Originally booked into Cottage 2 but were given a much bigger cottage on arrival - no 8. Cottage very roomy - 2 double beds, each with en suite, large living/dining/kitchen area, veranda at back not overlooked at all with stunning forward views to the hills etc. Situated in a picturesque hamlet with a large church in the centre.
Used the braai on 2 nights which was a great experience as it's not something we normally do in the UK. Add a decent bottle of wine and some fantastic dark starry skies, complete with several bats zooming around - pretty much perfect, though a bit warmer would have been ideal! Kitchen equipment was pretty spartan though sufficient - all seemed virtually new. Cottage was cleaned/made up each day, a nice touch when you're supposed to be self catering! Even had our car cleaned one day without even asking!! Blissfully quiet at night too.
Some lovely secenery around - we stayed 3 nights and did the meerkat trip (05:15 start though and about a 20 minute drive from Berluda to the start point but well worth it), the Cango Caves (very spectacular). Oudsthoom, Rust-en-Vrede waterfall, as well as just relaxing on the veranda at the cottage. Make sure you try the wines at nearby Karusa too.
Baby ostriches between the cottages and hotel buildings - quite surreal until you get used to seeing them. You'll see ostriches though all round Oudtshoorn.
Overall we really can't complain which makes a nice change!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on route to the Cango Caves, in the Schoemanshoek Valley (14 kilometers north of Oudtshoorn), Berluda is an intimate guesthouse experience. 7 En suite bedrooms in the original Farmhouse and 8 self catering cottages. 2 Swimming pools are available to guests. Ostriches, apricot orchards, and hikes can be undertaken to enjoy the special indigenous vegetation. 4 X 4 routes and mountain biking. Ideal for family/friends reunions. ... more less
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