October 2012

Wonderlik! Fantasties! Baie dankie!
Gerhart en Marie, Bloemfontein.

What a wonderful place! We really enjoyed our days over here. Beautiful view and what a silence. Heel erg bedankt. Baie dankie!
Bastian and Susan, Netherlands.

Just what the doctor ordered for the frazzled ‘city’ souls – deep sleep, Karoo air, good water. All this in simple, comfortable cottages with breathtaking views (and the companionship of two gentle dogs). We are cured!
PS. A pasella – A herd of noble Nguni cattle.
Guy and Mel, Penny.

Baie dankie vir ‘n wonder like naweek web van die gejaagte lewe Jock is regtig ‘n baie special hond (het lekker saam gaan stap, geswem en ons mooi opgepas). Tot ‘n volgende keer.
S en F.

Waking to birdsong and an amazing view. We are so privileged. Thank you for your hospitality. The cottage is absolutely amazing.
Sam and Ingrid.

Baie dankie vir die wonderlikke verblyf. Dit is asemrowend mooi hier en die woonstelle is baie gemaklik en romantics. Sal almal vertel. Liefde,
Diane and Tony, SA and UK.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavens and filled it with heavenly lights,
Give thanks to Him who made the mighty mountains,
Give thanks to Him who placed the waters on the earth and made the Gamka River flow,
Give thanks to Him for the beauty of this vegetation – each leaf, each flower, each fruit,
Give thanks for Jock and his soulful eyes,
Give thanks to Colin and Bronwyn for their sharing River View Cottages with us,
What a blessing- thank you.
Bernhard and Jane, Hermanus.

Such fun to experience this gorgeous valley in the mountains. Wonderful site overlooking one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Immaculate cottages, built and furnished in perfect good taste, and wonderfully comfortable beds. Everything done in a lovely austere style, superb reading material to dip into briefly. A delightful garden filled with exquisite little plants – the trees are going to be glorious one day. Altogether a great introduction into what is the Little Karoo. Greatly enjoyed. Many thanks.

16th – After a laughter filled journey from Hermanus, with a deviation via Riversdale, where we got rather lost in the hills, we arrived…Lunch at Calitzdorp, and then the car packed with everything but the kitchen sink, int the mountains, marvelling at the pretty ‘Chinese lantern’ bushes by the roadside, and with much expectation, around a final bend and there were the cottages, friendly and peaceful. And what joy once on the vernal, to see the river flowing below, and inside, absolutely everything we needed (should have left the kitchen sink at home!). Cloudy and a little chilly, but after a braai, off to bed…to wake later and open the blind and window to let the night air in – only one little light breaking the darkness of the night.

17th – Sitting on the verandah, in the slight chill of the very early dawn, soaking up the sheer solitude and majesty of the unspoilt surroundings. Lunch all together, another sleep, and then a walk to the Old Post Office and Museum (well done!). Delicious braid Karoo lamb chops and roasted vegetables, and then perchance to dream!

18th – The morning dawned bright and clear, unlike yesterday’s rain, late brunch on the verandah, and another nap. Oh, what joy to just be able to sit and drink it all in, to be with good friends, books, knitting, good food and nice wine. River View is getting to me, and I am awed by the silence, bar the buzzing of the bumble bee, the soughing of the wind through the trees, the pad of Jock’s paws, and the jackal’s cries at night. A walk along the ‘Cliff’s Edge’ route, and back just before a total downpour! Ostrich steaks on the braai for supper!

19th – And now, how sad, our last morning, but after a little early morning rain, some sunshine, and still blessedly cool, we will be on our way. Thank you Lumb family (and Jock and Jessie) for a really soul enriching three nights on your beautiful farm and incredibly well-run and equipped cottage. We loved every minute.
Wim and Penny, Hermanus.

The faithful "Jock"Pink Pongracz champagne with strawberries!!  Yummmeee!!!!

What more needs saying?

The Nguni cattle raised on Riverview Farm

Looking down to other cottage

Looking down the Gamka River

Now beginning to come down really heavily!So glad we decided to try this lovely cottage and we hope to return. A very comfortable place with the most amazing views and great walks. Wish we could stay longer! With news of yet another break-in at home in KZN, we so appreciate the tranquil, peaceful safety of this precious place. Jock is mentioned much i the little book and we now understand why. Tour guide and champion cuddled – it has been hard to stick to the rules and not allow him into the house! If our car wasn’t loaded with lekker wine and port from De Kraans, we might have been pemtped to ‘dog-nap’ Jock. Will miss the little guy!
Mike and Aida, Howick.

Thanks for the great stay.
Guy, Mossel Bay.

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at the River View Cottages. It is such a special place and we have lovely memories of our (too brief) time there. Regards to Colin, too and a special pat to Jock and Jessie.
Guy, Mel and Penny.

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September 2012

Thank you for a lovely overnight stay. Just what weary travellers needed. You have a jewel here!
Robbie and Marche, Gauteng.

So good to be here again! Had a transformative and lekker time. Feel grounded, alive and connected to spirit and nature. Thank you. With love,
Harold and Anja, Cape Town.

I hope you realise what an extraordinary privilege it is to live in such an incredibly beautiful place! I would trade places with you at the drop of a hat! Thank you so much for your kindness and attention to detail in the cottages, which really made us aware of your desire to make your guests as comfortable and as happy as possible. Going away on mini breaks is our hobby, so with that in mind, your place is one of the few places that we are going to return to (albeit 5 hours drive from home!). Everything was beyond what I had expected, the views, the peace, the stunning cottages, the dogs! My boyfriend is the total opposite of me, he does not like dogs, but great was my surprise when he took an instant liking to your gentle and well-behaved greyhound. Thank you for everything, we will be back!
Corne and Tanya, Stellenbosch.

Dankie weereens vir die voorreg om hier te dom bly. Sien julle binnekort, hierdie ker by Northern River View Cottage.
Wilfred en Elize, Mossel Bay.

Thank you so much – we had a wonderful time! Beautiful place. Great dogs!
Saskia and Michel.

Thank you so very much.

Unforgettable memories! Take five!
Helgie and Lelane, Mossel Bay.

Beautiful mountains, serene and silent. Good experience.
Mike and Shirl.

Woke up to a little piece of heaven. The view is breathtaking. The fact that there is no cellphone reception is amazing. Loved all the activities from hiking and canoeing to just reading a book from the veranda looking out over the river. Jock is hysterical and addicted to biltong. Thank you so much, will definitely be back.
Storm and Fambai.

Thank you again for a lovely stay in your River View Cottages – I am going to post a recommendation on Trip Advisor for you.
Louise, Plettenberg Bay.

The Old School House:

Heerlik gebly. Lekker vir minders – vriendelik en die braai buite in die wind-stil nave as besonders.
Jacques and Danielle.

Marvelous place! Loved the walks, river swimming and fishing. Nothing beats those quiet Karoo evenings by the fire. Many thanks.
Mia-Rose, Sam, Angela and Trevor.

Warm beautiful valley with warm beautiful hosts. Thank you.
David and family.

Beautiful place! Thank you.
De Rosner family.

August 2012

Wat ‘n voorreg om op Vrouedag se oggend wakker to word in absolute vrede! Net dear my venter die prentjie van die berg – spier wit gesneeu! Na drie dae se teen, mis oor die rivier en blou lug daar bo. Bronwyn, ‘n sand hier in julle vallei vole zoos n dele naweek se wegbreek. Ons kom definitive were. Barendina and Frantz, Ladismith.

Thanks for an amazing break in the most amazing place. We had a great time.
Alan and Ali.

Stunningly simple and simply stunning! Thanks for sharing your beautiful corner of the world – reminding us how pleased we will be to come back ‘home’ for good after being abroad for fifteen years. Cheers.
Simon and Di.

Nestled in the mountains we discovered this beautiful place. Beauty, comfort and simplicity! Thank you so much for your hospitality and sharing this little piece of paradise. We hope our travels brings us back soon. Thanks to Jock, our personal guide on the walks and companionship.
Surina and Andre.

Arriving in the dark we woke up to a lovely surprise – absolute paradise. Thank you for a wonderful stay. So glad we found this gem of a place. We will be back.
PS Jock a lovely fur baby!
Phil and Daniella.

The spectacular view, peace and tranquility is fantastic. Great break from TV and cellphones. You have your own ‘Just Nuisance’ in Jock who has taken over the duties of guarding the cottages. he is a real cutie pie. Had a fantastic rest and it was just what my husband needed to help with his recuperations from his recent op. God bless.
Noel and Joy.

Wonderful, I think I found where I would like my home to be one day, too!
Philippa.

Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Hayley and Burt, Cape Town.

Second time around – will definitely be a third, fourth, fifth….last time I was about to be a granny – now I’m a gran of two lit lies! Can’t wait to bring them the Summer for a play on the raft and canoe.
Belinda and Kevin.

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE:

I went to a little school just like this, it brought back wonderful memories. Had a lovely short stay and hope to return one day.
Mike and Rose.

Next time we’ll spend more time. The river, the mountains and ‘kuiering’ at the house was just what we needed.
Patrick, Lara and Gemma.

What a beautiful and breathtaking environment! Thank you for sharing a piece of our peace. We loved the character of this building and sense of time passing and yet the natural environment is still pretty much as it always used to be. This must also be the freshest air in the whole world! Thank you.
Ilse and Neil, Susie and Ian.

We had a great stay, this being stop number five of our road trip. the boys loved the dogs the cat, the chickens, the pony, the river walk, the rocks to climb. And the School House was super comfy. Thanks.
Louis, Theresa, Nathaniel and Jesse. Cape Town.

Just as great as the first time. Very warm in the house. Peaceful and relaxing.
Sarah.

What a magnificent place this is! Unfortunately the wet and cold didn’t allow us to walk and enjoy the stunning beauty, aso we will have to return some day to ake full advantage of this lovely place. Many thanks Bronwyn and Colin.
Pete and Wendy, Cape Town.

Mooie skool en groetjies van Hannah uit Nederland.
Hannah, Holland.

Lovely stay, peaceful, so comfy. Wonderful walks but perfect peace the best. Thank you.
Ron and Barbara.

July 2012

Comfortable accommodation and furnishings; a sweeping, breathtaking panorama; a perfect time-out! Thank you so much…And we can’t forget about Jock!He made a perfect boating and hiking companion. What a laugh! Paul and Marian

A warm, smiling welcome from Bronwyn set the tone for a wonderful three day, first time, visit. A wonderful piece of paradise! Do keep it this way. We loved the walks, the peace, the views – just everything, including our friend Jock. We wish you much happiness in this beautiful valley. Will be back (to steal the beautiful blanket on the bad and also Jock, but only when he is old and mill not mind living in suburbia). Sally and Norma, Cape Town.

We enjoyed our break here and feel rested after catching up with all the news in the Vanity Fair mags. This is truly paradise. Lovely view from cottage. Jock is a real character. We will be back. Earl and Jean, Cape Town.

Thank you for creating a lovely place to share and relax. Tony.

Wow! Beautiful! Your dream has now become ours. One day we shall live in a house exactly like this (maybe by the ocean). Thank you for having us! You guys are truly blessed. Jeski and Reedy.

Beautiful place and gorgeous house. Thank you for having us! We had a lovely time. We will miss Jock. Marie and Herrie.

Stunning place, pity we got here too late and left early. Will definitely come visit one day in the future. Jock is very cute! Thank you for the stay. Jared and Chantal.

Beautiful place! The stay ass very short, but I will definitely be back. Also, thanks for Jock’s company during the hiking and evening. Pieter and Nicole, Irene.

Thank you for an awesome stay – we cannot wait to come back with our three boys. I have no words. Dennis and Mary-Jane, Onrusrivier.

Ons het ongelooflik lekker hier gebly! Love die rustigheid van God se natuur! Ons mom definitive were. Dankie. Martin and Andrea.

To re-connecting with old friends – And making some new ones. Thank you for blissful days. Louise.

Thank you for creating such a cool place. Tony.

June 2012

We arrived in cool, gloomy weather without any expectations. The tall majestic mountains brought us closer to our Mother Earth. Long, rambling walks opened our eyes to a stiller being. On our last morning we woke to a clear, crisp morning with a dusting of snow on the peaks. We leave with an understanding of the contrast of like – stillness beauty in the rare earth. The little creature in Jock brought a smile and we will leave with fond memories of him and this tranquil valley.                                               Mike and Dee, Knysna

Second time just as memorable as the first. Different weather conditions made it interesting. We love this valley, its’ peace, serenity, beauty – everything, and Jock. See you soon.                                                                                                                     Dave and Rita, Brenton-on-Sea.

Beautiful place. So relaxing. We walked, takes, ate and drank! Jock and Jess were with us guiding us up paths and through thorn bushes. So sweet. Thank you for the lovely experience.                                                                                                                  Carol and David, Cape Town.

I refer to 8/9/11 – still the same smile and big welcome from Jock – see you next festival.                                                                                                                              Brian and Shirley.

Another glorious weekend here. The mountain gods were kind and we managed to braai and walk without getting wet on what was a wet weekend. Sunday beautiful and sorry to leave. See you soon.                                                                                                 Anne and Bill, Knysna.

Thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise with us. We really loved being here and in such comfort! The surroundings are awe inspiring and coming to special places like this make slogging in the city worthwhile!                                                     Allan and Cilla, Cape Town

Thank you Bronwyn and Colin. We had a wonderful weekend, despite the freezing cold weather – and all this in the Karoo! Thought I would quote a poem by Ruth Everson, as it seemed appropriate.                                                                                            Much love, Duncan and Clare, Knysna.

Stone Beat                                                               There is earth in this dust                                                                                             In the sand-soft shifting                                                                                                        There is weight                                                                                                             In each, each grain is grit                                                                                                        There is water in this stone                                                                                           Quietly hollowing towards surface                                                                                        It slips through arthritic cracks                                                                                            Drop by drop                                                                                                                 Grain by grain                                                                                                               A moment of meeting                                                                                                   An elemental twitch                                                                                                           And earth is flesh                                                                                                                     And stone is beating

Ruth Everson

The final wow was the sprinkling of snow on the top peaks.

This was joyful, peaceful, beautiful, cheerful, thankful. And that’s how we are going back…’FULL!’ Thanks, yet again, for letting us share this awesome spot and part of the world. We’ll be back! God bless you and yours. Shalom.                                                       Riaan and Vlam, Riversdale.

What a piece of paradise! Our four days left like one – batteries recharged! We look forward to our Summer visit – to enjoy the swims and all that the heat may bring. You have created a superb getaway. “Thank you” does really not seem enough!                         Eric and Gill

May 2012

Hi Bronwyn, Many thanks for everything. You and your family have got something very special here. Thanks for sharing it. We’ll be back – we’ve left many things we still want to do! Keep well. Janet and John, May 2012

Sitting here, having a glass of 2007 Temprinillo, watching the stars, my music (as well as the night life) in the back round of my thoughts – clarity – friendly Jock (yes, the dog) lying next to me…Does life get any better? Owl hoots in the background, crickets chirping. The silence and good red wine give me time to rediscover myself. The spectacular view, fresh air and awe inspiring surroundings help. Three more days until I am thirty! This trip to the River View Cottages is a combo of my dad, Dave’s 62nd birthday and mine, I couldn’t think of any other way to better spend this time than here. I may fill more pages – apologies for being a ‘page hog’. If, however, I do not…Thank you to the Lumb family and to the Symm family (my mom and dad) for this humbling journey.                                          Leanne, May 2012

Die grootheid van God is hier so sigbaar en is ons dankbaar dat ons hier kan oorbly! Ons kom weer en dan bly ons langer in jully pragtige huisies.                            Koos en Jan, May 2012

 

Ons het gisteraand laat hier aangekom…moeg na ‘n ‘hectic’ week. ‘n ‘Juggeling act’ tussen twee werke, huis, twee seuns op universiteit, man, honde, katte, visse, ens, ens…      Met die intrap-slag hier by River View Cottages, kon ons sommer voel hoe God ons vul met rustigheid en nuwe krag. Net wat die dokter ‘ge-order’ het! Die cottage is stunning! Eenvoudig, maar so stylvol…jy het niks meer nodig as dit en die lieflike Karoo hier om jou nie. ‘Beautiful!’

Na ‘n heerlike nagrus wod ek wakker met die ‘getjirp’ van voeltjies en waar ek nou op die soep sit en my oe opslaan na die prentjie wat God vir my skilder, voel ek klein in ons slepper se Grootheid en Almag, maar so geseend om hier to kan wees en die wonderlike rustigheid en skoonheid te kan geniet. Colin en Bronwyn, dankie dat jully hierdie stukkie skoonheid van ons Hemelse Vader ook met ander mense deel! May God bless you always and also everybody that comes to stay in your lovely cottages! Ons kom terug…en vogende keer, met ons seuns en hul ‘girlfriends’! PS Jock is the best…even growling for you Bronwyn, his ‘mamma’ to protect me and his territory, the cottages…so sweet!                                              Marius and Hesre, May 2012

Hi Colin and Bronwyn, did not have a chance of meeting with you, but many, many thanks for a wonderful stay! Indeed appreciated! The accommodation was excellent. We really love your decor…and the majestic Karoo! We will be back!                      Marius, May 2012

* I refer to 8/9/11 – still the same smile and big welcome from Jock. See you again next festival.                                                               Brian and Shirley, May 2012

April 2012

The best weekend away from the ‘real’ world. The River View Cottages are the best way to clear the mind and re-connect with your soul. I planned a surprise weekend for my boyfriend, never knowing or expecting it to be such a fantastic experience. We did the cliff’s edge walk and Jock was our guardian all the way. He is such an amazing, fun, loving dog with an extraordinary personality. We had an amazing time and will miss it so, so, so much! Thank you for your warm welcome – be sure to see us again in the very near future.                                                  Charmaine and Eugene, April 2012.

Beautiful place to stay (we’d love to try it when it’s older too). I think I overdosed on Vanity Fair!                     Mark and Rodrik, April 2012.

Fantastic place, awesome views, brilliant sunsets and rises, lovely bird life, Jock, peaceful – we just loved being here with our daughter (from JHB), how she battled initially to the lack of pace in life – but leaves totally refreshed and ready to face life in the fast lane again. Our sort of place and we’ll be back again! Thank you so much for the experience.                                      Dave and Rita, April 2012

Dear Bronwyn and family, Thank you once again for this soul enriching spot. Bronwyn – was lekker to see you again, you always make me smile. Keep well, blessed and loved. Hope to see you soon.             Ansa, April 2012.

Dear Bronwyn, We had a wonderful stay on your farm. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is really a place that touches the soul. Keep well.                                       Adel, April 2012
 
Thank you for a lovely weekend. Had a great rest with an amazing view. We will be back!                       Heidi and Cornelius, April 2012.
 
We like your wonderful and peaceful place here tucked in the Matjiesvlei valley. Thanks to Bjorn who advised us to stay here with you. We like Jock and your Land Rover! Best regards.                                       Rob and Els, April 2012.
 
Rustigheid en stilte! Net wat ons nodig gehad het, ‘n wonderlike twee dae.                                 John en Isabella, April 2012.
 
Thank you for this wonderful place. It was a privilege being able to come here. Jock became an instant friend! We will be back for longer.                                Wally and Jorika, April 2012
 
Wow! What a sublemely serene, tranquil and peaceful place. It’s so quiet it’s almost loud! Even though the weather was not its kindest, we managed to do some short hikes – and got wet in the process! No matter – the views, the incredible array of plants, colours and textures certainly make up for inclement weather! We took so many photos! Not only did Jock come to visit, but we had a tortoise who came to munch on the foliage right in front of the patio. Oh, we also met your beautiful, young grey ‘tiger’ cat who was quite unpeturbed by Jock’s indignant barking – Jock was jealous we’d steal his affections! Such a cool cat! The coldish weather gave us a chance to explore your little library – wow – something for everyone! Thanks for the great stay. We’ll be back!                                           Di, April 2012.
 
Wonderful, peaceful place. Silence and space allowed various loose things in my head to click into place. Highly recommend the walk up and around the mountains starting behind the cottages. Great views! Amazing variety of flora, etc. First evening we had fantastic warm breezes. Other days more cold, but the cottage is very comfy and well appointed. Forget Jock, I like the silver tabby. Cats rule! Hate to have to leave so soon, but we will definitely be back. Well worth the drive from Cape Town. Thanks Bronwyn and Colin.                                                      Graham (with Di), April 2012.
 
A piece of heaven!                         Andre and Anita, April 2012.
 
What a fantastic venue to switch of and appreciate the natural beauty (and Jock). No luck fishing but enjoyed the attempts.                        Neil and Jani, April 2012.
 
Esto si que es vida! Cuando nuestra hija Sara nos dijo que habia obtenido una plaza de intercambio en las Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, poro podiamos imaginon que un dis estrariamos aqui. Turisnos las sportrepidad de renir hasta aqui y estamos desculoriendo un pais del que no conseiamos nada. Tan legos de nuestro pais…9000km. La pazy tranquilidad de este lugen te llena los vacios de la ide quotidiano gracias.                          Familia Navarro Aubanell, April 2012.
 
What a wonderful relaxing stay was had by all in this beautiful retreat. The walks were so interesting with the vistas and beautiful flora plus the great fishing and unbelievable skies at night. We thank you Bronwyn for allowing us to share your little bit of paradise with you and I’m sure we will be regular visitors.                                   Anne and Billy, April 2012.
 
Dear Bronwyn and family, Thank you so much for sharing this creaion of God with others. He has a reason for sending me here. God bless.                    Charles, April 2012.
 
Thank you for this wonderful cottage. We had a great time here and our travel guide, Jock, was fantastic. We really felt like we were at home! When we visit SA the next time, we’ll surely be back.                            Claire and Tim, April 2012.
 
 
 
 

March 2012

We saw this little book as we were leaving – would have loved to have read more of what everybody said. Such utter poetry! And that is what this piece of paradise inspires – a feeling of poetry.                                                                                     Chris and Haley, March 2012.

We give thanks to our wonderful hosts for the welcome and the hospitality, and all Glory to God for the abundance of beauty and wonder. What a fantastic stopover, never to be forgottten.                                                                            Martin and Lesley, March 2012.

We can only echo what others have already said – a great discovery of this lovely area and peaceful valley.We enjoyed it so much, one of us watching the birds, the other exploring the books – possibly unique as a holiday house in providing a life of Wittgenstein! Many thanks.                                                                                                 Robin and Celia, March 2012.                                                                                                                                                        PS. Thank you Jock for looking after us.                                                                             PPS. This place so exemplifies the maxim that Less is More.

Inspiration taken from the magic of the majesty of Matjiesvlei and a little John Denver – Country Roads:                                                                                                             Almost heaven, Western Cottage, Marble Mountains, Rolling Gamka River. Time stood still here, In the magic of the trees, In he mystery of the mountains, And the whispers of the breeze. Country Roads, Took me there, There where magic’s everywhere, River Farm, Majestic mountains, Country Roads, brought me here. I hear the wonder of the morning, how it calls me, Rising up to welcome more magic in the day. Now we are left wondering, how will we leave? When we only got here yesterday, yesterday…Country Roads, bring us back, To where the river runs a track. Our sad goodbyes leave us blue, to Mr Gecko, and tortoise too, As one last time we admire the view, How we’ll miss this, through and through. The place of regal rock, and the friendly faithful Jock. Who looks on sadly as we pack, Country Roads, please bring us back.                                                    Thank you for the magic. Best wishes.                                                                           Kalinka and Craig, March 2012.

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE:

Hi Bronwyn
We have just got home. Had an amazing time…kids loved everything especially swimming in the river and the raft. I love the late afternoons and the total peace and quiet. We are also stuck out here but somehow the Karoo is so, so different. The grannies loved it too..especially my mom who walked all over the show…she wants to come when the aloes are at their most beautiful. Would like to come with her and the kids when the aloes are in bloom…let us know. Thank you for a wonderful two days.                                  Claire, Jake and family, March 2012.

Anna fell in love with Jock

A special place

Jake, Landon, Holly and Jock on the river.

Girls let go of line...dad to the rescue

February 2012

Just a wonderfully relaxing stay, too short! Two Canadians enjoyed every minute.                Rob and Colleen, February 2012.

This is not a stopover. The minute you arrive you know you never going to be ready to leave. Living proof that less is more and simple is super. Quality of life is everything…the view, the tortoise, the river, the silence!                                                        Don and Sue, February 2012.

Two reasons that made it almost impossible to leave: The place: wonderful, magical, spiritual, peaceful; Jock: a true friend. Thank you for sharing both and for your great hospitality – our stay exceeded all our expectations!                                                                                                   Irina and Michael, February 2012.

Sam's photo of Carlos

A privilege to visit this exquisite corner of this beautiful country – the vivid memories of Matjiesvlei will sustain us until we can come back for more.                                                 Michael and Jan, February 2012.

Carlos' photo of Sam at Buffelsdrift (50km drive from The River Farm)

We came back and could have stayed forever! This is the most amazing, most magical and truly inspiring place we’ve been to. Thank you so much for welcoming us back – it’s been wonderful!!!                                              Irina and Michael, February 2012

Sam and Carlos' photo of the Nguni cattle on The River Farm

Just a wonderfully relaxing stay, too short! Two Canadians enjoyed every minute.                Rob and Colleen, February 2012.

We had a short stay and were very lucky with the cool weather. Instead of fishing and swimming we decided to look around in the area and drove the Seweweeks Poort. Beautiful! Thanks Bronwyn and Colin.                               Jan and Inje, February 2012.

After our first night, we felt two nights was not enough to fully appreciate this exquisite location. Immediately we asked to stay one more night. Now we are about to depart and with a heavy heart we leave. We swam, we sat under the stars, we paddled, we made a bonfire. We talked, we discussed and we grew a little closer. The isolation and remoteness of the cottages really makes you stop, think and embrace what is immediately around you. The silence was at times deafening but it is something we are so afraid of in our ordinary lives. You learn to appreciate it here and bask in its space. Space and silence. We filled our space and silence at times with laughs and embraces and kisses. Memories here will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. Jock: we love you. Fell like our dog. Never forget you diving into the water after us in the canoe. Every step of the were there. We will miss you, pup!                                                 Bjorn and Johanna, February 2012.

Tips: Bring a game: we played Rumikiet every night; something to sit on by the bonfire and watch the stars – the wooden chairs were hard after a few minutes; a spatula – makes cooking a lot easier; a fan – we had some hot nights here. BUT all in all, this place is perfect!!!                    Bjorn and Johanna, February 2012.

Thanks for the tips – much appreciated. The spatula has been replaced; cushions are in place; and we have eventually found great standing fans for the cottages, that are both quiet and effective.                                        Kind regards, Bronwyn – The River Farm

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE:

Visiting the River Farm has been a pleasure and so relaxing – hiking on the beautiful trails, swimming and canoeing on the river, viewing stunning sunsets with the mountains all around – and staying in The Old School House made it all complete. Thank you for sharing all this (and the stone work too) with us!                                             Jerry, Jane and Emma, February 2012.

Such fun, love The Old School House. Here from Boston, MA, happy to be visiting SA.             Beth and Jay, February 2012

January 2012

Thank you! Had a gorgeous time. Made my Attakwas even better. I cannot stay tonight as well – but will be back soon as always. Take care xxx                                Ansa, January 2012.

Dit was baie lekker, soos altyd. Dankie.                                Wilfred and Elize, January 2012.

Hot! But beautiful and peaceful. Love the views. Lots of wildlife on our walks and rides (mongoose, mice, hare, tortoise, gemsbok, fish, black-backed jackal and lots of birds). Oh and a dog! Thanks.                                 PS. A fan might be nice in the bedroom and a sheet (too hot for a duvet!)                                  Cheryl and Jason, January 2012.

Perhaps we never truly recover from the loss of a loved one, but a mountain can remind us of our own impermanence, nature can remind us of the wonder and continuity of life, and a river can carry away a few of our tears.                                                               A dear father and his two sons found some peace and healing here. Thank you.                                                                   January, 2012.

Thanks Bronwyn, You’re very kind. I hope to be back here some day and will show all my friends in Cape Town and London the photo’s so I’m sure you’ll be seeing a few! Best wishes, Ray.                                         January 2012.

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE

Hi Bronwyn, Thanks for an amazing stay. We loved your place and Jock. See you soon.   Anne, Sophie and everybody, January 2012.

We had a fantastic time here! Enjoyed the books, lovely swims and walks (some could be a little better marked) and very warm and friendly hosts! Thank you and Happy New Year!                               Toby and Ashleigh, January 2012.

Thank you for a lovely stay! We loved The Old School House and had a most wonderful swim in the river. We definitely hope to come back again, when we can stay for longer!        Sharone, Matt and Mira, January 2012.

Thanks a lot Bronwyn! Great stay, great view, place ambience, etc. Wonderful dog Jock, joined me for long run into the kloof! Fantastic!                           Shalk, Julita, Chardonnay and Rozanne, January 2012.

Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing retreat! We loved The Old School House and hope to return soon!               Cynthia and Erica, January 2012.

 

On arrival we were greeted with peace and quiet, nothing but beautiful Karoo scenery and a cosy, rather modern cottage with lovely finishes. We enjoyed our walks with ‘Jock’. Enjoyed watching Bronwyn and family take a leisurely drive on their tractor and trailer with kids, and Greyhounds following behind – it is lovely to see them relax too! We really, really loved the stay. The only little problem we had was the comfort of a too soft mattress that had us aching the following day. We would love to return even for long weekends often, but the mattresses need serious attention. Further more this getaway deserves a 10-out-of-10 rating and I wish them all the best with their little paradise. Thank you so much for a beautiful stay and I hope you let us know when you get comfy mattresses, and we sure will be back in a jiffy.
Birgit

We would love to visit again, but for longer. It is beautiful there. Bronwyn is very friendly and helpful. The mattress was a bit soft – maybe you can look at that. No other complaints.
Marina

Thanks, Birgit and Marina. We have replaced the mattresses with new ones! Kind regards,
Bronwyn