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Duck Pond Cottage R700 nightly, Cherry Cottage R1150 nightly, The Farmhouse R1800 nightly, minimum two nights stay
Budget Getaways Review
Yep, a real cherry farm in our backyard, in unspoilt mountain country 30km from Ceres.
The landscape is alluring and the cottages have good potential, but there is a health warning attached: Klondyke alternates between a wilderness getaway and Adderley Street at rush hour. Cherry-picking season (Nov-Dec) attracts a frenzied swarm of visitors, while the merest hint of snow in winter can trigger a similar deluge of humanity along the surrounding roads.
Out of cherry and snow season, Klondyke is closer to postcard perfect. The farm has three equipped private cottages and a small campsite with powerpoints and hot-water ablution block.
The Farmhouse (sleeps 8) is a rambling old house with four double bedrooms and two bathrooms with more than enough floor space to pack in a few extra kids. With a large living room and log fireplace, a dining area off the kitchen, also equipped with a separate fireplace, and an outside patio area with bench table and braai, the farmhouse offers a relaxed family escape.
Further along, Cherry Cottage has two bedrooms (A double and twin) and can sleep five. The furnishings are simple and fairly functional, the kitchen is open and the lounge has a fireplace that will be called for during the sub-zero winters. The bathroom is equipped with a shower only.
Smaller, more charming and probably our favourite, Duck Pond Cottage rests under a massive oak tree next to the farm dam. Like the other options it comes with a fireplace and though there’s only one bedroom, three can squeeze into the cottage.
All three cottages are fully equipped, including down duvets, towels and electric blankets. There are panel heaters in each bedroom and each cottage has a fireplace. Klondyke certainly is geared up for the bite of the winter months.
Apart from cherry picking and building snowmen, the mountains around Klondyke are made for serious walking and the ski slopes of Matroosberg are only 5km away. Neighbouring Matroosberg Reserve is open to day visitors and has a range of outdoor pursuits. You can also arrange a fishing permit for the nearby Lakenvlei Dam, which lies in an alpine-like setting.
Klondyke is an easygoing self-catering getaway but as we said, beware cherry and snow season!
"A very relaxing place, clean, good quality bedding and kitchen equipment. The fire wood was a bonus! Small but cosy, enough for the two of us. There weren't any cell phone reception, except at the main house. But the quality time we spend with each other was much needed! The outdoor area was fantastic with beautiful views of the Matroosberg. The owner was very friendly and helpful. Thank you for a fantastic weekend, will definitely come again, hopefully with the whole family!"
(Pieter Pienaar, visited Aug 2018)
"Duckpond cottage is fabulous. Comfy bed & big towels. Fireplace to keep warm on those chilly nights. The fresh flowers and little pot of cherry jam such a nice touch. We'll definitely be back."
(Avril Weir, visited Jul 2018)
"Great weekend away - very laid back with beautiful scenery."
(Nicholas Turvey, visited Sep 2017)
"We had a fantastic weekend away at a beautiful venue. If you're looking for relaxation you can't get much better than this. There are ample heaters in the house for those chilly evenings...which we needed on this visit! This is the second time we've visited the farm and it won't be the last..."
(Kris Fleming, visited Aug 2016)
"Thanks for the owners and staff of Klondyke Cherry Farm for their friendliness and professionalism. We had a great time. Already recommended to the family."
(Jeanette Benn, visited January 2015)
"We visited in November 2014 and it was the first day of the cherry picking season! What a great weekend. The cherries are delicious and you can camp for the day after picking, there are nice preserves, honey etc for sale. Ok, so now about the accommodation (which is what I intended to review, but the cherry picking is just so yummy!), we stayed in Cherry Cottage and it is really great. Everything that you can possible think of is there. From braai wood, blitz, potjie. Nice clean bedding and towels. Wonderful sunsets and sundowns and peace and quiet. And the pooches love love love it. They insist on going back in the winter to see the snow.... Only thing that I missed was a coffee plunger but that is not the end of the world and luckily I asked and brought my own."
(Louise van Zyl, visited November 2014)
"A great weekend spent at Klondyke. Such a beautiful location and Cherry Cottage had everything we needed. The campsite was very quiet (only one other group) which suited us perfectly and the kids and dogs were exhausted by the time we went home. Would recommend."
(Cathy Fleming, visited September 2014)
"We have been spending time at Klondyke for many years now. It is the perfect getaway in both summer and winter. Seeing the trees in full bloom in the spring and picking fresh cherries in summer is amazing. Experiencing the cold winters makes for a good weekend of food red wine and conversations with friends around the fire. Our dogs are welcome there as well and by the time the weekend comes to an end, we feel as though we have been away for a week. A great place to unwind!"
(David Milne, visited August 2013)
"We had an awesome weekend and really enjoyed our time. What a beautiful farm it is! Our time there was great and the kids had a ball exploring. It felt very Alpine and it was great to have no cell phone reception! Forced us all to switch off for a bit."
(Geneé Krige, visited September 2012)
"Thank you for a splended weekend. Everything was in tip-top shape. We all enjoyed it very much."
(Wessel Labuschagne, visited August 2011)
"We had a really great relaxing weekend. Hopefully we will get a group of folk together and be able to make another booking with you in the not too distant future."
(Alastair and Jill Drury, visited March 2012)
"Thank you for a lovely weekend away. My kids had a ball and good for them to see fruit growing in the actual trees and not just in Woolworths packaging!!"
(Leigh-Ann Stokell, visited February 2012)
"We would just like to compliment you on a wonderfully run accommodation – everything was perfect! Everything we could think of you had and we will definitely make a plan to visit again!"
(Caroline McCleery, visited October 2010)
"This was a very romantic place for my boyfriend and myself. It was worth the money and the welcome we got from Allan was very warm."
(Latasha Nlson, visited May 2009)
"The best holiday I have ever had!"
(Anandi Louw, visited November 2008)
"Apart from the rain and snow we had a great weekend. Campsite is very well equipped and the ablution blocks are very good. My parents stayed in the Duck Pond Cottage and I certainly will be returning in winter to stay. The setting and snow-capped mountains in the background are just amazing."
(Stephen Howarth, visited April 2007)
"Duck Pond Cottage is absolute value for money and much more..!"
(Annetjie Ludik, visited December 2005)
"It is a fantastic breakaway from city life."
(Alta Havenga, visited February 2005)
"All orchards were in full bloom around 20th September - very romantic."
(Richard McGowan, visited September 2004)
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