Large farm lying adjacent to De Mond Nature Reserve, with a basic Fishing Cabin and a farm-style Cottage

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 two 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.

We think you’ve got the picture, folks. Vogelgezang is uberlekker!

Getaway Facts: Vogelgezang Farm Cottages
Where17km from Arniston (& 19km from Bredasdorp & 25km from Struisbaai)
GPS co-ordsS 34°41'49.2926''  E 20°06'27.1994''
SleepsFishing Cabin 4-6, De Mond Cottage 6-10
Equippedyes
Linenno
Towelsno
Fireplacede Mond Cottage
Braaiyes
Meals availableno
Pet-friendlyno
Activitiesbirdwatching, fishing, fly fishing, game viewing, mountain biking, small game-viewing, spring flowers, stargazing, swimming, walking, whale watching

Guest Comments

"We stayed in the Farm Cottage over the long weekend and it truly is a very special place in a lovely location - both close to nearby attractions, and far away enough to feel like there is no one else around. The farm cottage itself is beautiful, spacious and well equipped in terms of cutlery and crockery. We even had an amazing encounter with a Cape genet who walked right in front of us and drank water from the small reservoir outside the cottage, all the while we were watching! We will definitely be back. " (Laura Peinke, visited March 2014)
"An idyllic location,with inspiring views, getting back to the simple important things in life. Excellent fishing grounds. It's rustic, the matresses are hard, and I embraced cold showers in the winter, a small price to pay for the cozy atmosphere of a timber cabin that has only gas and paraffin lights." (Jakob asson, visited July 2013)
"Thank you for a wonderful stay at the fishermans cabin last weekend. The venue is basic, but clean and very well equipped with everything we needed. The shower is an absolute treat and the surrounding views and sunsets were spectacular. A perfect, relaxing getaway destination that we all needed. We all look forward to visiting again in the near future." (Tracey Wilson, visited May 2013)
"What an absolute gem of a place! We loved the rustic isolation, being surrounded by nature and the amazing views! And thanks to Colleen who was so helpful with our last-minute booking. We will most definitely be back!" (Dominique Mulder, visited October 2012)
"I write this with a measure of reservation because it would be in my best interest not to say how fantastic this spot is - that way less people will be booking, and this is one of those places you'll need to go back to! Vogelgezang was, in a nutshell, a fabulous escape from reality. It's one of those places you wish you could stay longer. Twitching, walking, fishing, talking - and firewood to keep you warm all night long! We took a couple of friends, various kids, a camera or two and fed the soul on wide open spaces, windmills, Canola fields and moonlit walks." (Glynnis Garrod, visited August 2012)
"Colleen and Alistair were incredibly helpful and accommodating. We find it a very restful place to be with no-one else as far as the eye can see. The beach is superb and always empty. Very child friendly." (Kevin Stoloff, visited January 2011)
"I've stayed at both the Cabin and the Cottage on numerous occasions. They are both amazing. The Cabin is very rustic and charming. It is in the actual reserve on top of a hill looking out over the sea and fynbos. It's great for getting away from it all and chilling. You do need a 4x4 to get there as there are some dunes you will need to conquer. If you get stuck, Pof, the friendly host, will organise a tractor to get you out. The cabin is basic but has everything you need, but bear in mind there is no electricity. The Cottage is large, comfortable and picture perfect. There are two outside braais and a fire pit... what more could you ask for? Well, if you were my girlfriend you would be asking me about the other facilities like bathrooms, bedrooms, comfort etc. The Cottage has everything and more. Again, bear in mind there is no electricity but there is a donkey to keep the water hot (and no it is not a real one). De Mond is a special place and the Vogelgezang Cabin and Cottage are always awesome to visit. For guys i'd recommend the Cabin or Cottage. If there are girls in the party I would recommend the Cottage. Can't wait for my next visit." (Karl Tessendorf, visited October 2011)
"Two families went and stayed comfortably with an extra adult. Five children slept in the loft bedroom. We had a stunning weekend, we walked on the beach, fished, rode horses, cycled, swam in farm pool, relaxed and braaied on the patio and generally had a really good time." (Mel Sharp, visited February 2010)
"What a fabulous place for all, my husband became an avid birdwatcher again after this weekend (due to the amazing amount of birds we saw, including 2 baby owls in the tree), a real African experience with a brilliant night starlit sky by the fire on the verandah, easy kitchen to work from, novel to have gas lamps and the donkey lit for hot water, all part of the fun experience, away from city and technology - the kids had the time of their lives with their own loft area to hang out in, safe farm to go and explore on bikes, fishing 2kms away in De Mond nature reserve, walks and swims in the nature reserve and 15 mins away from a swim at Arniston's Roman beach and fish and chips at the hotel afterwards if you start craving company. Love the farm resevoir pool with deck on a hot summer days, perfect setting for a PIMS or cold glass of wine! LOVED it!" (Penny Hall, visited December 2011)
"A beautiful place to relax, unwind and enjoy nature. Yes, it is not a typical holiday getaway, but once you have been there, you are sure to return. Good for kids to learn and appreciate how to get by without electronic equipment and gadgets." (Nigel Pfister, visited January 2012)
"Just got back from Vogelgezang cottage which is on the De Mond farm. Sadly this has been one of the worst places I have ever stayed at. The accomodation is quite expensive considering there is no electricity or any other conveniences.. but that was not the problem. There were issues from the time we arrived and included: The fridge which was hooked up to gas was broken when we arrived and was only replaced after repeated calls to the owners and then only on the 2nd day. Incredible lack of communication The 2nd fridge was powered by a very loud generator which belched smoke and made an incredible noise. the generator broke after 2 hours and again there was no fridge. This was not replaced before we left. The gas connections were home made and you could smell gas leaking in the kitchen. The drinking & bath water was not switched on so the water we used was from an old water tank that was filthy and normally used as a swimming pool. We were not told this and used the water for 3 days for tea & showering and tooth brushing. Again no apology for this. Tried to communicate with the owner after getting back and after 2 weeks have still not received any response or apology or any type of partial refund." (Roland vvon Fintel, visited December 2011)
Guest reply: "Dear Roland - As we understand it, there were two unfortunate incidents during your stay at Vogelgezang. We do realise how inconvenient it was and once again apologise for this. Both were unforeseen and we responded as quickly as possible with the appropriate measures available to us. We again apologise for these two incidents. The cottage, being without electricity and in a fairly remote location does mean that when these incidents happen the solutions can be being more difficult to resolve than in an urban situation. The “ruralness” of the cottage is what normally appeals to our guests and is exactly what we market the cottage as. It is very much in our interests to avoid incidents of this nature and we believe that we did and will continue to make every effort to prevent these sort of incidents." (Colleen Doyle - owner)
"What a fantastic spot! Just spent the weekend at the cottage and what a great experience for all. The facilities more than met our requirements and provided good value for money. In fact we found that the lack of electricity actually adds to the whole experience! The farm is well located to access de Mond, Napier, Bredasdorp, Struisbaai and Arniston. The region's reputation for quality fishing is well deserved, with us catching three grunter, eight stumpnose (de Mond) and three cob (Struisbaai)! Plenty to do, plenty to see and all in and around a unique and beautiful countryside. We will definitely be back!" (Drew Moll, visited April 2010)
"Thank you all at Vogelgezang for a really super weekend on the farm. We had such a lovely time and everything was absolutely perfect there, even to the matches and firelighters! Many thanks - we’ll definitely be back as it’s such a special place." (Tim & Caroline Holdcroft, visited March 2010)
"This is a very special place. We loved the bed in the lounge, it felt snug and has the most amazing views of the sea and star gazing at night. The owners went out of their way to accommodate us and our three kids and couldn't have been more helpful. The cabin has everything you need and nothing that you don't, which makes it very relaxing." (Giselle S, visited December 2009)
"It sure was rustic - but we knew that and loved the peace, it really is gorgeously alone up there. But the concept of shifting a coffee table against a locker to make a double bed was a pain in the butt and back. Take a sheet or three to cover the old matresses." (Christo & Meriel, visited August 2007)




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