R375pp per night (discount for kids); minimum cottage rate applies.
Budget Getaways Review
Surrounded by gum trees and fronted by generous green irrigation fields, De Melkportaal Cottage is your go-to for a rustic-luxury weekend on a real macoy dairy farm in the Overberg.
Starting with what to do while you're there, the options are the ultimate in chill: Stay tucked inside and fire up the indoor hearth or working bread oven. Migrate onto the stoep, pull the cork and light up the Blitz in the firepit, while sucking up those Soetmuisberg views. For a nice winter-summer old school experience, try out the donkey-heated "vroetel poel" at the edge of the deck.
Taking a poke around inside, De Melkportaal sleeps four in a double room and double sleeper couch in the living area. There's also a cot for Mini-Me in the latter.
True to your host's discerning style (check out the rave reviews for Bergen Dam Cottage - 2km away and on the same farm), the cottage is well equipped and stylishly finished with spaansriet ceilings, cement floors, rough walls, old country furniture, linen and towels, and personal touches scattered here and there.
The living area is open-plan and features an equipped kitchen, fireplace and convivial dining table. Complementing the away-from-it-all feel is Eskom's absence; instead you'll find a gas fridge, gas stove, loads of paraffin lanterns and a wood-burning donkey for hot water.
Glass stacking doors zip open the north-eastern flank to an endless deck equipped with table and firepit - prime spot to enjoy that freebie bottle of wine.
Going beyond the garden, the farm has loads of scope for walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the dam, bird-watching, and visiting the dairy to collect your ration of fresh milk. You can even sign the kids up for a crash course in dairy farming - by prior arrangement.
Arniston, Struisbaai, De Hoop and De Mond are within a short drive, as is the new trail and picnic spot on the Soetmuisberg.
De Melkportaal is pet-friendly and the perimeter is enclosed, which will take a lot of worry off you.
A well-rounded package that's lovely on the eye and ideal for small families and romantic couples. A winner in the making.
"We had the most amazing weekend, being off the grid was refreshing and fun. We enjoyed starting the 2 donkeys for the pool and hot water, it made for a lot of conversation and debate. The cottage is comfortable and has many extras. Sitting on the patio is the best part, relaxing, reading and watching farm life go by. Our dogs had a blast, totally enjoying the long walks on the farm and having a sizable fenced off area. We will definitely be back soon!"
(Babette du Toit, visited Feb 2018)
"Thoroughly enjoyed a two night stay. Wonderful, well equipped cottage in a tranquil setting."
(Kevin Tromp, visited Jan 2018)
"I wanted rustic, value for money, privacy and within 2 hours drive from Cape Town. My partner wanted a nature setting. We both got what we wanted and more. This place is a hidden gem and I almost want to keep it a secret. Living off the grid for a couple of days was good for the soul and satisfying."
(Riaan Thiart, visited Jan 2018)
"An excellent getaway! Vroetelpoel was a treat and fresh farm milk so tasty! Will definitely go back."
(Adele Roos, visited Nov 2017)
"What a magical place! Beautiful, peaceful, but with enough to do for the whole family. The kids loved to watch the cows being milked and the fresh farm milk! The cottage is beautiful and comfortable with everything that we needed and more. We would love to go again soon!"
(Marilize Kruger, visited Nov 2017)
"What a lovely cottage! Very nicely laid out with a large deck overlooking the meadows and mountains. The daily cow walks up and down the road provided entertainment whilst sipping our wine on the deck. The little pool is the perfect size. The garden was safe and secure for our 5 mutts to run around and exhaust themselves tumbling about on the grass. Overnight we made a huge fire inside and had a relaxing dinner and more wine. 3G cell phone signal kept electronics to a minimum (thankfully), but we were still able to call home if needed. The cottage has everything you need, including firelighters and farm fresh milk!"
(Samantha Laing, visited Oct 2017)
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