Farm below Krakadouw Peak with three traditional cottages
Budget Getaways Review
Tucked beneath the famed Krakadouw Peak at the end of a 13km dirt cul-de-sac from Clanwilliam, Dwarsrivier Farm is a tract of unspoilt beauty bisected by two rivers and crystal pools. “Ons klein stukkie hemel,” owner Therese calls it – and what’s more, she’s willing to share it with you.
The farm has three cottages, two of which are particularly characterful.
Oorkant se Huis (sleeps 5) is a privately appointed thatched abode with a head-to-head view of Krakadouw and everything else you could ask for, barring an indoor fireplace. The interior is open-plan with French windows and stone floors.
A little closer to the main farmhouse, Frikkie se Huis (named after one ‘Frikkie’, who lived there for years with his 13 children), is a quaint thatched cottage with a jackpot bonus of both open hearth and Dover stove in the stone-floored kitchen. Frikkie has three bedrooms, of which one is a cosy loft. The cottage is fully equipped with all the luxuries that Frikkie did without.
Jan Dissels (sleeps 5) is a more recent addition to Dwarsrivier and, as such has a tad less of Oorkant’s and Frikkie’s old-time character. Character aside though, this two-bedroom cottage on the banks of a river by the same name is not to be scoffed at. It is private and shiny-clean, with the added benefit of a fireplace and outlook over the river.
Getaway Facts: Krakadouw Cottages
|Where||13km from Clanwilliam|
|GPS co-ords||S 32°13'14'' E 18°59'21''|
|Fireplace||in two cottages|
|Meals available||no |
|Rate guide||R600 nightly per cottage(1-3 guests), plus R200pp thereafter|
|Activities||hiking, mountain biking, spring flowers, swimming|