From R300 per adult nightly (children under 12 years, R150)
Budget Getaways Review
Nearly a decade on the block and we have finally discovered a perfect reason to spend an entire weekend on the southern tip of Africa: Langrug Lodge.
The brochure calls it “a perfect peace (sic) of Africa,” and for once, the blurb is spot on – Langrug is a gem. What’s more, it’s not a flag-flying ‘lodge’ as you might think, but a lovingly restored farm cottage in a secluded setting of flat horizons and an expanse of deep water called Soetendalsvlei – apparently, the largest pan of fresh water in southern Africa.
Langrug is a perfect example of ‘rustic luxury’. Not only have the original raw elements been retained, they’ve been creatively enhanced by a deft modern touch.
Keeping faithful to its humble beginnings, Langrug has screed floors, solid beam and riet ceilings, an open hearth, low doorways and thick rough walls.
There’s no electricity (thankfully!); instead, candles, paraffin lamps, gas and a woodburning ‘donkey’ will power you through the weekend.
The kitchen is drenched in a view of the vlei and combines country and modern elements. It is also stocked with everything you are likely to forget at home.
Ducking into the cosy lounge, a stuffed lynx glares from above the mantelpiece – a serial sheep killer that met his Moses after tucking into one mutton chop too many.
Langrug has two bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms – one of these a candle-lit number with a tiny Victorian bath.
Outside, a eucalyptus tree shades a braai area sculpted in stone; on the other side, a stone bench sets the scene for late afternoon whiskies.
Further out, Soetendal’s shoreline and grasslands are a natural habitat to an array of birds and small animals, while the vlei itself offers swimming, canoeing and fishing.
From Langrug, the open landscape unfolds to the white beaches of Struisbaai, the southern tip of Africa and the De Mond Nature Reserve.
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"We have stayed at Langrug several times... you can't beat the setting for anything - the best is the silence around you, you can only hear nature at it's best; and the sunsets over the Soetendal Vlei are memorable. The attention to detail in the cottage is clearly evident, the cottage is rustic, cosy, no electricity (the paraffin lamps add to the ambiance); indoor braai when it rains, potjie pots for the stews etc. Would highly recommend Langrug to anyone wanting a lazy, quiet getaway - it is the place to recharge those city batteries!"
(Deborah Martin, visited Mar 2018)
"Would it have an option for 6 stars we'd give it 6 on value! As it was not about money, but remoteness and quietness we'll stick to the above settings. Hence even the farm activities, we stayed three nights midweek, we found it no bother. In short, once our car was parked, it stayed there till departure. Swimming in the vlei turned into mud ploughing hence we should have tried to cross it by foot, to exploit its 50-year low level, again no hassle, but an added experience! The donkey heated hot water was instant and plenty, drinking water from the rain tank a pleasure likewise – anything to avoid factory filled PET bottles. Our days we spend watching the cattle across the fence changing place with the buck and mongoose. The birdlife just outside the door was a spectacle of note too. When all that became too much, I devoured the National Geographic from the resident magazine pile, cover to cover while Ninon had her head in Braiding Sweetgrass. Evenings we cooked in the open hearth to the glow of paraffin lamps, enjoyed the Victorian bath by candle light and sipped local wines and whisky. But the final morning’s dawn signalled inescapable departure and so the road north took us home – only to return again. A true peace of Africa – Thanks Jenny!"
(Jurgen & Ninon Simonskloof, visited Mar 2018)
"This cottage is by far the best stocked getaway I have experienced to date; whatever you may have forgotten to bring you should find here, even head-ache and indigestion remedies. I was excited to use the "jaffel" maker and eventually found and utilised the "donkey" after going a couple of days without showering (I come from drought stricken Cape Town) and what an amazing bubble bath I had! Stunning setting; lots of critters and bird life, with some birds even coming to visit in the cottage, much to my amazement. The couches and bed were very comfortable, a perfect place to relax and unwind! Can't wait to visit again."
(Margaret Fry, visited Jan 2018)
"Much more than we were expecting, felt like a luxury escape rather than budget getaway. Beautiful peaceful setting, heaps of firewood, welcome chocolates, rusks and the kitchen was well equipped. The cottage has peaceful energy, we were so sad to leave."
(Teresa Fischer, visited Oct 2017)
"Great for a peaceful weekend away, close to the sea, but a true farm feel...best of both. The unit had more than the basics needed and more than enough wood provided. Jenny was very friendly and helpful. Our dog loved the space to run around and explore. Perfect for nature lovers! We will definitely be back."
(Mishca Robbertze, visited Oct 2017)
"It was awesome! Tranquil, quaint, clean, warm little love nest!"
(Carlin Pnematicatos, visited Aug 2017)
"Perfectly situated on a large lake, away from all the hustle and very private. It's ideal for nature- and bird lovers. Close enough to the sea and town. It was very well equipped and tastefully decorated. We loved it and will visit again!"
(Gerrie Labuschagne, visited Mar 2017)
"This place is highly recommended for nature lovers."
(Neil Sawdon, visited Dec 2016)
"Langrug is not a place where one stays, but rather the heart of a person that you step in to. From the time that we arrived it just got better and better. Many people speak about the personal touches, and truly they are in abundance in every corner of the cottage, making one feel that you are always at the receiving end of a most generous and open heart. From the time we stepped in we felt like royalty. Just when you think that Jenny has thought of everything and are in awe, out pops another surprise and piece of her heart that is shared with the guests. Langrug is not just a cottage on a lake with fishing, walking, peace and quiet, it is an experience of sharing in someone's passion. Jenny has managed to infuse an emotion into every wall, nook, cranny, bed, chair, lamp, candle etc. that is part of the set up. Although we never met you, we felt like we knew a part of you. We also felt like nothing was too much effort for you and what you did came from the heart. Thank you, our faith in humanity has been restored. There is absolutely no doubt that I will be back in the not too distant future."
(Avril Elkington, visited Nov 2016)
"Brilliant as always!"
(Michaela Oberhummer, visited Sep 2016)
"We had a wonderful weekend. The house was so well equipped with everything we could want. With lots of kind extra touches."
(Jane Payne, visited Mar 2016)
"We had a wonderful weekend. The house was so well equipped with everything we could want, with lots of kind extra touches."
(Jane Payne, visited Mar 2016)
"Such a peaceful escape. We really enjoyed our stay with our dogs. The big open spaces and swimming hole were bliss for the dogs, and the beautifully equipped cottage, extensive views and total peace and quiet were bliss for us. We will definitely be back!"
(Margie Cunnama, visited Jan 2016)
"Our second visit to Langrug and most certainly not our last! I was so captivated by this little piece of paradise in the beautiful Overberg on my first stay there in September 2015 that I vowed I wouldn't tell anyone about it for fear that I wouldn't be able to get in next time I wanted to book! Fortunately the delightful host, Jenny, had a gap in her bookings so we managed another trip down there to escape the rat race for four more days of heaven. This gorgeous little cottage really is all it is made out to be and more. It is so very well equipped that you will want for nothing. If you are looking for peace and quiet with only the birds for neighbours then this is it. Honeymoon retreat or second honeymoon, this is it. What else can I say, I love the place and so does my little dog. We will be back, Jenny, hope you will be able to find a gap in your bookings for us."
(Pam Jones, visited January 2015)
"Best place to get away from the daily hustle and bustle, no power and no wifi is amazingly refreshing."
(Regina Cronje, visited June 2015)
"Gorgeous and cosy cottage. Quiet and secluded. And the owner extremely helpful and responsive to any queries. I'd definitely recommend this place."
(Louise Tait, visited June 2015)
"It was all good!"
(Johan Ras, visited April 2015)
"Did not want to leave. If I could I would have stayed forever. What a special place!"
(Madie Anderson, visited March 2015)
"Wonderful place, very well equipped. Will visit again."
(Suzanne Thomas, visited February 2015)
"Just what we needed! No noise,no lights,no barking dogs, just peace perfect peace. Nothing to do except chill. Braai tasted better, wine without doubt much better. Great cottage and very well equipped, clean and comfortable. Loved living off the grid! We now know what a donkey boiler is and how to use it. So simple yet so effective. Beware Eskom we can live like this so be afraid! Well done Jenny and thanks a bundle."
(Peter Rickett, visited January 2015)
"Langrug is an stunning location. The cottage is totally private with spectacular views. We were totally amazed at the attention to detail and level of hospitality. We will definitely go back."
(Sue Lennard, visited October 2014)
"This is a special place. I am struggling to find the right words to describe it. The wide expanse of golden wheat fields, sky and water; the gentle wash of birdsong; the excitement when a buck dashes in front of you, or you come across an owl's nest in your path, the whisper of the breeze in the gum trees outside your cosy cottage, the simple joy of lighting the paraffin lamps and candles and settling down for the night, with no television or traffic sounds, listening to the silence descend; the contentment of a piping hot candle-lit bath, with water heated by the wood-burning "donkey". And the cottage! Wide wooden beams, walls thicker than your forearm, little windows that frame expansive views of blue and gold, comfortable soft leather couches, lovely white cotton linen, little caring touches like the jar of rusks, milk, water and ice in the fridge, little chocolates on the bed, beautiful candles and African ceramics, this place oozes character. You feel as if you have been transported back to a different time completely, a slower, quieter, more generous time. Langrug Lodge will awaken your creativity. You are bound to want to play your musical instrument, paint, draw, write, whatever it is that you do, or just pause and reflect on what really matters in life. At Langrug Lodge you will have your best night's sleep ever. You will go home fully restored, but wishing you could go back again, and stay longer. Thank you Jenny for sharing this beautiful gem of a place."
(Glenda Bloch, visited October 2014)
"Langrug Lodge exceeded out expectations. The location is idyllic and serene and we didn't see anyone else over the whole weekend, only birds and wildlife. The cottage is really cosy, well equipped and has lots of character. Highly recommended."
(Paul Salmon, visited June 2014)
"Highly recommended, will definitely go again."
(Stephanie de Villiers, visited May 2014)
"Die ligging en atmosfeer van Langrug Lodge is fantasties. Die toerusting en aandag aan detail is uitstekend en dit is die ideale plek as mens soek na rustigheid en wil wegkom van alles. Dit was baie lekker om sonder elektrisiteit klaar te kom en donkie te stook want dit pas by die 18de eeuse huisie, nostalgie uit die verlede. Ons het 'n heerlike skaappotjie op die gasstoof gekook en het die volgende oggend die mooiste sonsopkoms beleef met mistigheid in die laagtes en oor die water. Ons kom enige tyd weer terug."
(Chris Duvenage, visited April 2014)
"We were at Langrug for the long weekend and it was absolute bliss! The setting is absolutely beautiful and the sunsets made postcard-like photos. The cottage (built in 1912) is small but very well equipped. The fact that there was no electricity is an absolute bonus. Even the kids (tweens and teenager) had an awesome time without the television."
(Izabelle Wiid, visited May 2014)
"This place is unbeatable. Not only is the setting peaceful and beautiful, but the hospitality is fantastic. I actually don't want any more people to know about this little gem otherwise I might have to fight to get a booking next time!"
(Steff Hughes, visited May 2014)
"We had a wonderful time at Larung which was enhanced by the most spectacular weather. The beach is not a long drive away and perfect and safe for children. The lodge has more facilities than any other Budget Getaway accommodation that we have been to (and we have been to many), everything was catered for right down to a sachet of Eno's just in case you do overindulge. The Fish Eagles were everywhere during the day and the Owls took over at night. Not having electricity was wonderful and for those worried about warm water, the donkey works incredibly well. We will definitely be back."
(Jen Pelser, visited April 2014)
"We enjoyed our three night midweek stay - even though it was during a Cape storm. The cottage is so much more than we expected, and was a cosy haven while the icy gale blew outside."
(Diana Hindon, visited August 2013)
"We had an absolutely wonderful time. No electricity so no television or other electronic distractions. Just peace and tranquility. Everything we needed and nothing we didn't need. We'd love to come again if you'll have us!"
(Jenny and Mike Thomson, visited April 2013)
"This cozy farm lodge close to Agulhas is a "break-away" adventure at its very best. If you're from the city lights, this experience will be the best therapy for enjoying the simplicity of being human & doing "bokkerol". As jy reeds iewers langs die pad van die ware plaaslewe geproe het, kom dan gerus hiernatoe ter wille van die "nostalgie". Besides enjoying original cottage-living at its best, there are ample opportunity for birdwatching, walking, coastal drives and just more relaxation."
(Louise van Rensburg, visited October 2012)
"Our second time, and again we were not disappointed. Lovely touches all round, we enjoyed the rusks with our morning coffee, and we wanted for nothing. Everything was supplied and even more than you would expect, like tea, coffee, insect repellents, lots of firewood for the braai and the donkey, and superb ambiance. And waking up in the morning to the sounds of a fish eagle's call, Cape francolins, guinea fowl, blue cranes, Egyptian geese and bokmakieries, there is absolutely no better place that we know of to chill out, than this. And our two sausage dogs had a whale of a time! Thank you so much Jenny, and don't ever change anything."
(Pieter van Heerden, visited May 2012)
"Third time spent at Langrug. (Would have been many more but it's become difficult to get a booking due to it being so popular). As always, a lovely relaxing stay with the 4-legged kids also having a ball. Me spent a bit of time trying out some new windsurfing gear on the vlei (where nobody could see how hopeless I am.) The finer attention to details like "Langrug Lodge" labelled items, as well as little things like fresh rusks, bug repellant's, and many items to help out with those little things one forgets and needs when one gets there; all these are probably the best of the many self catering Budget Getaway places we have been to."
(Menno Van Mechelen, visited April 2012)
"I rested my words away… Simply unbeatable!"
(Jurgen & Mareletta Wohlfarter, visited January 2009)
"What a wonderful place. So peaceful and relaxing and so many birds. We even saw pelicans on the vlei. Jenny was a perfect host. The cottage is so beautifuly decorated and we wanted for nothing. Will definitely go back but would like to keep it a secret hideaway."
(Bridget Mayes, visited February 2008)
"I desperately don't want to rate this gobsmacking getaway because the more people who know about it the more they'll want to go there... and I would love for it to remain a well-kept secret! That said, it would be greatly unfair to a truly fantastic hostess to deny her the positive feedback she so truly deserves. Langrug Lodge and her owner, Jenny, are wonderful beyond words. The cottage is kitted out with absolutely everything you could ever dream of... and so much more. Before leaving Cape Town I e-mailed Jenny to ask what we needed to bring. Her answer: 'Just good food and wine.' She wasn't lying. She really did supply everything and then some... like a bottle of wine and some rusks! All the little touches, the exquisite setting, the Jane Austen cottage, the peace and quiet, the views, the sounds... Even though I am actually a writer by profession I am finding it very hard to put into words just how good this getaway is."
(Belinda Rose-Innes, visited October 2007)
"This is a nature lovers paradise! Rustic was never so nice. Jenny - baie dankie! You are the perfect hostess, we wanted for nothing and didn't want to go home. It's a dream home away from home :) The Bullies had an absolute ball and did a lot of sulking when we got home. The birdlife was amazing. A photographers dream. We planned this holiday long before the world rugby cup and the finals happened to be on our weekend. Thanks to Radio Sonder Grense and our stunning setting, it will be truly memorable. Go Bokke!!! and go Langrug Lodge...see you soooon."
(Karen Meyer, visited October 2007)
"We finally made it back! I was a little worried that I'd built up the memory of Langrug in my mind and would end up being disappointed. Not a chance! This time we went purely to relax - last time spent a lot of time sightseeing in the area. The bird life is extraordinary and we spent many happy hours in awe of the African fish eagles. If you're looking to feed your soul and be inspired to creativity, Langrug is the ultimate getaway!"
(Mandy Wells, visited June 2007)
"Shhhhhhhh... You've got to keep this one secret... It's way too good for just anyone! WOW!!! This is the most awesome spot! Jenny is the perfect hostess. She showed us around, made us feel incredibly welcome and then left us to enjoy our stay. The silence was mindblowing - it took us a while to fall asleep on the first night. The bird and wildlife is fantastic. Pull up a chair, grab the binocs and watch nature in action. Worth visiting in the area (all within very close range) are the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp, Cape Agulhas (stunning tidal pools to swim in here), Struisbaai (beautiful long beach), Arniston (make the effort & walk the dunes to Waenhuiskrans cave), EcoQuad also operate near Stanford if you're keen on a very nice ride through the beautiful Blue Gum farm. Langrug Lodge is the perfect romantic getaway. Although the lack of a double bed was quite disappointing, it certainly didn't ruin our stay. There is everything you could possibly need in the cottage - plenty towels, loads of wood and even some bird books - thank goodness because we left ours at home. Jenny has thought of everything at Langrug Lodge. We highly recommend it and will definitely be back in 2007."
(Mandy Well, visited December 2006)
"We went with granny and grandpa and two kids which did stretch the accomodation a bit. Would love to see the back patio converted into another room with a double bed in it. Otherwise we LOVED our stay!!"
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