House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
A very rustic beach house. Many of our appliances are older than us, but work perfectly! - so if you want luxury it's not for you- but very functional, with everything you need in a self catering. Position is everything. Fantastic river frontage, out of the wind, relaxing and peaceful. A haven for the outdoor person. 7 minutes walk to the beach if you prefer the sea. Good fishing in front of the house. A real Garden Route experience. Excellent springboard to 9 top class golf courses, as well as many Garden Route towns like Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay. The perfect place to kick back and relax on the verandah with a cold one, whilst the barbeque fire is blazing in front of the river.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Great Brak River 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: George International Airport 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Western Cape region
The Garden Route is world renouned as one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, offering magnificent views and warm water beaches, a mild climate, beautiful mountain ranges close by and natural charm. There is a local airport in George, but should you prefer to drive, the area is approximately 4 hours from Cape Town ( on the west) and Port Elizabeth ( Eastern Cape) The Garden Route offers the traveller experience of the real South Africa, and the many traditions and natural beauty that our country is known for. There are 9 top class golf courses in a 40km radius from the house, good fishing and sea angling on your doorstep, tennis court over the road ( we provide raquets and balls ), table tennis in the house, whale watching in season and shark cave diving. The Knysna Elephant park, Eden Bird Sanctuary and Monkeyland and many other wildlife attractions are close by. For those adrenalin junkies there is parachuting in Mossel Bay, hang gliding in Sedgefield, excellent surfing spots and the famous Canopy tours in Tsitsikama, all an easy a day trip away. Oudtshoorn, with the beautiful and unique Cango Caves as well as their wildlife sanctuary with the famous cheetah as the main attraction, is an hour away, over a breath taking mountain pass. Inland, experience Calitzdorp, famous for it's excellent wineries and exquisite mountains, and the quaint old traditional towns of Ladysmith and Barrydale. Further away ( approximately 3 hours drive) find the stunningly beautiful old towns of Montagu and Robertson on Route 62, famous countrywide for their excellent wines and eateries. Great Brak River is very central to a vast number of attractions and the perfect spot to base yourself when travelling the region.
Great Brak is centrally situated in the Garden Route, halfway between George and Mossel Bay. There are two parts to the town. The small village itself nestles in a valley surrounded by wooded hills, and consists of a single horseshoe road from which you can access everything you would need! The village has a basic supply store, several butcheries and some utterly charming lunch and tea venues, some displaying locally produced artworks and clothing. Great Brak is the centre of art in the Garden Route and there are 4 art galleries and an art school. Beautiful hikes and cycling trails abound, and of course one can take a canoe up the Great Brak river which flows through the town.
The other part is a unique Island, surrounded by the river, which flows to the sea on the south side. This island has been around for many years and has a colourful history going back to the 1800's. My grandmother had one of the first houses there - but in the old days they used to arrive by ox wagon and traverse the river by boat. Today the island is accessed by a very unique narrow little bridge, scary for some, but will just accommodate a car! - and has some permanent residents, but mostly holiday homes ( approximately 78 in all) The Island has a traditional charm, and is a free and safe environment, with the luxury of the river and the sea on your doorstep.
See www.theislandgreatbrak.com for more attractions and activities.
Every moment can be packed with a variety of activities, but you can also just chill out on the verandah and take in the river view, backed by a large hill covered in indigenous bushland and hosting many beautiful birds, and enjoy the peace while your barbeque fire is burning on the river edge.
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3 Mar 2014
"Great place to relax. Excellent serenity and birdwatching."
Very nice owners who are willing to help out in any way they can. The house is basic, not fancy, but has lots of space and you will rarely be inside anyway because there is so much to do in the area … More
12 Feb 2014
Have you ever dreamt of your own little island in the sun, where you can fend for yourself, swim and walk, pay tribute to the stunning scenery that teams with birds and fish and for the golfer play so… More
Thanks so much for your lovely review. We should put a sign in Joan's Place - " arrive as strangers, leave as friends". It was so great to host you and have all that fun! So glad you enjoyed the multitude of activities this area offers.
2 Sep 2013
"The Place to Chill"
My title of this review says it all. "The Place to Chill"I have stayed at Joan's place on two separate occasions and going back again in November. I will not stay anywhere else on the G… More
Hi there and thanks for the positive review. We look forward to hosting you again soon
24 Aug 2013
"A perfect getaway, a piece of heaven offering comfort, beauty and tranquility"
Ample & comfortable accomodation in a beautiful and versatile setting. The patio/deck is huge & overlooks the Great Brak river. It is the most peaceful experience just sitting overlooking the magnificent scenery, swimming in the river, having a braai at the water's edge, or walking a few minutes around to the beautiful beach - one does not need to leave the island to have an idyllic holiday. All conveniences are within a 5 min drive. I would return to this very special getaway at every available opportunity : ))
Thank you Marlene - and we look forward to welcoming you again in November.Thank you for your positive review and for taking the trouble.
21 Aug 2013
"Total peace and relaxation"
fantastic with the water right on your doorstep. Beautiful scenery, bird life , swimming, canoeing, beach walks and the walk to the beach is along the river which is stunning. Very comfortable , rela… More
Thanks so much for your great review! Hope to see you soon.
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