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“Perfect getaway in peaceful, scenic surrounds”
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Die Laaitjie
Cape Town
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60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Perfect getaway in peaceful, scenic surrounds”
Reviewed August 15, 2011

We recently had a two week holiday in South Africa, and on our way from Cape Town down to the garden route, we wanted to spend some time in the Robertson winelands area. Die Laaitjie seemed like an ideal choice based on the photos on the website. In actuality, the photos did not even do the place justice, because it was that much better than the photos even indicated.

The main cottage is very tastefully decorated, and features four bedrooms, three of them en suite. All of the bedrooms have french doors opening onto one of several patios or "stoeps" as they are known in South Africa. The kitchen is large and well equipped with modern appliances; the dining room features a ten seater, old antique table; the lounge is complete with a great fireplace (perfect for winter); and there is even a dedicated, huge "braai" place on the back stoep, with its own outdoor dining table.

The Main cottage is the kind of place you want to stay for a few nights at least with a bunch of good friends. The house accommodates eight people, and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic weekend or long weekend away with friends if chilling out in the beautiful countryside is your kind of thing. Drive the wine route by day, and return in the evening with a few bottles to drink by the fire. The views from the house are magnificent, right at the foot of a beautiful mountain range, and the gardens are lush with herbs and the endemic cape fynbos.

Bev, the manageress, was incredibly friendly and helpful.

I can highly recommend Die Laaitjie, we had a fantastic time there, and it offers an authentic experience of peaceful, semi-karoo farm life far away from any kind of hustle and bustle.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Wiltshire, UK
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing stay at Die Laaitjie in comfortable surroundings. Enjoyed relaxing on the stoep (veranda) and river/mountain walks during the days; evenings on the stoep with a braai (BBQ) and plenty of local wine*...a great place for star-gazing! Ideal for a getaway from everyday life!
* Remember to ask about the owner's wine (Hawksmoor at Matjieskuil...another great place to visit)...and be sure to try some!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

We stayed at Die Laaitjie for a long weekend; I would highly recommend it as a family or romantic get away - beautiful natural surroundings, beautiful accommodation and excellent service.

Go and treat yourself :)

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

We stayed at Die Laaitje for 5 nights and it was the absolute highlight of our time in South Africa. We had booked a cottage; there are 3 of these and they are simple and stylish, with an open plan kitchen/dining room/living room, 2 double bedrooms, and a bathroom. They have large windows and a deck overlooking the mountains which surround the property. The setting is utterly beautiful. While they are not plush, they are perfect for a rustic stay where the scenery takes centre stage. They reminded us of Fattoria Barbialla Nuova in Tuscany, and Fabriken Furillen in Sweden.

Even better than this, the water broke in our room (it turned out to be an airlock which fixed itself) but no matter we were upgraded to the Main House which is in another league. It is much more opulent in style, has 4 ensuite bedrooms, some of which have bathtubs with views up the valley and over the mountains, and a vast kitchen. Then there are 3 big sitting rooms, and terraces on all sides so you can follow/avoid the sun all day as you like. There's a small pool, a private lake (!) and lovely cottagey gardens. Absolutely amazing.

The whole place is run by Bev who's a total star, and she'll give you tips for wineries and restaurants in the area. There's not a mass of attractions nearby: this for people who like reading books, lying in the sun, hiking, and soaking up the most intensely beautiful scenery; tough having said that you could fill the Main House with mates and have about the most awesome house party ever.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 1, 2011

this was our return trip to "Die Laaitjie", we loved the accomodation, the farm with enough mod cons to make for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. You can fall out of bed into the pool or walk around the extensive property set in the most beautiful valley. We enjoy the area for its incredible wine farms and local produce that we brought back and cooked or barbecued on the stoep looking out at the setting sun.
For those that need a break from the quiet isolation, you can head 10 mins into town, for a cuppacino or a meal at a great restaurant or a wander through the antique stores or the famous cactus farm, and for those more adventurous their is the breede river close by for rafting and canoeing or just for a lazy cruise with a great glass of wine

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Die Laaitjie
Address: Dassieshoek Valley | Dassieshoek, Robertson 6705, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Robertson
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Robertson
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self-catering accommodation on a beautiful fruit farm in the mountains outside Robertson. Four elegant, two double-bedroomed cottages, one single cottage, and a four double-bedroomed luxurious restored Victorian farmhouse. ... more   less 

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