December 2011

Excellent!!! Wish we could have this peaceful relaxing lifestyle everyday! Thanks to Bronwyn and family. Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year.                                                                Leona and Henry, December 2011.

Awesome! Wow! I could hear God’s voice, my thoughts, peace, joy. And all this by simply being quiet. Will definitely be back!                                                 Riaan and Vlam, December 2011.

Next year I’ll be a 6year medical student. There is someone new in my life and I am excited about all the possibilities! I feel like I’m on the brink of something great! But it’s gonna cost me – my time, my energy, my love…my life.                                                  This house and farm was a place for me to quiet my soul and relax into this ‘unknowing phase’ in my life. I reached a point, under the stars, and I told God, “I am ready.”        Hane, December 2011.

Very sorry to be leaving this very special place today. It has been a wonderful, relaxing break spent with all my family dotted in houses across the valley. Fantastic to spend time together and equally wonderful to retreat back to Southern River View Cottage for a bit of quiet and lazy afternoons on the stoep. Thank you! Happy New Year!                    Paula, December 2011.

Two nights is not enough time to spend here! Dear Bronwyn and Colin, You two have fabulous things going here with these cottages. Thank you for sharing your wonderful piece of the Karoo with us. It was just what Colin and I needed as a R&R spot on our honeymoon.                                                                              Jen and Colin, December 2011.

I cannot fully express how wonderful my time here has been. The humdrum world has gone away and I am filled with a wonderful natural world of silence, peace and tranquility. The location is manna from heaven to my soul. A fantastic introduction to SA for a wondering Brit. As Jenneke has said, “we will be back,” and I can’t wait. Apart from all the beauty around me, I am very impressed by the very high quality of our accommodation. It is complete and wanting nothing, apart from a broom, LOL. My sincere congratulations to you both in providing such wonderful accommodation. Both very professional and and very homely. Our profound thanks.                                  Colin (disillusioned Brit) and Jenneke (SA farm girl), December 2011.

If you believe in heaven and magic is your charm, go to the Swartberg mountains to a place called the River View farm. “The landscape of the soul.”                          Philimon, December 2011.

If for a moment, you centre your thoughts and concentrate over the sights, sounds, smells that your are experiencing right now, you will find your inner bliss! How very privileged are we who are able to be in such a place, to throw off our city cares and stress, and to let this wonderful experience seep through our pores. Thank you to our hosts for allowing us to share in their little piece of heaven. May you continue forward, blesses by all that surrounds you. We will certainly take with us, a bit of this heaven, in our hearts!                                             Piet and Ronin, December 2011.

This is the perfect place to practice the ‘Power of Now’ (on the bookshelf). Forget about yesterday and forget about tomorrow. Never mind what happened an hour ago, don’t worry about what you will be doing in an hours time. You can’t change the past you don’t know what the future will bring. Sit, look, listen to the sounds of nature, listen to your breathing. What a blissful place and moment for your mind, body and soul.             Elke, December 2011.

This place speaks to my soul. You find a calmness here which is bliss to us city folks! Awesome view! The cottage is beautiful and we had a lovely stay! Jock is a sweetie. Enjoy the valley and nature – you are so lucky.                                      Daleen and Bossie, December 2011.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to be back at the River View Cottages. Walking, cycling, swimming and relaxing. I was so glad to see my good canine companion Jock again. He embodies the spirit of this special place. Thanks again for excellent accommodation, wonderful hospitality and a spectacular view! We will be back again.                         Erin and Matt, December 2011.

Exquisite, bellisimo- Thank you!        December 2011.

What a wonderful discovery. You are privileged to enjoy this beauty permanently. We love the cosiness, the cleanliness, the scenery. If we find any fault it’s the bed – too small and too soft. Thanks for the great stay!                                                   Glynn and Bebe, December 2011.

Thank you for letting us know, Glynn. We have replaced the bed with a new one! Kind regards, Bronwyn.      December 2011.

An absolutely amazing place to welcome the New Year! Awesome: Tranquility, view, river, mountains, stars. A magical place. Thanks for having us here!                            Arit and Mardince, December 2011.

This was the third leg of our holiday – Garden Route, Eastern Cape game reserve and now Little Karoo. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, in this well presented cottage. The bird life was good, and we saw several new ones. The view from the stoep is something special. Thank you for a taste of Karoo farm life.                                      Clive and Sandy, December 2011.

The road that brought us here: a dream. The cottage (simple but stylish), the valley, the river, the mountains, the fireplace, the stars, the early morning: A fairytale.                   Joost and Ingrid, December, 2011.

Dear Colin and Bronwyn, Thanks for a lovely stay on your beautiful farm! Aesthetics met  with great approval from two architects and the setting is perfect. Thanks for capturing our gecko residents and thanks for the crate! Love to Jock!                          Rose and Morne, December 2011.

What a wonderful stay we had in the Karoo – beautiful views, excellent accommodation and equipped magnificently. Thank you very much.                                             David and Miranda, December 2011.

Just a quick note to say that Nicholas and I had such a lovely stay at River View last week. The peace and beauty were just what we needed.We also enjoyed the ever present company of Jock who followed us on our walks, for our swims and even tried to hitch a ride in the canoe. I am attaching 2 Photos I took of him which I thought you might like. I have a Jack Russel myself and know just what characters these dogs are.

Michelle's picture of Jock

Michelle's picture of Jock

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful place.                                 Theo and Ille, December 2011.

Dear Bronwyn and Colin, We had wonderful, peaceful days here and enjoyed it most. Thank you for combining this beautiful place with good taste and positive vibes and Jock!                           Ille, Theo and Fritz, December 2011.

Hi Bronwyn, My husband and I stayed at your West Cottage on 29 and 30 Des, and I really just want to take the time to say thank you for the lovely time we had! We did a road trip in the Karoo and went to Buffelsdrift (4 star) in Oudtshoorn for New Year, but I can honestly say that River View is my top pick! We had such a relaxing get-away, swam like two children, rested out like we haven’t done in ages and it was fabulous! I wanted to pop by to pay you in person, but then the laziness crept in as I laid on the hammock and I just could not get up! I have posted about your accommodation on FaceBook and will really recommend River View! What a stunning little gem! So neat, tidy and clean! We will be back!! Big kiss to Jock for me! Love, Hilde.                                   December 2011.

Dear Bronwyn & Collin, When Theo & Ille asked me to join them, I halfheartedly said ok, let’s see, maybe, and so on…………and then we arrived and I set on the stoep of MY cottage and I felt @ home like never before….In german we say; atemberaubend, and even such a big word is not enough! Studied, meditated, philosophized, and decided to water your Kareeboom at the hottest time of the day and thereby causing your tank to run dry and giving Collin the headache of a lifetime, not to speak of the rather unloving remarks of my then not so friendly friends. Thank you both for a more than wonderful time. Kind regards, Fritz, also known as Philimon.                             December 2011.

Dear Bronwyn, I am sending this email as we didn’t get a chance to see you again and we want you to know just how much we were blown away by our stay. The cottage was divine and the views to die for! Both mornings I was up early to enjoy the quiet and the way the shadows on the mountains constantly changed the vistas. It was quite magical. We also enjoyed visits from two very friendly little dogs who came to say hello a few times. Also a special treat for us was the little nest above our stoep light with 3 babies in it. We never tired of watching the 2 very hard-working parents constantly feeding them. Our opinion was that they looked large enough to be booted out but were cashing in on the goodwill of their parents! It reminded us of our own child-rearing!! Anyway, once again, thank you for letting us share in your little bit of heaven. We hope to come back in the winter, when hopefully we’ll see some snow. Regards, Ronni.                                                                               December 2011.


November 2011

Barry came, fished and caught 20 Carp, 10 Yellowfish and 1 Eel

Carp, Yellowfish and an Eel

Idyllic! 10/10. Beautiful cottage in superb river setting. Excellent fishing – 80 carp, 30 yellowfish. Birding also excellent. Lovely Jock with us 24/7. Thanks Bronwyn. We’ll be back.                                                                             Tony and Barbara, Western RVC, November 2011.

Fortuitous, lucky, born to be, that’s how we found ourselves, here in a valley of lushness, greenery and serenity. Beyond, the mountains guard this treasure. How blessed are we to stumble on Matjesvlei.                                                                                                         Barbara and Tony, Southern RVC, November 2011.

A chemical free solution to the stress of my everyday life! Loved it.                                                                    Fred, November 2011

The river first thing this morning

A big thank you for the food rescue at the end of a long journey here to this beautiful spot. Birds and plants of huge variety and interest. Thank you for your kind hospitality.                                                                        Jean, November 2011.

Dear Bronwyn and Colin, Thank you very much for making us feel so welcome.                                                                Stephen and Jean, November 2011.


What a surprise to find after the last 7km, this lovely place. I’ll never forget!                                    Kornelia, November 2011.

Hierdie was ‘n great stop. Die uitsig, die verskeidenheid woels, die riveir, die klanke, lig spel van die dag se begin en einde en die magtige berg…en dan die gasvryheid!                    Cornie en Elsie, November 2011.

We fell in love with the pictures on the internet. Now that we are here it becomes reality. We had a lovely time.                                                                                       Nico, Yoneke and Kornelia, November 2011.

October 2011

We loved the design, we loved the decor, the stillness, the view, the bright stars and welcome by Jock. All in all, a little bit of a paradise in the Karoo.                                          Alan and Marlene, October 2011.

We feel you must be soul mates! The books we have read – all the care in the detail. The friendly gentle Jock – first Jack Russell x I have ever met that is obedient! Well done! A million thanks for this miraculous spot!                                                                              Margie and Gus, October 2011.

Thank you for everything. We had a wonderful stay. You have a stunning place and it will be a privilege to visit you again.                                                                                   Janus and Corli, October 2011.

Thank you for a wonderful stay. I am quite envious that you get to spend every waking day in such unspoilt land. Robert, an architect not given to easy compliments, thought the cottage a gem. He loved the way it had been finished, how all the parts “worked” together so well.                                                                                                              Gideon and Robert, October 2011.

Beautiful tranquil place. We came, we saw, we left, but we will be back again to do some fishing. You have an awesome place.                                                                               The Thiarts, October 2011.

Such a special space! Your passion is clearly noticable in every detail in and around the cottage. Being here I had a very strong urge to create. Thank you for sharing this magical place.                                                                                                                  Arsa, October 2011.

Quite a ! And quite a place – one that leaves us with a monster problem – one that we can possibly only solve by returning here – hopefully, very soon!                                          Royden and Robin, October 2011.

Dis pragtig hier en alles is so netjies versorg. Baie dankie.                                                                                                    Hans en Alta, October 2011.

Baie dankie vir alles, dit is  pragtig hier en ons gaan verseker weer kom.                                                                             Anel en Hugo, October 2011.

What an incredible place this is. Beautiful setting and gorgeous cottages. Your care in every detail, from the simple yet stylish interiors, to the beautifully set out trails was a pleasure to experience. We haven’t been this relaxed in years.                                          Bridget and Ryan, October 2011.

Breathtaking! Watching as the sun wakes and casts different shadows and shades over the mountains, what a way to wake up. Very jealous of Colin’s morning routine – we pack into a confined air conditioned building, torturing ourselves on electronic  devices to burn off extra calories and get fit, Colin grabs the Greyhounds, runs along the river and then dives in for a few laps – Virgin Active could learn from you Mr Lumb. Thank you for restoring our souls, we leave our hearts in this valley. Jock is my love. Jock4eva.                Sam and Carlos, October 2011.

Amazing. Life’s simplest pleasures are the greatest.                                                                                                                         Justin and Keren, October 2011.

As fellow guest house owners, what a pleasure to arrive in such a clean comfortable and well equipped unit. This spot is food for the sole! We will definitely recommend River View Cottages to all our guests travelling the R62. Jock was a welcome companion.              Jan and Erika, October 2011.

The cottage. The View. The books (& magazines). All exceed expectations. A superb four days of R and R (with Jock in tow)!                                                                                     Mike and Janet, October 2011.

The Old School House: What a wonderful time of the year to visit our spiritual home! The flowers, bird an animal life are spectacular. As we drove into the valley along the rather long 7km driveway, worries and city like melted away – Thank you for the rejuvenation, the fresh air, the warmth of the Lumb clan (including the four legged) and for the treasured memories. Love Always.                                                                            Sam and Carlos, October 2011.

The Old School House: Wonderful three nights that felt like time suspended; best way to forget about town stresses. Lovely rain-filled day spent puzzling and gazing onto folding green mountain vistas framed by sash windows. Then sunny day spent rowing and getting happily lost on the School Children’s walk. Jock a constant companion. Be back!                                                                                                                                 Stef, Cindy, Annabelle and Louisa, October 2011.

The Old School House: Loved being here, once again. Definitely planning to stay longer next time. And another hike?                                                                                    Pim and Thera, October 2011.

The Old School House: The School House and the farm are like a precious gem, one that we will be back to visit again. We had a fantastic time, thank you!                               Neil, Lorren and Eryn, October 2011.

Proteles cristatusNocturnal Aardwolf – Caught on the Cape Leopard                                              Project camera in the River Farm veld

September 2011

We don’t read poetry, but we do read books. We like to travel to far away nooks. Tis many a mile to the emerald Isle, but nothing compares to Bronwyn’s smile.                    See you again.                                                                                                          Brian and Shirley, September 2011.

Superb spot! Wish we had planned for longer, but will definitely come back.                                                                                      Bev and Brian, September 2011.

Nogwaals baie dankie. Dit was ons derde keer en julle gaan ons hopelik nog baie sien.                                                                      Wilfred and Elize, September 2011.

Another blissful three days – and reunion with Jock! Thanks Colin and Bronwyn.                                                                          Joe and Marge, September 2011.

Magnificent sunset, dazzling flowers, sublime views, peace and tranquility – all nature can provide, but Bronwyn and Colin provided even more. Great hospitality and very willing helpfulness! Many thanks for everything.                                                                Jeff and Carol, September 2011.

Thanks once again for an awesome stay. You will see more and more of us. We found our little peace of heaven. Thanks for sharing.                                                                  DJ and Elaine, September 2011.

Speechless! No matter how long one stays it’s too short. In gratitude.                                                                                          Harold and Anja, September 2011.

The Old School House: Amazing place – Just loved our stay. Thank you.                                                                             Stella and Michael, September 2011.

The Old School House: A wonderful find. Not finding Melinda, Bronwyn made us welcome. It was meant to be! The Old School House brought on childhood memories each telling their stories round the fire in a blissful eveing. A night to treasure. Thank you, Colin and Bronwyn.                                                                                                                  Bert and Norma, September 2011.

July 2011

“This morning as we woke, an eagle called our name; the crow answered back…and somehow our soul feels no more the same.” Us.                                               Thanking you for opening your doors to travellers like us, always looking for a place that is calm, relaxing and as beautiful as God intended nature to be. A place where couples can re-connect and enjoy being together with the only distraction, true ‘Little Karoo’ – beauty…and the occasional sound from our friend, Jock! Seeing you again soon.                                                The Bosch’e, July 2011

Baie dankie vir die lekker tydjie. Dit was Hemel op aarde. Ons het dit regtig baie geniet. Die stilte was die beste. Dan praat ek nie eers van die natuurskoon. Ek het gister die eerste keer in 40 jaar het ek the roep van die visarend gehoor dit het so baie van my kinderdaie terug gebring. Baie dankie aan River View moet dit nooit verander.                                    Flas en Barbara, July 2011.

Awesome place, good energies and tranquility. Good books, love the views, will be back.        Riaan, July 2011.

Besonderse mense en beonderse plek!                    D&M, July 2011.

‘n Fantastiese naweek, te vinnig verby! 500 foto’s verder en ons sal dit beslis nie vergeet…Vredevolle, sielsrus, salig na aan ons skepper ‘n naweek net soos ons gevra het. “I’ve been followed by a moon shadow…Leaping and hopping in a moonshadow”. Julle sal ons weer sien!                                                                                                                Bertus en Lizette, July 2011.

Die grootsheid van die indrukwekkende omgewing, die speling in lig en teksture, die baldadigheid van die aalwyne in blom, die detail van die Moraeas, die bokhorinkies en die kappiesblomme, die voelgesang en die vrygewigheid en deurdagtheid van hulle wat die onderdak geskep het, maak die ‘n onvergeetlike ervaring. Ons se baie dankie.                                           Christo en Irma, July 2011

We think this is the most beautiful and tranquil place we’ve ever stayed in. The aloes and succulents are in full flower at this time and are incredibly fantastic. The stars at night look close enough to reach out to and touch. We’ve so enjoyed our walking and birding – two newies for us were the fairy flycatcher and the yellow fronted sparrow. Seeing the fish eagles and hearing their call reminded us of our life in Malawi. It has been lovely here – thank you.                                                                                                Tom and Regine, July 2011.

Baie dankie dat ons in hierdie plek kon deel. Ons hoop om gou weer te kom en teen dan sal ons, ons baba dogertjie die plek kan kom wys.                                                                  Lara en Riaan, July 2011.

First impressions: A hidden valley with history, not only mountains, views, a river, but a place discovered through adventure by pioneers that found a place of abundance. Soft moonlight, a peaceful noisy stillness. Sounds, shadows, serenity. A perfect moment in time, captured (experienced) but never repeated. May our stay bring forth the important thoughts of reflection and inner soul finding. Only in this quietness can we hear our own true thoughts.

After thoughts: Time has come and gone. A cottage of image is all that remains. Mountains protecting us from the outside world. A river that gives life, entertainment, exercise. Changing colours – sunshine, shadows, moonlight. The movement of time captured within the confines of a small valley. A true piece of heaven – or as close as we can get on Earth.

Thanks: The books in the library is an exciting collection. The map with walks, etc. very nice touch. The hammock – perfect relaxation. The canoe – wonderful way to explore the river. Water from shower watering a tree – fantastic, briliant. For the enjoyable stay – thanks.                                                                                                                                       Grevile and Sharon, July 2011.

The Old School House: Bronwyn, Colin and boys, Thank you for a wonderful and peaceful three day stay. Words cannot describe how we experienced the silence, birdsong and sweet smell of veld and flowers. And then the amazing history of this building – What a privilege  for those who went to school here, and can come back to visit. Thank you Cole, for the fishing gear!                                                                         Alfie, Liezl, Roelof and Lara. July 2011.

The Old School House: Thanks for a wonderful few days! I found The Old School House online a couple of years ago and knew it would be great – it has taken us a few years to get here and it has exceeded all our expectations. A real gem! We will definitely be back.                                                                                                                            Kelvin, Belinda, Joel, Luke and Kyla. July 2011.

The Old School House: Had a great time – a special place to visit.                                   Molenaar and Joubert family. July 2011.

August 2011

Everything about this place were beyond our imagination and expectations. We felt welcome from the very first moment we arrived. Thanks, many thanks to you all, Bronwyn. And Jock, you are our darling. We are coming back. Blessings and warm regards.                                                                                                                                                             Ami and Christine. August 2011.

What an absolutely amazing experience! We were in awe yet again of God’s greatness through Nature, being in a valley with so much beauty and splender gave us such peace and tranquility. Beauty like this must be experienced. The snow capped mountains took our breath away. Thanks for making our experience convenient, simple and easy. No TV, no cellphone coverage and no radio was a blessing in disguise. We would recommend your cottages to anyone. Thanks. This was the perfect Winter getaway.                                                                 Brandon and Madre, August 2011.

Too short. Will be back for longer.                                                                                                                                   Lourens and Marina, August 2011

The Old School House: What a super place! We had a wonderful time. We hope to visit again. Thanks and regards.                                                                                          Foley family, August 2011.

The Old School House: Just checked our last entry that said “back soon” only to see it was dated Jan 2009! I suppose the new arrival kept us away. But Zane really loved it here and says ‘thanks’ for the extra dirt! A wonderful stay, as always, and this time we really will see you again soon!                                                                                           Becky, Kurt and Zane, Betsy and Floyd. August 2011.

June 2011

Sorry no poetry or artistic expression just ‘BLERRIE LEKKER’ Luv ja Jock.         Andre and Dianne, June 2011.

Ons kom die langste nag onder jully onbeskryflike sterrehemel befeef – baie danki vir jully moeite, liefde en geloof om hierdie wonderlike deel van ons land te versorg, te beskerm en met ander te deel! Krag toegewens!                                                                           Jurgen and Konstance, June 2011.

Fantasties! Baie dankie vir ‘n heerlike aand. Julle het weklik ‘n baie spesiale stukkie aarde. Hoop om julle gou weer te sien. Groete.                                                                  Willem and Alti, June 2011.

May 2011

We had a lovely stay, conveniently during the Port Festival! We really enjoyed this beautiful cottage and the surroundings. We’ll be back in the Summer!                                               Cisco and Lindi, May 2011.

We had a wonderful time – accommodation is excellent and port Festival was fun. Thought I was going to be extremely cold so loaded up on warm things but wasn’t necessary – well done, you cater for all. Thanks for everything.                                                                             Johan and Manon, May 2011.

We first came to this valley five years ago. Nothing has changed. Even on the rainy day of our arrival, we found it to be beautiful and intriguing. It’s the people and place to unwind, and Jock of course, is a splendid little companion.                                                                                              Mike and Sheil, May 2011.

Thank you for allowing us to experience the dream you live everyday, in the middle of nowhere, close to everywhere.                                                                                           Werner and Anne-Marie, May 2011.

Bronwyn – Such beauty. We loved our stay here and also found a best friend, Jock. Thank you.                                                                                                                        Bernadette and Gerrit, May 2011.

Baie Lekker gekuier, en ontspanning gehad van die woelige werks lewe. Was ‘n beleuris om Natuur te geniet.                                                                                                           Ed, Sakkie en Lara, May 2011.

A piece of heaven on Earth! Truly wonderful. Thanks Bronwyn.                                          Francois and Nicora, May 2011.

April 2011

So sorry to leave this paradise. What a wonderful experience, loved every moment. A glass of wine, cows mooing and a peacefulness like none other. A much needed rest. What an amazing getaway. Fell in love with Jock and Lawrence. Wanted to take them with us!                                                                                                                                                  Rosica and Rob, April 2011.

Colin, Bronwyn, Cole and Berkeley, Thank you for a very special time staying on your just-what-we’re-always-looking-for accommodation.                                                                                     Rob and Sally, April 2011.

Baie dankie dat ons weer by hierdie pragtige plek van julle kon bly, dis baie spesiaal. Dankie ook dat jully sulke pragtige mense is.                                                                                           Wilfred and Elize, April 2011.

Excellent after and before the stress of tests and life. A wish to stay longer, forever seems nice, but not forgetting the importance of enjoying one night away.                                                                            April 2011.

We lucked upon this beautiful place and we’re sure to return. One of the best nights away from home that we’ve had. We really appreciated all the little details. And definitely appreciated the bigger picture! Thanks and hope to see you soon!                                             Nick and Kiki, April 2011

This place is truly one of the nicest places I have stayed. The love put into it reminds me of home.                                                   Kiki, April 2011.

Beautiful surroundings, beautiful people and a beautiful dog! It was too short. Definitely coming back soon!                                                                                                                                                Dave and Tokkie, April 2011.

Thank you once again. We did a bit of walking this time and the land is beautiful when you’re up close to it – wonderful patterning and detail in the succulents and rocks. We’ll see you again soon. Jock was a delight. Thanks.                                                                                                         Pippa and Vic, April 2011.

Everyday so much to do and everyday all things are new and fresh and bright, like morning dew – That’s how things are, at River View.                                                       We had a great time! Thanks for sharing the magic.                                                                                                      David and Jane, 2011.

Different people have different views on what constitutes Paradise, River View comes very close to our ideal, with it’s majestic mountains, and flora. We spent our three days here, exploring all the local magnificent passes and poorts – Montagu, Robinson’s, Cloete, Rooiberg, Huisrivier, Seveweekspoort, and Bosluys down to Gamkapoort dam. Swartberg and Die Hel are still install for us (and Meiringspoort, too!).                                             We are keen lovers of birds an we saw a good variety here.                                             …Thanks to Bronwyn, Colin and Jock for your idyllic cottage and for making us so welcome here.                                                                                                                                                       Joe and Marge, April 2011.

Sjoe, wat ‘n uitsig! Ons sal beslis weer kom, kan nie alles gedoen en gesien kry in drie dae nie! Was gelukking om op ons laaste oggend sneeu op the bergtoppe te kry. Die hondjie is ‘n darling!                                                                                                                                                            Esmert, April 2011.

x3 BMW 1200 GS bikes, all the way from Durbs and Joeys, three intrepid drivers and two lady pillions – that’s us! On our way to CT. What an overnight stop! You offered us solace from the noise of our madness. Roaring fire – spaghetti bolognaise – thanks for the loan of your pots! Will be back – if only to see our dinner guest, Jock!                                                  Love John, Lol, Greg, Dave and Natasja, April 2011

Long overdue, our meeting. Your quest for a life out of the city, a place to allow your two delightful boys freedom to explore and be, is admirable. This is a very special spot with mountains, heat, cold, water, dryness and unique vegetation. A wonderful three days for Sandi and me. Thank you.                                                                                                           Peter and Sandi, April 2011.

Thank you once again for an unforgettable stay at this magical place. We’ll be back!                                                   Japie and Joyce, April 2011.

Not all people are able to feel or touch their inner souls…I challenge that notion in a place like this. The unbelievable peace that descends on your mind, body and soul in a place of such beauty is transfixing. Lying in the hammock, the icy breeze of a cold front blowing, wind gently breezing, cotton wool clouds and impenetrable silence…this is the most amazing peace I feel.   …Thank you for sharing your special place with us all, we are blessed.                                                                                                                         Greg, April 2011.

March 2012

Recipe for contentment: Add a night. Heat the fire until fire flames turn into yellow dancing men. Add a lot of awe. A pinch of imagination. Mix well together. Then leave on the stoep to rest. Arise to find a perfect River Cottage morning.                                                                         Stewart and Corlie, Narch 2012.

Baie, baie lekker en absoluut pargtig. Julle sien ons beslis weer.                                                     Wilfred and Elize, March 2012.

Time away from time. Tranquil quietness. A splash in the river. The warmth of a fire and a loved one. Thank you.                                                                                                            Andrew and Nicki, March 2012.

Happy Human Dights day everybody! Thank you – we enjoyed everything (including the great collection of books on the shelf!). Okay here is my attempt at writing something:    About: There is something about the mountains that make me feel small, there is something about water that makes me draw near, there is something about the quiet that makes me listen, there is something about life that makes me want to live, there is something about you that makes me me.                                                                                                                                          Hugo and Suzanne, March 2012.