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October 2012

January 28, 2013, from The River Farm Visitors' Book

Wonderlik! Fantasties! Baie dankie!
Gerhart en Marie, Bloemfontein.

What a wonderful place! We really enjoyed our days over here. Beautiful view and what a silence. Heel erg bedankt. Baie dankie!
Bastian and Susan, Netherlands.

Just what the doctor ordered for the frazzled ‘city’ souls – deep sleep, Karoo air, good water. All this in simple, comfortable cottages with breathtaking views (and the companionship of two gentle dogs). We are cured!
PS. A pasella – A herd of noble Nguni cattle.
Guy and Mel, Penny.

Baie dankie vir ‘n wonder like naweek web van die gejaagte lewe Jock is regtig ‘n baie special hond (het lekker saam gaan stap, geswem en ons mooi opgepas). Tot ‘n volgende keer.
S en F.

Waking to birdsong and an amazing view. We are so privileged. Thank you for your hospitality. The cottage is absolutely amazing.
Sam and Ingrid.

Baie dankie vir die wonderlikke verblyf. Dit is asemrowend mooi hier en die woonstelle is baie gemaklik en romantics. Sal almal vertel. Liefde,
Diane and Tony, SA and UK.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavens and filled it with heavenly lights,
Give thanks to Him who made the mighty mountains,
Give thanks to Him who placed the waters on the earth and made the Gamka River flow,
Give thanks to Him for the beauty of this vegetation – each leaf, each flower, each fruit,
Give thanks for Jock and his soulful eyes,
Give thanks to Colin and Bronwyn for their sharing River View Cottages with us,
What a blessing- thank you.
Bernhard and Jane, Hermanus.

Such fun to experience this gorgeous valley in the mountains. Wonderful site overlooking one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Immaculate cottages, built and furnished in perfect good taste, and wonderfully comfortable beds. Everything done in a lovely austere style, superb reading material to dip into briefly. A delightful garden filled with exquisite little plants – the trees are going to be glorious one day. Altogether a great introduction into what is the Little Karoo. Greatly enjoyed. Many thanks.

16th – After a laughter filled journey from Hermanus, with a deviation via Riversdale, where we got rather lost in the hills, we arrived…Lunch at Calitzdorp, and then the car packed with everything but the kitchen sink, int the mountains, marvelling at the pretty ‘Chinese lantern’ bushes by the roadside, and with much expectation, around a final bend and there were the cottages, friendly and peaceful. And what joy once on the vernal, to see the river flowing below, and inside, absolutely everything we needed (should have left the kitchen sink at home!). Cloudy and a little chilly, but after a braai, off to bed…to wake later and open the blind and window to let the night air in – only one little light breaking the darkness of the night.

17th – Sitting on the verandah, in the slight chill of the very early dawn, soaking up the sheer solitude and majesty of the unspoilt surroundings. Lunch all together, another sleep, and then a walk to the Old Post Office and Museum (well done!). Delicious braid Karoo lamb chops and roasted vegetables, and then perchance to dream!

18th – The morning dawned bright and clear, unlike yesterday’s rain, late brunch on the verandah, and another nap. Oh, what joy to just be able to sit and drink it all in, to be with good friends, books, knitting, good food and nice wine. River View is getting to me, and I am awed by the silence, bar the buzzing of the bumble bee, the soughing of the wind through the trees, the pad of Jock’s paws, and the jackal’s cries at night. A walk along the ‘Cliff’s Edge’ route, and back just before a total downpour! Ostrich steaks on the braai for supper!

19th – And now, how sad, our last morning, but after a little early morning rain, some sunshine, and still blessedly cool, we will be on our way. Thank you Lumb family (and Jock and Jessie) for a really soul enriching three nights on your beautiful farm and incredibly well-run and equipped cottage. We loved every minute.
Wim and Penny, Hermanus.

The faithful "Jock"Pink Pongracz champagne with strawberries!!  Yummmeee!!!!

What more needs saying?

The Nguni cattle raised on Riverview Farm

Looking down to other cottage

Looking down the Gamka River

Now beginning to come down really heavily!So glad we decided to try this lovely cottage and we hope to return. A very comfortable place with the most amazing views and great walks. Wish we could stay longer! With news of yet another break-in at home in KZN, we so appreciate the tranquil, peaceful safety of this precious place. Jock is mentioned much i the little book and we now understand why. Tour guide and champion cuddled – it has been hard to stick to the rules and not allow him into the house! If our car wasn’t loaded with lekker wine and port from De Kraans, we might have been pemtped to ‘dog-nap’ Jock. Will miss the little guy!
Mike and Aida, Howick.

Thanks for the great stay.
Guy, Mossel Bay.

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at the River View Cottages. It is such a special place and we have lovely memories of our (too brief) time there. Regards to Colin, too and a special pat to Jock and Jessie.
Guy, Mel and Penny.

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