Budget Getaways Review
Country Cats appears to tick most 'dream getaway on a river' boxes. With a a serene setting of lush meadows loosely draped along the broad Goukou River, a backdrop of fynbos hills, friendly horses and two pretty cottages tailored to slightly different tastes, you're unlikely to go wanting.
Happy Hollow Cottage is the more rustic and creative of the two options. Tucked into an indigenous kloof alongside the stables, it's open-plan and sleeps four. Looking at the pics, 'organic country' appears to be the decor theme, with wonky sandbagged walls, cement floors, tree trunks propping up a mezzanine level for the kids, roughly sanded doors, and liberal use of thick nautical rope. The kitchen is fully equipped with micro, fridge and stove, the open dining/living area has a fireplace, and the screened-off bedroom comes with fresh linen and towels. The open patio faces onto the kloof, harbouring a rich bird and plant life, while to the front a huge garden holds secret nooks and crannies for the kids.
Further up the way, Reed Beds (sleeps 6) is a mix of old world cosiness and modern convenience. Again, the living and kitchen area is open-plan and fitted with elegant darkwood furniture and the all-essential fireplace. The living room and main bedroom open to a courtyard and green lawns spilling superb views across the water. There are two separate bedrooms, with the main being ensuite. A fold-out couch in the lounge can hold another two guests. Again, all linen and towels are included in the deal. The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, dishwasher and washing machine should you wish to prolong your stay.
Since the water is central to your weekend, an old rowing boat, two canoes and a pair of paddle skis are at your disposal. Alternatively, bring along that old tub you bought off Gumtree - as long as it floats and it isn't a jet ski! For the non-waterbabes there's a picnic spot at the river and close to 40ha of fynbos hills to explore. And while there are horses on the farm they aint for ridin'. Same goes for the chickens.
Of course, if all this is not enough to keep you busy, Stilbaai, with its long beach and smattering of decent eateries, is just 10km up the way.