I have long been a person, who enjoys the simple things in life; peaceful surroundings, the beautiful natural environment, as well as being able to enjoy these experiences with close friends and family. This is exactly what the Stone Cottage has to offer.
The Stone Cottage is located roughly mid-way between the towns of Uniondale and Willowmore along the N9 highway in the Western Cape Karoo region.
The drive to this establishment consists of one constantly looking out the window, enjoying the stunning natural environment that the Karoo has to offer. The farm is located just off the N9 highway.
The Stone Cottage is located on a 1700 hectare farm, whose owners are seventh generational owners of the property. The owners see the importance in protecting their own little piece of history.
It is strongly advised that any guests should arrive in an off-road vehicle, as the gravel road leading to the cottage is certainly a challenging one. I learnt that the hard way.
The standalone cottage is remote enough to enjoy a peaceful getaway; this is further enhanced by the self-reliance of the Stone Cottage itself. The cottage uses solar power to charge the UPS battery which in turn powers the establishment. Visitors can thus expect to enjoy their privacy, whilst having access to essential items during their stay.
The Stone Cottage is essentially an open plan cottage, which can accommodate 5 guests at a time. This establishment offers a comfortable and cosy stay.
The beauty of the natural environment, which includes the nearby mountain ranges, is truly breath taking. I constantly found myself pausing to soak in what I was viewing. The rugged landscape that is found in the area is one of the reasons why a trip to the Karoo is a must for any South African.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how well-quipped the cottage was. Visitors can make use of their fully-equipped kitchen, as well as making use of their braai and potjie facilities. It is advised that visitors bring all their own food supplies beforehand, as a trip to a shop is quite a distance away.
I enjoyed being able to explore the farm one morning and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Stone Cottage is an ideal destination for lovers of hiking, mountain biking and all-round nature lovers.
Possibly the highlight of my stay was going on a game drive with the owner. He showed us his wildlife as well as the beautiful views that can be enjoyed. An evening drive meant that I had the opportunity to observe a wonderful sunset to top off a great excursion.
This rustic getaway in the Karoo allowed me to recharge and enjoy a restful stay. I can certainly say that I enjoyed my weekend away at the Stone Cottage near Uniondale.
Accommodation at Stone Cottage
The Stone Cottage is essentially a rustic standalone cottage located within a large farm. This establishment can accommodate five guests easily.
There are three beds as well as a sleeper couch in the open-plan living area. The fact that the beds are so near to each other makes this establishment a great retreat for groups of friends and families, who wish to enjoy a break from city life.
Facilities at Stone Cottage
The cottage contains all of the essential items that one would need. The kitchen area comes fully equipped with pots, pans and a variety of cutlery.
The Stone Cottage also contains tea and coffee for guests to make use of.
The geographical remoteness means that the cottage is self-reliant, meaning it makes use of solar energy as well as water stored in a Jojo tank.
One of the features that would be considered essential for a guest farm in the heart of the Karoo is a braai area. The Stone Cottage has a great braai area for guests to enjoy. The thought of sitting around a fire on a cold winter’s night amongst loved ones is enough to persuade many.
There is also a potjie pot found in the cottage, which would make for a great meal, especially on a chilly winter day.
The outdoor patio area is a great place to sit back and enjoy the natural environment. It is also a welcome relief during those hot summer days and makes for an ideal place to get stuck into some board games.
Things to do at the Stone Cottage
The fact that the Stone Cottage is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts means that any nature lovers will always find something to do or to see.
There is no better way to see all that the farm has to offer than to enjoy a game drive. It is encouraged that guests come in their own off road vehicles in order to enjoy their own game drive.
Visitors can expect to see some of their wildlife when exploring, they have Springbok, Kudu, Blesbok and Damara sheep.
Hikes and nature walks are a must for any visitor. There are numerous hills to climb, each with spectacular views of the landscape and mountain ranges.
Reviews from previous Stone Cottage guests
“The MOST lovely setting! We enjoyed such a relaxing and comfortable stay. It is remote enough to be completely peaceful, feeling like you are in another world,” wrote Brian on their Airbnb page.
Carrie Peter added; “If silence and nature are your thing, this is the spot. We’ve stayed at this off grid cottage a few times and every time it is spectacular.”
The Stone Cottage is located along the N9 Route, midway between Uniondale and Willowmore, Western Cape. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 076 401 0121 / +27 (0) 71 308 5101; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on their Airbnb page.