River View Cottages

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Getaway Summary
PRICE (pp sharing):
from R 320
PRICE (unit):
from R 820 - 820
The River View Cottages overlook a sweeping bend in the Gamka River. The three cottages are situated on The River Farm near Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo. Come and enjoy walking amongst the Karoo koppies, swimming and fishing in the river, the wildlife of The River Farm, and the view from your patio of the river and the expansive Swartberg Mountain Range. River View Cottages are three self-catering, free-standing cottages. Each is unique and accommodates a couple (if you have children, The Old School House is our family accommodation). The bedroom has a double bed with en-suite shower, and bed linen and bath towels are provided. The living room contains a comfortable lounge area, dining table and a fully-equipped kitchen with spring water on tap. All you need to bring is food. Each cottage has an indoor fireplace and a private outdoor barbecue facility. There is also a central boma with barbecue facilities, ideal for groups of friends occupying the cottages.River View Cottages are situated in the heart of a world biodiversity hotspot. This means that they are situated in one of the most biologically-rich and most endangered areas on earth. There are 35 such areas in the world and three of them, namely the succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket, intersect in this area. For an area to be declared a biodiversity hotspot, it must contain at least 1500 species of endemic plants or animals, and have lost at least 70% of its original habitat. This is what gives it its special conservation status and makes it especially interesting. Eco-tourism and the interested involvement of as many concerned visitors as possible, is an essential part of biodiversity hotspot conservation. You can take leisurely walks on the farm roads, along the rivers edge and explore the Karoo koppies. If you feel more inclined towards further exertion, there are a variety of hikes which take you into the pristine wilderness of the area. The yellowfish in the Gamka River provide many passionate fishermen with their favourite fly-fishing. There are also black bass, mogga and eel for those who prefer stationary fishing. The area is a bird watcher's paradise with over 118 different species spotted. The resident pair of fish eagles share a view of the river with you. The Grey heron, hamerkop, cormorant and various kingfishers also favour the elevated vantage point above the river. Smaller birds like weavers, bee-eaters and swallows are always active between the river and the vegetation. The region also boasts the highest concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk in the southern hemisphere. High over the Swartberg the black eagle can be spotted gliding in search of prey.
"Having no cell phone signal = total relaxation"
29 Sep 2019
By Brendon Morris
"Being able to truly get away from it all is only possible if you are not at everyone's beck and call at all times. With no cell phone signal, River View Cottages makes that possible. You can relax, turn off your phone and totally immerse yourself in the experience that is right in front of you. Whether that's walking, swimming, riding your bike, reading a book, bird watching or playing a game of scrabble; whatever you do can be done at your pace without having to answer a call, text someone back, WhatsApp a photo, flick through your Facebook feed or read a tweet. A place where you can enjoy the isolation for a while."
"A place where you can breathe..."
25 Sep 2019
By Gill O'Connell
"If you want beautiful views, peace and quiet and no distractions, this is for you. Thank you for creating this gem and allowing us to share it with you."
"Beauty, peace and tranquility"
12 Apr 2018
By Claire Lake
"We loved our stay. Bronwyn was a great hostess. We will be back!"
30 Oct 2017
By Elsie Breet
"The view was incredible! wonderfully Private and the hostess was very friendly and welcoming. Will go back anyway."
"Sights and Sounds"
18 Jun 2017
By Willem Van Niekerk
"Sights and Sounds - Views Views Vistas just a pity no tea and coffee"
"Breathtaking views"
26 Apr 2017
By Jane Perkins
"Loved our stay at River View Cottages. Owner attention to detail is perfect."
"Paradise valley at the end of the road"
31 Aug 2016
By Drew, South Africa
"River View cottages is an incredible getaway on a beautiful riverside farm. Bronwyn and Colin are incredible hosts and have created amazing cottages to relax in. Definitely will be heading back."
"Beautiful scenery, stylish accommodation, lovely quiet get away"
29 Aug 2016
By Tamzyn, South Africa
"My partner and I only spent one night at River View Cottages but we will definitely be back for more! The accommodation is stylish and modern while fitting-in with the surrounding landscape beautifully. We spent a lazy afternoon lying in the sun on the stoep admiring the view of the mountains and river. Before we left the following morning we had a beautiful walk along the river. The canoes and jetty available to guests were very inviting; sadly we had to leave before we could experience them. Thank you to Bronwyn and our watchful caretaker, Jock (the Jack Russell), we had a wonderful time and will surely be back to explore more."
"Beautiful stay"
29 May 2016
By Celeste, South Africa
"River View Cottages are simply and sparsely designed with everything you need. Stunning view, paddles on the river, fireplace in the bedroom, braai boma, no reception and total peace and tranquillity. The farm owners are lovely, friendly people who cater to your needs with a smile. We loved our stay there. "
26 May 2016
By ken, South Africa
"stay was to short, the place was really comfortable and have recommended it to friendsand family. thanks, ken."