R500 - R800 for the cottage, depending on number of guests (minimum 2 night stay)
Budget Getaways Review
The scene is typically Overberg: rolling grain fields disappearing into a hazy horizon cropped by fynbos-coated mountains. The farm’s touted attractions include vast tracts of unspoilt nature for walking, hiking, bird and animal watching, and a river with pools the colour of tar.
A traditional farm cottage with no electricity comprises the accommodation. Originally the modest home of a bywoner, Tarentaalkraal Farm Cottage is a charming and unassuming little spot dozing under bluegum trees (at least we think that’s what they were – never been very good at botany). The cottage has truly come into its own since we first visited a few years ago. It fits the delightful farm cottage mould: terracotta floors, wonky beam ceilings, Oregon pine shutters, a big fireplace with plenty of wood to feed it, paraffin lamps, pretty duvets, paint-effect furniture and other arty touches using the guinea fowl (‘tarentaal’ in Afrikaans) as recurring motif. Understated personal touches are also in evidence, lending a further romantic quality – a flower on the pillow, a hamper of fresh produce in season…
Lying 300m or so from host Liesel and Jan’s house, the cottage is totally private – the only company you are likely to have are the sheep in the adjacent pen. Not only does Tarentaalkraal offer a few days away from it all, it is also a useful springboard to Greyton, 15km away. In fact, most guests tend to do the Saturday morning Greyton-market-and-coffee-shop thing. Apart from all the activities touched on above, a farm tour on Jan’s bakkie seems to be a big highlight for the kids – jumping off the back and opening the gates is what they enjoy most about it.
"Our stay at Tarentaalkraal was exactly what we were looking for, to relax and enjoy nature in simplistic surroundings. We loved the old but beautifully renovated cottage, private and primitive without electricity, but fully equipped with everything we needed plus more. It was refreshing to sit and chat at the kitchen table in front of a homely fire all night, instead of watching TV or reading wattsaps. The hamper with wine, freshly baked bread and other goodies was a wonderful surprise and much appreciated. The only "negative" I can say is that this venue and its hosts spoiled us completely - I've already started to look at venues for our next outing and I'm afraid nothing ticks all the boxes like you have. You've truly raised the bar! Thank you!"
(Corne Ferreira, visited Nov 2018)
"What a special little cottage with lovely hosts! "Off the grid" (although not totally as there is a fridge/freezer) made for a very relaxing weekend. The indoor fireplace is awesome, and we happily made use of it as the wind was blowing a little too much during our stay. We were provided with ample firewood, and unexpected gifts of home baked bread, wine, coffee and chocolate. Jan took my husband and son on a tour of the farm (which was mid-harvesting), which they came home beaming about. We also visited Greyton (15kms away) a couple of times - and the Saturday market should not be missed! Thank you Jan & Liesel for going out of your way to make our stay so pleasant!"
(Louisa Smith, visited Nov 2018)
"The house is lovely, well furnished and set on a lovely farm. We had a great time and kept warm and snuggly with the huge fireplace/braai in the kitchen. We were surprised by the owner of the farm on the Friday evening with a welcoming basket of freshly baked bread, syrup, choccies and luxury coffee sachets. A great, peaceful setting. We will definitely recommend it."
(Stephanie Binns, visited Jul 2017)
"We had a great stay in a lovely cottage. Three crates of firewood was included and we loved to sit by the fireplace. Jan welcomed us with a bottle of wine, freshly baked bread and coffee."
(Pioni Bekker, visited May 2017)
"We spent Friday afternoon until Sunday late morning at the cottage. It is the ideal getaway for a very relaxing weekend, far away from the busy city life. The cottage is neat and clean and preserved as if one was living in the 18th or 19th Century. There is no electricity except for the fridge, gas stove and paraffin lamps for light at night. There is a large fire place in kitchen. There is a beautiful view of valley and distant mountains from the front stoep. There are a few old tall trees surrounding the cottage - home to several rare birds. The cottage is tastefully furnished capturing the lifestyle of the good old days. The owners are excellent hosts. We spent a few hours on Saturday morning at the local Greyton morning market and met some of the locals. The locals were very friendly and delighted in sharing stories about their town. We had an excellent weekend and going home was difficult. We will be returning in the near future."
(Graham Pinnock, visited Feb 2017)
"The hostess personally welcomed me with a basket with chocolates, coffee, freshly baked bread and beautiful roses. The cottage is comfortable with beautiful decor, ample firewood, peaceful farm setting and nice walks. This is excellent value for money and in close proximity to Greyton. A must visit."
(Leon Burger, visited Oct 2016)
"I will definitely come back many, many times!"
(Kabous le Roux, visited Sep 2016)
"We had a lovely, relaxing stay at Tarentaalkraal Farm Cottage. Our hosts were friendly and welcoming. The environment was peaceful and soothing. This is a perfect retreat from the busyness of the city."
(Kim Foster Yardley, visited Jul 2016)
"Liesel and Jan were the best hosts! We had arrived on a stormy Friday evening, only to be welcomed by a toasty fire in the hearth and the most delicious basket of goodies welcoming us: freshly baked bread wrapped in pretty ribbon, some local products and some cuppuchino sachets to top it off. The cottage is beautifully decorated, clean and the bed was so comfy. We were spoiled with lovely warm winter bedding and sheets. One can see the owners take pride in their accommodation that they offer, and were quick to offer their services whenever we had a problem or query. The cottage was larger than what one might perceive in the images posted online. It was also very private and peaceful, overlooking a little dam. There also aren't any photos of the beautiful view seen from the cottage stoep, where a lovely morning cup of coffee can be enjoyed."
(Tanita Brandt, visited May 2016)
"The cottage and setting are amazing, the photos don't do it justice. We had a weekend away full of biking, hiking and relaxing. Jan was amazing and very helpful, showing us around and making sure we were comfortable. The cottage is tastefully done and has all you could need including a large indoor fireplace where you can braai if the weather is not great for braaiing outside. Though electricity free, they do have a fridge and a gas stove. They have flat bottom potjie pots too. Highly recommended to get away from it all, also if you want to visit Greyton, which is only about 10 minutes away. We checked next availability the day after we got back..."
(Sean Butler, visited Apr 2016)
"We were very impressed by the cottage, it is well equipped and beautifully decorated. The owner was very friendly and we were very impressed by the basket of fresh farm bread and other goodies that was delivered to us - the personal touch really makes a difference. It is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city."
(Debi Louwrens, visited Feb 2016)
"We have just enjoyed a three night stay at Tarentaalkraal Cottage. We were looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful and this cosy cottage fit the bill perfectly. We were amazed at the wonderful hospitality of our hosts Jan and Liesel and loved the generous touch of the gift basket they presented to us. The setting of the cottage and the view are just perfect and we will certainly be making a return visit."
(Jean & Dave Oxley, visited May 2015)
"We were very warmly welcomed by Jan with a hamper of goodies and given really good information on where to cycle locally. After a 65km cycle the stoep was a wonderful place to spend the afternoon chilling with the good bottle of wine that was in the hamper. A wonderful place to have spent our 33rd wedding anniversary. All round a fantastic stay. We will definitely be back."
(Andy Shier, visited March 2015)
"The owners of this magic cottage are truly the best hosts we ever encountered. They treat you like royalty and make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. The rustic ambiance, the beautiful views and the peace and quite of the countryside make this the perfect place to restore your soul."
(Heleen van Graan, visited February 2015)
"Brilliant place. Would definitely go there again. Highlight was the delicious straight-from-the-oven loaf of bread brought to us by the owner when we arrived."
(Greg Torr, visited January 2015)
"We were looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway near Greyton and that is exactly what we found! The location of the cottage on a farm in the middle of the wheat fields and under the Riviersonderend mountains forces you to unwind. The cottage is very well equipped, and tastefully and comfortably furnished. The hospitality of the hosts was what really made us feel welcome, and we will definitely be back."
(Laura Peinke, visited November 2014)
"Beautiful farm lovely little cottage. Even got a basket with goodies for my birthday. Highly recommended for a family farm stay."
(Anita Timewell, visited April 2014)
"We stole a couple of midweek nights to head out for some fresh air. What a treat , the cottage was pretty and comfortable. My youngest loved the old tractor just outside the backdoor and nothing beats building a fire (wood supplied) to the sound of fiery necked night jars and the occasional distant owl. We even saw the Easter bunny hot footing it through the fynbos. Our hosts were so lovely, bringing a basket of goodies, including the most glorious roses I've seen or smelt in a very long time. Johan organised a tractor trip and forklift memory for the little one, he's still talking about it! Take a stroll down the dirt roads, marvel at the persimmon orchards and find your soul. Not far from the mother city, this is truly a great value for money getaway."
(Glynnis Garrod, visited April 2014)
"We had a wonderful time at Tarentaalkraal Farm cottage. Liesel and Jan were warm and welcoming. We really appreciated the welcome basket that was put together with such care. Our two days there was the highlight of our week as we supported our team on the Absa Cape Epic."
(Natasha Viljoen, visited March 2014)
"My husband and I spent the weekend at Tarantaalkraal Cottage and we had a wonderful time. Lovely walks around the farm, lots of naps (precious when you normally have 3 children keeping you busy!) and quiet time together left us wishing we could stay another day at least. We will definitely be returning!"
(Lindsay du Preez, visited September 2013)
"My husband, myself, our 2 children and our Springer Spaniel stayed at Tarentaalkraal Farm Cottage near Greyton for the weekend. It was magical! The cottage is on a working sheep and fruit farm and they were busy shearing the sheep that week end much to my son's delight! Jan and Liesel Viljoen were fantastic hosts and really made our stay so wonderful. We received a basket of goodies on arrival which contained bread, rusks, a bottle of red wine, some chocolate and some coffee. The cottage can sleep 4 people and a dog easily and was simply but really beautifully decorated. There is no electricity but there is a big fire place and lots of lamps were provided. The oven is gas and was easy to use but we chose to cook our pizza's on the grid and in the fire place! So lovely being surrounded by animals and stunning views of the canola fields!"
(Kirsty Beamish, visited August 2013)
"We came out from Cape Town for supposedly three days / two nights, with my wife and 2 kids (aged 8 and 5), to get a break from the big city. After 3 days, kids voted unanimously to stay an extra night and a day. Was wonderful. When you go stay there, make sure to book a tour with Jan, of the farm. Very educational, great fun. Jan and Liesel have an awesome place, and it's highly recommended."
(Evan Gotte, visited March 2013)
"We spent a wonderful, relaxing weekend at Tarentaalkraal Farm cottage. We arrived after dark and were welcomed with a basket of goodies, including a bottle of red wine and delicious, warm, home baked bread! The cottage is beautifully decorated and the fact that there is no electricity (gas only) adds to its appeal. Among other things, we had a refreshing swim in the farm dam and visited Greyton's market on Saturday morning. Thanks Jan and Liesel for a memorable weekend!"
(Adele de Villiers, visited February 2013)
"We arrived at a locked cottage. Our supply of wood was found standing outside in the rain. The farm dog kept jumping over the barn door so we kept the doors closed mostly. A leak in the bathroom, the shower water had a trick to heating it. A complementary basket with wine and bread was brought up, pity that the bread's bottom was charred. The recommended pre-arranged tractor ride never materialized. The surrounding area however is SO beautiful But that shouldn't be the only reason for returning..."
(Portia Daniels, visited June 2012)
"Thank you for your feedback. It is a pity that your particular experience was not to your satisfaction. Generally guests have a pleasant experience at our cottage (please read further feedback on this site) and I do feel that this is an isolated situation. For future guests’ information, the minor water leak was attended to immediately after departure. Please be reminded that recommended activities need to be requested prior to your arrival on the farm. The times and schedule of these activities will only be arranged upon arrival on the farm as this needs to suit our guests’ requirements."
(Liesel Viljoen - owner)
"A very neat and romantic getaway. We really enjoyed the peaceful surroundings and the gift basket was a wonderful surprise. Will definitely go back for another visit."
(Anika Olls, visited September 2011)
"Tarentaal Kraal was our first stop on our honeymoon, was a really romantic little cottage and we loved the primitiveness of it.... especially the paraffin lamps. The hosts were wonderful, and we were even surprised with gifts and freshly picked pears. Was truly memorable, and we'll definitely be back."
(Liezel Pienaar, visited March 2011)
"Romantic doll's house in a picturesque rural landscape, with dinners by lantern light, warm and cosy beds, friendly hosts and a silence so profound it makes your ears ring. All in all, the perfect place to unwind. A special thanks to host, Liezel, for her lovely surprise package of goodies. We are already planning our next visit!"
(Marijke Ehlers, visited September 2010)
"We've decided that Greyton is going to be the place where we get married... We had a fantastic time enjoying all the simple things in life! Our wine and homemade bread was enjoyed my candle light! Great place, beautiful scenery!
(Tanaelle Heldsinger, visited June 2009)
"What a wonderful experience and fantastic hosts. A peaceful and restful Easter weekend, one of the best getaways we have had and we have been to many. Thanks to Jan & Liesel for the wine, Easter eggs and beautifully wrapped home baked bread; this made our weekend really special. Will visit again for sure."
(Desiree Fortune, visited March 2008)
"Fantasties - rustig en baie gasvry. Mens raak weer mens daar op die plaas. Eenmaal 'n plaasjapie, altyd 'n plaasjapie. Sien julle gou weer."
(Rolien Terblanche, visited February 2008)
"It felt more like a luxury getaway than a budget getaway! A really pretty cottage in a great setting for a very affordable price. We got fantastic fresh muffins and cold champagne from Liesel. This one is really worth going to! If I have to give one suggestion, I will pay a lot more for this cottage if the matresses are upgraded."
(Karlien Kriegler, visited January 2008)
"Breathtaking. Our bull-terriers had the time of their lives. Lots of sulking when we got home. So much to do we need to go again. Cannot wait!"
(Karen Meyer, visited June 2007)
"The only thing we lacked was a few extra pieces of cutlery. This is however one of the best getaways we've been to and we've done plenty! Great hosts, incredible setting and not having electricity was brilliant."
(Rignold Haywood, visited April 2006)
"This peaceful cottage is good for the soul. We found the single beds rather uncomfortable and the shower a bit rustic, but otherwise the cottage is lovely and cosy and the owner's make sure that you have everything to make your stay more comfortable. We will definitely be going back!!"
(Cathy van der Wolf, visited June 2005)
"Basic yet nice accomodation in a tranquil setting.Down to earth friendly farm hosts with a welcome of fresh farm bread, a bottle of wine and even a complimentary copy of Budget Getaways! A good place from which to explore the area, but be warned, if you think Greyton is such a quaint 'rural farming community' be warned, it should rather qualify as a 'retirement village' for wannabe pseudo artists and the likes who are lucky enough to be able to afford living here. Rather artificial."
(Menno Van Mechelen, visited February 2005)
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