From R1400 per unit; minimum 4 guests
Budget Getaways Review
Only 15km from Stanford, privately appointed and circled by magnificent Overberg views, Paardenberg offers homely traditional farm ambience and a useful springboard to the surrounding area.
Easy access to picnic spots, hikes in the veld, good mountain biking (the folks at Paardenberg have recently added a number of new trails), birding options, the obligatory Stanford coffee shop trawl, stargazing to the sound of sizzling wors, are part and parcel of the Paardenberg experience.
There are four cottages, all decked out in a traditional flavour and exhibiting proud attention to simple detail.
Starting with Light Cottage (sleeps 8), it sits on a hill overlooking a dam and offers two bedrooms (one of them with double bed, the other two singles for the unmarried), plus a loft with four single beds - as such this is a great spot for two couples and their offspring.
With no Eskom, Light Cottage is a cosy spot powered along by gas, a starter-pack of firewood, and an inverter for the lights and those pesky cellphone chargers.
With similar comfy-rustic charm package, Melk en Heuning lies about 1km from the main house and comprises a renovated shepherd's cottage - where Old George once lived. The cottage sleeps six, with one ensuite double room, a second bedroom with two single beds, plus a loft with two singles. Fronting the cottage is a big farm stoep, outside braai and a huge old oak tree, as well as a random collection of fruit trees.
Granaat Cottage is also an old worker's abode - the name stemming from an old pomegranate grove growing nearby. Perched on a hill overlooking surrounding farms and a copse of poplars it features enough space for eight happy weekenders. With fireplace and traditional Dover stove the kitchen is likely to be your hub in winter. Stairs lead up to a loft with four single beds and skylights to gaze at the stars while you drift off.
Finally, we have Groenvy. What you have here is less a cottage than a full-blown farmhouse, built just a couple of years ago closer to the main homestead. It accommodates eight with ease, with extra space in the living room if you need it. The main bedroom has a Queen bed with walk-in dressing room and bathroom. The second bedroom has a double bed, while the third and fourth bedrooms have two singles. Groenvy sports mod-cons such as a TV and a DVD player.
At all the above linen and towels are provided, as is a cache of wood (at a reasonable rate). Apart from being fully equipped, you will also find plenty in the way of generous extras, such as filter coffee, milk, sugar, tea, etc. Melk en Heuning, Granaat and Groenvy cottages all have Eskom power.
Looking at the feedback, previous guests only have good things to say about Paardenberg - you're likely to be among them.
"We just returned from a lovely long weekend at Little Cottage. For a "basic farm cottage" it was full of lovely luxuries like down duvet's, hot water bottles, choccies on the bed, and plenty of fire wood for the indoor braai (at the bargain price of R15 a crate). Enough indoor / outdoor space for family of diverse ages. You know you are onto a winner when your teenager wants to return to a spot with no electricity!"
(Cheryl Brown, visited Aug 2016)
"What an amazing experience. There is something magical about Beloftebos. A real spiritual experience. Thanks! We will be back."
(Eloise Meyer , visited Jun 2016)
"We had the most wonderful long weekend in Melk en Heuning cottage, arriving to Farm fresh milk, butter and a loaf of just out of the oven bread was a real treat. Our 7-year old and 18-month year old loved walking along the roads jumping in puddles (it was a rainy weekend) nothing dampened our spirits, cozy warm fire place, a huge bath tub and all. The extra special little extras like candles and bubble bath made for a very relaxing weekend for mom. What an awesome spot, we can't wait to return."
(Kirsten Michalopoulos , visited January 2015)
"Gorgeous setting, and we loved the extra touches in the house, home baked bread, fresh farm milk in the fridge, delicious rusk, and locally made soap in the bathrooms. Perfect weekend spot."
(Jennifer Campbell , visited July 2015)
"Loved everything about this getaway. From all the lovely touches like the farm bread, butter and honey. Also loved the rustic decor and all the windows to enjoy the fantastic views no matter what the weather. Will be back in July."
(Heidi Mahon, visited June 2015)
"What an amazing experience. The hospitality absolutely fantastic. Thanks for an awesome stay."
(Buks Haasbroek, visited May 2015)
"We had a wonderful experience staying in the Melk & Heuning cottage. The outdoor seating area and dining room table near the braai was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed making a cozy fire in the living room and chatting while cooking dinner. Everything was in perfect working order as well as very neat and tidy. The bedrooms were also great, and warm water-bottles and blankets were our saviors in the cold of the night. We all had a tremendous laugh about the little outhouse "with a view" (as it had no door), but in the end we all enjoyed that bathroom most of all! We will most definitely visit again soon. Great value for money and oh so relaxing. Loved it."
(Joy-Mari Buys, visited May 2015)
"A great leisurely weekend away! Great for families. It would also make a wonderful winter retreat. Highly recommended."
(Nicola Pretorius, visited April 2015)
"A great getaway, clearly much homeliness and interest shown, if only by the lovely touches in the cottage, and truly restful. A keeper indeed!"
(David Raper, visited September 2014)
"Beloftebos Light Cottage is extremely private with nothing but the mountains all around you. The stars at night were beautiful as there is no electricity to mute them. There was plenty to do ranging from picking some of the proteas to gallivanting in almost every direction as the terrain is easy to walk in and feels very safe. Their is a delightful catch and release dam in front of the accommodation and for those kiddies that don't yet swim, they've thoughtfully put a fence around it. Also good to note that its got a wonderful flat lawn around it, I wish I'd known about this place when my kids were learning to crawl. A very special spot."
(Meg Veldhuis, visited August 2014)
(Fanus Buys, visited July 2014)
"When you need time out with your family this is the place to go. Lots of space for the kids and pets to play with almost careless freedom. Great for running, mountain biking and hiking, or just sitting on the stoep with your feet up. Rustic old style farm cottages. The fireplaces make it nice and cosy in winter, and the cottages are close enough that you can make it a larger family outing or getaway with friends. Pricing is good value for money and the total experience just allows you to get back to your senses. All in all, highly recommended and a perfect time out within an hour-and-a-half of most places in the Cape / Boland."
(Hugo Van der Merwe, visited June 2014)
"This was one the most relaxing vacations we have had in a long time. The attention to detail by the owners was the highlight of our trip, other than the shark cage diving down the road, and we felt so special with each little discovery of what went into preparing this cottage just for us. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys the comforts of home away from home. Many thanks to Coia and Andries."
(Mary Nathoo-Felaar, visited April 2014)
"Lovely, I'm going there again."
(Johan Els, visited April 2014)
"We had a fantastic time at Beloftebos. We stayed at Granaat Cottage and it was everything we were hoping for and more. Coia and Andries were very kind and made sure we had everything we needed from hot water bottles to pretty flowers and freshly baked bread as well as fresh farm milk and jam, what a treat! Definitely a good option for going away with family and friends as it can sleep and seat quite a lot of bodies! Very cozy, lovely spot, loved relaxing in front of the fireplace. Looking forward to spending time on the stoep when the weather warms up. Thanks for sharing your spot with us; we will be back."
(Lee-Ann Schmidt, visited September 2012)
"Thank you, Andries and Coia, for allowing us to share such a beautiful part of the world with you. None of the pictures we had previously seen quite prepared us for what we saw upon our arrival. It was truly breathtaking. We had the most incredible weekend and my 3 year old daughter has been asking to go back to the “other” house. She even wanted to take the “little bed” home with her on Sunday – yes, she actually slept in the bed on both nights and usually sleeps in our bed! As for the provisions, thank you again for being so kind to provide the delicious bread, butter, milk, vegetables, etc. etc. etc. The generosity just didn’t seem to stop and it seemed that everything that we could have wanted or needed had been thought of, right down to toys that my daughter could play with! We will definitely be visiting your farm again and hope that all goes well for the future."
(Amanda Bessick, visited September 2011)
"A secluded, tidy, spacious and peaceful cottage! Great as a base to explore the surrounding villages and towns. The fresh milk and honey treats were wonderful. Thank you Andries and Coia!"
(Amina Bewley, visited October 2010)
"Unquestioningly wow! We stayed at Light cottage which was so very cosy with all the candles and a toasty indoor braai. The view from the deck is great - only the moon spoiled the starry night. How wonderful to get fresh bread, farm milk with three inches of cream and a bottle of wine as a welcome. And best of all, there was a garlic press and a coffee plunger - to my mind that elevates this getaway above others!"
(Protea Hirschel, visited October 2010)
"This place has all you need for a fantastic weekend getaway. The hosts were so accommodating and really do go the extra mile. Loved the personal touches and attention to detail."
(Candice Brand, visited September 2009)
"Tranquility, views and a gorgeous sunset. Perched on the top of a hill, Light Cottage is the answer to a city slicker's prayer. The dogs had a ball and there are some wonderful photo opportunities. Thank you so much to the de Villiers family for the cottage and the welcome treats."
(Karen Meyer, visited February 2010)
"Our kids had a blast with the open space, adventurous loft, fynbos trails and wood gathering for the fire. We were amazed at the peace that this cottage and its environment brought us.... We called it 'Heaven' when we arrived and it will always be a place we would want to go to every year. The farm milk, bread and honey that Coia brought us on the first day of our arrival was the best gift for anyone who lives in a buzzing city like I do. It was divine. The Cottage was such a reminder of our bygone era when we were in touch with nature and living so basic. We loved the outside showers, afternoon deck meals and lunch picnics on the lawn. It was just superb! If you are reading this, try it. You'll also want to come back and shed some light on your stay at the Light Cottage."
(Nitasha Pillay, visited August 2009)
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