From R375pp - R450pp nightly depending on unit, minimum 2 guests; minimum 2-nights stay
Budget Getaways Review
Nothing like a spot of impulsive folly to get them life-affirming endorphins flowing. And here's your catalyst - three romantic cottages on an olive and wine farm below the Hawequas mountains 3km outside Wellington.
The cottages, La Folie Green, La Folie Sunset and La Folie River, couldn’t offer more in the way of gorgeous mountain views, privacy, lush Winelands vibe, and the gentle burble of the Spruit River snaking down the valley below.
Kicking off with La Folie Green, rustic-luxury and off the grid, it's powered by solar and lit by oil lamps. Double doors swing open to a covered patio from both the living room (with chez lounge) and the main bedroom. The master bedroom sports a double bed, while a second bedroom has two singles, both have quality linen and fluffy towels, and share a bathroom with loo and shower.
The open-plan living area, which, of course, comes with a fireplace, is tastefully decked out and leads off the equipped kitchen.
Moving down the river to La Folie Sunset Cottage, this luxury abode is ideal for two couples with kids, or a family of six. The cottage has a gorgeous main ensuite bedroom that opens to a covered patio. The second triple bedroom is also ensuite. The bathrooms are decked with corner baths, a shower and twin basins.
The living area comes with a clay pot fireplace to keep things cozy during winter. The modern open-plan kitchen is fully equipped. Mod-cons in Sunset Cottage take the form of DSTV and zircon. The views of the Hawequas mountains will have you perched on the front stoep for hours on end.
New to the team, La Folie River Cottage offers three bedrooms, and is well suited to two families, or three couples sharing. Like its two sisters, La Folie River Cottage is stylishly decorated with a spacious living area, and a well-equipped open plan kitchen. You’ve got DSTV, a separate dining room and a covered patio with braai. A dual fireplace warms the lounge and dining room in winter.
Common to all are fenced gardens, meaning they’re Fido-friendly.
There's not much reason to venture from your cottage, but if you must… A stroll down to the river will satisfy most, and there’s scope for a more serious mountain slog on foot or bike. Head out further to the surrounding wine farms and you can explore vineyards on horseback - by arrangement.
As the guest feedback suggests, with La Folie so close to the Mother City, you've just run out of excuses to stick out another weekend in the burbs.
"A wonderful sneaky weekend away in Wellington at La Folie, a very short and easy drive from the city. The horses and peacocks were a real win with the kiddies! Our hosts were quick to help and fix a geyser issue, which was much appreciated. The whisky tour at Sedgewicks in town was a hit with the dads. Being able to watch the rugby on the cottage's DSTV was also a win. The fire place worked a charm to keep us warm in the freezing cold weather."
(Tammy Kuhn, visited Jun 2017)
"We had a last minute breakaway at an amazing location and a massive plus for us was that it's dog friendly and completely enclosed. It was very comfortable and had plenty of space for 4 adults."
(Zak Newton, visited Sep 2016)
"A lovely secluded cottage in a valley just outside of Wellington yet just about free from traffic noise. Bliss to hear the wind in the reeds and the sounds of the stream. The plot is fully fenced off so the dogs could explore to their heart's content. They even had the 2 residents cows next door to keep them fascinated for the whole weekend. There were some magnificent old wild olive trees on the rocky slope. Perfect for a weekend hide-out!"
(Andy Young, visited Jun 2016)
"The cottage is really well appointed and has a peaceful setting and ambiance...perfect for a laid back week-end.The whole family loved it including teenagers, 30-somethings and us. Certainly on our list of keepers!"
(Malcolm Law, visited May 2016)
"Great place, nice and relaxing. Hosts were very accommodating."
(Terri Parker, visited Mar 2016)
"WOW! Hierdie plek sal altyd spesiaal bly vir ons. Ons het verloof geraak hier. Pragtige, romantiese plek. Die eienaar het moeite gedoen om ook my man te help om my spesiaal te laat voel met roosblare op die bed, chocolates en sjampanje. Baie dankie!"
(Liza van Rensburg, visited Feb 2014)
"We had a very relaxing weekend, our dog enjoyed the environment, the property is fenced, so she was able to freely roan in the garden. Cottage beautifully equipped, surroundings peaceful and the river was lovely to cool off in as it was very hot."
(Leigh Mitchell, visited January 2015)
"Perfect setting, surrounded by mountains. It is a lovely place, thanks for our hosts. They even had a honesty box with their own wine and olive oil, it was very relaxing."
(Hester Basson, visited January 2015)
"What a wonderful place with all the luxuries.Will be back for another weekend"
(Cheryl Johnson, visited July 2015)
(Durk Postma, visited December 2014)
(Imelda Arnoster, visited October 2014)
"A great place to spend a gentle spring weekend. The verandah catches the morning sun so it is worth getting out of the comfortable brass bed, hard as that is, and stretching out with a book. Farm eggs for breakfast and then deliciously dark honey from the farm, before returning to lounge in the sun. The cottage has a fence around it (far enough to be inconspicuous) so you can leave your dogs and children to roam outside safely. There is a small stream outside the fence but sadly no swimming. La Folie produce an excellent Viognier and a decent Cabernet, both are available in the cottage. Definitely worth visiting."
(Anthony Buckland, visited September 2014)
"Superb, secluded, romantic."
(Wilhelm Lichtenberg, visited August 2014)
"Absolute heaven. What a beautiful setting! The dog children loved it and we felt relaxed knowing that they were safe. We have not felt so rejuvenated in a long time. I can't wait to go back. The hospitality was as amazing as this getaway."
(Karen van Tonder, visited December 2013)
"What a magical place to go to get away from it all. Nestled among cool trees with the burbling spruit nearby, La Folie Green Cottage makes for a relaxing environment to unwind. Finest furnishings and finishes with Anita's minutest attention to detail make you feel welcome and special. The beds are comfortable and the linen is of the highest quality. Everything you need for a nearby getaway awaits you. We were also very grateful to have been able to have taken our beautiful dog away with us. Thanks Nico and Anita so very much for a great week end away. We will definitely be back."
(Lee-Anne Saunders, visited August 2013)
"A beautiful cottage in a stunning environment. It is a treat to not be hindered by the trappings of our normal modern lives and to be reminded that we can live without electricity, radio's and television."
(Christian Saunders, visited August 2013)
"A charming little cottage set on a peaceful farm."
(Siri Hills, visited September 2013)
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