From R1150.00 nightly per cottage
Budget Getaways Review
Riversong Farm is your classic Huck Finn getaway. The gentle flow of the Goukou River easing through a lush valley, birdlife galore (hence the name) and the farm itself - a rural bliss spread over 175ha soft-combo-craggy landscape.
Life happens around the water here, whether it's whiling away the morning in a canoe (preferably before the breeze kicks up a fuss), or kicking back with a line in the water waiting for a take. Either way, this is serious chill country.
Your accommodation comes in the form of two lovely timber chalets sleeping four apiece: Thames and Orange. Both are privately appointed and separated from the river by lawned gardens.
Thames is the more compact of the two, with an open-plan flow, double bed, and additional bunk beds for two kids. The small kitchenette is fully equipped, the bathroom comes with shower and bath. Double doors swing open to a wooden deck, a braai area under the willows, and soft lawns with plenty shade.
Orange is suited to a family with older kids, or even two couples sharing. This cozy number sports two single beds in the open-plan living area (with adjacent shared bathroom), plus an upstairs bedroom (accessed via outdoor staircase) with another two twins and a loo. Here again, the living area opens out onto a deck and a braai plekkie next to the willow tree.
The farm is circled by a spread of hiking and mountain biking (to town and back is a good one), easy access to the river (bring own boat or canoe, or hire one), fresh water dams and kloofs and hills to explore. There are ponies and farm animals for the kids entertainment. Stilbaai is a 12km up-down doddle - a long beach and decent restaurants are the lure.
Pack the rods, your best straw hat, and head down to the river.
"Riversong Farm is a piece of paradise with loads of birdlife, the cutest donkeys and adorable Golden Retrievers, Jess and Hannah. The jetty is close to the chalets which makes it so easy to grab a towel and enjoy a nice, refreshing swim in the river. So good to go away to such a beautiful place and not have to even think about security and locking doors! Another bonus is plenty water from the farms own dams to enjoy a long awaited bubble bath :) To top things off, Piers is an amazing host who goes above and beyond to make sure a great time is had by all, we were even treated to a boat trip up the river!"
(Sonja Walker, visited January 2018)
"Riversong is a dream. Aptly named because the cute wooden cottages are surrounded by tall trees with constant birdsong and only metres away from the magical river which is wonderful for swimming. I made it my habit to start and end the day with a swim! Piers is a real gentleman and a most gracious host."
(Bruce SAHD, visited November 2017)
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