"Tierhoek" means "tigercorner" in Afrikaans; there are of course no tigers here, but "tier" is the local name for leopard and it is said, that there are still leopards around.
"Stone Cottage" is one of Tierhoeks 4 cottages and it is situated in the Spaarkloof Valley above a large dam, where the baboons and the porcupines come to drink. Access is via a little dusty dirt road a couple of kilometers from the main building, where the owner Bruce and his family run an ecological fruit farm.
Stone cottage is solar powered with gas cookers, there is NO internet (!) and no cell phone coverage (!) so at the beginning we felt very much alone and not quite safe - which turned out to be beyond any reason whatsoever.
You have your own brai and your own private cooling plunge pool on the "stoep" (veranda) overlooking the dam and the mountains and there isn`t a single human dwelling within sight, although you are only 15min.s drive from Robertson with shopping opportunities.
There is a solar powered fridge, a huge fireplace opening towards both sitting room and bedroom, a lovely bathroom with a victorian tub with lionfeet and the nicest outdoor bush shower.
We enjoyed our solitude so much that we are going back to Stone cottage again this year - and we are really looking forward.
Don`t forget to bring some books, some nice boerwurst to brai and some lovely Southafrican Shiraz!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private, romantic, self-catering cottages nestled at the foot of the majestic Langeberg mountains near Robertson. Less then 2 hours from Cape Town you can find peace and privacy.Each cottage is fully equipped and elegantly furnished with a private pool, wide verandahs, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and breathtaking views. ... more less
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