Assegai House : From R285pp - R300pp nightly, children aged 10 and under half-price; Noy Noy TiPi - from R350pp sharing ; Paws & Magic - from R210pp sharing
Budget Getaways Review
Fifteen kays from Robertson and tucked away at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains on a 12ha tract of fertile farming land, Assegai Rest is a down to earth escape from your usual humdrum of city traffic and yapping neighbourhood pooches.
Circled by pretty surrounds (crammed with hiking and mountain biking potential), is a private farmhouse and two exclusive Tipi Camps with two tents and one tent respectively.
If R & R is what you're primarily here for, you can kick off your weekend with a therapeutic massage by hostess Jackie - while the kids baljaar with farm animals and dad tries his hand at a spot of archery - and Robertson and its feel-good restaurants and wine farms are a mere hop up the road.
You're welcome to bring the family hound to Assegai - the garden is fenced, which allows you to explore without fear of Fido going on the rampage.
Let's take a look at the accommodation. First up is Assegai House, typical of old farmhouses built in the last half-century or so: loads of space, basic amenities and laid-back atmosphere. it's the kind of pad where you won’t be overly anxious about the kids stomping through the kitchen with cowpat clinging to their gumboots.
Housing anything from a couple to a group of eight, it comes with two double rooms and a pair of twins, two bathrooms (one with shower, one with bath), plus outside shower built into a fig tree. Mooi.
The living room boasts a fireplace and the kitchen is fully equipped for a decent cook-up. Hubby can perform his Flip-the-Wors trick at the outside braai area - a crate of wood is provided free, with more available for purchase - while you enjoy a well-earned chardonnay on the new viewing deck.
The outdoor delights don't end here. Apart from outdoor shower, there's a hammock and a hanging chair under the fig tree.
The two tipi camps, namely Paws and Magic, are a fun addition, set in a private spot 200m away from Assegai House. Paws camp has two canvas tipi's sleeping two and five respectively, while Magic, has one tipi which sleeps five.
The swanky new Noy Noy TiPi camp sports a fab wooden deck with a hammock as well as an outside bath nestled beneath the trees.
For the exclusive use of a single group or two separate groups, each of the three camps are equipped with a central kitchen, braai and firepit.
The tipi's themselves are fully kitted with beds and bedding (duvet, pillow and extra blanket), this is glamping in style - say goodbye to suffocating nylon sleeping bags, say goodbye to hard ground. There's even solar lighting to power you through the night, and a central loo and inside hot showers. For the more adventurous, there are open-air hot showers at all three camps.
Reducing the hassle factor even further, Jackie provides an Eco Cooler for your edibles and a cooler packed with ice for the beers, a bag of firewood for those late night campfire stories and use of her own freezer for your chop and wors.
To top it all off, you've got use of a sparkling swimming pool, situated mid-way between the Tipi Lodge and Assegai House, a welcome wallowing hole during the scorching summer.
Farmhouse or Tipi Lodge, this is an uber chill spot for families, groups and couples.
"We were a party of seven who stayed at Assegai House for a weekend in June. It is definitely the ideal getaway for a group of friends, and the ideal place for children. Our kids spent hours in the hammocks, and never once asked for TV! And we could just sit and relax and admire the beautiful scenery. The house is really well equipped, warm, cosy and at the same time spacious enough. The real treat for us is that it is pet friendly, as our four-legged companions go everywhere we go. The garden is fenced, so no escape route! There are also some lovely walks on the farm, but nothing beats just sitting on the stoep. We will definitely go again."
(Anita Van Zyl, visited Jun 2017)
"A lovely quiet setting, perfect for a family with kids. The surroundings are beautiful. They have thought of everything such as including kids games, hammocks and everything you would need in the kitchen. And don't forget to have a massage. Brilliant!"
(Frances Ward, visited May 2017)
"Assegai Rest is the best escape that I ever have in nature. The surroundings of the mountain next to you, the wakeup with sounds of birds in our ears is so relaxing and peaceful. Personally I will give Assegai Rest 10/10 thank you for Jacky and Andre what a wonderful stay,"
(Richard Willemse , visited May 2017)
"A lovely break from the city! The farm house is the real thing with creaking floor boards and all and is perfect for those who do not want to be completely isolated. It has lovely renovated bathrooms. The large fenced garden was thoroughly enjoyed by our 2 dogs, but this farm is not for dog lovers who want their pets to move about unrestricted."
(Linda Rademan, visited Apr 2017)
"What a find! We are used to hardcore camping, but decided to try this for a change and were definitely not disappointed! The adventure is not removed, but rather enhanced by this glamping experience! Firstly, it really is a real tipi! And it is huge! The hosts, Andre and Jackie are amazing and ensure that you know where everything is and how it works...except the 'creative box', which they leave you to discover for a surprise: such fun full of (clean) bones, feathers, animal skin etc for you to make hangings to display in the camp area. Magic Tipi has the most romantic table set in a wooded area to enjoy coffee in the mornings. The walks are numerous and stunning; beware of the puff adders though, which were a highlight once we had moved to safety! We were lucky enough to experience a thunder and lightning storm while we were there: we were snug as a bug in our beds watching the lightning through the sticks at the top of the tipi, and Andre even turned up (in the middle of the night) to ensure that we were okay and that we had managed to close the tipi flaps correctly. Value for money and fun like this are hard to find these days! Thanks Andre and Jackie! We hope to be back soon!"
(Suzy Botha, visited Apr 2017)
"Thank you Jackie and Andre for sharing your piece of paradise with us. We had the most awesome long weekend at Assegai Rest and can't wait to come back. The children had such a fabulous time building forts in the riverbed and swimming in the pool, while we relaxed in the hammock with a good book. We completed three hikes which were great with stunning views from the mountain top. We were also fortunate enough to have massages by Jackie which were so amazing - thank you. We look forward to returning sometime soon."
(Becky Baldeo, visited March 2017)
"We go away often as a family - both camping and in cottages and houses. Of all the places we've stayed, Assegai House was the best equipped ever! It had everything we needed to create awesome meals both in the kitchen and at the braai fire. It also had so much lovely space inside the house and outside. We will definitely be back."
(Janice Roberts, visited Apr 2016)
"It is amazing what Andre and Jackie have achieved in such a short space of time! Their Teepee Lodge has great appeal despite the fact that the trees and shrubs are not yet fully grown. The accommodation is very comfortable, they have thought of every detail and the ablutions are absolutely five star. For a weekend of total relaxation at a very reasonable rate, easy access to Robertson and the surrounding area, wonderful bird life and gentle strolls, you couldn't ask for more. Being able to take along your fur friends is a real bonus. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and highly recommend it."
(Gayle Barichievy, visited January 2015)
"It's a fantastic setting for the whole family and best of all also the dog. The farmhouse is wonderful to stay in and the enclosed garden is lush and great to let the kids and dogs loose in. Beautiful surroundings and the perfect place if you want a relaxed family and pet-friendly getaway with tons to do in the surrounding area."
(Steve Parkes, visited January 2015)
"Most amazing natural experience. Jackie and Andre are such lovely hosts and have gone the extra mile to ensure no stone is left unturned when it comes to comfort, location, facilities, affordability and just plain kick ass accommodation. We did not want to leave and are returning a month later for some more natural living."
(Wendy Bertington, visited January 2015)
"Fantastically appointed farmhouse, with everything you could possibly need, in a quiet, relaxing setting. Couldn't ask for more, wonderful place to unwind from the busy city life, and the dog was overjoyed at the large garden and the view of the cows."
(Gabi Blight, visited July 2015)
"Great place. Will definitely going back. The dogs loved it, great hikes and walks."
(Sarah Donnelly, visited June 2015)
"This was a wonderful few days of tranquility to recharge the batteries! The setting is beautiful and the hosts are very professional. I can't wait to visit again."
(Nicol du Toit, visited March 2015)
"What a great place to relax."
(Steven Kenton, visited February 2015)
"If you want to escape the humdrum of the city and escape to the peacefulness of nature, Assegaai Bos is the place to go. I'm almost reluctant to write a good review, and let out what must be one of Robertson's best kept secrets. The cottage sleeps up to 8 people comfortably, with two large bathrooms: one with a big shower; the other with a large bath. Don't forget the candles and bubble bath! Something my boyfriend and I would've definitely brought had me known. There's also the option of a secluded cold shower outside in the old gnarled fig tree. Or the newly built swimming pool in the field next to the house. The cottage is set at the end of a quiet dirt road . We probably heard a car drive past maybe three or four times in our three nights we were there. Cell phone signal was okay, not great, but with a setting such as this, you really want to cut yourself off from technology and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature. The bathrooms are very new, the bedrooms not quite so, but all very neatly laid out. I was expecting something more rustic,and was pleasantly surprised at how modern the amenities were! The kitchen is fully equipped and spacious . We only used it for making pancakes and salads: the rest of the time we braai'ed on the outdoor fire in the garden watching the sunset, and then the moon rise from a canopy of stars above us. Bring a blanket for stargazing and sleeping outside!"
(Nicolette Reinecke, visited November 2014)
"This was a great find! The pictures do not do this lovely house justice. It is a real farm house with wooden floors, fully equipped kitchen, a child/pet/everybody friendly garden with all kinds of surprises. We thoroughly enjoyed the few items of decoration made by Andre in his taxidermy studio and even managed to convince him to part with a stunning dream catcher at a very reasonable price. The setting was peaceful and the breath-taking mountain views can be enjoyed from the shade of the patio, under the trees in the garden or a strategically placed deck. Hosts Andre and Jackie friendly, welcoming and interesting. Thanks for a much needed break. We hope to be back soon."
(Suzanne Botha, visited October 2014)
"Very pet- and child-friendly, beautiful garden"
(Rowena Quinan, visited September 2014)
"This is one of the few 4-bedroomed houses which makes it fun for 2 families. It would be good if you have pets as it has a fully enclosed and large garden. However, it is quite chilly in winter (it's in a deep valley) and doesn't feel as "loved" as some of the other Budget Getaways places we've stayed at. For example, doors don't close properly, the single shower doesn't function well and the cupboards are not well chosen to hang and pack clothes away in. On our stay, one of the rooms smelled of cigarette smoke."
(Laura James, visited June 2014)
We appreciate your honest feedback and comments, as with valued feedback we are better able to understand the specific needs of our guests. Since we purchased the farm 8 months ago, we have brought in many improvements both to the accommodation and property. This remains our ongoing priority and our next big project is a total re-design and make-over of the bathrooms. While on that point, thank you for highlighting that there was an issue in the shower and this was immediately attended to. We do apologise for the smell of smoke, as non-smokers we know how unpleasant this is. On the rare occasions we do air-out and re-freshen as best as we can. While we do not condone smoking indoors it may be time to employ the use of obvious signage.
Jackie & Andre"
"We had a great relaxed stay at Klaasvoogds. What an amazing house and superb garden. The dogs loved it. We especially enjoyed the early mornings sitting on the stoep and listening to all the birds, and the late afternoon sitting with a glass of wine. The house is spacious and clean. Everything you need is there, kitchen utensils, braai equipment, hammock, games, braai wood. Definitely a place to came back and de-stress!"
(Cees & Inge Van Rijk, visited February 2014)
"We all had an absolutely amazing time. Very relaxing and peaceful. Thank you so much."
(Dominique Ernstzen, visited September 2013)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at Assegai Rest. The setting is absolutely beautiful! The fact that the dogs are welcome here is an absolute bonus - the whole family gets to have a holiday. The boys raved on their mountain biking expedition, and the walking trails are pretty spectacular too. We left feeling totally rejuvenated and ready to tackle the Monday to Friday routine again. We'll definitely be back."
(Leanne van der Spuy, visited July 2013)
"Firstly, our hosts Andre and Jackie are fantastic. They came to see us after we arrived and welcomed us like family and made sure we were well settled. Mmmm... blueberries, my favourite! Secondly, the house is great. It was more than large enough for the 6 of us to rattle around in and not fall over each other. The deep, cool stoep became our living place for the week. Comfortable furnishings, a well stocked kitchen, games in a goody box, fire and braai wood in abundance - we wanted for nothing. Lastly, the setting and surroundings are pure food for the soul. Far from any maddening crowd, the peace and tranquillity seep into you as you watch sunset lighting the hills across the valley. Our dogs loved the space and freedom and the welcome they got! All in all: A wonderful, comfy, cost effective holiday house with wonderful hosts - we will definitely be returning!"
(Rene Johnson, visited January 2013)
"Our stay at Assegai was a wonderful experience. The house was clean and well equipped. Away from the crowd, a tranquil setting. The orchestra of birds was so good for the soul. If you want to have a peaceful getaway then this is the place to go!"
(Cheryl Beukes, visited November 2012)
"To everyone out there who is looking for a homely getaway, filled with nature and awesome settings. This place has everything and more. I wil go again and again."
(Susan de Vos, visited October 2012)
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