Budget Getaways Review
Oh boy, not another Budget gem! (Hey, somebody has to do this job!) This time it’s an historic 1600ha farm bordering De Mond Nature Reserve and more or less equidistant from Arniston, Struisbaai and Bredasdorp.
Apart from a homestead dating back over 200 years, Vogelgezang has three guest cottages, each miles from civilization and each unique.
Let’s begin with the Fishing Cabin. If you suffer from a recurring fantasy featuring an isolated cabin, fishing to your heart’s content and drinking beer with the mates, help is at hand!
We’ve seen a lot of places, but you don’t get a much better location than this: surrounded by a sea of coastal fynbos and just metres from the wild beach.
So what is the catch? The Cabin is rustic, bordering on raw, so expect bunk beds, communal sleeping, no electricity, an outside solar shower and nothing but corrugated iron between you and the summer heat or the winter chill.
Now that you know what to expect, you will have a ball at the Fishing Cabin.
Heading back towards the homestead, de Mond Cottage is also on its own but with a somewhat different persona – a rustic thatched cottage, surrounded by wheat and canola fields and a distant view of the ocean.
Terracotta tiles, country furniture and simple yet attractive decor, paraffin lamps, gas power (no electricity), an airy kitchen with generous table and Dover stove, a wood-burning 'donkey' for hot water, three uncluttered bedrooms that sleep six total, a loft for an extra four single beds, a comfortable lounge with fireplace and a shady stoep...
A short stroll from the cottage, the owners have fashioned a timber sundowner deck around an old farm dam – a very nice touch.
New to the pack is Vlei Cafe Cottage, a nifty little two-sleeper with soothing views over the vlei and wheat fields. Only available out of season, the cottage converts to the farm shop during the main season. Open plan in design, you've got a small kitchen, indoor braai, a stoep you could get old on and the romance of paraffin lamps and gas cooking.
Near to hear is the start of the farm's trail run and MTB route, another nice addition to the activities list.
We think you’ve got the picture, folks. Vogelgezang is uberlekker!