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“A wonderful Karoo escape”

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Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Most people thought I was mad when I told them I'd be headed out into the Klein Karoo during the summer holidays but I knew exactly what I was in for (heat & sun wise). Sunblock and hats ... and don't go outside between 8am and 6pm. Don't worry, it gets light early and only really properly dark at around 8pm.

This was our first proper getaway on our own since forever, and my husband and I were really looking forward to the isolation. Not that Wolverfontein is *too* isolated, because if you need supplies, you're about 45 minutes outside of the town of Ladismith that has everything from ATMs and Spar to your friendly bottle store. Granted, I must admit to being a bit underwhelmed by dining options but hey, this trip wasn't about going to eat out at restaurants.

Pretty much, ours was a drive-and-flop holiday, and we spent A LOT of time sleeping, reading and hiking about. There are loads of little walks in and around Wolverfontein and, although we don't have mountainbikes, there is that option as there's the Touwsberg Private Nature Reserve right next door that's begging to be explored.

We stayed in Wolverfontein's D'Waenhuis which had more than ample space for the two of us with its eclectic décor. All we needed was ourselves, our luggage and our food – everything was provided: towels, linen, braai wood. The gas stove dates back to the 1960s, I think, and is in perfect working condition. We braaied every night and were very fortunate that there was cloud cover for two of the days we were here, so we were a little more mobile in our explorations.

My *only* suggestion would be to install curtains at the kitchen window, as this is where the sun streams in during the mornings, but otherwise the bungalow was nice and cool even during the hottest part of the day. I loved reading out on the stoep. The birdlife is wonderful for avid twitchers, and I added three new sightings to my Life List: the pale chanting goshawk, the white-throated canary and the titbabbler. Other species abound, such as laughing doves, African rock pigeons, the ubiquitous Cape sparrow, masked weaver, white-backed mousebirds, pied starlings, Karoo prinia and more.

We walked into the neighbouring property that belongs to the Plathuis railway siding to go on succulent hunts and were amazed by the diversity: you can spot various euphorbia species, haworthia, stapeliads, lots and lots of mesembryanthemums. Wildlife also if you're lucky. We saw signs of kudu, eland and porcupine, but alas no sightings. We heard plenty of chacma baboons in the surrounds.

Andre and Ashley have done an amazing job with Wolverfontein Farm Cottages. Their Zara Cottage is more geared for families and larger groups, and this destination is perfect for those wanting to escape to wide open spaces. Their situation also makes Wolverfontein ideal for those wanting to use it as a base to explore further into the Karoo, which we may well do next time. (And this time we'll bring friends.)

A note also: if you love dogs, there are three very friendly Rhodesian Ridgebacks on the farm. Inquire beforehand if you may bring your own pooch but also be aware that this is snake country.

Room Tip: If it's just the two of you, ask to stay in D'Waenhuis if you wish for a little privacy.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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TravellingFarmer01, Manager at Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Many thanks for your wonderfully kind words, much appreciated. You really captured the essence of what we have set out to create, and also that of the beautiful untouched environment we're so lucky to call home. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Route 62 certainly delivered on its strap line of A journey to the unexpected.

Replenished with provisions from the more than adequate OK Store in Barrydale, and food and drink from Diesel and Creme, and of course Ronnies sex shop, we headed left off the road onto a dirt track. On our left a reserve with Cape Zebra, which up until then we had not seen.

A few k's down and we arrived, to be greeted by Ashley, holding the gate open for us.

We entered into a lovingly restored cottage. Furnished in totally retro furniture, it was as if you had gone back in time. Old clocks, radios, a fantastic old fridge and gas cooker are but a few of the items adorning this total escape from everyday life.

I particularly liked the clock on the wall, a wood silhouette of Africa, with a quartz clock movement. Battery in its last throe of life with the second hand gently twitching. Now that is Africa Time.

It is difficult to convey the rustic charm of this place and the care that has been adorned upon it. Suffice it to say we all had an all too short one night there and would come back in a shot.

If you are addicted to your device then make certain you have had your fix beforehand. Or climb a ladder to get a signal What a welcome relief from the connected world in which we now all seem to be dragged into.

Our journey on down route 62 continued, and I can thoroughly recommend Die Handelshuis at calitzdorp for a superb lunch.

Yes A JOURNEY TO THE UNEXPECTED, what fun.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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TravellingFarmer01, Owner at Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2016

So glad to hear that my neck of the woods proved to be such a wonderful adventure. Your kind words are much appreciated, and your appreciation of our little "African Time" offering has made us smile from ear to ear. Hope to see you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We spent three nights here at the end of our two-week Karoo roadtrip holiday.

D'Waenhuis is a lovely cosy cottage, interestingly decorated, well-appointed, and comfortable. The grounds and adjoining farms allow for nice long walks. Lots of stars at night in the dark country skies.

Ashley and Andre ensured that we felt welcome, and we will definitely look to stay here again when next we travel in this area.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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TravellingFarmer01, Manager at Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2016

So many thanks for your kind words. We really do appreciate that you have taken the time to write a review, and that you enjoyed your time with us. Looking forward to hearing from you again in the near future. Stay well.

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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

No cell phone reception guaranteed that good old fashioned conversation and laughs were had by all ! The surrounding nature with the quaint cottage and friendly pets that came to visit, made us wish for just some extra time to enjoy it all. Will be back !

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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TravellingFarmer01, Manager at Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

Dear Mandy

Many thanks for your kind words, much appreciated. So glad to hear that you had such a great time with us. Looking forward to hearing from you again in the near future. The Klein Karoo is a garden of earthly delights, and well worth a return visit.

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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Thank you Ashley and Andre for affording us this memorable experience of staying at Wolverfontein. It certainly was a different experience, very pleasant and one which we shall certainly recommend to our friends and family. Such a pity we never got to actually see the Barn Owl. Many thanks.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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TravellingFarmer01, Manager at Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Many thanks for taking the time to write us such a lovely review, much appreciated. Will need to give that Barn Owl a talking too.

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

We stayed in D'Waenhuis. A cottage with a stoep, that is how it should be ! Very comfortable accommodation. Andre and Ashley are there to assist at all times and yet one feels as if you are on your own farm watching the sun go down after a beautiful Karoo day. We had a great time. Be careful of ticks, wife ended up having tick bite fever and visiting the doctor after a week of painful flu like symptoms.

Room Tip: D'Waenhuis ideal for a couple
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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TravellingFarmer01, Owner at Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

So many thanks for your kind words regarding our accommodation, much appreciated. We are sorry to hear that Nadia fell prey to tick bite fever, we hope that she has fully recovered from this. Tick are prevalent across South Africa, especially in after high rain fall. Thankfully it is a treatable ailment, and hopefully we will see you back on the farm in the near future.

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Reviewed 17 August 2016

Beautiful settings, very nice accommodation, well decorated and friendly hosts.
Many accommodations out there could take some lessons out of Ashley and Andre! I will definitively stay again in Wolverfontein!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages

Address: Portion 8, Wolverfontein Farm | Portion 8, Wolverfontein Farm, Ladismith 6655, South Africa (Formerly Wolverfontein Farm Cottages)
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Ladismith
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Ladismith
Price Range: $51 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wolverfontein, nestled at the foot of the Touwsberg Game Reserve on the banks of the Touws River, is conveniently situated just of the popular route 62, between Barrydale and Ladismith. These fully equipped self-catering farm cottages are beautifully restored historical buildings and offer a unique and authentic experience. ... more   less 
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