Winter weekend getaways – The Moneybags guide
When the winter months become tiresome and dreary, it’s a wonderful treat to escape for a couple of days and revive your spirits. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite winter weekend getaways– beautiful, high-quality destinations that won’t break the bank balance.
South Drakensburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Amazian Mountain River Lodge
Set in the Southern Drakensberg near the Sani Pass, this luxury lodge has seven rooms which are well-furnished and cosy with views of the mountains and the possibility of winter snowfall. Hiking, wining and dining can be followed by a massage at the beauty spa.
20% discount from 14 June until 20 September 2013
Three Night Winter Special:
King Room R980 p/p sharing (Pay half price on standard rates for the third night.)
Includes dinner, bed and breakfast and wine pairing over the weekend
Valid from the 15 June to mid September 2013
Terms and conditions apply
Tel: +27(0) 82 562 5051
Jock’s cottages are 4 star, self-catering cottages on an historic fly and trout fishing farm. Perfect for long walks in the countryside, a day of fishing in the damns, and lazy evenings spent drinking red wine in front of the blazing fire.
Price: From R350 p/p per night
Tel: Hanlie +27 (0)82 705 9028 or Jan +27 (0)73 790 3357
Magaliesburg, North West Province
There are three lodges available, with the Bush Lodge being the most secluded– raised into a tree canopy in a kloof surrounded by the Magaliesburg mountain range. Their beautiful Victorian bath tub looks out into the trees and the lounge has a fireplace for Winter nights. The bedrooms are tented with views onto the Buffelspoort Damn. Services can be arranged. Bring everything you’ll need so as not to have to drive to the store, and don’t forget charcoal and firewood.
Price: From R250 p/p per night sharing, for a minimum of one night stay
Tel: +27 (0)84 513 9480 or +27 (0)72 568 0806
Cederberg, Western Cape
Surrounded by the magnificent mountains of the Cederberg, Rockwood Cottage is on a working protea farm just outside Citrusdal. The area is popular for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, and there is a short trail to a beautiful waterfall near the farm. The views are magnificent and the cottages cosy and fully equipped.
Price: R900 per couple, R150 per additional person per night
Tel: +27 (0)22 921 3517
Paternoster, Western Cape
In this quaint fishing village about 90 minutes outside of Cape Town is Hoekie B&B – a traditional, white-washed home on the main beach front with 4 star facilities and gorgeous views of Paternoster’s spotless stretch of coastline. Their tastefully furnished lounge has a fireplace for winter evenings.
Price: From R 475 p/p per night
Tel: +27 (0)22 752 2077
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Just outside the main town of Stellenbosch, Bellevue Manor Wine Farm is surrounded by sweeping views of the Simonsberg mountains. The rooms are luxuriously decorated, with fireplaces and views of the vineyards. There is a restaurant on the estate for lunch and wine tasting, as well as a beauty spa which offers in-room treatments. Bellevue Manor Guesthouse is perfect for a romantic weekend away filled with good wine, delicious food and guaranteed privacy.
Price: From R620 p/p sharing
Tel: +27 (0)21 880 1086
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*All prices and information correct at time of publication and subject to change thereafter.