Fruit farm on the Breede River with a timber cabin and a stone cottage – 16km from Swellendam
River House and Stone Cottage are secluded cottages appointed on a fruit farm along the banks of the Breede River. Both have a relaxed rustic personality suited to Budget weekenders with Huckleberry Finn leanings.
River House is the more basic of the two – a timber cabin tucked under a rush of milkwood trees. The cottage has electricity (a recent addition), but we reckon leave it in the ‘off’ position as the cosy away-from-it-all ambience created by candles, paraffin lamps and gas is what you are here for.
While still appealingly raw around the edges River House is comfortable, thanks to a Jetmaster, colourful crockery, pretty curtains, bamboo towel rails and other fresh touches. The cottage is equipped; all you need bring is a thick duvet (winters can be chilly as there is little insulation), towels, food and a fishing rod.
Outside, a lazy timber deck, a braai area enclosed by a rickety bamboo fence covered in thick creeper and picnic spots along the riverbank, set the scene for many a happy weekend memory.
Moving a little downstream, we arrived at Rivierplaas’s all-new double-decker Stone Cottage – built, as the name implies, from local stone. Like River House, Stone Cottage is buried under milkwood trees, with a view of the water peeping through the foliage.
The enticing features in this cosy hideaway include gas and candlelight (as well as electricity), a fireplace, rietdak ceilings, wide windows, an airy open-plan living and kitchen area, a spacious loft fitted with two bedrooms (that sleep six), and a nice braai area at the front door. Stone Cottage is an understated Budget gem in the making.