Matjiesvlei Cottages has 3 self catering restored historical cottages, of which Die Bokwagtershuis is one. It is situated in Matjiesvlei at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, 16 km from Calitzdorp on route 62.
The hustle and bustle of city life melts away - the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The town of Calitzdorp is known for its excellent wines and is known as the port capital of South Africa. There are a number of restaurants in town and basic provisions can be bought in Calitzdorp.
A number of artists have settles in Calitzdorp and visitors can visit the art studios in and around Calitzdorp.
Outdoor activities in Matjiesvlei:
Birding: Bring your own binoculars, and have a look at all the wonderful birds nestling in Matjiesvlei.
Plants: enjoy photographing beautiful plants while walking, especially aloes, Spekbos and plakkies.
Hiking: your choice is between the gravel road in the valley (7 km), the hiking road next to the river (30 min or Steering’s Kloof (1,5h).
Cycling: In the valley you can cycle on the valley road and to the R62 and back. This will provide a good hour’s cycling. For the more adventurous, you could continue on the R62 to Calitzdorp.
Another option is taking your bicycle to town by car, park your car in town, and go on the Kruisrivier /Groenfontein road. This circle of about 55 km, passing the Rooikoppe, and then a couple of kilometres on the R62 back to Calitzdorp. Parking at Amalienstein, +\- 20 minutes the direction to Ladismith, you could cycle in the Seweweekspoort with all the wonderful rocks round every corner.
Fishing: In the Gamka River you will find Karp and Yellow fish and a small amount of Black Bass. As Yellow fish is an endangered species, it should be released to the river unharmed after being caught.
Canoeing and Swimming: There is a good stretch of about 1 km you can canoe. The guests of Matjiesvlei Cottages have the use of a private grass covered picnic spot next to the river where they can swim and play. There is a built braai if they would like to have their lunch there.
Die Bokwagtershuis, “Goat keeper’s house”, was originally built during the 19th century as accommodation for Matjiesvlei’s goat keeper. His task was to tend to all the goats of the different farmers in the valley. The house has been authentically restored to maintain its atmosphere, with addition of modern amenities. (Sleeps 4)
•All linen included.
• Air conditioner.
•Braai grids, fire tongs and swartpotjies are available.
•The kitchens are equipped with all the required utensils. Bokwagtershuis and Middelplaas have stoves with ovens, Stalle has 2 plates on counter stove.
•Bokwagtershuis: double bed and 2 single beds.
• Heating for cold winter nights:
Bokwagtershuis: wood burning closed system fire place in the lounge.
Middelplaas: open fireplace for heating in winter, or the occasional braai, in lounge.
Stalle: in two of the bedrooms Queen Anne stoves.
Bokwagtershuis: Bath, shower, basin. Toilet is separate. Electric geyser.
Stalle: Bath, shower, toilet, basin. Gas geyser.
Middelplaas: Shower, basin, shower. Gas geyser.
•There is a washing machine in the store room of the Bokwagtershuis, for the use of only those tenants.
•Middelplaas: There is a circular braai on the grass adjacent to the stoep.
•Bokwagtershuis: There is a built in braai on the covered stoep.
• Stalle: There is a built-in braai on the spacious stoep, which serves as lounge/dining room.
• Bokwagtershuis and Stalle: You can cool off in the nearby farm dam, or go for a swim in the river at the private picnic site.
•Middelplaas: On hot summer days you can go for a swim in the river at the nearby private picnic site....Read more
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