COSY COT­TAGES IN THE COUN­TRY­SIDE

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WIN­TER MEANS SNUGGLING WARMLY, ROAR­ING FIRE­PLACES AND MUGS OF HOT CHOCO­LATE – ALL EVEN BET­TER IF YOU’RE TUCKED AWAY SOME­WHERE IN A SE­CLUDED COT­TAGE WHERE YOU CAN FOR­GET THE WOR­RIES OF THE WORLD FOR A WHILE. HERE ARE OUR TOP PICKS FOR A WEEK­END AWAY.

Ev­ery­one loves a good week­end break. It doesn’t mat­ter much to me where it is, what the ac­com­mo­da­tion is like (within rea­son), or how long it takes to get there – as long as I can turn off my phone and en­joy the sweet sound of ra­dio si­lence. I’m a big be­liever in tak­ing a break from tech­nol­ogy at least three times a year. And yes, that break in­cludes not tak­ing pic­tures to post on In­sta­gram later. For once in our “technophilic” lives, ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing in the mo­ment and en­joy some true qual­ity time with your spe­cial some­one.

We’ve rounded up the cutest, cud­dli­est, and cosiest cot­tages in the coun­try for you to en­joy this win­ter.

WEST­ERN CAPE

Ea­gle Chalet Lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Ceder­berg re­gion of the West­ern Cape, Ea­gle Chalet is one of the more iso­lated cot­tages on the list. For­merly a shep­herd’s cot­tage, the prop­erty was ren­o­vated and can now ac­com­mo­date two cou­ples in happy com­fort. The cot­tage wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a stone fire­place, per­fect for curl­ing up in front of after a day of ex­plor­ing the area. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ceder­bergchalets.co.za/ prod­uct/ea­gle-chalet.

Cot­tage in the Kloof The Cot­tage in the Kloof is the per­fect es­cape for a cou­ple want­ing to snug­gle and re­con­nect with each other this win­ter. Nes­tled in the pris­tine sur­round­ings of Robert­son’s fa­mous Nuy Val­ley, the cot­tage of­fers panoramic views that are best en­joyed from the view­ing deck. Made al­most en­tirely of stone, this cot­tage is the epit­ome of “com­fort­ably rus­tic”. For more info, visit www.airbnb.com/rooms/18681967.

Guinea Fowl Cot­tage Farm-style Guinea Fowl Cot­tage is nes­tled in the coastal town of No­ord­hoek, near Cape Town. Ca­pa­ble of hous­ing eight guests in four bed­rooms, this cot­tage is the per­fect place for a fam­ily break – so pack up the kids and spend a week­end of qual­ity time to­gether. Or if, like me, you fall in love with the cot­tage, just rent it out and stay there with your spe­cial some­one.The house is lovely and warm thanks to a fire­place, gas heater and elec­tric blan­kets on the beds. For more info, visit www.airbnb.com/rooms/17455129.

Lonely Planet Cot­tage The hint is in the name – this cot­tage is as iso­lated as they come, and it’s per­fect for a spot of glo­ri­ous iso­la­tion. Lonely Planet Cot­tage is lo­cated on Enjo Na­ture Farm, a Ceder­berg eco-farm ded­i­cated to bring­ing peo­ple back to na­ture.The cot­tage is not con­nected to the na­tional grid, so the geyser is so­lar-pow­ered, and both the fridge and the stove run off gas. There is a stun­ning fire­place to heat the lit­tle cot­tage in the win­ter months, and a nat­u­ral pool that’ll keep you cool in the sum­mer. For more info, visit www.soul­coun­try.info/ceder­berg-ac­com­mo­da­tion.

MPUMALANGA

Wol­wekrans Eco Lodge The eco-friendly chalets at Wol­wekrans are sit­u­ated just 40 min­utes out­side Mbombela (Nel­spruit) and run solely on so­lar power. Each chalet boasts a unique view of the Schoe­man Moun­tain range, and there’s no bet­ter way to en­joy said view than from the pri­vate boma.The max­i­mum ca­pac­ity for each chalet is six peo­ple, al­though they are equally well suited to cou­ples, es­pe­cially as they are com­pletely pri­vate. Book via www.wol­wekrans.com/self­ca­ter­ing-chalets.

EASTERN CAPE

Klein­riv­ier Wilder­ness The four chalets built at Dassiekrans are lo­cated in the heart of the Eastern Cape wilder­ness. They were built for na­ture lovers, and the dense bush means that each chalet is shielded from the out­side world. Speak­ing of the out­side, some even boast out­door show­ers. The power is so­lar-gen­er­ated, and you have two fire­places to choose from – one in­side and one out­side. The braai area is per­fect for a re­laxed din­ner. For more info, visit www.klein­river.co.za/dassiekrans-selft-cater­ing.

Cot­tages at the Edge There are some ar­eas of our beloved coun­try that you sim­ply must visit at least once in a life­time, and Hogs­back is one of them. Hogs­back of­fers vis­i­tors the beauty of na­ture, with­out the need to trek for miles and miles to find it. The Edge has mul­ti­ple chalet and cot­tage op­tions to choose from, and they’re bound to have one to suit your spe­cific needs. Our best pick? The Heaven’s Above Thatched Cot­tage is like some­thing from a fairy tale – it’s built on an el­e­vated plat­form, it’s serene and pri­vate, and the dé­cor is any­thing but rus­tic. For more info, visit www.theedge-hogs­back.co.za.

KWAZULU-NA­TAL

Ot­ters Den Cot­tages Just out­side Mooi River sit the quaint Ot­ters Den Cot­tages. These cot­tages are less iso­lated than the oth­ers on the list, but they are in no way in­fe­rior. Per­fect for eco-tourism and peo­ple who love the great out­doors, the Ot­ters Den Cot­tages have thatched roofs and sit up on a hill­side, of­fer­ing fab­u­lous views. For more info, or to book a slice of par­adise, visit www.ot­ters­densc.co.za.

So why not plan a well-de­served break? And don’t for­get to leave all of your tech­nol­ogy at home – you’ll thank us later!

Wol­wekrans Eco Lodge

Lonely Planet Cot­tage

Guinea Fowl Cot­tage

Lonely Planet Cot­tage

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