Four spacious cottages overlooking the Breede River

Budget Getaways Review

Fast becoming an established kid on the Bonnievale block, Asher (meaning ‘blessed’) has a growing following. And the reason is clear to see. It occupies one of the best spots along the Breede River - a broad stretch of tranquil water, flanked by vineyards, giant blue gum and stupendous mountain views – and the cottages are a balanced combination of privacy, country character and spacious comfort.

All spaced safely apart and virtually identical in design and furnishing, Asher’s cottages are larger than your average farm abode, which translates into a generally more comfortable stay: a wide covered verandah, with giant braai and huge views, runs the length of each cottage, while inside, the airy double-volume interior features exposed roof beams, clay tiles, a fireplace, telly and traditional farm furniture.

The general living and kitchen layout is open-plan, flanked by two comfortable ensuite bedrooms (with more views) and a four-bed loft tucked into the eaves above.

Personal touches are also in evidence: a chocolate on your pillow, dishwashing liquid, free wood etc, etc.

Back in the sunlight, a wide patch of green grass and Indian canoes await your attention. From the cottages it’s possible to paddle about 2.5km in either direction, a lazy voyage taking in rich birdlife, several species of fish and your fellow weekenders.

A relaxing spot that’s guaranteed to re-ignite the Huck Finn in you!

Getaway Facts: Asher Riverside Cottages
Where16km from Bonnievale
GPS co-ordsS 34°00'11''  E 20°12'01''
Sleepsall 8
Fireplaceyes (free wood)
Meals availableno
Activitiesbirdwatching, boating, canoeing, fishing, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes

Guest Comments

"Bonnievale is such a gem and offers so much. We could have stayed another week at Asher. We loved going down to the river to fish, playing with Buks the local doggie on the beautiful lawn in front of the cottage, sleeping in the loft, making as many fires simultaneously as possible, going cheese tasting, wine tasting, sitting on the large stoep and taking in the view of the Breede river, watching the train go by, listening to the birds. There are so many places to go see, Bonnievale wines is excellent, The Bontebok park is half an hour away, Robertson is half an hour away (Van Loveren, Birds paradise, Viljoensdrift boat cruise), McGregor is half an hour away with the donkey sanctuary. What a valley and what nice people. Life is slow (like the tractors you see all the time) and good here. We will be back." (Dawie Krige, visited July 2015)
"Lovely weather, stunning sunsets, enjoyed canoeing on the river, very peaceful." (Nicola Galloway, visited May 2015)
"The setting is really lovely being right on the banks of the river. The cottage itself was spotless and had everything needed for the weekend but lacked "personality". That being said, we had a very relaxing time and will certainly recommend it." (Gayle Barichievy, visited May 2015)
"We had an absolutely phenomenal stay at Asher Riverside Cottages over the May long weekend. We went as a large group of friends, and stayed in two cottages, which were both immaculately clean, comfortable and well-appointed. Being close to the river, surrounded by countryside, meant that people could spend time relaxing together, or going for a paddle, or a run, or bird-watching, or golf, or swimming, or fishing, the list goes on and on. If you are looking for a place to totally relax, this is the place for you. We can't recommend Asher enough." (Julia Bishop, visited May 2015)
"Had a fantastic family getaway. Beautiful setting and wonderful accommodation. Great bird life." (Tamzon Woodley, visited April 2015)
"The highlights of our stay was the evening strolls in the vineyards and the fun we had with the kids in the river. The flies were a nuisance. The layout of the cottage was ideal. Great place for a family breakaway!" (Barend Bezuidenhout, visited February 2015)
"We had a very relaxing calm peaceful time away from the hustle and bustle of city life and would recommend it most definitely to friends and family, I'd go back anytime. We enjoyed our daily four-legged visitors (cows) tremendously. My family enjoyed the river and canoe rides even though they we scared at first but with Ada helping out with life jackets it made it more 'survivable' as my daughter said! Amazing and a wow place with lovely owners." (Lynette January, visited December 2014)
"Die huis met sy groot stoep het 'n pragtige uitsig op die Breede Rivier en die berge in die agtergrond. Hier het ons heerlik gekuier en net weereens besef in hoe 'n pragtige land ons woon. Dit is die ideale uitspanplek om ontslae te raak van die stad se gejaagdheid en net die rustige natuur te geniet. Ada en Dickter het uit hul pad uit gegaan om dit vir ons so gerieflik as moontlik te maak. Sal beslis weer soontoe gaan!" (Lynette Venter, visited December 2014)
"It's all that we wanted! A quiet peace of heaven to just relax and recharge." (Christelle Fourie, visited December 2014)
"We recently spent a fantastic 5 days at one of the Asher Cottages outside Bonnievale. The setting is gorgeous. The river is large and deep and canoeing is a blast. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you could need and the loft room for the kids was a big hit. There is lots of space inside the cottage as well as on the large stoep with a breathtaking view of the river. Ada de Wet was welcoming and hospitable, making it clear we could come to her if we needed anything but otherwise left us alone which is how we like it. Just one remark to take note of, the access to the river is very steep indeed. No issue for the teenage kids but would be trying for anyone with even minor mobility issues. The distance between the cottages is absolutely fine for privacy, as long as you don't mind the occasional cow checking out what you are up to that is!. We loved it and would definitely go back." (Cindy Gilbert, visited December 2014)
"Very nice 'out of the city' kind of place." (Margery Mouton, visited October 2014)
"Our stay was awesome. Quiet and peaceful with time to think and relax, bathe in the sun, take a nap in peaceful surroundings ... even the fish bit in order to ensure that you enjoy the fishing. Nature and man worked together to ensure we had a joyful time." (Santie Genis, visited October 2014)
"Great getaway for a great price." (Nick Bester, visited September 2014)
"It truly is a spectacular setting, and the facilities are charming and adequate. Clean comfortable and welcoming. The owners were extremely professional. The directions and descriptions are all spot on. The pictures just don't do the experience justice!" (Wendy Purdon, visited September 2014)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and kids had a blast sleeping in upstairs bedroom, as well as exploring around. Enjoyed the trips in canoe on river as well. Evenings were enjoyed on stoep with fire blazing (wood supplied by Ada - thanks)." (Donovan Patterson, visited January 2014)
"The owners were friendly and helpful. When my sister got lost they offered to fetch them. We have two recommendations: Accessibility of the river is poor, it was too steep; and the kids kept on sliding and for my older sister it was to steep to reach the water. At night we were bitten by mosquitoes and during the day the flies were hard to keep at bay. Mosquito nets would have been handy." (Robert Hoeksema, visited January 2014)
Getaway reply: "Thank you for the guest comment. Robert Hoeksema did not make a booking with me for January 2014. After Bonnievale we are the first north facing cottages with the river in view. The height of our riverbanks make it possible for guest to enjoy a cottage with in 20m from the river. Unfortunately we do have one cottage with more difficult access towards the river. The river banks in our area are very sensitive and due to the fact that the Breede River are really "breed" (broad) at our part of the river when in flood, it is not possible to do anything to accessibility to the river. Structures are usually washed away during floods. The flies are unfortunately part of farm but we do try to control it. We spray the cottages on a regular basis and have a few active fly bags at the back of all the cottages. A can of Coopex Aerosol in all cottages help guest to control flies and mosquitoes during their stay." (Ada De Wet)
"This spot was really perfect for us. Wanted a quiet place to go away to and found the Asher cottages absolutely fantastic. Such an incredible setting at a great price. Canoeing or swimming in the river during the warm days and fire in the fireplace at night. No disturbances - exactly what you need to get away from the city." (Rigard Kruger, visited March 2013)
"Absolute value for money. Beautiful, private setting. Did lots of bird watching." (Annie Lombard, visited January 2013)
"We had a stunning time. Will go back again and again and again." (George Kuyk, visited March 2010)
"This is our third time we have visited Asher Cottages, and it never fails to be a memorable weekend. From the basic, clean and functional facilities, to the brilliant braai setup, to the clean river and canoes, I can't rave enough about this place. Thank you for having us once again! We will be back next year for round four without a doubt." (James Bashall, visited March 2011)
"We stay stayed at Asher during the first week of January and overall had a very relaxing stay. The bathrooms are lovely and spacious and the beds extremely comfy. The loads of free wood are enough to melt any hardened SA male. On the down side, the access to the river was extremely disappointng. We stayed in cottage no.2 and to get into the river we had to walk down a boiling hot tree trunk off a rather steep embankment in order to avoid the green slush along the river edge. Very very difficult for small children and dangerous for pregnant woman. We did devise a plan for getting into the canoe (which was great to have), which was also tricky to access, and then paddling out in order to get my 4 year-old into and out of the river safely. All very doable, but it did make going for a swim quite an effort. No such thing as a quick dip - frustrating when it is 39 degrees... Overall, we did have a lovelly time and I would definatley recommend it. Just the river access from cottage 2 is a big problem, especially for little children." (Mandy Wood, visited January 2011)
"Kos vir die siel en gees, regtig nader aan God kon ons nie gewees het nie! Die verblyf, natuurskoon en gasvryheid is beslis 'n WENNER!" " (Petro Cronje, visited July 2009)
"What a great getaway!! Perfect for a break from the city life. Great views of mountains, right on the river. The canoes are fun! All in all a great way to relax and spend time with the family. Thanks again Ada." (Byron Ferguson, visited April 2009)
"The accommodation exceeded all expectations. Ada shows her hospitality by adding little things that make a huge difference and are not usually available in self-catering accommodation, like little chocolates for guests, classy wine glasses, an exceptionally well stocked kitchen. The setting is mind-blowing and a fabulous place to escape civilisation." (Eileen Carne, visited October 2008)
"What an amazing place to just totally relax! The cottages are right on the river, the bird life amazing, even spotted an otter! It was so good to just get away and do nothing... Ada, thank you for your hospitality, we will most certainly come again." (Dionné Olivier, visited September 2008)
"Fantasties!! Wil jy afskakel en weer jouself vind? Dit is beslis die plek. Dankie aan Dickter en Ada wat sulke "stunning" mense is en 'n bietjie van hulle wonderlike lewe met ons kon deel." (Jacques & Sonia Le Roux, visited January 2007)
"It exceeded all expectations. The spaciousness of the cottage was great." (Carol Hewitson, visited July 2005)