Arum­vale Coun­try House

TRIPAD­VI­SOR NO. 8 OF 42 B&BS/INNS

Getaway (South Africa) - - THE FINAL CUT SWELLENDAM -

You don’t have to have a ca­nine or fe­line child to fall in love with Arum­vale’s self-cater­ing suites and cot­tages but, my word, it’s fan­tas­tic to find a pet-friendly es­tab­lish­ment that’s this lux­u­ri­ous and taste­fully fur­nished! It’s ro­man­tic yet also a great choice for fam­i­lies, lo­cated just out­side town in the pic­turesque Her­mitage Val­ley. All five op­tions (three flatlets and two cot­tages) en­joy sweep­ing views of the lush green pad­docks and ma­jes­tic back­drop of the Lange­berg moun­tains. All have kitchens with big fridges (great for longer stays), pri­vate veran­das with braais, din­ing ta­bles and lovely lounge ar­eas with in­door fire­places (wood and char­coal sup­plied). Guests are wel­come to pick herbs and veg in the gar­den, and there is a pretty (un­fenced) pool. There is Wi-Fi and a TV and DVD player in all units ex­cept off-the-grid Rus­tic Gar­den Cot­tage. Ge­orge Miss­ing is a won­der­ful host – gre­gar­i­ous, gen­er­ous, hum­ble, laid-back; he and wife Bev (founder of Rain cos­met­ics) have cre­ated a real gem.

ROOM TIP I loved the Carol Suite (sleeps three) for its el­e­vated views. An­neline Cot­tage is an­other great choice – très ro­man­tic for two, but can sleep four (there is an en-suite bed­room on the mez­za­nine level and two sin­gle sleeper couches on the ground floor). The Gar­den Cot­tage, ac­cessed via a small bridge, is the most ba­sic but charm­ing.

COST R600 pp shar­ing, R200 per ex­tra per­son (chil­dren un­der eight are free). Gar­den Cot­tage R450 pp shar­ing (sleeps two). Great win­ter spe­cials.

CON­TACT 028-514-3545, arum­vale.com

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