While driving from East London to Port Elizabeth we detour to Alicedale, a small settlement on the banks of the Bushman’s River. We’re intrigued to find The Cobhouse, on a farm a few kilometres out of town, in the remote Cacadu district. Suitably charmed, we spend the night in the house with a choice of three cosy en-suite bedrooms. It’s self-cater and electricity-free, an enchanting retreat for a party of up to ten to get back to nature. Guests can visit surrounding game reserves and golfers can enjoy a round on the Bushman Sands Golf Course. The house is wonderfully cool in summer, and we’re assured that on a cold evening all we’d need do is light up a crackling log fire in one of the wood-filled fireplaces. This is a happy, restful place to spend a few days.