Budget Getaways Review
Long Thin Farm overlooks the Goukou River, 13km from Stilbaai. And, judging by the gushing guest feedback, it looks like a Budget gem in the making...
On offer are two self-catering cottages, both above a beautiful stretch of idyllic river as it carves a slow meandering path towards the sea.
Milkwood Cottage, beautifully restored to expose some of its original stonework, sleeps two in a separate bedroom which is ensuite, a further two singles can be found in the loft room. The kitchen, living and dining area is open-plan, fully equipped and fitted with a cast-iron fireplace for winter. Towels and linen are also provided. Outside, there's an enclosed stoep and private garden overlooking the river.
Further along the way, Stone Cottage is like the name suggests: an old stone cottage that's been fully restored to the exacting standards of the modern Budget traveller. It also sleeps four, but this time there are two bedrooms. The bedrooms share a common bathroom with shower. As with Milkwood, towels and linen are provided. Again the lounge etc is open-plan and fully equipped, including cast-iron fireplace. The stoep is covered with a reed ceiling and has a wonderful outlook over the water.
Both cottages are comfortable and tastefully decorated in a home-from-home atmosphere.
Looking beyond your bed for the weekend, there's plenty to keep you occupied at Long Thin...
The activity platter includes boating (rowing boat, canoe and kayak provided), swimming and waterskiing (launching facilities available), fishing from the lower reaches of the river, mountain biking (bring your own), birdwatching (with 250 species ticked off to date, including fish eagles), picnicking under an ancient fig tree alongside the river, stargazing, braaing to your heart's content, and helping out with the olive picking. There's even an amateur croquet lawn to hone your skills in preparation for the Queen's visit.
Thirteen kays away, Stilbaai has a long beach, historic interest and a couple of decent eateries.