R250pp nightly for up to 3 guests; 4th guest free; R300pp for 1-night stays and singles
Budget Getaways Review
Geelbos Cottage is a secluded renovated labourer's cottage on a typical Overberg farm at the foot of the Kleinswartberg mountain.
This white tin-roofed cottage lies about 1km from the main homestead and consists of two bedrooms and a small living area.
Geelbos is off the Eskom grid, meaning you'll be enjoying the glow of paraffin lanterns as night sets in. There's a gas geyser for your hot water and a two-hob gas stove for your fry-ups. The cottage is fully equipped and linen, towels and braai wood are supplied.
Looking at the photos we received, the country-style decor and fittings feature a combination of pine and oak units, colourful prints on the walls (dominated by a feline theme) and other simple, yet homely, touches.
Outside you'll find a small covered stoep, a stone braai area and wide open space, with an unobstructed view of the mountains, cattle, sheep, horses and a farm dam, which you are welcome to take a dunk in. A small plunge pool has also recently been added.
Nice thing about Geelbos is that pets are allowed, a drawcard for all you pooch-lovers out there. Comments from the guestbook are very positive, and include, "Heerlik!"; "We will definitely retun to this beautiful pophuis"; "The best accommodation of the whole Cape Epic."
Check it out - we look forward to your verdict.
"Excellent venue, and everything you need was put in place. Excellent hospitality from owners. It is close to Greyton, making it very nice to go visit and experience the town vibe. Well worth a visit."
(Stadler van Zyl, visited Oct 2017)
"This was better than expected! The pictures do not do this beautiful place justice! We were truly able to relax while the kids bottle fed the lambs and explored the stunning surroundings. The dogs were in their element, running free and splashing in the dam. Thank you to our warm and friendly hosts for sharing a little piece of heaven with us."
(Lisa , visited Jun 2017)
"A great breakaway. The cottage was nice and cosy with all the necessities. The braai room was a bomb. The dogs loved the outdoors and the dam. We will defiantly be back."
(Brendon Plowden, visited Apr 2017)
"We spent four nights at Geelbos Cottage and a week later we still can't get over it! It was cosy, relaxing, and a breath of fresh air from city life. No electricity, very little cell reception, but no problem! There was plenty to do; long bush walks, swimming, tanning, reading, and braaing. We didn't see another person until the day we left. Our 3 dogs had a blast too! We are missing the farm life already."
(Linda Lynch, visited Mar 2017)
"What I loved most is that my dogs were so welcome - no rules and regulations. I needed solitude - I got solitude. Leaving the place open and unlocked while walking for an hour through the surrounding farm land without any worries of theft was an added bonus. The kitchen facilities are minimal (the fridge is small and runs on gas and there is a two plate gas cooker) but who goes away for rest and relaxation to cook up a storm in the kitchen? Its not too far off the beaten track, easy to get to and only an hour or so from Cape Town. Soaking in the little splash pool at the bottom of the garden, sipping champagne while the sun goes down - MAGIC!"
(Denise Atcheson, visited Mar 2017)
"Our welcome at Geelbos Cottage was warm and friendly and Jannie and Andra are extremely hospitable. The setting of the cottage is beautiful and the interior takes your breath away as the care and love with which it was decorated speaks of love and the intention of making your stay as comfortable as possible. If you want to get away from it all in comfort, this is the place to go. My little dog, Ava loved every minute as she was free to explore and just be a dog. The stars at night is an extravaganza unlike anything we will ever see in the city - there is absolutely no need for TV with all that natural splendor. Take your cell phone car charger with as there is no power in the cottage and the signal is a bit up and down. We will definitely go back to experience more of the Geelbos hospitality."
(Annabelle Snyman, visited Feb 2017)
"What an amazing little gem Geelbos Cottage is! The setting is just too idyllic for words, far far away from the madness of the city. It was lovely to hear nothing but birds all weekend, to enjoy the evenings by lamplight, and just be surrounded by the beauty of nature. Our hosts were also a lovely little couple. Jannie has such a wealth of knowledge about Greyton and its surrounds, and had us enthralled with his many stories. We would definitely recommend this getaway to anyone who wants a home away from home. Stunning!"
(Cindy de Vos, visited Jan 2016)
"The cottage is extremely well equipped; I found everything I needed for almost every eventuality! The owners of the farm were very hospitable. There are some friendly horses and labs on the farm. The splash pool was brilliant and the fact that there are two verandahs to use depending on which way the wind is blowing means that you are able to spend time relaxing out of the wind."
(Margaret Fry, visited Jan 2017)
"This was our second time back at Geelbos and we've already booked again for February and April 2017. Geelbos is a gem of a find with such wonderful hosts! The swimming and plunge pools are amazing and it really is the perfect getaway. Thank you Jannie and Andra for looking after us so well."
(Isabelle Ansorge, visited Dec 2016)
"What an amazing little place to just breakaway from the busy city. We are looking forward to visiting again soon. PS it is animal friendly!"
(Gilda Biljon, visited Nov 2016)
"We had a fantastic weekend away at Geelbos Cottage. The setting is beautiful. The cottage is quiet and secluded, and set away from the main farmhouse for total privacy and relaxation. Our hosts, Jannie and Andra, were very welcoming - even when we arrived very late in the evening. They still took us up to the cottage and showed us around and how everything worked - such lovely people. They have put a lot of thought into what guests may need for their stay and stocked the cottage accordingly. In addition to the above, one of the best things about Geelbos is the wide open space for the dogs to run and the dam. Our two furkids had an amazing time, the one even learnt to swim! "
(Nicole Elliott, visited Sep 2016)
"This is the perfect way to unplug and unwind with the most beautiful view."
(Alandri Compion, visited Aug 2016)
"What a gem to find! I can thoroughly recommend Geelbos to anyone willing to get away from it all. It's beautifully decorated, very much a home from home and isolated. Plus, our dogs absolutely loved their time on the farm. We can't wait to come back - in fact we have already booked for December and February!"
(Isabelle Ansorge, visited Jul 2016)
"We had a fantastic time, settled in nature - this warm and cosy cottage was the perfect weekend away. What made it even better was the fact that it is pet-friendly so our dog went along and had a royal time on the farm. This is definitely a place to visit."
(Olet Jooste, visited Jul 2016)
"I actually don't know where to begin to describe our stay at Geelbos Cottage, we had the most relaxing time! From the moment we arrived Jannie and Andra and their two Labradors made us feel welcome on the farm. The cottage is warm and cosy with beautiful personal touches and you can see that the hosts thought of everything you may need for a comfortable stay. We took long walks on the farm and our two dogs were in absolute heaven having the open space and freedom to run around and well, just be dogs! I read a review from a previous visitor complaining about her dogs getting ticks while on the farm. I would like to just point out that it is a farm you are visiting after all and surely one needs to understand that there will be elements you are not exposed to when you live in the city, e.g. farm animals and probably the risk of exposure to ticks when your dogs are running around on the farm enjoying their freedom. We did not have the same experience at all even though our dogs are not on any tick or flea treatment. To summarise - the hosts are friendly and welcoming; the cottage is beautiful, well equipped, neat and clean; the setting and views are stunning and we had a fantastic time and will definitely be returning again and again."
(Annalize Pretorius, visited Jun 2016)
"Fantastic place and amazing hosts."
(Anonymous , visited Apr 2016)
"What a lovely weekend we had, staying at Geelbos. Our four-year-old twins were very excited to stay in their cozy, beautifully decorated room. The house was well stocked and surprisingly warm and well lit - so relaxing. The visits to the lambs were a real treat, and walks in the fields and hanging out with the last cow on her way to bed was beautiful and restorative. We were even brave enough to take a brief dip in the plunge pool when the sun was out; I'm sure it would be gorgeous to relax there all day in the summer. Jannie and Andra were so welcoming and kind! We really felt at home and taken care of."
(Alison Gardiner, visited Apr 2016)
"A haven for a battered psyche! A real retreat. We spent three days really unwinding and relaxing. Try the plunge pool, even if it is not so warm! Wonderful people and friendly animals."
(Rodger Bosch, visited Mar 2016)
"Absolutely love this place. Awesome setting if you want to "get off the grid". We set up our gazebo and spent most of our time swimming and chilling at the dam (which guests have private use of). Owners are very friendly & welcoming."
(Nikki Emerton, visited Jan 2016)
"A real treasure. Geelbos has everything you could possibly need for some r&r. The cottage is fully equipped and the plunge pool is fantastic. The farm is well run and the animals are friendly. I spent hours bird watching, or spotting small wildlife and one is encouraged to explore the area. If one wants to escape the rat race for a few days, this is the place. I can't even say I missed having electricity, the cottage has a gas fridge, hob, lighting and hot water."
(Kirsten Cronje, visited January 2016)
"Our second trip to Geelbos Cottage was every bit as magical as our first, only this time it was hot! July wasn't the time for dam swimming, but this visit was all about that. We basked in the sunshine while dipping frequently into both the pool and the dam, with our dogs discovering their passion for swimming too. Starry nights, delicious braais and long summer days were filled with holiday cheer, good conversation and ultimate relaxation. We spent hours sitting and looking at the surrounds, glass of wine in hand. Our five nights went quickly and we will certainly be back. This visit also saw us venturing to neighbouring town, Greyton, it's so close by, just a quick drive for your essentials and where the feeling of relaxation only continues. Definitely the place to be for a friendly, chilled vibe. The cottage, just like before, catered to our every need and we left feeling so well rested and ready to tackle the new year. Here's looking forward to memories made there in 2016. Thank you so much to Andra and Jannie for having us. See you soon."
(Catherine Riley, visited January 2015)
"Just loved the feeling in the morning sitting on the "stoep" having my coffee looking at the sun rising and feeling the peace while listening to the chatter of the birds."
(Marquhette Mirinda Vermaak, visited January 2015)
"So peaceful and relaxing."
(Henriëtte Jurgens, visited January 2015)
"I am almost afraid to let people know how absolutely fabulous Geelbos Cottage is, because then it will be harder for us to get another booking! We have stayed in many Budget Getaways' properties and this one is head and shoulders above the rest. The setting is magnificent and very private, the cottage is cute and cosy with lovely personal touches, the hosts make you feel like family; even the cows, sheep and horses are friendly! There is absolutely nothing that I could fault. We stayed for six nights and except for two brief trips into Caledon and Greyton (both conveniently nearby) we had everything we needed at the cottage and on the farm. An absolutely idyllic place, and I can't wait to go back again."
(Lynne Smit, visited January 2015)
"Most wonderful weekend spent at Geelbos! Longing to still be there, lost in time among the scenery with my loved ones exploring the fynbos or stoking the fire. Cannot wait to go back to revisit the very real, yet almost unimaginable, delightfulness Geelbos has to offer. The freshest air,loveliest views and little details make time stand still. I am however, watching the clock at home counting down until I can visit this piece of farmyard heaven again."
(Catherine Riley, visited July 2015)
"We were always skeptical about advertising blurb and beautiful photos and advertisements on the Internet, that did not turn out to be what it seemed. So it was with some trepidation that we booked Geelbos Cottage for three days recently, just the missus and me and the two pooches. How wrong can you be? Geelbos Cottage was everything and much more than the Budget Brak had promised. The absolute perfect getaway to regain some sanity in a mad world! We are not going to elaborate any more than this, just read all the other glowing reports, which we endorse fully, and you will know what we are talking about. We will be back as soon as we can."
(Pieter van Heerden, visited May 2015)
"There are some establishments that claim to provide everything you may need for your stay. None of these can however compete with Geelbos. Andra and Jannie have literally provided everything! Need toothpaste, a spare toothbrush, a butterfly net, chess set, wood, firelighters, portable radio, needle and thread? You will find all on hand in the cottage. About the cottage, it is quaint without being cramped, and has personality. Think handmade quilts, eccentric artwork and personal touches that bring a smile to your face. It is also in the most beautiful setting imaginable. Rolling hills, superb fynbos and an abundance of bird life are just outside the door. The peace and quiet will relax any weary city-dweller looking to restore their soul. There are friendly dogs and horses (yes, horses) who will gladly make you feel welcome and while I was there also the cutest lambs ever. Andra and Jannie are the most welcoming and generous hosts and make you feel so at home, you almost don't want to leave. Indulge in some light exercise by walking one of the farm trails, visit one of the surrounding towns or just relax on the stoep with some wine and watch the mountains and sky change colour as the sun dips slowly towards the horizon. This must be a little piece of paradise. I will certainly be back."
(Glenda Jeffries, visited April 2015)
"To get off the grid completely, to get your mind and soul back in line, this is the place for you! Peaceful, tranquil setting amongst protea's, fynbos, Blue Cranes and mountain views. Fabulous for nature walks and if you so feel, help out around the farm by bottle feeding lambs. Just relax and unwind. We highly recommend Geelbos Cottage."
(Melissa Burton, visited April 2015)
"We and our dogs had an amazing weekend at this very special place. 5 star!"
(Cheryl Johnson, visited April 2015)
"We spent lovely three days in this peaceful and magic cottage. Besides being definitely the best equipped self-catering accommodation we ever came across, it was the heaven for our dog and our 10 yrs old fisherman. Place to come back many times."
(Emina Dzinic, visited April 2015)
"Vreedsaam en baie skoon hemel en aarde. Gasheer en gasvrou baie gasvry. 'n Rusplek vir 'n mens se siel."
(Natasja Malherbe, visited February 2015)
"The location was excellent The view was stunning Facilities was clean and tidy including decor is Beautiful. Thank you Jannie and Andra for your hospitality, we will surely return."
(Moegsien Sonday, visited December 2014)
"We had a wonderful stay at Geelbos walking, fishing in the dam and enjoying good food and good company. We'll be back to visit soon."
(Lisa Cronje, visited November 2014)
"Good value for money, visit again type of place!"
(Linda de Wet, visited September 2014)
"Lovely cottage. Simple and rustic."
(Kim Bellairs, visited July 2014)
"The most perfect place for anyone needing a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take your dogs take your children but do not worry about taking anything else apart from the food you will need everything else you could possibility think of is rammed into this small wonderful getaway retreat."
(Sara morse, visited July 2014)
"As basic and simple as it was, the experience of literally "getting away from it all" was soul healing! No electricity, no modcons, no distractions, only nature and beautiful surroundings. If you are a busy family like we are I highly recommend Geelbos Farm Cottage, the family bonding is wonderful. And the Fouries are incredibly hospitable and love having you enjoy their farm. We will be back in Summer for sure."
(Sebastian Janssens, visited July 2014)
"A nice place not far from Greyton, great place for my dogs, sheep everywhere, a dam to swim and play with the farm dog Caesar. An abundance of ticks caused some headaches, but you surely can't blame it on the location. Quite a picturesque setting with nice views. No electricity in the small, cozy cottage, and though it was cold and without a indoor fireplace the cottage was comfortably warm. We got what we were looking for: Plenty of space and solitude and walks on the farm roads."
(Marc Picard, visited July 2014)
"Geelbos Cottage is the perfect weekend break from Cape Town. Situated on Geelbos Farm, the setting is tranquil yet vibrant with farm life. We helped with the feeding of the young lambs and were able to take a long walk by ourselves with stunning views. The cottage is equipped with everything you would need, great place."
(Warren Fitzhenry, visited June 2014)
"Absolute gem if you want to escape technology and play among the stars. Very romantic setup, peace and tranquil. Almost felt like we were the only people on the planet for a day and it felt like heaven! My poodle of course had the time of her life but just a warning for ticks and take precaution - we went in May and when we got home she was infested, although I bet she felt it was still worth it!"
(Christine Conradie, visited May 2014)
"What an absolutely amazing experience Geelbos Farm is. I've never felt so relaxed on holiday before. The cottage was fully stocked, all we needed was clothes and food. The animals on the farm were a beautiful sight, the cute little splash pool and of course the dam. We absolutely loved it here, the hospitality was out of this world. Will return in a heartbeat."
(Deborah Butler, visited December 2013)
"Having had the opportunity to experience a childhood on our family farm without electricity this is the place where family bonds, dogs become dogs again and the simplicity of life is once again mixed with the love with which this cottage has been set up. A 100% concentrated selection to enjoy nature, the natural Jacuzzi, braais and board games. Wow guys thank you so much for the opportunity to have shared your Eden!"
(Jan Engelbrecht, visited August 2012)
"Our third visit to this fun cottage. We enjoyed our three night stay, and will return! The fynbos and wild flowers were the highlight of this visit."
(Diana Hindon, visited August 2013)
"Geelbos cottage is on our list of favourites - we plan to return as often as possible! This visit was perfect with sunny days, snow on the mountains, and two very happy people!"
(Diana Hindon, visited June 2013)
"We loved this farm from the moment we left the main road and dipped down into the hidden valley. It is a long time since we have seen a farm as well run and tidy. The cottage was really fun, and we were made to feel so welcome. We were very impressed with all the personal touches - Jannie and Andra had thought of every need and also spoilt us with beautiful flowers and the best farm fresh tomatoes. We hope to be back often!"
(Diana Hindon, visited April 2013)
"One of the best getaways in the Western Cape. There is so much to see and do on this magnificent farm which is owned by equally magnificent people. We will go back again and again if only to slow down and remember what is important in life - not many places do this as well as Geelbos. Brilliant."
(Carri Freemantle, visited June 2012)
"We visited Geelbos Cottage over December and LOVED IT! Not only was our dog welcome (and this says a lot seeing that he is of a breed that has been notoriously and wrongfully portrayed as vicious and aggressive). Ozzy loved the farm dogs and he and Ceasar made friends instantly! The horses and sheep in the neighbouring camp, along with the resident peacocks added to the setting of the cottage and its beautiful surrounds. The cottage itself is lovely and has pretty much everything one can think of - we lacked for nothing! Jannie and Andra were very welcoming and made our stay extra special with a sighting of rare Blue Crane twins! We will def be back in the next few months!"
(Nicky Lubbe, visited January 2012)
"Just Great! Oh so lovely for all of us - toddler and dog in tow. Were so pleased to see how well behaved our dog was on the farm and with all the animals - as this is really a place to respect! Jannie and Andra, thanks so much for your friendliness, hospitality, and adding fun to our trip - your cottage is gorgeous and your farm amazing! We're already telling everybody! Best wishes!"
(Kim Visser, visited July 2011)
"This very cute cottage is beautifully situated with nothing but mountains and fields surrounding it. Not only is the cottage very well stocked, beautifully decorated and comfortable, the hosts are also welcoming and very friendly. Our dog ran wild, we enjoyed the views, and can't wait to go back again."
(Lise Carswell, visited October 2010)
"We adore Geelbos! Wonderful hospitality from the owners, their dogs and sheep - not to mention the horses. Expect a small gem with rustic appeal. Can't wait to get back there this year."
(Sulani Grobler, visited January 2009)
"Vir ons 4 'jongmense van die seventies' was dit 'n onvergeetlike ervaring en lekker trip down memory lane. Baie dankie en sal julle huisie beslis vir almal aanbeveel."
(Lydia le Roux, visited March 2010)
"The little cottage at Geelbos was an absolute find! Equipped with everything we needed and more we were able to completely relax and take in the peaceful surroundings! Great place to rejuvenate the soul! It was also fantastic that we could take our puppies with us and they absolutely loved the experience. We'll definitely go back!"
(K Edge, visited January 2010)
"Wonderlike uitsig, sonsondergange en sterre-hemel van te droom. Hier kan jou siel rus. Kom kyk self."
(Thea Basson, visited September 2009)
"Excellent setting... Marvelous hospitality and doggie heaven."
(Glen Kriel, visited January 2009)
"Wat 'n wonderlike naweek in 'n paradys! Ons het op die stoep geboer en die uitsig en stilte ingedrink. Die kinderen het comics gelees, die duikbril en snorkel uitgetoets in die dam en vir die eerste keer in hulle lewens perde van naderby ontmoet (en geen elektrisiteit is 'n bonus, want dit beteken geen rekenaar, en selfone wat nie kan mixit nie, omdat hul batterye nie kan herlaai nie!!). Geelbos is medisyne vir mense wat hul batterye wil herlaai. Dankie Jannie en Andra, ons kom beslis weer!!"
(Izelle Theunissen, visited January 2008)
"Doggy heaven, but make sure you Frontline your dogs very well before going, as they love playing in the fynbos around the dam."
(Rhian Meats, visited June 2007)
"What a wonderful hidden treasure we have found ourselves!! It felt like we were away for weeks. Our two four-legged children could not get enough and are already begging to go back. So you will definately see us soon! THANKS."
(Judy Kalapac, visited May 2007)
"Wat 'n ongelooflike naweek! Geelbos Cottage is pragtig en baie keurig ingerig. Ons het 'n fantastiese tyd gehad. Ons het heerlik geswem, gestap, gebraai en relax. Die uitsig is volmaak en die perde en beeste dra by tot 'n pragtige plaas-scene. Ek sal hierdie getaway vir almal aanbeveel wat die perfekte naweek in die platteland wil geniet!"
(Annemarie Pretorius, visited February 2007)
"What a stunning place! Best holiday we have ever had. Great owners who are very friendly and made us feel welcome from the start. Thanks for a wonderful holiday and for the use of your farm with our quad bikes. We shall be back soon!"
(Dale Bredekamp, visited October 2007)
"This cottage has everything! Beautifully decorated and homely. You don't have to worry that there is no electricity, because there is a gas shower, fridge, hot plate etc. Dogs loved it! We'll definitely be back..."
(Lize Collins, visited May 2006)
"Very friendly hosts and a fantastic view! The best equipped cottage I've ever seen."
(Jakes Pretorius, visited January 2006)
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