August 2013

Hi Bronwyn and Colin, Hope you are both well in your bit of paradise. I informed Trevor Hardaker of the two interesting bird sightings I had on your farm. He was most excited and has posted the info on his news letter as you can see. It will be interesting to see if this results in an influx of mad birders to River View Cottages. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on your farm and would love to make a return trip some time in the future. All the very best.

white fronted bee-eater

white fronted bee-eater

This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 20h00 on Thursday, 01 August 2013.
….Then, on to some news and, starting in the Western Cape, some interesting sightings have been received from the Calitzdorp region where a group of between 12 and 20 WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATERS have been found to be breeding there! Although this species is known from previous records in the province, I cannot find any reference to breeding in the province before. They were seen on a farm along the Gamka River near the town (details of the farm at during the course of last week and, according to the farmer, have been present there for quite some time already! Also of interest, over the course of 2 days, the same farm produced 2 sightings of COMMON SCIMITARBILL. The bird(s) was calling actively during both sightings. The sightings may well refer to the same individual as they were only about 600m apart, but this is an incredibly rare bird in the province, so a great record indeed.Kind regards, TREVOR HARDAKER, Cape Town, South Africa

Hallo Bronwyn, Thank you for a place we really enjoyed and had time to recuperate, we really love your place. I was able to reconnect with my childhood and as this year is my year to find inner joy and to become whole again the stay at your place was truly a place of sanctuary for me. I am already planning to bring my two sons 5 and 8 to come experience the farm, there are very few places where one can stay to really experience “farm”.Thank you,

Ordinary on his way to become somebody finds sanctuary in the Desert. Putting back some Joy and Wholeness. Awakening the small joys of the young inner child. Remembering imagination. Jacques and Sam

Hi Bronwyn, In case you are interested in keeping/adding to the Bird list for the farm, here are my observations from the weekend. Warm regards, Mike

Sparrow Cape, Apalis Bar-throated, Bokmakierie, Masked-Weaver Southern,Chat Familiar,Bunting Cape,Scrub-Robin Karoo,Tit-Babbler,Cormorant White-breasted,Crombec Long-billed,Mousebird White-backed,Seedeater Streaky-headed,Bulbul Cape,Barbet Acacia Pied,Greenbul Sombre,Flycatcher Fiscal,Flycatcher Fairy,Canary White-throated,Tit-Babbler Chestnut-vented,Honeyguide Lesser,Starling Common,Neddicky Neddicky,Rock-Thrush Cape,Robin-Chat Cape,Sunbird Malachite,Prinia Karoo,Rush-Warbler Little,Batis Pririt,Mousebird Red-faced,White-eye Cape,Mousebird Speckled,Sparrow Southern Grey-headed,Bee-eater White-fronted,Drongo Fork-tailed,Wagtail Cape,Fiscal Common,Weaver Cape,Sunbird Greater Double-collared,Goose Egyptian,Hoopoe African,Starling Pied,Martin Rock,Heron Black-headed,Nightjar Fiery-necked,Dove Laughing,Waxbill Common,Kingfisher Brown-hooded,Martin Brown-throated

As said by Oslo: “And when you see this whole existence as a tremendous dance, a celebration, you are liberated by it. It is a celebration that liberates, it is love that liberates, it is beauty that liberates – it is not metaphysics or philosophy” – Here it comes Naturally! Thank you. Alwyn.

Found ‘Heaven and Earth’ and even a feather! Merci beaucoup. Natalie and Alwyn

Unbelievable! Did not have much time to go on walks. I decided to put my Landy on it’s side Sunday evening. Could not see what situations was in the dark, so sate tight until morning. Farmer took me to River View Cottages. Colin spent most of his day helping to tow Landy back onto road. Took me into town for supplies. Colin, Bronwyn and youngsters were amazing. You have restored my faith in humanity. I will definitely be back to finish hat I did not have time to do this trip. Dave.

Back again. Landy in Oudtshoorn. Waiting for quote. Will see what happens. Tx Bronwyn for keeping my ‘spot’ open. Dave.

When you can’t walk on water, take the boat. Easy come, easy go. Thanks for this wonderful place, where we have time for feelings and when needed, put them in order. I know this is a kind place and I hope to one day return my kindness. Hope to meet your dogs in the morning. Love, Me.

Dit was die eerste van nog baie kere! Julle het ‘n wonderlike plek, dankie vir die lafenis! Dis net wat die siel nodig gehad het. van, Sandra

Thank you for the most delightful stay, we were just absolutely comfortable, entranced with our surroundings, thoroughly enjoyed our walk and spending time capturing and enjoying the birds (or trying to get good photos!). Meeting you and your family (including the dogs!) was also a delight. We will be back, thank you, thank you! Fritz and Margie – not ready to leave!

Thank you for a lovely stay – we had everything we needed, surrounded by beauty, peace and tranquility. Pity I was not well and spent yesterday in bed – but what a lovely place to recuperate. I will be back to enjoy the walks. Cheryl and Mike.

All our lives we’ve searched for ‘Walden’ – a place of simplicity and soul. You have recognized and created it. A perfect harmony of nature and ‘isithunzi’ – Xhosa for Spirit, Presence and Respect. Martin and Marguerite. –
‘May the silence never be broken’ OMD

Dear Bronwyn, It was our 40th wedding anniversary treat to come here. We are enchanted. And I was moved to find my own novel in your bookshelf – And in such august company! It makes me feel as if a part of me will stay contentedly behind. Marguerite Poland

Ancient landscapes, silence,peace. We have never stayed in a place which enchanted us more. The simplicity of the cottage gave it grace – and yet it had every comfort: unobtrusve, sophisticated, thoughtful and charming. The fireplace in the bedroom is a winner. Martin and Marguerite

Martin and Bishop

Martin and Bishop

Baie dankie vir ‘n heerlike, pragtige blyplek en natuur wat ons baie geniet het: Ons sal verseker weer kom. Dankie ook vir die liewe Jock wat die “cherry op die kook” was! Vriendelike Wynland groete, Hannelie en Rolf.

Thank you for sharing your mountain paradise with us. Will be back soon. Matt and Eva.

We came to see the white-fronted bee-eaters but found so much more! We found a gem nestling in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountain. We found birds, and aloes, a river, stars and sunrise pink mountain tops – We found paradise! Gill and Buller.

Hi Bronwyn, Just a quick hello to say how much we enjoyed staying at your River View Cottages…needed a few more days for sure. We will definately come back, soon…..Take care
Alwyn and Nathalie Steyl

Hi Bronwyn, We really enjoyed our stay at the OSH! It was very relaxing for all of us and we also enjoyed a lot hiking on the farm. Thank you, Emmanuel

Clean, quite, lots to do, friendly and beautiful. We could really relax and recuperate.

Excellent place with lovely hospitality by Colin and Bronwyn. Thanks so much! Francois.

An unspoilt gem, magnificence surrounds you! – a place to really unwind and let your hair down. Relaxation and peace, at its best!! Thank you colin and bronwyn Elsabe

The Old School House rocks! Great place. Great energy. Great vibe. Great amenities.

What a wonderfull place! We loved every second of our stay! See you again soon! Johan

We had a great time! Gerhard.

Without doubt the best stay of our three-week trip. Superb, wild location, lovely cottage, tranquility, birds, the lot. Joe

Friendliness-Thumbs Up! Cleanliness-Thumbs Up! Attention to detail- We stayed at the cottages for only one evening and Bronwyn was so kind as to inform us that we could leave the next day whenever we wanted to as the cottage was not booked. We had a lovely stroll along the river, sat on the raft under the willow trees, and had a lazy last day of our weekend. The accommodation was stunning! Attention to every little detail is evident everywhere. From the stunning huge wooden chopping block in the kitchen to the fireplace already packed with wood, just waiting for a match to be drawn. Value for money is an absolute understatement. I would love to go back there. In the perfect world I would have liked the cottages be further apart. But that doesn’t mean that the neighbours were within earshot. Having said that, I would not want anyone to get the impression that it is not private enough, I just love wide open spaces around me. Corlie

Peaceful, quiet, secure and relaxing. Perfect getaway from city life, and Bronwyn was very accomodating and friendly. Krishni

White, crisp, fresh linen. Cottages 5 Star. Be back soon. Gerhard

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE – We had an amazing time! So much bird-life in an incredibly tranquil, scenic setting. The house is lovely and the book collection is great – a fantastic selection. We enjoyed hiking around the area, seeing the snow and happily returning to a fully-catered, clean abode! Thank you for a wonderful stay, we’ll definitely recommend this place! Jess and Dave.

We loved so much this place which is so quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed that you kept the story of this house through several things of the past. Your country has a very rich history: a strong and difficult, but interesting past. The nature around is very wonderful and we liked these open spaces around mountains. We walked all this afternoon with your dog, Jock – he was very careful with us, always seeing if we were on the good way and safe! We liked it! We don’t have enough time to stay here but really, it’s a nice place. What do we need more? Nature, quietness, love of our family – all is perfect here! So, thanks a lot for oping the door of your house to a French family who appreciates and enjoys your country. Annie and Charles, Maud and Emmanuel.

To choose a valley of peace and challenge, birdsong, ice sun and soil, where the metronome of sunrise greets the hillside, aloes, spec boom and the winding road, has proven a wonderful choice. We came in Summer and watched into space past Orion till the early morning. Last night we watched the Winter guide, Scorpio overhead and some stinging meteors. Maud and Emmanuel.

July 2013

Thank you for a lovely reflective pause in our lives. The hours in the hammock with that view – pure relaxation. Nothing like blooming aloes for the soul. If you can’t find Jock, it’s because we took him home! We’ll be back. Bev and Tony.

Thank you for sharing this corner of paradise with us! The sublime view of the meandering river, drawing your eye up into the mountains, fading into the afterglow, is like a stairway to heaven! The view, the accommodation, the decor, the attention to detail, the Vanity Fairs, the aloes, the birds, and Jock (honeypot of note) makes for the most amazing getaway ever. And I mean that with all my heart. Just perfect. Nicky and Gavin.

We second everything heartily. The greatest jewel here are Bronwyn and Colin. D&G

An outstanding place. What a pleasure to find a self catering cottage that’s not filled with somebody’s leftover furniture, but rather, stylishly put together for comfort and pleasure. Attention to detail from long matches for the indoor fireplace to a deliciously cozy bed spread to a hammock on the stoep. It really is just perfect. Thank you so much for giving us the pleasure of being able to stay there. Nicky

Dear Bronwyn, Thank you for having us on your farm. We had the most wonderful, restful weekend and have already told many of our friends that they should see and experience it for themselves. We certainly hope to visit again in the future. Kind regards, Lesley

Thank you for sharing your incredible farm with us! We came here to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary and are leaving feeling completely contact and full of joy We will be back, next time with friends to enjoy this beautiful place with us. Ben and Lesley
PS After meeting Jock, we are considering moving our “Let’s get a dog” plan up by a year or two. What a little legend!

Coming from Joburg, this is so uniquely different, what a spectacular piece of our country. Thank you for letting us share it with you. We will definitely be back soon. Angus (11 years old) and Dad.

Silence sounds
Stillness moving
Vibrant colours
darkening at
dusk Cheryl

What a fantastic retreat. We love the silence. We’ll be back. Angus and Vicky.

Another great getaway few days. Peace and quiet – getting back to nature wit our family from JHB. Lovely! Anne and Bill.

Peace, Tranquility and a bit of fun…We’ll be back soon. Shan and Michelle


Laat is die son om hier
op te staan
Vroeg is hy om weer
web te gaan
Met die dik mure is ons
In die ou skoolhuisie
kan ons goed uitrus
In Matjiesvlei by die
Gamka rivier
Is oranje alwynblomme en
voelgetjirp ‘n plesier
Die rue, stilte en vrede
neem ons saam
Die dae vlieg hier ongesiens verby,
ons moet nou gaan.

PS Love the book collection!

The perfect tranquil getaway for quality family time! Thank you for sharing this bit of “Karoo heaven” and preserving history in the old farm school. Hope to be back soon. Theo, Danelle, David, Martin.

Had an amazing time! The Skinner family.

A very enjoyable overnight – what a lot of history in The Old School House. A pre-breakfast hike to the river bed whetted appetites for a good breakfast! The road is in such good condition. Thank you very much for a lovely stay – would love to come back. Jennifer, Mariah and Cassie.

June 2013

Hi Bronwyn, Thanks so much for a great stay at River View!! Kate and I had an awesome time, it is so beautiful and peaceful there. Best regards and thanks again for the notes sent our way to keep us posted. Jean

Waarom ry as ek kan bly – die nuus date Swartbergpas oop is, was soort van ‘n teleurstelling. More is egter nog ‘n dag. Southern River View Cottage, Moment in Time- Haiku

Mountain, river, peace, couds, rain, blue sky, sundbirds, more – Why go if you can stay? Wilma. I’ll be back to test the Kayak.

We got engaged (Yah!) on Swartberg Pass on the way here – could not have asked for a more magical place to celebrate! Still amazed by the wealth f biodiversity here. Hand delivered notes and walks with the dogs are an added bonus! Can’t wait to come back! Thank you Bronwyn and family, enjoy the bubbly! Jean and Kate

Die stilts en natuurskoon is wonderlik. Ons vier het dit regtig hier geniet. Garhard, Marie, Charl and Jacques.

Baie dankie – rustigheid, natuur en voels ens alles goed wat ons vergeet om raak te sien – kom weer! Louis en Narien.

Too short but a wonderful visit. Would love to come back and stay a little longer, what a gem – so peaceful! Just love your dogs. Sasha, Ross and Danel.

May 2013

My time spent here was measured in happiness. How can one not be touched by the abundance of nature! I loved the…aloes, aloes, aloes and aloes (always have), the variation in geology, the plants and the companionship of the dogs, Steerings se Kloof and the Cliff’s Edge walks. I’ll miss that exuberant greeting too! Sandra

After approximately 4 000km going nowhere slowly through SA we are returning to Cape Town rejuvenated. This last outpost of paradise has been the cherry on the top. Thank you, Colin and Bronwyn and the boys for being the custodians. may you and all visitors be richly blessed. Jock is a true friend! Lynette and Gunther.

This is the most beautiful valley in the world! Philip and Julia

Colin and Bronwyn, Wat ‘n pragtige plek! Baie dankie dat julle mense toelaat ons hier to kuier. Ons kan sien aan hoe julle alles dan dat julle speciale mense is. Ons kom DV weer. Francois and Ludwig

Hi Bronwyn, It was great chatting to you again. If you would like to have a look at the 360 image I shot there, you can go to our website:
Once there, on the main page, click on the “Landscapes” category. This will now load the first 360 in the category, but at the bottom is a scroller with a few more options. Scroll all the way to the right hand side, and yours is 4th from the end. Click on the thumbnail, and that will open the 360 tour. You can then click and drag on the image to rotate. You can also launch the fullscreen version, by moving your mouse to the top right of the window, and clicking on the fullscreen icon. Thanks. Regards, Heiko





Jackie's photos from her stay here

Jackie’s photos from her stay here

Beautiful, thanks. Andrew and Ella.

Another wonderful stay and we are that much closer to becoming neighbours. Ian and Margie.

What a beautiful place. Can’t wait to come back again. Thank you. Jonathan and Julie

“Seek and ye shall find paradise surrounds” I believe South Africa is paradise but even so after years of traveling through this beautiful land I am constantly amazed at pockets of pure paradise I find within, this is one of them. Colin and Bronwyn, thank you for sharing this paradise you have with us. It has been a privilege. Keep on living the dream. Ant and Belinda

April 2013

This place is perfect! We’ll be back. Dirk and Natalie.

So comfortable and well-equipped and such a stunning view – wish my sketch could do it justice! I so wish we had booked for more than one night but we will definitely be back – for a few days next time and bring our fishing rods! The dogs are a pleasure – so friendly and well-trained. A lovely stay, thank you. Juliet and Dave.

We liked your place very much and the view is fantastic. To be recommended. Peter and Marga.

What a way to chill out – eating a meal on the porch with a glass of chilled wine watching the sun setting behind the high Swartberg Mountains and being drenched in the beauty of your valley. And the silence! Bronwyn and Colin, thank you for such a beautiful three night stay here. And also to Jock, who guided us on our walks and who kept his soulful eyes on us continously throughout the day and night. Yes, we eventually capitulated and gave him a titbit or two! So sorry but what can you do after him looking after us. We wish you and your family all the best for the future in this tranquil valley. Tony and Deborah.

“When you are about to give up, think of the amount of effort you have been putting in from the very beginning.” Thank you for sharing your little piece of freedom. Carien.

Clay of Karoo
Come Home
Mirrored in water

Born in upheaval
creased crushed scarred
rough rugged
Khaki grey and lime taupe
Soft and peaceful
End of the day
Replete – MOUNTAIN

Haiku in the Karoo

Wow! A real treat. Chris and Glynis.

Aloes stand posted across the mountain slope like sentinels on guard. The soft flow of the Gamka river winding toward the ocean – traversing rocky patches and harsh turns – like the course of our lives taking the rough and smooth, but pushing onwards knowing that where we leave behind, someone will take over. Stand proud like the tall aloes, coated in spiny armor, yet within lies a soft and healing core. Be strong. Margie and Mike.

Uitstekend. Wessel en Wilma

Hopefully we’ll be back in four days! I loved jock’s banter, especially his breakdancing trick! Alastair and Dayle

Heerlik “rewind” nou weer gecharge vir die week! Robbie and Estelle

Hi Bronwyn, just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed my stay at the River View Cottages and will definitely recommend it to people I know. Thanks for lending me Jock for the duration of my stay. He swam out to the canoe when I went on the water which was unexpected, so I pulled him into the boat. From reading the guest book I noticed that he has worked his way into the hearts of quite a few guests, made me feel like I was at home, clever dog.Regards,
Marc Stern

Jock in canoe with Marc

Jock in canoe with Marc

Hi Bronwyn, We returned yesterday from our holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Matjiesvlei. Its a real oasis in the Karoo. The Old School House is just fantastic. What a jewel, and just what we were hoping for. You can be assured we’ll be back and will recommend it to all our friends. The only suggestion we’d make for the Old School is to hang more ‘old’ photo’s to add to the spooky factor.Regards, Greg, Tam and Ben

Benghal tiger at Kango Wildlife ranch in Oudtshoorn - Sam and Carlos' day trip

Benghal tiger at Kango Wildlife ranch in Oudtshoorn – Sam and Carlos’ day trip

Elusive leopard - Kango wildlife ranch - Sam &  Carlos' trip to Oudtshoorn

Elusive leopard – Kango wildlife ranch – Sam & Carlos’ trip to Oudtshoorn

Dear Bronwyn, Deborah and I had such a wonderful time at your lovely tranquil Gamka valley and we were lucky with the weather. We were really rested and it is soooo quiet! Your cottages are beautiful and we were sad to leave. Well done to you and Colin. If I may humbly suggest for a slight improvement to the kitchen sink and counter area. It would help to have a small fluorescent light under the shelf as it is quite dark when working and washing there in the evenings.Thank you again as well as to Jock and Jess for being such expert guides on the magnificent walks! Kindest regards, Tony and Deborah



Thanks for the suggestion – fluorescent lamps have been added to cottages! Bronwyn

darling Jock

darling Jock

MissMoss –

We’ve been wanting to visit River View for a long time, and so really had no better excuse to go than to celebrate our anniversary weekend. Not being hotel types, we much prefer to find chilled out (and budget friendly) self-catering joints where you can just relax, read, cook, eat and sleep for a few days. luckily you can find so many places that tick those boxes within a few hours from Cape Town.

River View Cottages is just outside Calitzdorp, a town in the Klein Karoo that’s a leisurely 4 hour drive from Cape Town along Route 62 (depending on how many stops you make along the way). owners Colin & Bronwyn left the city to set up home in the Matjiesvlei valley, and as every day passed we became more & more envious of their slice of paradise.

If you manage to stay there (and I urge you do) then you’ll no doubt be paid a visit by Jock – the doe-eyed jack russell terrier who strangely always pitches up around eating time… as well as Jessie, the beautiful boer greyhound, who has a bit more style and finesse than old Jock – but i think that’s part of her clever ploy to get doggie treats. we were more than happy to oblige, in exchange for having temporary pets for 3 days.

And now we’re home again, missing it already. Diana Moss, MissMoss





March 2013

Thank you once again for a very special time – the rain was magical and the company and chats so warm. Thank you for helping us make this dream a reality (while we’re young enough to enjoy it). Thank you for everything. All our love always, Sam and Carlos.

Thank you Bronwyn and Colin for such a memorable stay in your delightful cottages. We had everything we needed and enjoyed the company of your dogs on our walks. We will return to the UK at the beginning of April with lots of photographs and very fond memories of this lovely valley. Patricia and John.

Had three fantastically relaxing days – loads of sleep – caught one fish. Took a lot of photos. Jock guarded the house for us and went fishing. Bronwyn and Colin have apiece of paradise. We’ll be back. Brian and Di.

Was awesome! Thank you. Lisa and Matthew.

Hi Bronwyn, What a brilliant place you’ve got there! We enjoyed it immensely, thank you so very much.Thanks, Johan.

early morning

early morning

Hi Bronwyn, I just wanted to write to let you know that we had an amazing few days at the River View Cottages, it definitely helped us recharge! Thanks! Kind regards, Olivia

Sun Rays

Sun Rays

Julle het ‘n pragtige, besonderse plek hier en dit op ‘n baie smaakvolle manier ‘mak’, toeganklik en gerieflik gemaak. Die ligging, die natuur skoon, die stil rustigheid – alles is manna vir die siel. Baie dankie dat ons daarin kon deel. En, o ja, die voeltjies is alsoluut fantasies! Baie dankie vir alles, saam met jul vriendelike gas-vryheid. Johan and Elena

We arrived here after three nights in Tankwa staying at Varschfontein and three nights at Simonskloof near Montagu. Both very special places. We did not think we could be third time lucky with accommodation – but we were. Previous writers have said it all. Perhaps just to add that sitting on the stoop watching the evening sky darken behind the silhouette of old man Swartberg’s face and big tummy, with a glass of whatever make you happy in your hand, has to be a particularly contented moment. Dave and Sandy

Dear Bronwyn and Colin (and Jock), Thank you for a truly fantastic stay. Everything was perfect. We leave with our souls refreshed and ready to face the world again. It was the perfect place to stay before we make the move up to Joburg from Cape Town. We will be back soon. All the best. Ben and Kate

“Grond wat rus lewer ‘n goeie oes” Presies die plek om dit reg te kry. Jock, die stoep, hangmat riverroei, sundowners, kaggel in the kamer…subliem. Die enigste fout…ons het net vir een aand geboek! Volgende keer rus ons verder. Dankie Colin en Bronwyn. Cussie en Ilse

February 2013

Thanks for a wonderful stay once again. We hope we haven’t worn the dogs out! Hope to see you again. Jason and Cheryl.

Dear Bronwyn, Wonderful experience all round. Excellent views, great fishing (yellow fish, carp), excellent port and of course Jock! Had a great time. We are adding this to our annual pilgrimage list…two thumbs up. Thank you, Mushi and Neo.

Change: That has definitely been the ‘title’ of this holiday! And how this land has changed us over the years – from “we’re on holiday, leave us alone, we don’t want to know you’re even there” to looking forward to the time spent together, growing our friendship, you home has a magnetic pull. As you watch this valley come to life in the morning, pause in the heat of the afternoon and slowly unwind in the evening it becomes blatantly clear that everything (and creature) has its own time, its own moment to sparkle in the sunshine or dance under the stars. Thank you for sharing this dream with us, for reconnecting our souls with our hearts and disconnecting our brains for just a little bit. All the love in our rejuvenated hearts. Sam and Carlos.

We had everything we needed for four nights: All amenities, hiking maps, lovely weather, astounding view, books to browse on the lounge chairs, Jock to alert us of visitors, peace and quiet. Best of luck to Bronwyn and Colin. Keep doing what you do so well, we will see you very soon! John and Fatima.

Once again thanks for a truly awesome week of relaxation, adventure, chats, great laughs and soul searching. Thank you for opening your home to us and letting Sam experience the quad.
Here are some pics.Thank You, Carlos Gomes

Jock on a walk with Sam and Carlos

Jock on a walk with Sam and Carlos

View from the RVC

View from the RVC

Rock of Contemplation

Rock of Contemplation

Hallo Bronwyn, We have recently returned from a most enjoyable trip with our swiss friends,
which started practically at your unbelievably beautiful setting, above the
Gamka River. Boy, were our guests bowled over !! Unfortunately, we had only booked your unique accommodation for one night, on our way towards the ADDO-Elephants-Park, not giving it the deserved recognition, by staying longer !! Whilst we must compliment you (and your hubby) for the very intimate appointments of your 3 chalets, the accommodation at the ‘old school-house’ takes the cake !! How special !! Thank you very much for your incredible hospitality and we want wish you further good luck with your venture, which is so peaceful and homely;
best of luck also goes to the boys with your ‘home-schooling’ !!! We will definately visit you soon, this time for a bit longer !! Kind regards,
Stefan & Moira Pflocksch(on behalf of our local & overseas Swiss Friends !!)

January 2013

Thank you so much River View Cottages for having us, and forcing us to relax away from our city and it’s life. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you again.
Arthur and Kim, Cape Town.

Lovely place full of stunning colours, log all your dogs! Thanks for the memorable experience and have a Happy New Year.
Justine and Dan, Australia.

Beautiful! One can’t help but wonder if all this wasn’t put in place for the sole benefit of Jock. Just think about it. He has a constant stream of admirers, play-mates, and love. If it is a dog’s life, then I wan to be Jock, as he has the dog’s life extraordinair! Thanks Bronwyn and Colin for sharing this place with all of us, and thanks Jock for your constant undemanding companionship.
Justin, Germany.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful place! We had the most wonderful day with swimming, hiking, canoeing and all that with the best company, Jock. Jess came last night to watch the stars with us. Thank you, Jess for visiting. I don’t think I have ever seen so many stars in my life. We will be back and take the memories so long.

One nights stay feels like being here for long.
Getting up at 06:00am feels like “let’s go and grab it!”
Having Jock with us feels like knowing him for ages (is that because of Boerewors?).
Watching the turtle passing by feels like calming down.
Sitting on the terrace just feels like “thank you”!
Lana. Hamburg, Germany.

What an amazing “let the soul fly place”. It could easily feel like home!…and I think Justin was right about Jock! All the best,
Stefan. Hamburg, Germany.

Thanks for a wonderful stay once again. We hope we haven’t worn the dogs out! Hope to see you again.
Jason and Cheryl, Cape Town.The sun has reached the peaks across the valley and I am sitting in perfect simplicity in this early morning. It’s tempting me to stay forever, but how? Till next time. Thank you for this taste of bliss.

What made me say “yes” to a 600k trip to spend one night on a farm? And so on January 1st 2013 I found myself, not just on any old farm but in a haven of tranquility and raw beauty where hopes and dreams forgotten – surfaced. The bleakness of the last couple of years is lifting – staying here is the catalyst – Joy has been returned and with it hope, for the future – I will not regret the past nor fear the future. Thank you, Bronwyn, and blessings.

This is the most beautiful place I have staying in in a long while. Thank you, my soul feels healed. Love,

Only stayed for one night (shame I could not stay for more). Had a lovely time, beautiful place, would try to come back in different season. Thank you. And kisses for Jock, our security dog.
Gosia and Chris.

Had a lovely peaceful stay, thanks Bronwyn. Your cottages are beautiful and I know we will be back.
Clare and James.

Enjoyed the spectacular setting and walk by the river – birdwatching, impressive sunrise before we left.
Sandie and Simon.

Beste Bronwyn, Colin en kinders, Net soos beloof, weer kom inloor. Wat ‘n ongelooflike naweek vol natuurskoon en stilte. Vir diegene soos ons, wat nie te aktief is nie beveel ons die volgende san: seem so veel as moontlik in die rivier, neem die roeiboot en voei op en af, lees uit die biblioteek en slaap met die ventsters oop. Tot weer siens.
Sam and Ingrid.

It was more than a weekend away. It was an answered prayer. On the weekend my family was burying my grandfather in the States. Eric and I left Cape Town to find a sense of reprieve. Here we found peace along our morning walk, serenity on our afternoon canoe and gratefulness on our evenings under the stars. A special place filled with unprecedented hospitality. Aesthetic appreciation and warmth. We return with new hearts.
Eric (Cape Town) and Kamey (New York).

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Dear Bronwyn, Many thanks for a magical weekend… all made special by the apricot picking, the little treasures from the plants on our hikes, the river, the glimpses of sunset, the picture-postcard mountain and valley views, the tortoise who visited on the last day and, even the giraffe we spotted just before the ‘left turn’. But mostly it was your warm hospitality and welcome that makes it a place we would want to return to. Warm regards,
Sherin. Cape Town.

Thanks so much, and enjoy your little slice of heaven…

The Old School House:

Hi Bronwyn, Many thanks once again for your hospitality – it was fantastic and our kids really enjoyed it.
We may be back again in a couple of weeks but I will let you know as soon as I have finalised. Best regards,
Kevin. Cape Town.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the amazing experience staying in the old schoolhouse.
It was a few magical days – Anton took some magnificent photos and I will send them on to you as soon as he has a finished product. Kind regards,
Karien, Glasgow, Scotland.

You said Colin searched with you, driven by his passion. Passion, persistence, love and joy live simply together in the dream valleys, caves, mountains, long streams. Life is a brief flash – One only of challenge. To find the right food that satisfies our genetic need for a place we might call, and earn the right to truly feel our own. Off the main road after sunset, the light gentle and the path ambitiously seeking a route, we followed to this gem you found and home made sharable to all who might hear by the marvelous grapevine of those who love these stars, cool water, crackling heat and your otter-hounds who swim like they were born to chase every fish and otter. We all feel warm toward you all – the book selection, the balanced sized, simply perfect green, fitting the shadow zone of the school. We felt honoured to be allowed to be here and thank Ian Cumming for his suggestion we find you. Much love,
Catherine (Melbourne, Australia), Henk (Observatory), Katrine, and Konrad (Hout Bay).

December 2012

Bronwyn and Colin, we see all the love that you put into this beautiful place. Thank you so much, it was a huge privilege to stay here. It was our paradise for three nights. Cheers Jock and Jess. We will miss you. ‘Til next time.
Johan and Anita.

Dear Bronwyn and Colin, Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in your piece of paradise. Also for your kindness and hospitality. We all thought that this was one of the most beautiful place in Africa, if not the world! All the best for everything in future.
Viv, London.

Many thanks, Colin and Bronwyn, for a truly wonderful two nights and three days of peacefulness and pleasure, and for your generosity and veld-walk guidance. We hope to be back!
Dorothy, Adelaide, Australia.

And thank you for introducing our British friends to life in the little Karoo.
John, Adelaide, Australia.

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A great place to get away from it all. Fantastic scenery – so much to photograph. Thanks Bronwyn and Colin for all your help to solve our mini-disaster! Much appreciated.
Stewart and Evlyn.

Christmas at River View Cottages – perfect! Our third visit but definitely not our last. Re-united with our lovely Jock and his greyhound friend who we named Gloria. Fishing great as always – about 200 altogether (carp, mudfish and yellowish). Thanks once again Bronwyn – hope you also had a great Christmas.
Barbara and Tony, Knysna.

Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beauty. We loved every minute.
Malcolm and Jackie.

I suspect Jock has undergoing a frontal lobotomy – only way we could explain his good behaviour. Totally uncharacteristic for a Jack Russell! Guarded our door all night. Thank you for a lovely restful stay and the delicious apricots.
Colin and Val, Plettenberg Bay.

Rus vir ‘n mens se sill sal jy hier vind. Baie dankie hiervoor. As ek so oor die berg en rivier kyk en alles is still om my deer dink ek aan Koos Doep se gebed.
Alta en Jaap, Pretoria.

“Wat ek het is net genade
Wat ek het is net geleer
Eindelik snag ek na U waters en rue
Lei my Heer vanaand daarheen”.

River View Cottages…
Our cottage at Southern View,
An experience so new
We loved to be so near God’s creation
Away from very busy ‘nations’
My love and I we’ll remember
Our lovely night in December.

Francios and Vernette.

Thanks for another great stay, Bronwyn. Accompanied by Jock and the two greyhounds, we did three of your walks at different times of the day. Experienced several mountain moods with the weather swinging from ghostly rain to sweltering heat. Fantastic. Plenty of good bird life to keep us on our toes too. I’m sure it won’t be long before we make our third visit.
Mike and Shiela, Knysna.

A beautiful spot. Thank you.
Kevin and Natalie, Grahamstown.

Thank you for a lovely stay. A lovely place, so relaxing. What a great start to our road trip.
Allan and Sunelle, Cape Town.

What was supposed to be a one night stop-over to our destination turned into paradise. With a glass ofwine and the sunset frosting the mountains in front of us. Time spent in the river was amazing! Unforgettable! We’ll be back.
Darius and Alicia

My boyfriend, Greg was here in April 2011 on a motorbike trip. When he said he would like to bring me her to share this special place…I thought it must be cool! It is sooooo much more awesome than I thought it could be! What an unbelievably beautiful peaceful place and even more special – we discovered our common love of nature as we swam in the river and took in all the sights and sounds of this incredible place together. We discovered our love for each other that has been growing and developing over last eight months. Thank you Bronwyn and Colin for letting us into this unexpected little piece of heaven – we will definitely be back and stay longer next time!
Dominique and Greg.

Blissful, beautiful an restorative in the best way. Thank you.

The Old School House:

The Old School House has become part of our family Christmas tradition. What a beautiful, peaceful Karoo valley to put the year in perspective. We love it here. Goodbye School House and 2012.
Mika, Bella, Ruvan and Lauren. Cape Town.

November 2012

Thanks for this beautiful place. Lovely garden and very nice interior.Thank you Jock for entertaining us an hiking with us! Vielen Dank.
Anna and Heinz.

Die natuur is ongelooflik mooi. Onse het hierdie den nag heerlik geslaap en sal beslis weer dom.
Gerhard en Renate.

We enjoyed a really peaceful and most pleasant time here with our son and daughter-in-law. Our first night ever in the Klein Karoo – a tonic for the soul. I would like to come ack for a week! Many thanks.
Jain and Ingrid, Umhlanga Rocks.

Dis was werklik ‘n sielsverrykenk envying. ‘n Naweek is hope loos te fort. Die best van ales – geen selfoon ontvangs. Ons het dit baie genet in julle pragtige plekkie. PS. Na waters waar rus is…
Andre and Zulna.

I have googled and thanks to Bronwyn and Colin’s River View Cottages and the stunning views! Just as shown and advertised. Peaceful, tranquil, and a weekend too short! Will most certainly come back in Winter. Enjoyed the walks, swimming, rowing (a bit windy) and chilling out with my old man and good OBS!
Ana and Martin, George.

My husband and I only see each other four times a year as he works out of the country. We always take a couple of days away out of the hustle and bustle of our busy town. We have never come inland before, and we are so glad that we chose your beautiful valley. You own your own piece of heaven here. Peace, tranquility and I wish I could take the view home with me, along with Jock of curse and I’m very sure you will be hearing from us again. We would like to try Winter. What a perfect place. Bless you.
Andrew and Tracey.

Lovely hosts, lovely accommodation, lovely place, lovely birds.
“The nicest place I’ve been to in SA – unspoilt, beautiful landscape” – Margie.
A place we could very easily live in!
PS And lovely dogs!
Ian and Margie.

Thank you very much, dogs! We had a fantastic time, and you showed us some lovely places. Oh, and than you to the rest of the family, too.
Steve and Lee.

We enjoyed our stay, a quick glimpse at your farm, family, lifestyle, awesome. Fun to stay longer, and re-read some of your classics.

A poem:

Be still and listen. Contemplative beast, stares unseeing, at a fixed point a few feet away. Aware that time has no meaning, meaning has no worth, heedless beast, aware of nothing, serene, deep, enlightened. I mean Jack, Jack-on-the-couch, when no-one is looking.
Random tri-part array, the spirit says there is balance and strength in the number three. Strength, beauty, confidence, each belong to me, and you, the spirit says find balance, be still and listen. Neither four, nor two; three cottages, at last count.
Oracle of sorts, the mountains will speak, when I inquire. Contemplative heart, still, waiting and listening. This place, this valley, South Africa.
Northern sky, bereft of Polaris, Little Bear, how will I find my way, night traveler. Sky so dark, stars so bright they are layered, and infinite. Planets, galaxies, another universe, infinite, I think. I mean the sky at night.
Wait here, I will be right back. Finding yourself, in the company of another, with the intricacy of a well-played game of chess, and the simplicity of a child’s imagination. Time apart to explore, and find yourself, time together to continue the intricate dance, and create new steps.
Yes is the simple answer, whatever the question, asked in sincerity, well-intended. Remembering simple sincerity, simple respect, seems simple, in this restful place.
No regret, no left-over room for would, should or could. A simple life removed from the care and unrest of building upon building, street upon street, sound and fury signifying nothing, ironically, icons of success, without humanity. Surrounded here instead by beauty, simplicity, poetry, books, thinkers, love, Family.


The Old School House:

Thank you for such a warm reception and wonderful hospitality. This is truly a magical place with peace and serenity in abundance. We will love to return.
Elisco and Guilia.