A Hide­away Among the Moun­tains

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Fin-tech in America - Text: Julie Graham Im­ages © Julie Graham, Hed­ley Peter

Many peo­ple as­so­ciate the words self-cater­ing, pri­vate, pet-friendly, and off-the-grid with rough­ing it, hav­ing few ameni­ties, need­ing to pack-horse a car with ev­ery­thing from home but the kitchen sink, and be­ing un­com­fort­ably cut off from the rest of the world. If you are one of th­ese peo­ple, let me in­tro­duce you to a place that is go­ing to change your mind­set about off-the­beaten-track get­aways.

Sit­u­ated on a pic­turesque citrus and rooi­bos moun­tain es­tate, over­look­ing lush or­chards and the grandiose Ceder­berg, is Peters­field Moun­tain Cot­tages – self­ca­ter­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in style. The 2,500 hectare moun­tain wilder­ness area on which the cot­tages are built is lush in pris­tine, in­dige­nous fyn­bos, moun­tain kop­pies, and plenty of hik­ing trails. Peters­field is noth­ing short of a gem in

terms of what it has to of­fer for those who want to be im­mersed in na­ture.

The four cot­tages are sit­u­ated more than one kilo­me­tre apart from each other, en­sur­ing that guests en­joy ut­most pri­vacy. They are also charm­ing, thought­fully de­signed, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated, and fully-equipped with all the con­ve­niences one needs in or­der to ar­rive with just food, drinks, and lots of time to re­lax. Dassiek­lip

The em­pha­sis at Dassiek­lip is not only on com­plete pri­vacy, but also on ut­most com­fort. Sit­u­ated un­der tow­er­ing oak trees next to a run­ning stream in a moun­tain kloof, this beau­ti­ful cot­tage comes equipped with ev­ery mod­ern con­ve­nience. The cot­tage en­com­passes a fully-equipped kitchen with stove, fridge, and mi­crowave, as well as air-con­di­tion­ing (it can get hot in the Sum­mer), Jet­mas­ter

The 2,000 hectare moun­tain wilder­ness area on which the cot­tages are built is lush in pris­tine, in­dige­nous fyn­bos, moun­tain kop­pies, and plenty of hik­ing trails.

fire­place, TV, well-ap­pointed bath­room, and the beau­ti­fully taste­ful in­te­rior has been planned with guests’ com­fort in mind. Out­side, a braai area and sparkling plunge pool with nat­u­ral spring wa­ter adds to the rus­tic lux­ury of this well­main­tained space that is per­fect for cou­ples, fam­i­lies, or friends. With two bed­rooms (one with a dou­ble bed and the other with two sin­gles) as well as two day beds in the lounge, Dassiek­lip can ac­com­mo­date up to six peo­ple.

De Kom

De Kom is the only cot­tage of the four that is com­pletely off the elec­tric­ity grid. Sit­u­ated two kilo­me­tres from the other cot­tages, set in a nat­u­ral moun­tain basin, De Kom is the most se­cluded of the lot. This charm­ing two-bed­room cot­tage has a sim­i­lar set up in terms of sleep­ing ar­range­ments as Dassiek­lip. De Kom is also fully-equipped with all the kitchen and bath­room ap­pli­ances run­ning off gas with gas lamps , as well as LED lamps and so­lar jars, for light­ing to add to that unique moun­tain am­biance. The lounge has an in­door fire­place and dou­ble French doors, open­ing up onto an un­der­cover ve­randa with a braai and pri­vate plunge pool. De Kom is sit­u­ated only 300 m from a se­cluded moun­tain dam which of­fers an al­ter­nate swim­ming spot and is very pop­u­lar with those bring­ing their furry friends along. Small game like dassies and other fyn­bos crea­tures abound at De Kom, and guests can even ob­serve ea­gles hunt­ing bask­ing dassies on the cliffs around the cot­tage.

Stone­haven

If ro­mance is what you are af­ter, Stone­haven is the place. Set high up on the moun­tain­side, this cot­tage boasts panoramic views of the val­ley and moun­tains and is sur­rounded by lush fyn­bos and sand­stone for­ma­tions. Ac­com­mo­dat­ing just one cou­ple, with an em­pha­sis on ro­man­tic am­biance, the open-plan de­sign with beau­ti­ful queen­size brass bed in­cor­po­rates the bed­room, lounge, kitchen, and din­ing area. While there is a bath­room with shower sep­a­rate to the room, the large dou­ble bath is in the bed­room with a mag­nif­i­cent view onto the veld for cou­ples to savour while en­joy­ing a bub­ble bath to­gether in com­plete pri­vacy. Stone­haven is so­lar­pow­ered with the ex­cep­tion of the stove and geyser that are gas op­er­ated. Like the other cot­tages, it also comes with a ve­randa, built-in braai, and pri­vate pool with pool loungers, com­plet­ing the feel­ing of laid­back moun­tain lux­ury.

Die Veepos

Die Veepos is the most spa­cious cot­tage, of­fer­ing a lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence in the moun­tains for larger groups of friends or fam­i­lies. Sit­u­ated right next to a beau­ti­ful rock out­crop, with out­stand­ing views, this en­chant­ing cot­tage is el­e­gantly dec­o­rated and laid out with a spa­cious open-plan liv­ing area with a large in­door fire­place (big enough to make an in­door potjie on a cold Winters evening). Die Veepos has three bed­rooms (one queen size bed, two sin­gles, and two three­quar­ter beds) as well as a full bath­room and fully-equipped kitchen with gas stove and fridge. Doors to the liv­ing room open onto a spa­cious ve­randa com­plete with built-in braai and sparkling, spring wa­ter plunge pool, and, on the other side, a sunny stoep great for al fresco break­fasts. Unique ad­di­tions to Die Veepos in­clude the bliss­ful out­door shower set in the rocks and the pri­vate, semi-en­closed out­door bath with stag­ger­ing moun­tain and val­ley views.

Peters­field Moun­tain Cot­tages is truly in a league of its own. I am yet to ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing else quite like it in South Africa and urge any­one I meet to ex­pe­ri­ence it for them­selves to re­ally un­der­stand the magic of the place. It is a paradise for hu­mans and four-legged friends alike.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.pe­ters­field­farm.co.za.

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