Budget Getaways Review
Fringed by a rush of orange groves and oak and poplar trees, Boschkloof offers two upmarket farm cottages squeezed between folded mountains.
With the Cedarberg Wilderness Area as its immediate neighbour, the farm is a most appealing combination of the lush, cosy and dramatic.
Lying just to the front of your host’s house (but facing in the opposite direction), Boschkloof Cottage is adequately private, clean as a pin and imbued with understated charm. Its traditional past is evident in Oregon ceilings, poplar beams, an open hearth, ox-blood quarry tiles and a rietdak-covered veranda, whereas modern convenience comes by way of a solar-heated swimming pool, colour TV (with DSTV), airconditioner, quality linen in the two ensuite bedrooms, kilim rugs in the lounge, comfortable sofas and a country kitchen (the ex-‘Vleiskamer’), equipped with everything short of the cooked product.
Moving quite far along, De Oude Boord is Boschkloof's latest offering, a Cape-style abode set in an 80-year-old orchard. If total privacy and seclusion is high on your agenda this is the option to go for. What's more, the river is a mere 20m from the front stoep. Plus, there's no cell phone reception, no TV, just the sound of running water and the whisper of the breeze.
In both cottages, welcoming touches are scattered here and there, but these we’ll leave you to discover for yourself.
Not only does the farm have quality accommodation, there is plenty of activity to fill a weekend. Start by heading up the kloof to an old blockhouse, keeping an eye out for leopard spoor (Other than the occasional nervous cow you won’t see many farm animals as Boschkloof is part of a leopard conservancy.)
Alternatively, pack a picnic and stroll to the farm’s ancient pear trees. Fill the afternoon with a mountain bike or 4x4 trail, a shared route that cuts through Boschkloof and pops out in Citrusdal. Down a Lager at the local hotel and head back to the ranch for a late afternoon wallow in the mountain pool.
Finally, end the day as you started it, on the stoep with beer and biltong, watching the mountain fade from gold to red.
"Loved every minute, excellent venue."
(Lorraine Frost, visited Jan 2019)
"Our family of four headed to Boschkloof cottage for a much needed weekend getaway. The weather was fantastic and the views breath taking - just what we needed for a memorable weekend away. 10 Minutes after we arrived the kids already went for their first of many swims, they absolutely loved the pool. The kids were able to run free and enjoy the outdoors. This is a great place to be when you have a 6 year old little boy who loves exploring the outdoors. Saturday was spent on the lawn playing games, a mid-afternoon braai with some sun downers and of course another dip in the pool. The kids have already asked when we will we be going back; I think they miss playing with the dogs and lounging on the grassy patch by the pond. We truly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful cottage and will definitely be coming back. Boschkloof cottage is beautiful and peaceful and oh so good for the soul."
(Mia-Cara Martin, visited Sep 2016)
"We stayed in the Boschkloof cottage and our overall impression was one of happiness. However, the cottage is bitingly cold in the winter. The aircon in the living room does not have a heating function and the fireplace does not really give off any warmth to the space. Luckily there was a small heater in the second bedroom, which we put in our room and our son slept in the main bedroom with us. I think if it wasn't for that, we wouldn't have held out for two nights. Other than that, the cottage is very well equipped and the farm is really beautiful. We could pick oranges from the orchard in front of the house to make fresh juice from, which was absolutely just amazing for me. Walking in the orchards between 100-year old trees are like music to the soul. The hosts are also wonderful and very helpful. The house is not really private, since it's in front of the main farm house, so if privacy is a must, this cottage won't work."
(Lindie Du Toit, visited Jun 2016)
"We had an amazing experience with breathtaking landscape view's and the most southern part Cedar's still growing strong on a rocky cliff. The hike we did was from the well known Maltese Cross parking to Boschkloof - about 26 km in total, but great for a overnight at Bakleikraal Fort or Syferfontein Ruins, and the next day we went on to our final destination, Boschkloof. It is a great hike and I will recommend it to hiker's and nature lover's."
(Dawie Burger, visited May 2016)
"Looking for tranquility? This is the place! The cottage was clean, neat and tidy. The kitchen was very well equipped. The beds with beautiful white linen slept like a dream. The surroundings were absolutely breath taking and peaceful. We walked to the river and enjoyed the view of cobbling clear water and the chirping sound of the birds in the trees. There is also a small dam close to the cottage with a bench to sit and enjoy the nature around the dam. Our stay was awesome and we would definitely visit again."
(Magda Viljoen, visited Apr 2016)
"We had an absolutely awesome time at Boschkloof Cottage. Really the perfect winter getaway. Beautiful mountain setting but still close to town. And we loved the company of Tara, Bono and Nougat! We will definitely be returning for the summer."
(Yushri Mentor, visited July 2015)
"Perfect winter getaway! We enjoyed the fresh outdoors, walks in the Cederberg, orange groves, fireside warmth...the list goes on."
(Val Abrahamse, visited June 2015)
"An amazing weekend! The Smit's are so hospitable and welcoming. Thank you."
(Murray Solomon, visited February 2015)
"A fantastic getaway spot!"
(Louise Rapley, visited February 2015)
"My family and I had a wonderful stay at Boschkloof Farm Cottages. What an idyllic setting. We stayed at the Oude Boord cottage. How lovely it was sit on the stoep overlooking the orange grove and listening to the trickle of the stream flowing next to the cottage. It was really a piece of heaven. Even the baboons were well mannered. I will definitely be returning. To keep kids happier though, perhaps next I will have to book the cottage closer to the pool and with the TV. Otherwise, a perfect place to get away from the hurly-burly of city life."
(Marione Bailey, visited January 2015)
"Boschkloof is a beautiful place in a very secluded setting, away from the humdrum. Mariet, Doempie and their children are friendly and hospitable people. Their friendliness is only shadowed by those of the dogs, especially Tara. I would recommend this getaway to everyone and would gladly return. Boschkloof is beautifully decorated and comfortable and well equipped. Everything was so neat and clean and it's the only place I've been that had all the comforts of home. Fireplace, aircon and pool, it felt like being in a hotel."
(Sherri-Lynn Brink, visited October 2014)
"It was terrible! Ok just kidding, sort of like getting asked what the homemade chocolate pudding is like, you don't really want to advertise its brilliance and reduce the amount left for midnight feasts. We had such a blissful time here. Armed with a toddler and a very pregnant wife who also goes berserk over wildflowers this just hit the spot on every tick-box. We walked in the fields, the orchards (did you know that a 'more' naartjie is possibly the best ever citrus ever grown?), played with the dogs. What we really loved was the out of town, but close to town vibe. given the setting you feel like could be stuck in the deepest kloof in the Cederberg, but if you really feel like a Magnum then the spar is just around the corner. We might have left a torch behind, the Agri has all that stuff in town. It poured with rain the one day, no problems, we took a very short trip to the hot springs and had it to ourselves. It is run by passionate people, you can see they care for their farm, their family and their guests. what more could you ask for? We will be back, for sure."
(Steven Burnett, visited August 2014)
"Set amongst a lush orange tree plantation on a location tucked not so far away from Citrusdal, lies Boschkloof Cottage. We booked last minute in order to get out of Cape Town for a night, and were pleasantly surprised to find the farm to be simply beautiful. A fully equipped and stocked cottage with indoor an fire-place and pool were all waiting, and the door was left wide open upon our arrival. Although the bedding could be upgraded a notch in line with the prices being charged, the coyness and idyllic setting make up for this. We stayed in the Boschkloof cottage, but I would also take a look at their other cottage which is located further away the owners primary house. True to a crop producing farm, we were allowed to pick as many oranges as we wanted which was great fun."
(Lucas Adams, visited August 2014)
"We stayed at the Oude Boord in September 2011 and were blown away by the magical setting and the beautiful house amongst orange trees! It is a scene straight out of a fairy tale! The house itself is gorgeous, luxury all around with lovely decor and dreamy bathrooms! I loved sitting on the terrace gazing out through the orange trees. There is a lovely little stream/river running past the house for the warmer months. We were allowed to pick as many oranges as we wanted and took home enough to last a good few months! We look forward to returning to this lovely spot one day soon! A real treat!"
(Lee-Ann Schmidt, visited January 2013)
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