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Ivana V
Johannesburg, South Africa

PARADISE PERFECTION

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 02 Nov 2015
We found our paradise in the middle of the Karoo. WOW WOW WOW .... What an amazing place. If you are looking to leave life behind you, you need to go to this farm.
The architecture and the finishes were not spared AT ALL, & it doesn't end there. The hospitality of Chantelle and staff was really incredible. Nothing was too much for them. The little gestures came so naturally that it really was sooo wonderful to be spoilt. We asked for some veggies (you can pick as much as you want or they will do it for you, from their "veggie patch") Chantelle displayed the veggies in such away we could have eaten them off the plate ... raw !!!
She even made us a homemade garlic infused goats cheese. We landed up eating the entire cheese in one night!!!
The tranquility of this place was pure bliss. We walked for hours through the farm and each turn was just mouth dropping gorgeous.
We stayed at Cooks cottage but Chantelle was kind enough to show us all the other Cottages and to be honest, i would like to try each one. A lot of thought went into each cottage, with exquisite taste and very cleverly designed.
This place can be just for you and your partner as a romantic getaway but i would definitely go with my kids. I know my kids would have LOVED to be with us. There is so much to do with your kids - fishing, swimming in the dams, playing with the farm animals. If you want to show your kids what life should be about instead of tv, ipads etc - you must take them.
We came across 2 HUGE tortoises, - it was amazing to see. There was so many other farm animals including piglets - ADORABLE .... I will be posting my pics - watch this space ...

True hospitality, worth every cent and let me not forget to mention the olive oil...it is DIVINE .... we were there for the first harvest of the season,for the olive oil. Which was an incredible experience on its own...Chantelle and her husband didn't mind us hanging around while they started the machines up etc and in fact still had the time to teach us about the making, the uses etc. I have a new respect for Olive Oil and wont use anything else now. (I order every month from Lara the travel agent i booked this place with, she will sell to you directly - including an amazing olive oil and lavender scrub that is made on the farm - they give you a jar as a gift - i have gone through so many jars and buy as gifts for friends).
P.S I have traveled all my life and to be honest this is one of the most beautiful places i have stayed at... we definitely will be staying there again ... and again....and again.
Date of stay: September 2015
Room Tip: each of the cottages were equally stunning .... will be trying ALL
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

Spoilt!! That is how we felt when we spend a romantic longweekend on Vrisch Gewagt farm. The cottage (Hannes), was pretty, cosy (..read fireplace in bedroom..on a Winter weekend), very clean and surrounded by Karoo vegetation visible from all windows, (of which there were many and which added to the openness, of the cottage...and of soul). We wandered aimlessly for long distances on gravel roads (free reign), and rested next to the farm dams on well build jetties, ideal for picnics and those personal conversations that are sometimes neglected in the hurly burly of everyday life but oh so necessary. The privacy was a luxury in itself. The personal attention and arrangements by Lara (booking ect) and Chantal (on the farm itself), made a superb weekend possible with even small requests accommodated with an always visible smile. If it is relaxation you need or the need to re-kindle intimacy with a loved one..look no further.

Room tip: Select cottage carefully, some private, others not completely.
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

We stayed in Cook's Cottage for 5 nights -and could have stayed longer! The peace and quiet of the area was wonderful. The vistas of olive trees, mountains and veld added to the wonderful restorative qualities of the Karoo.
The cottage was beautiful. However, better cooking utensils would have been nice to have.
The home grown produce was really worth it! We left with enough olives in bottles to last us a very long time!

Date of stay: April 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2023 via mobile
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Date of stay: January 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2019
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Date of stay: February 2019
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