The River­stone House


Getaway (South Africa) - - The Final Cut -

If your dog is one of the chil­dren, you’ll be as happy as I was to find a get­away that not only wel­comes them with lo­cally pro­duced treats but co­coons the en­tire fam­ily in lux­ury. In fact, find­ing a house this el­e­gant at the end of a farm track is sur­pris­ing enough. River­stone wouldn’t feel out of place in the city, with an airy, cen­tral kitchen-liv­ing space fur­nished with rugs and white-cov­ered so­fas, open­ing onto a deep, shady and deca­dently fur­nished stoep. All four be­d­rooms are very spa­cious; they share two full bath­rooms (like the rest of the house, these are equipped with ev­ery­thing you could need, from tooth­paste to plas­ters). The gar­den is beau­ti­fully main­tained, with stone steps lead­ing down to the Breede River (not al­ways flow­ing) and, be­yond, the or­chards and moun­tains of the Breedek­loof. If you want to head out and ex­plore there is an en­clo­sure for the dogs, or dog-sit­ting can be booked. ROOM TIP The two dou­ble rooms have fire­places, and one has air con. Also, owner Claire Dicey has just com­pleted a new two-bed­room house in front of one of the farm dams, with the most sub­lime moun­tain view – it’s go­ing to be a goodie. COST From R1 980 for two, plus R385 pp ex­tra (sleeps eight). Min­i­mum two-night stay. CONTACT theriver­stone­

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