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Douglasdale, Sandton

douglasdale sandtonDouglasdale is a modern middle-upper class residential suburb of Sandton. Douglasdale is located between the suburbs of Fourways and Bryanston, just north of central Sandton. The six lane N1 freeway forms its southern boundary with access at William Nicol off ramp. Douglasdale is built upon Douglasdale Farm. This superb and large farm was started by Thomas Douglas and his wife Janet Alexander who both immigrated to South Africa from Scotland in 1890. They bought the farm on the Klein Jukskei River in Johannesburg and named it the Douglasdale farm. The farmhouse is one of the oldest homes in Sandton and was built in 1905. In 1930 the family started producing milk as a hobby and in 1940 they began to retail their milk producing over 240 bottles of milk a day, by hand. In the 1950's, Douglasdale milk was delivered by horse and cart and later by delivery men on bicycles.

Today the dairy produces 1.5% of the total countries daily milk production. Douglasdale Dairy services the greater Gauteng region and includes distribution as far a field as the North West Province and Mpumalanga. Douglasdale Dairy run interactive educational tours of their dairy facility which vary in focus depending on the age of the visitors, and are tailored to audiences ranging from university students and adults wanting an in depth understanding of the detailed workings of every step of the dairy production processes.

Boasting rich cultural and historical heritage, Douglasdale has become a large and idyllic farm area. The community has developed the area into a safe and spectacular environment where visitors can enjoy horse riding, hiking and bird watching. Although the area is mainly residential, Douglasdale is not one to be missed. Visitors can enjoy tours among the farms and taste the delicious range of diary products they offer. Feast at their restaurant and coffee shops and take in the splendid scenery around you. Douglasdale is ideal for family outings where one can bring along their picnic baskets and enjoy a superb family outing.



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