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'Rustic-modern' solar powered cottage in a secluded setting outside Suurbraak village - Suurbraak (20km from Swellendam)
  • View of the house from the slope
  • Firepit for those balmy nights
  • Well-equipped and functional kitchen with gas hob
  • Open plan dining/lounge area
  • Dover and indoor braai
  • Cosy kitchen and dining space
  • Closed combustion fireplace with a lovely view from the inside
  • Newly renovated shower with a view
  • Geberit dual flush toilets
  • His and hers custom-made basins
  • Comfortable beds with good quality linens
  • Second fully equiped bathroom
  • Second bathroom shower with a view
  • Second bedroom
  • Third full bathroom for the kiddies
  • Third dual flush toilet
  • Veranda
  • Back yard, ideal for birding and kids to run around
  • View from Lounge
  • Cool path with seating area
  • Path up the slope for an incredible view of Suurbraak
  • Dramatic sunsets
  • Boisterous calfs playing all over

Rate Guide

R300pp nightly; R180 for children.

Budget Getaways Review

Let’s set the tone with a recent guest comment: “If you need peace and tranquility away from the city bustle, this is the place to go. Rustic, comfortable, serene... after one day you don't want to leave.” 

Another one:  "It really is the ideal breakaway location if you want to get away from the city rush."

Rustic-cut-with-the-modern Bibi's is, but with a good dose of creature comfort thrown into the healthy cocktail.

Perched just outside Suurbraak - a charming little Moravian mission station some 20 kays from Swellendam - the Langeberg casts its cool shadow over the cottage, making this a dream destination for junkies who like their nature laced with a dash of colourful local kultuur.

The cottage is an off-the-grid number, powered by solar and gas. The views are put to good use with large glass sliding doors in the living area. Sharing the space is an equipped kitchen, decked with Dover stove and a fireplace for cosy winter vibe.

Sleeping-wise, Bibi's has two bedrooms - both ensuite (showers only), with all linen and towels included. And then we have an extra eight stretchers for the mob, which can be set up in the bedrooms or living area. We predict fun times ahead.

Head out to the covered outdoor patio, where you'll find cooling misters to ease the summer blaze, and a braai to cap the day in a Jurassic Park garden.

Stepping off  the property, there's a swimming hole about 500m away, plenty scope for long walks and cycling, and the Paradise Organic Restaurant in Suurbraak itself. 

Off the main track, a combo of solitude and sociable village, easygoing vibe, plenty of outdoors, Bibi's Joy packs some hearty punch. 

Quick Facts

Where
Suurbraak (20km from Swellendam)
GPS
S 34°00'09''
E 20°39'48''
Sleeps
4 (plus 8 stretchers for the kids)
Equipped
Yes
Linen
Yes
Towels
Yes
Fireplace
Yes
Braai
Yes
Meals
No, but organic restaurant nearby
Pet-Friendly
Yes
Activities
birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, museums & galleries, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking
Guest Reviews
Overall Rating (based on 14 reviews)
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"Can I stay forever? This home ticks all the getaway blocks! Berti is the friendliest character and so professional. We felt right at home and so did our pets. We've traveled extensively with our three dogs but few places have been as well suited to their needs as Bibi's is. Walks right outside the gate up onto the mountains and the river mere footsteps away. And the terraced garden! Absolute heaven. Thank you to our hosts for sharing this wonderful place with us."

"We had a pleasant stay in the cottage but the heat of the day made being inside unbearable. The micro-misters outside gave some relief, but the cottage is more suitable for a winter getaway (wood stove, Dover stove and an inside braai plus double glazing). The kitchen facilities and bathrooms are all excellent, with attention to detail. The quirky garden is pleasant but somewhat marred by wattle and bluegums looming from surrounding properties. We spent afternoons and evenings sitting in the shade at the outside fire-pit."

"A little piece of paradise. The photos do not do it justice. There's no TV so you are able to really enjoy the surrounds and plentiful birdsong. Every need and more is catered for both winter and summer. The house layout is well thought out and very spacious, light and airy. The garden is enclosed and safe for children and little pets. Will we go back - absolutely we will!"

"Bibi's Joy was a great getaway - away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I loved that I could take my dog with me, and he loved the spacious grounds - I think he had the best time! The warm hospitality we received was a lovely way to start the weekend. We will definitely consider visiting again, perhaps in the summer."

"What an amazing place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. The garden is amazing with all the little ornaments hidden in between the plants. The patio is a lovely place to have your first cuppa in the morning and to watch the birds. Had lovely walks in the forest and even spotted several baboons. The only thing I didn't like were the rubber snakes in the garden - not nice for someone who has a snake phobia. But will definitely be back."

"We had fantastic stay. Really amazing getaway in extremely comfortable accommodation. The garden and birds are wonderful and the walks lovely. Hospitality was very impressive and we felt very welcome and relaxed. Spoilt with a massage by Dori and a delicious lunch at paradise organic garden. Highly recommended getaway."

"Perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Quiet and peaceful with all the amenities of home (except the TV and WiFi, of course). Close enough to both Barrydale and Swellendam to browse and be a tourist, but far enough away to not intrude in your solitude. Perfect setting to sit in front of the roaring fire under a blanket with a good book."

"Bibi's Joy is a wonderful solar powered cottage on the outskirts of a hidden away little village called Suurbraak at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. It's a beautiful gentle town and close enough to Swellendam and Barrydale for day trips if you want to explore the area. The house is lovely with a fully equipped kitchen and indoor braai and fireplace (the only thing missing from this establishment is an outside braai but we were there in winter so it didn't bother us too much!). The owner Peter is honestly the most efficient person I have dealt with in self-catering adventures. The neighbours who showed us around were also kind wonderful people who added to our stay. There is a beautiful garden and we have a two-year old little boy who loved seeing the goats, horses and chickens of the surrounding neighbours and the birds visiting the garden. And there is a small tributary of the river behind the house which is a quick easy walk and nice and safe for him to play and enjoy. Off the beaten track, great hospitality and lovely place."

"I would highly recommend this little piece of heaven! We had an absolutely amazing weekend. The best part of this weekend is the fact that it was a pet-friendly so I could bring my two fur-children with and they had an absolute ball! The only bad thing about this weekend is that it was too short. Thanks again Peter for the wonderful experience."

"Very well equipped, definitely suited my purpose for a quiet break."

"If you need peace and tranquility away from the city bustle, this is the place to go. Rustic, comfortable, serene, after one day you don't want to leave!"

"The nature lover will enjoy the solitude and the silence."

"My family and I stayed here and it's is significantly located in nature with good environs. It really is the ideal breakaway location if you want to get away from the city "rush". Thanks to Bibi and Peter for a wonderful stay. You will surely see us again."

"Nice quiet setting and relaxing atmosphere. Will be visiting the house again."

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Bibi's Joy, Swellendam, Western Cape
GPS: S -34.0024   E 20.6634
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