COSY COTTAGES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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