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Budget Getaways Review
Let's cut straight to the chase with a few choice quotes posted on that little known website called Tripadvisor. “Lovely place, exceptional hosts, don't miss it!”; “Couldn't ask for more.”; “We loved our stay, wonderful on all levels, accommodation, hosts, location…”; “PERFECTION - Just what the doctor ordered”; “Heaven is closer than you may think.”
Geez, with feedback like this do we really need to say anything more? But yes,'spose we better since Captain Getaway (as you may or may not know) always gives his clients maximum bang for their review buck.
Commercial break over, seriously folks, what we have in Tanagra is a pampered escape at Budget Getaway prices that will hold high appeal among all ye romantic couples and the rest of us needing to reignite that old lurve factor.
On offer are two elegantly furnished apartments arranged around the main homestead under a giant old fig tree, a studio appointed above the winery, a Garden Cottage, the separate Hill Cottage perched on its own on a fynbos-clad koppie, and new in the Tanagra stable is Faraway Cottage, an eco-friendly, modern design with gobsmacking views and a plunge pool, all this tucked away in the most solitary spot on the farm.
Common to all the apartments are private entrances, stoeps with picturesque views across the garden, pool and distant hills, indoor fireplaces, lux fittings and decor, and braai plekke for that lamb chop biding its time in the coolbox. Apart from Faraway Cottage which sleeps four, the rest of the units sleep two, with Kingsize beds the order of the day at all but Hill Cottage (Queen).
Yet a further theme running through Tanagra's cottages is a balance between sensitive restoration and authentic farm ambience. In other words what you will be exposed to at Tanagra is both dangerously high levels of comfort and evidence of yesteryear tradition.
And Tanagra is not just about pampered relaxation; there's plenty stuff to do. Past the strategically placed swimming pool waiting in ambush you will find a boutique winery (open on weekends to the public) which produces (according to rumour) a fine grappa and something novel called Eau de Vie. And now for the piece de resistance of your stay: free tastings are available at any time! A message to all AA members: stay away!
Recovered from your grappa hangover (ranked number two after Coco Rico), the farm and surrounding McGregor offer heaps in the way of long walks, hikes (Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve is next door) and the newly laid out Plant Trail on the farm, where you'll be enlightened on various succulents of the Karoo landscape. There's also a farm dam, mountain biking options (several routes - ask for a map at the Info office), restaurants and coffee shops.
Alternatively, just chill out on the stoep like we decadent (aka lazy) lot at Budget Getaways would do.
"A wonderful place to unwind; quiet and serene with lovely hosts! There are amazing places to explore around. The wine and grappa tasting a highlight with a wonderful selection of wines and grappas!"
(Emma Butler, visited Nov 2017)
"We were looking for an escape from the hustle of life in the city and boy did we get it! The setting is perfect and Hill Cottage is everything that a couple could wish for for a romantic weekend getaway. Annette and Robert were lovely hosts, and the complimentary wine was superb! Tanagra is also perfectly situated between Robertson and McGregor, both charming towns and with plenty on offer for the avid wine drinker. We have stayed at many places across the Western Cape and this is by far one of our favourites, We will definitely be back!"
(Kristal Duncan, visited Sep 2017)
"A fabulous break at Tanagra was exactly what we needed. Well situated far enough out of town to feel remote but not so far away that it was a hassle to pick up milk and bread rolls. The facilities were comprehensive, spotless, cosy yet spacious and we were more than comfortable in the lovely king bed. We especially enjoyed our hosts, including the four legged ones, the walks, the sunsets, fish eagle, and don't forget the wonderful wine. I am certain we shall be back!"
(Louise Bordelon, visited Aug 2017)
"We had a great stay. I would definitely recommend it."
(Christine Botha, visited Aug 2017)
"Glorious, majestic, unbelievable, epic!"
(Nicky Heyburgh, visited July 2017)
"What a beautiful setting to have a rest. The facilities had everything that was needed. The hospitality is amazing and the wine is superb! They sell the Grappa that they make and it is a kicker! I am looking forward to going back."
(Jacqui Brown, visited Jun 2017)
"I wish I could give six stars for Tanagra. We had the most sublime time, in a tranquil, picturesque setting that cannot be captured in either photographs or words. The perfect winter getaway! We stayed in the loft studio, with a sunny terrace overlooking the dam, the adjacent nature reserve, the vineyards, the veggie garden, and several ancient trees that are home to hundreds of merrily chirping little birds (the best way to wake up in the morning). Robert greeted us warmly when we arrived on Friday evening, and Anette's communication leading up to our arrival was incredibly supportive, patient, and accommodating. We loved meeting this inspirational couple, and their happy four-legged family, and seeing the small piece of paradise they have created in their eight years there. The loft is fully stocked with everything you need, including the most wonderful fireplace and a luxurious bed. My partner is 1.92 metres and he had no problem with the ceiling. We can't wait to return!"
(Daniela Franca Joffe, visited Jun 2017)
"We loved the attention to detail - coffee, tea,milk, sugar, wine all waiting for us on arrival. We received a prompt and professional response and a gorgeous little cottage with all we needed at hand."
(Michelle Marshall , visited Mar 2017)
"A fantastic getaway. A very nice cottage, with all that is needed for the perfect getaway. Perfect for any time of the year. Also did the wine tasting and sampled some very nice wines!"
(Derick Jonker, visited Jul 2016)
"We had a fantastic time. The place was very well looked after and had all you need for a comfortable stay. The owners were lovely and communicated well prior to arrival."
(Carolin Gomulia, visited Jun 2016)
"What a perfect little getaway! Our only regret was that we could only stay one night. We can't wait to go back with friends in the warmer months. That stoep and splash pool are calling our names. Thank you for a wonderful birthday treat and for providing the ultimate setting for pure bliss and relaxation. At Faraway the stars are brighter, the air is fresher, the fynbos is prettier and the view is absolutely breathtaking. Already daydreaming about our next getaway to Faraway!"
(Jeani Louw, visited Jun 2016)
"Tanagra is very neat and cozy. The Ffireplace in the loft was very cozy and view from the deck is beautiful. The owners were very friendly and we enjoyed the wine tasting and Marc tasting at Tanagra. The walks on the farm are a must."
(Roxane Gers, visited May 2016)
"We had such a lovely, restful and tranquil stay in the loft. It was neat, clean and comfortable with all the amenities required. The hosts were welcoming and friendly, and their farm is set in beautiful landscape, with incredible views. It was definitely one of the best weekends we've had away. I highly recommend it."
(Karen Terera, visited Feb 2016)
"Tanagra's Hill cottage was such a lovely place to stay, actually the best accommodation I have booked thus far in South Africa! The cottage is set amidst picturesque scenery and has everything you will need to wind down and relax. We also enjoyed the handcrafted wines and grappa produced by Tanagra while doing a wine tasting at the farm. Our hosts, Robert and Anette, are extraordinary people and very friendly. I would definitely recommend anyone considering to visit Mcgregor to go ahead and stay at any of the Tanagra Cottages, it will be a memorable experience."
(Melissa Maloney, visited December 2015)
"A private and tranquil escape. Lovely cottage with a stoep that opens onto a lawn that invites many birds. A great variety of walks from the farm. Comfy bed and fairy tale mosquito net. Very well equipped. Wine was delish too. Highly recommended."
(Kim Bellairs, visited May 2015)
"We had the most wonderful 5 days at Tanagra. Beautiful setting, great location and fabulous hospitality. I will definitely return."
(Georgia Lahusen, visited December 2014)
"We stayed in loft which was very comfortable, though very tall people would probably bump their heads too often! The hosts are very welcoming and helpful. Beautiful setting, well worth the stay."
(Alan Noble, visited September 2014)
"Excellent, from the complementary bottle of wine that was on the table as we arrived to the spectacular views and the amazing Karoo restaurant in McGregor everything about this weekend getaway was heavenly. We will be back."
(Lindy Johnson, visited June 2014)
"Beautiful peaceful setting with no distractions. We had a peaceful walk on the nature reserve, saw a beautiful night sky filled with stars and amazing evenings relaxing around the fireplace."
(Graeme Essen, visited May 2014)
"We stayed in the Garden Cottage and it was lovely. The setting is very nice, close to the main house while retaining its privacy. Sheltered from the wind with a great view over the garden and the hills beyond. The hosts too were welcoming and it was interesting to be shown the distillery, and although grappa may not be to everyone's taste, it is definitely recommended to do a tasting. And there was the complementary bottle of wine. So here's the rub - why did we get charged R25 for six logs of wood when we had bought 2 bottles of grappa, two bottles of wine, and stayed there for 3 nights? Our recommendation - bring your own wood or buy at The Girls' Deli in McGregor where you get 12 logs for R15."
(Protea Hirschel, visited April 2013)
"Quiet and tranquil but close to McGregor and good restaurants (try Karoux - excellent!). Owners very friendly and hospitable-complimentary bottle of wine on arrival. We have stayed in the Gumtree cottage before and this past June in the Garden cottage - both were lovely. Have already booked for Wacky Wine next year so this should tell you that this place is a gem! Swimming pool for summer and fireplaces in each cottage for winter- a winner. Birdwatching very good."
(Elaine Du Toit, visited June 2011)
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