Cottages: from R550 to R1500 nightly (depending on number of guests). Farmhouse: R2500 nightly for 8 persons
Budget Getaways Review
A laid-back fruit farm below the jagged Skurweberg mountains outside Ceres, Rhodene offers a ten-pack of accommodation, among it a fullblown farmhouse and three cottages, two of these tucked alongside the farm’s packshed and offering views of the Skurweberg, the other overlooking the valley and Matroosberg mountains.
First off are Fish Eagle and Kingfisher, two-bedroom units that have been recently renovated. The main bedroom has a king-size bed and full en-suite bathroom, while the second comes with two single beds and a separate bathroom with shower. A spacious living area, underfloor heating throughout, own private stoeps and outside braai are among the attractions.
Also recently added is a spacious four-bedroomed farmhouse tucked up on its own against the Witzenberg Mountain. The house sleeps up to eight and sports views, own swimming pool and a lush garden. Indoors you'll find a modern kitchen, spacious living area, open fireplace and DSTV. The outside entertainment area looks onto the garden and pool. Good option for a group or two families.
And then there are four more basic semi-detached units (Voelvlei units 6-9) - comprising ex-farm buildings that sleep two apiece on single beds. While nothing to write home about in terms of architectural style and decor they are decently equipped (including underfloor heating!), and each has its own stoep and braai area.
A notch or two up and with more character, Guinea Fowl is a neat one-bedroom unit with underfloor heating, a fireplace in the open-plan kitchen/living area (equipped with sleeper-couch), terracotta tiled floors, telly, African theme duvets and curtains, crisp towels and a gold-clawed Victorian bath. From the cottage it's a hop and skip into the orchards and mountain beyond.
Heron House is next door to and similar to Guinea Fowl, with a large walk-in shower.
Standing more on its own, Peacock’s Perch is a large unit with a raised patio overlooking the apple orchard and golden valley. Tiled from one end to the other, the home comforts include a fireplace in the living room oil heater and a built-braai on the patio.
Linen and towels are standard in all five cottages, the farmhouse, and the Voëlvlei units, as are microwave, stove with oven, fridge with freezer, etc.
All nine units, including the farmhouse have the added bonus of a DSTV guesthouse bouquet with selected channels, including sport, news & movie channels.
For a friendly and good-value base to Ceres and the surrounding region Rhodene is well appointed. Besides plenty beds the farm has a fair amount to offer, including a swimming pool, bass fishing and a path for hiking and mountain biking in the Skurweberg.
"The setting of the cottage is beautiful with a view of the mountains and the orchards. The hosts were friendly and made us feel welcome. The bathroom was divine. Wish I could take it home with me. The fresh air and swimming pool on our doorstep was a huge bonus. We struggled to get our girls out of the pool in the evening. The bowl of freshly picked peaches on arrival was most welcome. The peacock was a surprising daily visitor."
(Estelle Adonis, visited Jan 2018)
"We love this place. We'll be coming back for sure."
(Nakeeta Janse van Rensburg , visited Jun 2017)
"What an amazing holiday we had. We will definitely be back soon. What a awesome place to end off 2016.. We had a blast!"
(Raynique Oliver, visited Dec 2016)
"A brilliant place to stay. Spacious, clean and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, cutlery, pots, pans etc. Beds are very firm but we really slept well. We enjoyed having access to a swimming pool as it was so hot. Close enough to Ceres that should you need to get something from the shops you are able to jump in your car but far enough away from the town that you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the farm. It is a good place to stay if you are planning to go cherry picking and want to stay over for a few nights. The drive takes about 45min from the cottages to Klondyke."
(Lisa Pinkney, visited January 2015)
"In spite of our very close proximity to the packshed and the immediate neighbour in Heron's House, it was an incredibly peaceful experience. The cottage is well equipped and spotless. I would use this cottage as a base rather than a destination in itself."
(Carol Hewitson, visited April 2011)
"It's a very nice place, quiet and peacefull with friendly dogs and friendly people. The fruit factory was right next to our cottage and they start early. One thing bad was the flies, there are plenty to keep you busy and running around - it's unreal, so take lots of doom with."
(Francisco Winnaar, visited December 2008)
"A wonderfully relaxing place to stay; peaceful, stunning surroundings with gorgeous gardens, friendly hosts (and dogs) and exactly what we needed to fully de-stress. Definitely one of our new favourite places to go - we are already planning on when we can go back! Thanks to both Glenda and Ean for a perfect weekend getaway."
(Delia Spengler, visited November 2008)
"A very relaxed experience, for even young kids under eight."
(Conrad Basson, visited May 2008)
"We have been going there for the last 3 years and it has improved every year. We love the place and will keep going back. Thanks to Ean and Glenda it's a home to home."
(Robyn-Lee Jutzen, visited July 2007)
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