Som­er­set Gift

TRIPAD­VI­SOR NO. 10 OF 27 SPE­CIAL­ITY LODG­INGS

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

This farm is a bit out of the way (20 min­utes’ drive from town) but the pho­to­graphs looked ter­rific, and re­al­ity did not dis­ap­point. It’s a glo­ri­ous set­ting: a nar­row, lush, bird-filled val­ley with the Buf­fel­jags River run­ning through it, where five self-cater­ing cot­tages and a manor house are dot­ted on sprawl­ing lawns. They are sim­ply and taste­fully dec­o­rated in Cape Cot­tage-style and set some 50 me­tres apart – far enough to be pri­vate, yet close enough to be con­ve­nient for a group. Each has a fire­place and a large un­der­cover stoep, com­fort­ably fur­nished, with lovely views of the gar­den and moun­tains. Hike to wa­ter­falls and moun­tain pools on the prop­erty, or foe­fie-slide over and ca­noe on the spring­wa­ter lake. Taken as a whole for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, Som­er­set Gift can ac­com­mo­date 48 guests.

ROOM TIP I liked the de­sign and lo­ca­tion of Rose (the two en-suite be­d­rooms are set on op­po­site sides of the cot­tage) but, re­ally, ev­ery op­tion here is great. For a cou­ple, tiny Lit­tle Bush­buck is ideal – it’s right on the wa­ter and cheaper be­cause the bath­room (a pro­tected out­door shower and loo) is 10 me­tres from the cot­tage.

COST Lit­tle Bush­buck from R800 (sleeps three); other cot­tages from R1 300 (sleep four to six). For big­ger groups, Fish Ea­gle Lodge is from R2 200 (sleeps eight) and the Manor House is from R3 500 (sleeps 14). Min­i­mum two-night stay on week­ends and hol­i­days.

CON­TACT 076-508-7188, som­er­set­gift.co.za

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