Restored farm cottage with mountain views
Budget Getaways Review
How about sinking deep into a deckchair facing the jagged peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains? It gets even better… The deck is attached to the century-old Horta Cottage - a lovingly restored cob house capped with a tin roof that will lull you to sleep under a good and solid Garden Route downpour.??
Appointed on a rambling 4.5ha tract of land known as Die Plos - from what we understand, a cross between a plaas and a plot - along the scenic Seven Passes road near Hoekwil, Horta is a laid-back retreat where you can do anything from nothing at all to taking bracing walks, dipping or fishing in the dam, picking your own herbs and veggies, partaking in a spot of fencing (the Three Muskateers variety) with host Susan, or learning about her gentler art of baking and preserve-making.
The cottage, a mix of wooden floors, thick cob walls and rustic antique furniture, sleeps six in three bedrooms - a double and two twins. There’s a shared bathroom with a small Continental bath, plus outdoor shower with hot water and spectacular mountain and forest views.
Off to the side of the kitchen you’ve got a dining room with six seater Oregon table and a living area that forms part of the deck, enclosed with glass sliding doors and sporting a built-in braai. There’s a TV and DVD player for rainy days as well as a good collection of books and board games.??
As an avid fan from Durbanville puts it, “Horta Cottage is a space where a person can contemplate his place in the universe.”
Getaway Facts: Horta Cottage
|Where||in Hoekwil, 23km from Wilderness|
|GPS co-ords||S 33°56'22.8302'' E 22°42'47.6096''|
|Fireplace||yes (wood-burning stove)|
|Meals available||by request |
|Activities||artist retreat, birdwatching, cooking school, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, stargazing, swimming, walking|