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About Poespasrivier Cottage

PLEASE NOTE: Our cottage will be CLOSED UNTIL 2017. Hoping to see you then.

PoespasRivier Cottage is one of the original 1865 missionary cottages in the village of Bereaville, just 9km from Greyton.

Berea is a peaceful, small, rural farming village. You will hear the cocks crowing, pigs getting excited at feeding time and farm animals wandering everywhere, while donkey and horse carts happily share the roads with modern transport and children playing in the streets.

Poespas means higgledy-piggeldy, here’n’there, deurmekaarspul and was the original name of the village. The name originated because the little river running through the village has its source on top of the Riviersonderend Mountains and runs in a north and south direction.

The cottage has been lovingly restored to its former glory with some necessary modern conveniences added. It sleeps two in the bedroom with double bed and there are another two single loft bunks on top of the rafters, which may be accessed via a slatted ladder, and are possibly only exciting for the younger members of the family or agile adults. Towels and bedding are provided. The bathroom has a large shower with a view, basin and composting toilet. A flush toilet is in the outhouse behind the cottage.

The dining area has a large ‘adobe’ bench with lots of cushions and comfortable seating around the fireplace. The kitchenette comprises a sink, three-plate gas hob and bar fridge with enough cupboard space for groceries. All basic crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided. Guests are welcome to store excess frozen goods in the main house freezer or make use of the microwave there if needed.

The really cozy patio, covered with vines in the summer, has a large braai with ample seating and lovely views of the village and mountains.

Several plugs provide electricity for charging cell phones or using computers. We would like you to experience our country life the traditional way, thus there is no TV. Because the cottage has thick, insulating, ‘adobe’ walls it is cool, even on the hottest days, and not cold in winter. The fireplace heats the cottage very quickly though, with two bags of firewood provided.

The property is fenced with a lockable gate and ample uncovered parking. Mountain bicycles may be stored in the main house garage for safety.

Children are most definitely welcomed. We would like them to experience the traditional way of living in a country village. Pony or horse cart rides can be arranged or riding at the Greyton Riding Club just down the road.

Berea is central to some beautiful drives along the back roads with rolling hills and farmlands. Birdlife is abundant along the main river and even in our own garden 40 species of birds have been recorded over the years. There are 13 hiking trails and several international-standard biking trails in close proximity. Your stay would not be complete without a visit to the Genadendal Museum with the oldest water mill in South Africa. By special request visits to some interesting and varied farms may be arranged.

Facilities

  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Pets are welcome by prior arrangement only. There are two friendly Border Collies who consider both properties their domain, plus four cats, penned chickens and rabbits. A gate could be closed to separate the two properties, but even then we do not entertain unsocialized, potentially aggressive pets. If your pets are welcomed, we ask that you... Pets are welcome by prior arrangement only. There are two friendly Border Collies who consider both properties their domain, plus four cats, penned chickens and rabbits. A gate could be closed to separate the two properties, but even then we do not entertain unsocialized, potentially aggressive pets. If your pets are welcomed, we ask that you provide your own bedding and throws for the furniture. We know that as a pet lover you will understand our concerns with hygiene for subsequent guests. Please discuss with us.

Please note: Visitors are welcome to use the main house deep freeze for reasonably sized produce or the microwave and washing machine.
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Reviews for Poespasrivier Cottage

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Margaret Stone, South Africa
21 July 2016

I would NOT recommend this cottage. The only good thing about this experience is the excellent customer service we received from SafariNow , who kindly refunded us (out of their own pocket) when we left after only one night, even though we had (in good faith) paid the owner for a six-night stay.In my opinion, there were many negatives but worst was that the owner was verbally abusive and rude to us when we complained to her about the fireplace and fridge; and asked for her assistance. The owner went as far as to even grab my partner’s cellphone out of her hand when my partner attempted to film...
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Sue van Wyk, South Africa
31 May 2016

We had an inkling of where Poespasriver cottage could be based on the maps supplied and awaited our destination with feelings of excitement and eager trepidation. What we arrived to was a historical cottage in the heart of real surroundings with real people whose forefathers had carved their own history and hardship into the existence of this little village. What a hidden treasure - one which is usually passed over en-route to the 'poshness' of Greyton and its manicured lawns of well furnished holiday/weekend homes. This is a REAL experience of Greyton and it's surroundings. What a delight! I...
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Elly Abels, South Africa
18 March 2015

We have just had the most fabulous weekend at Poespasrivier Cottage. The accommodation is beautifully rustic, very well equipped and absolutely charming. Bereaville is a proper, rural farming community with horses, cows, donkeys and chickens all chattering away and is only a 9km drive to 1st World, gentrifying Greyton if you just can't live without WiFi and a cappuccino.

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Poespasrivier Cottage is 5.5km from the centre of Genadendal , the nearest airport 102.2km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling