Accommodation consists of five comfortable and tastefully decorated cottages (two cottages with two bedrooms and lounge/kitchenette and 2 smaller studio-type cottages with one bedroom and lounge/kitchenette), all with en-suite bathrooms. The cottages are situated about 500 metres away from the main house with breathtaking views of the mountain.
All cottages have satellite television and wireless internet. Cottage no 5/Nigella is close to the main house.
The cottages have all been named after different herbs – Bergamot, Angelica, Nigella, Neroli and Lavender cottage.
Cottage 1: Bergamot
This cottage sleeps 4. There are two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom (shower only). A lounge/kitchen open plan separates the two bedrooms and walks out on a veranda with a fireplace/braai area. It faces North and has breathtaking views of the Brandwacht Mountains. Available for your convenience is a toaster, fridge/freezer, kettle, stove and oven. There is also basic kitchenware available. Should your needs exceed what is available, please feel free to ask in advance and we will assist where possible.
R450 per person sharing per night and R200 per person for 3rd and 4th person
R700 minimum rate per night
Bergamot is a North American native plant which gained popularity in the 16th Century. It is a tropical plant that thrives just as well in Europe and is excellent for its medicinal, decorative, culinary, household and aromatic uses. It is named after a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the Bergamot Essential Oil. It has a peppery and delicate flavour suggestive of a combination of sage and rosemary. The health benefits of Bergamot can be attributed to its properties and is often used as a lifestyle alternative in deodorant, as an antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, or as a disinfectant. For a wonderful infusion of homemade Earl Grey Tea, just add the fresh leaves to China tea and enjoy!
Cottage 2: Angelica
This is a semi-detached small studio-type cottage with a queen size bed, en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. A small stoep, which faces West, greets you with a view to the valley, the Du Toitskloof Mountains and the neighbouring dam and has become an all-time favourite for many regular guests. It sleeps two persons, with a dividing open plan sleep, lounge and kitchen area. Available for your convenience is a toaster, bar fridge, kettle and a mini stove and oven. Basic kitchenware is available. Should your needs exceed what is available, please feel free to ask in advance and we will assist where possible.
R350 per person sharing per night
R500 minimum rate per night
Angelica is an aromatic plant, praised for its decorative, medicinal, aromatic and culinary uses. Ancient folklore suggests its healing abilities for humans, animals, as well as other plant species. Angelica is known for its use in alleviating heartburn, flatulence, anorexia, arthritis, circulation problems, respiratory catarrh, nervousness, plague, and insomnia. The leaf as well as the root is brewed for the latter. Its stem and leaf is used decoratively and in stews, respectively.
Cottage 3: Lavender
This is a semi-detached studio-type cottage with two single beds, an en-suite bathroom (shower only) and kitchenette with basic kitchenware available. It has a small North-facing stoep with beautiful views of the Brandwacht- and Audensberg Mountain Range and a braai/fire pit. Should your needs exceed what is available, please feel free to ask in advance and we will assist where possible.
R350 per person sharing per night.
R500 minimum rate per night
Lavender is a herb well-known for its tranquil and pure fragrance. It boasts many decorative, culinary, household, cosmetic, aromatic as well as medicinal uses. It is most commonly used in symptoms of depression, digestive discomforts, pain, acne, cancer, and to promote menstruation. Some sources praise its ability to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Lavender can be added to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and to relieve anxiety, and as an aromatic to relieve insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia. It also adds flavour to meals. Lavender is used in pharmaceutical products and to add fragrance to soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, potpourri, and decorations.
Cottage 4: Neroli
This cottage sleeps 2 persons. There is one bedroom with a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom. It has a lounge/kitchenette with a fridge/freezer, gas stove, and microwave and is equipped with the basic kitchenware. The cottage has a lovely covered veranda with a large undercover braai and beautiful North-facing views of the Brandwacht- and Audensberg mountains. Should your needs exceed what is available, please feel free to ask in advance and we will assist where possible.
R450 per person per night and R200 for the 3rd person.
R700 single rate per night
Neroli refers to the essential oil extracted from the flower petals of the bitter orange tree, Neroli (Citrus aurantium). It is one of the more precious of the essential oils because it takes a veritable boatload of these petals to make just a tiny vial of the essence. The health benefits of Neroli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, bactericidal, cordial, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, disinfectant, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic substance. It is also used in relieving depression and increasing confidence.
Cottage 5: Nigella
This cottage is situated close to the main house. It has a King size bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (shower only). The lounge and kitchen area is North-facing with spectacular views of the Audensberg Mountains. The bunk bed in the lounge can be used if need be for children (maximum two). The kitchen is equipped with a fridge/freezer, gas stove, kettle and basic kitchen utensils. Should your needs exceed what is available, please feel free to ask in advance and we will assist where possible. This cottage has all the Satellite TV channels available.
R450 per person sharing per night
R200 for extra child
R700 minimum rate per night
Nigella damascena, also known as “Love-In-A-Mist”, is a beautiful bloom native to North Africa and Southern Europe. It is one of about twenty species of annual herbs from the Mediterranean region. Several species are cultivated in gardens, however Nigella Sativa, is grown for its aromatic seeds also known as “black seeds”. Nigella, a diminutive of niger, or “black”, refers to the colour of the seeds. Damascena refers to Damascus, Syria, one of the places where this herb is at home. ”Love-in-a-mist” refers to the appearance of the flower in a nest of misty, threadlike foliage.
The seeds taste somewhat spicy (some people note a resemblance to nutmeg) and have been used as a condiment and in confectionery, to flavour wines and snuff, and as an expectorant. They are far less flavourful than those of Nigella sativa, known as black cumin or fennel flower, which has had a greater culinary and medicinal role than Nigella damascena.
Nigella damascena is closely related to Nigella sativa, which in India, Iran, and elsewhere in the Middle East is beloved at least as much for its culinary and medicinal purposes as for its ornamental value. The seeds are used in and on breads, like sesame seeds and poppy seeds. In India, where nigella seeds are called kalonji or onion seeds (for their appearance, not their flavour), they are briefly fried or toasted and added to pickles, chutneys, and sauces. The seeds are believed to ameliorate digestive, respiratory, rheumatic, and skin problems and some of these medicinal benefits have been scientifically confirmed.
All cottages has a television with a bouquet of channels. SABC 1, 2 and 3 and MNet, all sport and movie channels and Mzanzi.
In Summer we supply fans and percale linen. In Winter we supply oil heaters and hot blankets with winter brushed cotton linen.
NO SMOKING IN ANY OF THE COTTAGES!
A breakfast basket can be ordered in advance at R100 per person for 2 and then R75 per person thereafter. A Veg box with garden produce in season can be ordered in advance.