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Budget Getaways Review
Clouds End Farm (11km from Hermanus) gets its name from the wisp of cloud that so often blankets the tallest peak of Babylon’s Toring.
Not only might this creamy wisp be a familar sight on your weekend visit, but so will the awesome mountain views and open swathes of fynbos - all to be savoured from your voorstoep at one of two characterful cottages.
Helderfontein House and The Pottery are both over a century old, and beautifully renovated.
Helderfontein is the the larger of the two and what was once the original farmhouse. Sleeping six in three bedrooms (two Kings and a twin), the main of these is ensuite with bath, shower and loo, while the other two share a bathroom with shower.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all the gizmos (eg dishwasher), while the the living area is open-plan and leads onto a lovely stoep and outside braai area with gobsmacking views. Oregon ceilings, sash windows and quality furnishings all add to the charm.
Moving on to The Pottery, this little number sleeps four in two bedrooms (King and a twin), with shared bathroom with shower and loo. The ex-pottery studio is compact and cosy, with oodles of farm character.
Again, the kitchen is well-equipped and open-plan to the lounge and dining area. Leading off from here is the stoep and more of those awesome vistas. Lying to the back is your secluded boma with firepit under a tree.
Farm activities are in no short supply. Horse riding, mountain bike trails, farm walks, picnics at the dam, nearby restaurants, wine farms and generally appealing landscape befitting the title Hemel en Aarde.
A setting second to none, two beautiful abodes, an easy drive from the Mother City, Clouds End Cottages is bound to be a Budget winner.
"This place was just so beautiful and perfect for our group of three families. Jannie was the most amazing host and the houses contained everything one needed for a great weekend away. The setting is so peaceful with horses and stables just down the way. One is surrounded by fruit tree orchards and the most beautiful gardens. The kids played outside on the lawns whenever we were home. Hemel en Aarde is a fantastic wine route as well, with so many great places to explore and all child friendly. To top it off, I left something behind and Jannie went out of his way, bringing it to Postnet in Hermanus in order to courier it to me. The whole experience was way beyond expectation."
(Meg Osler, visited Apr 2017)
"We stayed at the Pottery - I picked it because it felt like it had more natural light. It has lots of windows and we really enjoyed it. The only thing I noticed is both places are close together so if you are staying at a busy time you could possibly bump into your neighbors. If you are a large gathering you could always rent both places and congregate on the lawns between the two places. We picked a time during the week so no one was staying at the house next door - which we loved as we were looking to be alone and away from people. All in all we enjoyed our stay and Jannie was very helpful. There is hardly any cellphone signal so enjoy a technology free holiday."
(B Griffiths, visited Mar 2017)
"Great service from Jannie and a well equipped kitchen. A perfect budget getaway spot."
(Andrew Cole, visited January 2016)
"This place was absolutely amazing. It is fitted out with just the best. Very comfortable beds and spectacular scenery. My only regret is that I could not stay longer. We highly recommend it. Definitely a gem."
(Marleze Van Loggerenberg, visited January 2015)
"We were among the first occupants of this wonderful getaway in the Hemel en Aarde valley. Beautifully renovated, fully equipped and very comfortable, with absolute attention to detail, we would definitely recommend it for any length of stay, weekend or longer holidays. Very convenient for the wine route, hiking, mountain biking and all the activities in Hermanus itself."
(Gail & Eddie Douglas, visited January 2014)
"The cottages at Clouds End farm are delightful. They are pretty, have rooms that are large enough for comfort and every mod-con that one could possibly require. The surrounding gardens are most attractive and the views are lovely. All in all it is certainly worthwhile staying in the peace, quiet and beauty at Clouds End cottages."
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