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River Farm Cottage

160km from Cape Town
Secluded off-the-grid cottage below Cederberg cliffs - 25km from Citrusdal
  • River Farm Cottage
  • River Farm Cottage
  • View from covered deck
  • Covered deck
  • Open plan lounge
  • Main bedroom
  • Main bedroom
  • Second bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Bench at the river
  • Swimming hole
  • Sunset view
  • Canoe on stream
  • Crystal clear water
  • Spring flowers

Rate Guide

R1400 nightly for the cottage.

Quick Facts

25km from Citrusdal
S 32°47'40''
E 19°05'45''
4 (and two additional mattresses available for kids)
No (nearest restaurant is in Citrusdal)
By request
4x4 trail, birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, small game-viewing, spring flowers, stargazing, swimming, walking
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Budget Getaways Review

If seclusion, off-the-grid living (no Eskom), and total escape from humanity are high on your wishlist, then River Farm Cottage has your name written all over it!

This wonderful cottage sits in the shadow of towering Cederberg cliffs, with the Threeriver stream trickling directly past. Beyond that, lovely views up and down the surrounding kloofs and valleys.

While the main farmhouse (unoccupied most of the year) sits alongside the cottage, your privacy is secured via a thick tract of vegetation. The only likely disrupter to your peace and quiet will be the clickety-clack of cow and donkey hooves on their way to higher grazing.

In keeping with the remote setting, the 1.5km dirt track to the cottage is best handled by a high clearance vehicle or 4X4.

Taking a poke around the cottage, you’ve got two large bedrooms, the main ensuite (shower only) and with Queen bed, the second with a pair of three-quarters. There is a second shared bathroom, which comes with outdoor shower.

The living area is open-plan to an equipped kitchen, with gas oven and gas fridge. The cottage opens up via double glass doors from the living area onto a covered deck with comfy outdoor furniture. Just the spot to while away the day with a trashy novel. 

Plenty outdoor action is on tap. Rock climbing, swimming - there's a clear water swimming hole in the Threeriver stream -  rock climbing, farm walks, etc. Bring your bike if you like rough and rocky farm roads.

There won't be much call to make the 25 kay trek into Citrusdal, but if you need to scratch the itch, there are a few restaurants, coffee shops, and the soothing Citrusdal Baths.

Lovely one! 

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Guest Reviews
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"We had a lovely stay at River Cottage in January despite temperatures souring to 42 degrees. There is ample shade, beautiful cool swimming spots and plenty of areas to relax during the day"

"Splendid! A lovely house nestled away between the mountains along a river. Everything was in working order and the days rolled along seamlessly. From the house, the views of the mountains are spectacular. The river is a little way off, 30 m, which you do not see from the house. But it's so close and just down a little path from where you can swim in shallow pools. The place is pet friendly :) The smallest drawback for us is that we're avid hikers and from the house there is only a jeep track to walk along and no dedicated trails up into the hills and mountains. Nonetheless, we still had a wonderful time and will definitely visit again."

"Great spot, very secluded with beautiful mountains."

"Lovely cottage, well equipped, fabulous location and a great place to escape and relax for a few days."

"All in all we had a great escape from the city. The cottage provided everything necessary and the attention to detail was perfect."

"A cosy comfortable cottage in a beautifully secluded spot - we didn't see or hear another soul while we were there but we did spot a good variety of the endemic bird life. Very efficient fireplace for chilly nights. Lovely outdoor shower (there's an indoor one too) and a cute pond for dipping in. The kitchen is very well equipped and the bedding is comfy and warm. We had an excellent time. I would definitely heed the advice about having a high clearance vehicle (not necessarily a 4x4) as there is a spot where you really do need one if you want to drive right up to the cottage."

"What an absolute gem! We had a great time there, so peaceful and quiet... The facilities was well kept and had everything that we needed. Thanks owners!"

"Peacefull and isolated. Be aware if you are out in nature there are creepy crawlies, snakes etc so had to keep windows closed at night."

"This lovely place really exceeded our wildest expectations in every respect. The house is comfortable, clean, neat and equipped with everything you can imagine ... and more. We did not miss electricity or cellphones for one minute. One can truly switch off and unwind here and enjoy nature - the most stressful activity was to decide when to light the fire for the braai. You have to experience it yourself!"

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River Farm Cottage, Citrusdal, Western Cape
GPS: S -32.7944   E 19.0958
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