5 months into the year already and I have no idea where it went. Every day seems to run away with me and I never seem to get time just for me, to switch off from the world and just enjoy the moment. Sound familiar?
Then Blommekloof Country Cottages is the perfect place for you. This past weekend, after yet another crazy week, we packed the car and set off in search of the rest we so badly needed. What we found at Blommekloof was so much more than we could have ever hoped for.
Blommekloof Farm is situated in the Leeukloof Valley, near Ruiterbos, in the Outeniqua Mountains between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn.
We arrived late on Thursday evening and were greeted by Claude who showed us everything we needed to know and set us up with loads of candles and paraffin lamps in case of the dreaded load shedding. We immediately lit a fire (with the wood provided) and got the braai on the go, poured a glass of wine and started to relax. Breathing in the fresh country air and hearing the sounds of nature all around you is pure perfection. There are no TV's and very limited cell phone reception, so you really have no choice but to switch off from the world.
For the first 2 nights we stayed in Arum Cottage, which has an old school, rustic charm to it. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need to be able to prepare any meal your heart desires - It even has muffin pans! The lounge has a fire place (wood also provided), books and board games, what more could you ask for, a perfect recipe for ultimate relaxation.
On Saturday we moved over to Sunflower cottage, which is a more modern, open plan set up, with high white ceilings and bright colours. It is also designed to be eco friendly, with solar power and a gas stove. Like Arum Cottage it also has a large undercover patio and braai area, an indoor fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen.
The farm itself is child and pet friendly and is home to ducks, geese, chickens, cows, calves, dogs and cats. There is plenty to do, including walking, birding, wildlife, and catch-and-release fishing on three different dams, in case you feel like being a bit more active.
When Sunday morning arrived and it came time to head back to Cape Town, I can honestly say that we were all a lot more relaxed and rested than before we arrived.
We will definitely be back to visit again in the near future and would recommend Blommekloof Country Cottages to anyone and everyone who wants and needs to experience ultimate relaxation, to switch of from the world and just enjoy the moment.
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