue.  It is between the Stables and the Clubhouse.



Big changes

Lots of new developments happening here at 50 Shades of Hay!

Our new doors are up at the Stables and are looking fantastic especially with their trimmings!