The land that Redberry Farm is built upon has a rich history. Redberry Farm was established in 2001 by Dave Cruse and Mark Miller who purchased the land from a dairy farm. An old mushroom pack house was purchased and converted to process strawberries. The Redberry farm stall was launched inside the original dairy building while our existing tea garden kitchen used to be the dairy and the area where the coffee bar is located used to be a holding pen for cows. The party lapa was the carving pen for the cows giving birth.
The accommodation cottage is over 120 years old and was built by C.J. Langenhoven’s family, who originally lived in it. Additions have been made to extend and modernise the building, but the original structure is still intact, with the thick walls and the Fisherman’s cottage shape. There used to be a wood oven built into the wall in the lounge area, where a white cupboard now stands. A number of the Langenhoven family graves have been preserved on the premises.
All of the trees were planted and the garden was landscaped transforming the Kikuyu pastures into beautiful lawns and gardens.
Slowly more land was acquired, the strawberry fields were extended and every few years upgrades to the farm stall and coffee bar buildings were made.
Rows and rows of strawberries now cover the land, and smaller pockets have recently been repurposed for growing raspberries and blackberries. The tourism staff team has grown from 3 people in early 2002 to 24 permanent staff excluding seasonal and casual workers.