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Blue Gum Cottages

185km from Cape Town
Farm along the Breede River with two laid-back cottages - 5km from Bonnievale
  • Blue Gum
  • Die Stal main bedroom
  • Die Stal beds in living area
  • Die Stal braai area
  • View from Die Stal
  • Swimming in river
  • Horses on the farm
  • Camping and fishing
  • Blue Gum stoep
  • Blue Gum Maim bedroom
  • Blue Gum
  • Blue Gum second bedroom
  • Blue Gum inside braai
  • River
  • River
  • Die Stal

Rate Guide

R800 nightly for Blue Gum, R700 nightly for Die Stal.

Budget Getaways Review

About 5km out of Bonnievale, Blue Gum Cottages is a laid-back and family-friendly spot with two cottages spread along the banks of the Breede.  

First off is Blue Gum Cottage itself - a private and rustic cottage tucked, as the name suggests, in the shade of a giant old blue gum tree, mere steps from the water. 

With two bedrooms and extra space in the living room, Blue Gum can sleep a maximum of five. (All linen is provided, but bring your own towels). What’s more, there’s further space for a tent outside – equipped with a power-point and its own bathroom!  

The liberal use of raw timber, reed and river pebbles results in a casual, simple and cool interior, while the stoep (with braai) offers welcome shelter from the elements. 

Up the grassy way, Die Stal is a tiny two-roomed abode, surrounded by horses and overlooking an enticing stretch of the Breede. Other than a soft patch of green grass that's understandably popular among its guests, there's little else separating you from the water.

The cottage features one main ensuite bedroom, plus two single beds in the open living space. Access to the bathroom is through the main bedroom, so the cottage is best suited to a young family, or a couple.

French doors lead from the living area-cum-kitchenette to an enclosed timber deck and wonderful views over the river and farmlands. The deck in turn leads down to the grassy river bank and a baie mooi sheltered braai area under the trees - at night this lights up into a veritable fairyland. 

Weighing it all up as a package, taking into account the appealing river setting and all it offers by way of swimming, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, lazing about, fiery sunsets, open fields etc, etc, what you have in Blue Gum Cottages is a seriously chilled river getaway that even Huckleberry Finn could afford.

Quick Facts

Where
5km from Bonnievale
GPS
S 33°57'26''
E 20°08'39''
Sleeps
Blue Gum 4-5, Die Stal 2-4
Equipped
Yes
Linen
Yes
Towels
No
Fireplace
Yes
Braai
Yes
Meals
No
Pet-Friendly
No
Camping
Yes
Activities
birdwatching, boating, canoeing, fishing, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes
Guest Reviews
Overall Rating (based on 17 reviews)
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"We had a wonderful time with the kids. There's a beautiful big grass area to play and sheep greeting you everyday around the cottage. Not too far out of town to fill up the daily necessities."

"If you are looking for a peace and quiet then this getaway is not for you... Lapping water, honking geese, bellowing cows, bleating sheep and the occasional visit from the resident watchdogs, Bobby and Pippa may be too much for you. We, however loved it! A true getaway from the bustle of suburbia."

"We stayed in Die Stal, a small but well equipped cottage in a perfect setting. The fishing was good as was the birdlife. We would definitely go there again."

"This was our Route 62 trip and it was amazing - the hospitality was awesome, the facilities and accommodation were excellent. We could not ask for better."

"We will be going again in March and this will be our 4th time we going in a span of 8 months. The owners are very welcoming and friendly. Definitely the place to be when you want to get away from the city life."

"I took my two young sons and my parents who are in their 70's for a weekend at Blue Gum. Every single one of us enjoyed it thoroughly from the youngest to the oldest. There is something for everybody to do, whether you want to fish on the river or sit on the stoep and listen to the birds. The cottage also really has everything you can imagine you might need, if you didn't think of it, they did! Lisbe has done an amazing job and we cannot thank her enough for sharing her secret amazing piece of nature. We will definitely be back next year, and are planning to stay for longer this time."

"What a wonderful place to get away from it all, quiet, peaceful, cosy, just the outdoors, sounds of birds in the trees and the farm animals! We thoroughly enjoyed it and felt fresh and revived at the end of it and sad to say goodbye. Thank you so much, we will definitely go again."

"Extremely nice getaway. Venue was excellent and reception was warm and welcome. Definitely recommended."

"Absolutely idyllic. This is the perfect breakaway. A beautiful cottage with very cosy fireplace on stoep overlooking heaven. Awesome bonfire style fireplace down the stairs almost next to the river. Will definitely be back in summer. P.s. I got cookies waiting for me on arrival!"

"Blue Gum Cottages is the best! It is quiet and so relaxing and everything you need is there. You just have to take your own food. We will definitely go back there again and again and again... The best value for money."

"We were surrounded by horses, green hills and a stunning view of the Breede River, right on our doorstep. Die Stal was neat and tidy, with a lovely enclosed stoep, which was the perfect setting for having a braai in the evenings or a breakfast with a view for the the mornings. Bonnievale as a town is quaint and has the necessary shopping outlets to get any groceries etc. Swellendam is only a 20-minute drive if more shops are needed."

"Best location for a weekend getaway. Wine tasting and sight seeing was awesome."

"A very relaxing week away. Although the house is on the small side it is neat and clean and there is not a lack of anything. It was lovely to be able to sit on the porch and watch the sun set on the Breede River. This is a place worth it weight in gold as a getaway that is not too far from home."

"Ongelooflik fantasmagories awesome! Die drie woorde beskryf dit 100%. Soos n sprokiesverhaal huisie. Die stille rustigheid van die natuur en soveel mooi om jou kan nie anders as om meegevoer te word nie. Daar is absoluut niks wat ons gekort het nie, as jy n klein dingetjie uit die kombuis benodig het, wees verseker dat jy dit in een van die laaie of kaste sal vind. Soveel moeite is gedoen om dit so gerieflik moontlik te maak, dit was voorwaar n plek waarheen ons weer en weer sal terugkeer. Waarde vir geld, baie beslis. Baie dankie vir n onvergeetlike naweek en as gevolg hiervan is ons troudatum vasgemaak op die 4de April 2015!"

"Was a fantastic weekend away from the hustle and bustle. The cottage was well equipped and the kids had a ball on the river. Definitely will go back"

"Perfect getaway to escape the busy city life! We had a great time swimming in the river, taking a boat ride (free boat & paddles provided) and just relaxing taking in the beautiful scenery. The owner even provided us with firewood for both nights which was very nice of them. Will definitely will be back."

"Awesome relaxing breakaway in a piece of Heaven. Absolutely stunning view of the river and located well within driving distance of Robertson about 30 minutes away. We fished swam and just chilled in nature with rich bird life and also visited Van Loveren and returned for their 7,5 km trail which offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape that is absolutely inspiring. Many thanks to the owners who went to great lengths in keeping us informed and confirming the arrangements and for our stay. We will recommend your lovely chalets and this peaceful retreat."

"From the moment we arrived at Blue Gum we could feel our city stress start to unravel and the hustle and bustle of city life was all forgotten. We were greeted by beautiful horses on a tiny gravel road winding down to lush green lawns, quaint little cottage and stunning river views. Inside the cottage we were pleasantly surprised by how light touches in decor and functionality was combined to make your stay as homely as possible. We were woken the next morning to a delight of birdsong. Hearing Burchell's coucal, Brownhooded kingfisher, Diedericks cuckoo, Masked weaver, Guinea fowl and Yellow billed duck all at once is an impressive overture of sound. The tiny rowing boat doubled for a romantic break from the kids and fishing platform. To round off our busy day we had a braai on the patio, glass of local champagne in hand whilst appreciating the river views. Blue Gum will see us again."

"Our stay was very very nice, the river is fabulous, we definitely want to go again. Thanks to the owner for her hospitality."

"Little peace of heaven,loved it. We didn't want to leave and will be back."

"Little piece or paradise, cant wait to go back."

"I enjoyed my stay."

"We absolutely loved this! The accommodation is more spacious than expected and has a luxurious feel. It's right next to the river. We loved the farm animals (baby lambs and calves) and I even saw a Brown-hooded kingfisher which was a treat. It was easy to find and close to everything without being in Bonnievale town itself."

"We stayed at the Blue Gum cottages last year for the Easter weekend. What a spectacular view of the river from the Blue Gum cottage balcony. Very spacious and the tranquility just surrounds you. Neil met us on arrival and really made us feel at home from the minute we arrived until the day we left. If you need peace and quiet this is your recommended destination. I will recommend this fine establishment to anybody wanting to have a getaway."

"Ons het 'n heerlike naweek gehad. Die uitsig oor die rivier is fantasties. Daar is groooot karpe in die rivier en het self 'n paar gevang. Sal beslis weer gaan."

"Well lets start with the extreme welcome, and concern showed by the Rademeyer family to make sure we had arrived safely and were accommodated comfortably. Then we venture to the cottage ... relaxing, comfortable, romantic, and general all round enjoyable. The weekend gave us exactly what we were looking for, a recharge of the system from all the hustle and bustle that the city life creates for us city slickers. The quiet and peaceful braai we enjoyed was rounded off with our ever so friendly resident guard dog "Shiraz" sleeping on our stoep to ensure we rested well. An amazing place to unwind, recharge and relax."

"Undoubtedly the best braai spot on the river! What a great view. We had a wonderfully relaxing time in Die Stal which is perfect for two. The lack of a roomy inside living area is made up for by the deck and that braai place. Canoe availability is important along the river and this one is pretty much unsinkable and easy to launch. The river too was pretty perfect and the river grasses tickling your tummy just added to the place. We liked the host and the hospitality - friendly and informative."

"Blue Gum Cottage is very rustic, but well-equipped and the setting is really beautiful. There is a large grassy area at the back where kids can play safely."

"We had a wonderful stay and will return.... you cannot get closer to nature.Cottage was clean and well equipped. Did not meet the owners but good old fashioned trust.... just leave payment on the table!"

"GREAT!!!"

"The best place to go for a relaxing break! Very beautiful, didn't want to leave."

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Blue Gum Cottages, Bonnievale, Western Cape
GPS: S -33.9572   E 20.1443
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Blue Gum Cottage
(sleeps five, minimum stay two nights)
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Die Stal
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