Budget Getaways Review
Surrounded by orchards and vineyards in the broad Breede River valley, and eight kilometers from Bonnievale, lies the farm Bordeaux and its three rustic timber cottages.
It's the type of weekend spot you’ll find yourself lazing about on your wooden deck, hat resting gently over face, the occasional plop of a leaping fish providing the only motivation to raise your weary head.
The three cottages, namely Merlot, Chardonnay and Shiraz, are privately positioned and sleep a possible six each - four is more realistic.
Cobbled together by rustic planks and boards - Huck Finn would feel right at home here - the interiors are clad in tongue-and-groove timber and simply decorated. Each has two double rooms, with an additional two single beds in the living room.
Within each cottage, is a central bathroom with shower, a kitchen with fridge, microwave and mini-oven, and an indoor braai/fireplace.
If you really can't do without, there's the added the distraction of DSTV - bring your own decoder or PVR.
Outdoor living is well provided for. A wooden deck and braai area are attached to each cottage, leading down to your private jetty. Parents of young toddlers beware!
With the gentle flow of the Breede literally on your doorstep, and a canoe provided at each cottage, no second guessing how you will be spending your weekend here. Kicking back with a good book on the jetty, slack fishing line nearby… A sundowner paddle down the river, fine bottle of Grand Cru and Woolies snack hamper tucked between the legs… The options for lazy decadence are endless…
We're yet to receive any firsthand feedback, but Bordeaux River Cottages sounds like one laid-back rustic hideout.
"Loved it! We spent hours watching the birds and fish. We put up the hammock and layed down our picnic mat, drinking gin cocktails and swimming in the river. Such a beautiful, peaceful, tranquil setting! It was just the breakaway we needed! We will definitely be back."
(Keturah Rangasami, visited Feb 2018)
"We stayed in the lovely Shiraz cottage at Bordeaux River Cottages, overlooking the tranquil Breede River. Surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees with the river below the cottage and hosts of birds in the surrounding trees, we had an amazing stay. We were fortunate to hear and see a fish eagle swoop over the river. We swam in the river, canoed, took long walks through the vineyards and orchards and also enjoyed a bag of sweet plums received from our host. We would love to visit again."
(Paul Tichmann, visited Jan 2018)
"We had a very nice relaxing stay. The cottage was well up to standard with everything that we needed. We loved the different decks that one can sit and relax with the beautiful view of the river and the farm. Our host, Sandra, welcomed us and made us feel at home immediately. We will definitely go back."
(Allistair Godfrey, visited Dec 2017)
"Breathtakingly beautiful. A home away from home! We definitely will be coming back!"
(Melissa Groenewald, visited Nov 2017)
"Absolutely beautiful place. We loved the feel of the wooden cabins which were fully equipped with everything needed. We will definitely be coming back soon and have already recommended it as "a must" to our friends and family. Thanks for a wonderful break away!"
(Beau Steyn, visited Aug 2017)
"This was the best weekend-away! I did not expect the cottage to be so comfortable and so peaceful. I have decided to make the Bordeaux River Cottages my official holiday home. Perfecto. Thank you for allowing me and my friends to stay over. My year has been made. "
(Justin Gous, visited Apr 2017)
"A beautiful rustic cottage next to the Breede River. Thank you to Linda for all her kindness and help. We had a great time and would definitely go back."
(Mike Walker, visited Apr 2017)
"A lovely family getaway, particularly if you enjoy canoeing and swimming in the river."
(Nicky Brand, visited Mar 2016)
"A peaceful log cabin with lovely views and amazing night skies. It was very clean. We had a stunning weekend. I can highly recommend it."
(Rosita Bandli, visited Mar 2017)
"Good place for a short getaway - tranquil with the lovely sound and sight of a variety of birds. There is access to the river and canoe from the cottage. It is close to the town and shops."
(Taryn Whittles, visited Feb 2017)
"We stayed at Chardonnay Cottage - it is about 3 stories above the river so beware if you have young kids as the stairs down to the river level have no gate and it would be quite a nasty tumble as it is steep. If you have fluffy dogs with you in January as there are sticky, barbed grass seeds in the field behind the house that get caught so tight in their fur that you need professional help to get them seed-free again (neither scissors nor shaver worked as the seeds were so tightly caught against their skin). Perhaps a tight shave of their feet and legs would prevent this. Walking through the orchards with the dogs was awesome and they had an absolute blast! All the important amenities are in place, from sunlight soap to bucket and cleaning cloth! It is very peaceful and enjoyable over all."
(Peta Steyn, visited Jan 2017)
"We spent a blissful week at Merlot Cottage - what a relaxing stay. We will recommend it to anyone. There's a nice indoor braai if you cannot braai outside and a lovely view of the river."
(Christelle Agenbag, visited Jan 2017)
"We stayed in Shiraz over New Year and had family join us in Chardonnay (the next house down). What a perfect setting. Teenagers played in the river, adults chilled on the various decks. Plenty of options for shade in the hot summer. The wind came up in the afternoon to cool things down and dropped at sunset making evenings around the braai stunning. We will be back."
(Cheryl Brown, visited Dec 2016)
"What a gorgeous setting! Al lovely log cabin, beautiful big Blue Gums to provide shade, multiple log decks to chase the shade, the river was just beautiful with canoeing and a rope swing into the water for the kids. There are steep steps down to the water though if that's an issue for you! The beds were so comfortable. We went with family and took two of the cabins and had the most wonderful New Year's ever. I can't wait to go back!"
(Cindy Gilbert, visited Dec 2016)
"We always have an amazing time and love going back to Bordeaux. The cottages are not on top of each other but within walking distance. This provides all visitors with their own privacy. The canoes and fishing are a real attraction for my husband and the boys - a definite draw card. I enjoy the cosiness of the cottages and braai areas. The mountain surroundings with beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the starry skies at night all add to the appeal of this place. I would like to thank our hostesses Sandra & Linda for the great service provided. Bordeaux is a definite recommendation to anybody looking for a wonderful place to go away to."
(Celeste Griebenow, visited Nov 2016)
"Bordeaux is a wonderful spot to get away from the hustle & bustle of city life with peaceful, tranquil surroundings on the river edge. The cottages are cosy enough and not too small. There are lovely deck areas for braaiing which we have taken full advantage of the times we had visited. Hubby even caught a fish this past weekend which he obviously needed to put back into the river. My point was that it was too cute to kill and eat. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have booked all 3 cottages during November 2016 and are taking our families away for a bit of a break from their hectic daily schedules. Thank you very much to the hostesses Linda & Sandra for the graciousness extended. We look forward to our next visit."
(Celeste & Mario Griebenow, visited Aug 2016)
"Fantastic! We loved the setup - braaing on the deck as well as inside, not staying too close to our 'neighbours' ensuring some privacy, and having a beautiful view. We especially liked the fact that it was pet friendly so we could take our dogs along. We'll most definitely come again!"
(Kumi Visagie, visited Aug 2016)
"Wow! Dit was n uitstekende keuse om hier te bly die naweek. Ek en my verloofde hou elke jaar ons verjaarsdae saam aangesien ons naby aan mekaar verjaar, en hierdie jaar het ons hierdie stukkie paradys saam die beste vriende spandeer. En was dit nou prettig. Alles was van goeie gahalte, alles waaraan jy kan dink is daar en n stiller, rustiger plek langs die rivier gaan jy nie sommer iewers ander kry nie. Tussen natuur, alles so skoon, tussen boorde en wingerd en rivier. Al wat ek kan se is stunning! Ons sal defnitief terug wees. Baie dankie vir die goeie diens - ons het baie lekker gekuier."
(Elizna Hanekom, visited Jun 2016)
"A place where you find peace and tranquility. The birdlife is beautiful with all the different sounds and I was pleased that I spotted an owl. The dogs had fun walking and swimming. The kids and adults enjoyed the canoeing. All in all a wonderful weekend."
(Carminda Ellis, visited May 2016)
"A huge thank you to Nicky and Maryna for amazing service at Shelly Beach Point Wavesong. I would recommend this getaway to everyone. Absolute wonderful weekend, it exceeded my expectations. Thank you."
(Cameron Clayton, visited Feb 2016)
"I can't give this place more than a 5 star, completely blown away."
(Dylan Clarke, visited Jan 2016)
"My son ended up going. Excellent."
(JP Du Toit, visited January 2016)
"Very relaxing weekend away and friendly staff."
(Melanie Du Toit, visited January 2016)
"We were at the Chardonay cottage for a romantic weekend. Arriving early evening on the Friday night, we were met and taken to our cottage by Linda, our hostess. The wind was terrible, but the indoor braai made it very comfortable. The Saturday morning was stunning weather and we went out early morning on the river with the canoe provided and a couple of beers, fishing of course! At least caught one bass which later went on the fire for supper. Sunday morning we received a SMS from Linda telling us that we can stay until the afternoon if we would like to. What a way to clean your head and restart your batteries. I would recommend to anyone that enjoys a good breakaway and loves nature. Photo opportunities are excellent. I have got the most stunning pics. So take a chance and book now."
(Deon Truter, visited January 2016)
"My fiance and I had the most awesome experience at Bordeaux River Cottages. The scenery was breathtaking and we enjoyed the privacy of the cottage. The cottage was well packed and everything is simply fantastic. Sandra was great as well, we felt very welcomed at the Bordeaux River Cottage. I would certainly recommend this retreat to everyone. Awesome!"
(Nicole Jacobs, visited January 2015)
"We are a family of five and stayed for a weekend. My husband just loved the braai on deck outside and wanted to cook everything over a fire. The children loved the river and we all enjoyed the use of the canoe. Our puppy was very happy there too, and apart from the wind which came up it was a stunning weekend, relaxing and peaceful."
(Carey Robinson, visited January 2015)
"Awesome Stay, very friendly help from Sandra."
(Melissa Groenewald, visited January 2015)
"Amazing, beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, one can just go on. Comfortable with everything you need. We will be back in a heart beat. Our hostess, Sandra is simple lovely. Our fur-kids had a wonderful time with plenty of open spaces to play and run and beautiful walks around the farm to enjoy. Awesome place."
(Lynne Visser, visited January 2015)
"Wat n lekker wegbreek naweek was dit nie. Ons het die rustigheid e privaatheid so geniet en selfs ons honde het n naweek om te onthou gehad. Die stappies tussen d wingerde was elke dag hul hoogtepunt. Bordeaux River Cottages sien ons definitief gou weer."
(Marisa van Zyl, visited January 2015)
"We had a wonderful weekend at Bordeaux River Cottages. We stayed in the Chardonnay cottage which is situated between the other two cottages and is also right on the river. The beds were comfy and the indoor fireplace was the highlight of our stay as it was just too cold to braai outdoors at night. It is very peaceful and we left feeling renewed and calm. Thank you Linda for all your patience and your professional hospitality. We were made to feel at home straight away."
(Victoria Vink, visited July 2015)
"One of the best. I will recommend it to everyone. We didn't want to leave and will definitely go back for longer than a few days. We were in love with it."
(Kay-lynn Simonis , visited May 2015)
"Very relaxing and beautiful."
(Magdalene De Jager, visited May 2015)
(Clive Gilmour, visited May 2015)
"I've visited Bordeaux River Cottages twice thus far and despite the different weather each time, the experience has been relaxing and revitalizing. It's a beautiful location, the various kinds of visiting birds are spectacular to listen to and see, and the cottage itself is light, woody, and more than comfortable. Taking a canoe down the Breede River was a lovely experience! As for the friendly and professional manager, she made our stay pleasant by communicating well over email regarding cost. For the price, it is an ideal holiday setting. I'll be back soon."
(Nadia Sanger, visited April 2015)
"What a amazing place. Myself my husband and our two kids aged 12 and 14 years stayed for four days. We were so sad to leave and definitely will be back very soon. Linda and Sandra were very helpful."
(Monique Williams, visited March 2015)
"Stunning views, peace and tranquility. Comfortable cabin, close enough to town if you run out of wood but this place was exactly what the doc ordered to escape city life. Next time we will remember our fishing rods."
(Heidi Viljoen, visited March 2015)
"Loved loved our stay at Bordeaux River Cottages. thoroughly enjoyed going down the river on the canoe and sipping sun downers overlooking the river each evening. Will definitely be back."
(Becky Baldeo, visited January 2015)
"Excellent fishing in river, caught a 9kg carp! Comfy beds. Lovely views from deck. Very relaxing and private getaway."
(Trish Grundy, visited January 2015)
"A lovely setting however the cabin needs some updating, the crockery was chipped, glasses cracked, blinds dusty and a two plate stove was full of rust. So much more could be done to make the cabin more special as the setting is beautiful."
(Liezl Le Roux, visited December 2014)
"Magic place on the Breede River. Well worth a look. Just remember the anti-bug juice! (this applies for any riverside dwelling including the Amazon). A really great venue to relax. Nice people as well."
(Lindsay Ross, visited November 2014)
"Dit was ongelooflik, dis net wat ek en my vrou nodig gehad het om uit die woelige stad lewe te kom en te ontspan in die natuur, kon nie vir better as dit vra nie. Baie dankie, ons sien julle somer weer binnekort."
(Nico Evert, visited July 2014)
"Dit was heerlik rustig en kan aanbeveel word."
(Carel Richter, visited May 2014)
"Bordeaux Rivier cottages was exactly what everybody living in the city should experience. The tranquil river setting is perfect. There is no need for TV. Just watching the birds, listening to their different sounds makes this experience unique. Even watching field mice running around in the bushes was the best ever. The sound of jumping fish at night was very special and then last, to walk around with only nature surrounding you makes this an experience to return to. 110% worthwhile."
(Serena Retief, visited April 2014)
"We had a wonderful stay. Didn't have the best weather but it didn't stop us from having the time of our lives. Cabin is well equipped and any nature-lover's dream. Great added bonus: we could take our family pet along."
(Vanessa Potgieter, visited April 2014)
"Had a good time. Just not very child friendly but still had a nice time. We also had to share the house with a family of mouses and huge spiders but guess that is all part of nature."
(Dominique Roos, visited March 2014)
"This is definitely the spot to be if you wish to rejuvenate in absolute privacy and wake to the sound of birds singing. The well equipped cottage makes for a comfortable stay. This place is well worth a return visit."
(Carol Hewitson, visited December 2012)
"We spent a wonderful three days at Bordeaux River Cottages. Definitely worth the stay!"
(Ina Helfrich, visited December 2010)
"This is a lovely spot especially if one likes to have privacy and like to spend time next to the river fishing and canoeing. Another plus point is that we could take our little Dutch hound with us and of course the wonderful bicycle rides that we had. We can really recommend these cottages."
(Harry Coetzee, visited February 2011)
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