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
Equippedyes
Linenyes
Towelsyes
Fireplaceyes (free wood)
Braaiyes
Meals availableno
Pet-friendlyno
Activitiesbirdwatching, boating, canoeing, fishing, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes

Guest Comments

"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)




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