R200pp - R250pp, depending on length of stay and number of guests; minimum stay applies over long weekends, holidays and peak season.
Budget Getaways Review
Sixteen hectares of lush mountain paradise along the off-the-beaten track Robinson Pass, Blommekloof offers two farm cottages, the renovated and spacious Old Cottage and a recently completed and off-the-grid eco abode known as Sunflower Cottage.
Both are pet-friendly, meaning Fido, the cat, parrot or goldfish are welcome to tag along.
Old Cottage is a historic dwelling featuring three comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. The cottage can easily accommodate a group of six, plus there's a sleeper couch in the lounge for the late arrivals. The dining and kitchen area are open-plan, and the spacious lounge has a fireplace. There's also a braai area outside, stocked with all the firewood you could hope to burn.
Authentic touches include red clay tiles, rough white-washed walls and old Cape furniture. The cottage is stocked with books to read (or swap), board games for rainy days, a new stove, fridge, etc; there's even a spare fridge for those extra crates of beer you intend shipping in.
Just completed and ready for action, Sunflower Cottage is set in a private position 300m away. Powered by solar and gas, and smaller than Old Cottage (but not lacking that Blommekloof charm), Sunflower comes with a double and twin bedroom, bathroom with bath and shower, and a spacious, open-plan kitchen. The lounge has a fireplace for the winter chill and outside you’ve got a braai area with gorgeous views down the valley.
The general setting at Blommekloof is appealingly pastoral. Apart from traditional farm buildings, there are rolling green hills dotted with arum lilies, amazing birdlife, friendly cows, inquisitive chickens and crazy geese, not to mention a hand-raised family of sheep. There is a newly built jungle gym area for the kids, as well as a vast mountain biking area for those who need a bit more action.
The three farm dams allow you to take a dip or try your luck at bass fishing (catch and release). In season you can even pick arum lilies til they're coming out of your ears. If that's not enough, head off to discover nearby Leeukloof and Ruiterbos, a hiker, biker and swimming paradise in a secluded valley.
Grub-wise, drive on over to friendly neighbours at Leeukloof Cheesery, for some delicous handmade cheeses or to the nearby Eight Bells Inn for tea, scones and great lunches.
Best of all, there is no TV in either cottage and very little cellphone reception. Not to worry, the gentle walks through fynbos and thick alien forest will help you through those hours of cold turkey.
"Lovely place tucked away in the Leeukloof valley near the Ruitersbos Nature Reserve. Very little cell reception so you can really get away from it all. Ali was very helpful prior to the visit and Claude was very accommodating while there. Great for the kids - a jungle gym to play on, dams to fish in (was a bit cold for a swim but you can in warmer months), cows, sheep, chickens, dogs... they had a ball. We stayed in the Old Cottage which was comfortable and spacious. The only downside is in winter the sun only hits the house in the afternoon and with the small windows and tiled floors it can seem quite dark and cold in the house (this may be a good thing in summer). Overall though a very special getaway."
(Kirsten Miller-Duys, visited Jul 2018)
"A fantastic little gem. We really loved the Old Cottage - it was fully equipped, we literally only had to bring our clothes and food. We loved the surroundings, we could get a taste of the what the country life's all about.Thanks for the fresh eggs as well - it was lovely. My son also absolutely loved Larry- he's the friendliest dog ever. The only negative for me was the gravel road ride up to the farm - had we had a 4x4 I suppose it would've been easier. Claude's also extremely hospitable."
(Kim Whitten, visited Jan 2017)
"We were somewhat disappointed that the location was further away from Oudtshoorn than we thought it would be, but what a wonderful stay! We managed to see most of the Little Karoo and Mosselbay. The Knysna Elephant Sanctuary was a gift!"
(Liezl Simms, visited Jul 2016)
"Three adults and five children had an amazing getaway at this beautiful spot. Cozy, well equipped, farm animals and dogs for company. Wood fires, games playing, fishing, local cheeses to savour, a memorable trip to Cango Caves and Highgate Ostrich Farm... the ostrich riding was brilliant! Claude was a superb host. Thank you Ali for all your efficient and helpful correspondence. Perfect."
(Emily Lendrum, visited Jul 2016)
"A delightful stay. Excellent cottage with all you need in it. Very quiet, but not isolated. Really compliant bass in dam, I had two very good sessions on the fly rod."
(Chris and Marja Wren-Sargent, visited January 2015)
"The valley is beautiful and with dogs fenced in we could all relax. We'll be back."
(Charles Miller, visited January 2015)
"Was an amazing place to stay. My kids absolutely loved it. Next time we will definitely take an extended stay. What an awesome place to just get away from it all."
(Carla Schoeman, visited January 2015)
"We had a lovely weekend there, and have already recommended it to friends and family. Set in the hills just outside Mossel Bay, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It also meant that we could spend a day in Mossel Bay and a day in Outdshoorn, driving along beautiful mountain passes. Claude is a wonderful host and the dogs, cows, geese and chickens are too cute! Just one recommendation, they need easier puzzles!"
(Beverley Berk-Heinze, visited June 2015)
"It's very peaceful and tranquil if you're looking for that getaway, my two little Yorkies had an awesome time too. I recommend this getaway and I will definitely be making a trip back."
(Lesley Ras, visited May 2015)
"We spent a wonderful time in these cottages, very well decorated and fully equipped, you can definitely feel at home there. The surroundings are very calm, relaxing and beautiful. We went there with our two kids and they've enjoyed a lot watching the cows, the gooses and the chicken running away. Definitely, we will never forget Claude as he tried everything he could (and he succeed!!) to repair our car which was broken down in Blommekloof, even if that's mean spending 5 hours lying down on the floor under the car with 35° around. What a magnificent lesson of perseverance it has been for all of us. Thank you so much."
(Claire Bossard, visited April 2015)
"An idyllic rural setting to unwind and enjoy the farm life."
(Laura Sampson, visited April 2015)
"A short stay but one of the most relaxing holidays ever for our family. We stayed in Sunflower cottage which has lovely views and is decorated so beautifully and with such care that you feel welcomed everywhere you turn. The facilities are maintained and set up with the same care, generosity and eye for detail, far beyond anything I have experienced before in self-catering stays."
(Kathleen McDougall, visited January 2015)
"Thank you Ali & Claude Wow !!what a lovely place. Bloomekloof Cottage in Oudtshoorn is the perfect getaway. so relaxing and peaceful away from the mad city life. Our weekend away done so much good, it shows that you can sit back, put your feet up and close your eyes and forget about the worlds worries. I would recommend this beautiful and tranquil place to anyone needing time out. Absolutely stunning."
(Tracy Less, visited October 2014)
"Wow, what a wonderful place. We hope to return very soon. A place where you could buy local farm produce (milk, cheese, breads) from the farmers and residents of Leeukloof. Definitely a place where the reality of "back home" is far out of your mind. The kids enjoyed the farm atmosphere. Aly went the extra mile to provide us with a stroller-pram which came in very handy with our day trips. Thanks guys, awesome place."
(Mr E Bester, visited April 2014)
"Beautiful cottage and very relaxing surroundings! Great to experience farm life in such a nice setting."
(Debbie Taylor, visited October 2013)
"A wonderful stay indeed. We really enjoyed our four day stay at Blommekloof. We were daydreaming on the stoep. All the creature comforts is there, even muffin pans if that is something you would like to do while on holiday. Also a good stay if you want to explore Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay."
(Wilma Basson, visited April 2013)
"A cosy, rustic, quiet farmyard environment for the tired-at-heart. We received a very warm welcome from the two resident dogs, and there was fresh farm eggs and flowers in the cottage, as well as a stack of firewood to burn. Very welcoming with lots of little thoughtful touches, like plasters in the bathroom, hot water bottles, board games in the cupboard and all sorts of extra kitchen goodies like muffin pans and a plunger for filter coffee. Beautiful environment, lots of walking trails and flowers galore. Lots for the kids to do, and great for adults to relax."
(Susan Kemp, visited December 2012)
"A beautiful tranquil setting to really get away from the ratrace. Had a wonderful stay."
(Elsie Gunter, visited November 2012)
"A rustic, earthy cottage that will appeal to you if you looking for a place with character and heart. We had a lovely stay on this beautiful farm situated in one of the most beautiful "kloofs" in this precious part of our country. Very well equipped and comfortable, a little escape from the mad rush of life! Highly recommended."
(Adel Ferreira, visited August 2012)
"Our young family loved opting out of city life to this little corner of heaven. Peace and quiet. Close the gate or a (friendly) cow may wonder by. Ducks, chickens, dogs, emus! The cottage is homely and the kitchen very well equipped. Blazing fires, staring at the stars. A time to reconnect with the family without the distractions of TV, cell phone reception or quickly running to the shop. Can recommend a visit to the local cheese maker. We spent 4 days and loved it!"
(bronwen tonkil, visited May 2012)
"We just loved that we felt part of the farm; watching its daily rhythms unfold from our sunny stoep, when we weren't walking on the farm roads through beautiful fynbos, or taking day trips up Robinson Pass etc. The cottage is well-equipped and cold enough in winter to make the fireplace the focal point in the evenings. Take your favourite books, boardgames and a willingness to exhale and come back to center."
(Ronel Pieterse, visited July 2011)
"Wonderful place, would recommend to all city slickers wanting to escape the city life. Plenty of trails and nearby game farm to kids. Thank you Ali and Claude for amazing weekend."
(Spencer Yardley, visited February 2011)
"Accommodation was so well equiped with EVERYTHING one could possibly need. It was a relaxed and happy experience to visit Blommekloof Cottage - Thank you very much!"
(Ronel Breet, visited September 2010)
"We loved this charming little guest cottage - very rural setting on a farm which we all enjoyed exploring - particularly the children and dogs. We had a warm welcome from Claude who brought us fantastic farm eggs and milk for our supper. The only criticism was that it was very cold with no heaters or hot water bottles but the owners have assured us that they will sort that out. Definitely would like to go back in the summer as am sure it would be fantastic - a great stop-off en route to Knysna."
(Polly Howard, visited June 2010)
"Blommekloof is one of those special, cosy places that you want to keep secret. We stayed for a week and had a great time braaing with all that firewood. Loved the fresh milk and free range eggs. The boys were running around with Risler the dog, milking the cow and fishing. Very nice and central to Mossel Bay, George and Oudtshoorn. The cottage is really well equipped and spacious."
(Gerhard & Adele Breedt, visited July 2010)
"Blommekloof Cottage is my idea of paradise! Such a fantastic place, beautiful farm and location, fantastic facilities. There's even a fire place inside for those chilly winter nights. Gorgeous and quiet little cottage for relaxing and reading, but also perfect base for day-outings to Oudtshoorn or Mossel Bay or even neighbouring farms and hiking. Thoroughly enjoyed my break away from the hussle and bustle of Cape Town, would go back tomorrow if I had the chance!"
(Nina Harle, visited June 2010)
"What a happy Easter we had in this corner of paradise..."
(Christine Stewart, visited April 2010)
"Arrived in the dark, but what a wonderful surprise Saturday morning when the sun came up! The valley driving down to the farm is beautiful, green and lush. The house itself is large, airy, with the most wonderful interesting bits and pieces of old and new furniture. Everything that one could wish for is in the kitchen (even the muffin pan - which no, we didnt use) and the best bit - I thrashed my husband at Cluedo!"
(June Linde, visited May 2009)
"This little getaway has a lot to offer and perfect for nearly everybody. You could just relax and spend all your time at the cottage or use it a central point and visit the interesting sites in and around Oudtshoorn and Mossel bay. It is really fantastic and great value for money."
(Quinton Williams, visited January 2009)
"It was really a great place to relax and unwind and excellent for the kids too."
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