Budget Getaways Review
This is one tranquil getaway. A 140ha property encompassing bushy hills, green pasture and idyllic river frontage, Wild Olive offers two cute timber chalets with decks and open views across the water, an historic cottage called Apple Tree (sleeps 4) tucked under a 1000-year-old milkwood tree, and a bigger house set a little back that can accommodate up to six guests.
Perched above the water, the chalets (called Sunbird and Hoopoe) are ever so cosy and contain just about every home comfort. Each unit has its own fireplace for those chilly winter nights, as well as an outdoor braai area. French doors open to a covered deck with gorgeous view over the lazy river, a myriad of birds and the obligatory golden sunset. Both cottages sleep four.
Better suited to larger groups of six guests, Lavender Cottage is set about 300m up from the river and comprises a comfortable home-from-home with a large living area (with fireplace) and a huge veranda, where you can enjoy the pretty surrounds and lilting tunes of a diverse birdlife.
Also set back from the river, Apple Tree Cottage is an historic two-bedroom dwelling that sleeps four comfortably. Again, nature is immediate and the birdlife superb, with over 250 species recorded. Among the highlights are a hot outdoor shower under milkwood, as well as indoor fireplace.
Whatever your base, a few meters down the hill and you are at the water, where swimming, fishing and a canoe await. (Skiing is also popular on the Goukou River so you can expect the occasional powerboat to come your way, especially in season.) Alternatively, just chill on the jetty and soak up the ambience.
Not quite the waterbabe you thought you were? In this case take a hike into the hills behind the farm - two spring-fed dams overlooked by an ancient bushman cave, and plenty birdlife on route are your reward.
Back at the ranch, seasonal vegetables and salads are available on request from Wild Olive's organic garden, as are fresh farm eggs. There's even the option of a loaf of real macoy farm bread delivered to your door in the morning.
A wholesome and soothing spot for families and romantic couples, young and old alike.