- Authentic wine farm
- Simple comfortable cottages
- Mountain trails
- Great value
Bot River is not the kind of place tourists usually stop over at, which is a good thing, as it is a lovely find of a place. These simple farm cottages on the family run Beaumont wine farm in Bot River are a real gem. An opportunity to experience Overberg life on a authentic wine farm.
In a country of big commercial theme-park wineries, Beaumont is a genuine family-run farm and winery situated in the quaint Overberg village of Bot River. Now under a new generation of Beaumont’s, it is producing some of the most sought after wines in the country stocked by both the Wine Society and Berry Bros and Rudd in the UK.
There are two simple, authentic farm cottages on the farm, each boasting open fireplaces in the kitchen and lovely wood-burning stoves in the living room. The styling is simple but tasteful and comfortable. Accommodation is self-catering, but having one of the Cape’s most renowned catering companies on site (zest catering, means that you can arrange to have delicious home-cooked meals delivered to your cottage on request.
Bot River has a real authentic country feel, the old train station is now home to the Shuntin’ Shed pub and restaurant, where meals are enlivened by the occasional goods train hurtling past. The Victorian era Bot River Hotel overlooking the village square is another good watering hole. Both are within easy walking distance of the cottages. The farm itself is an old outpost of the Dutch East India Company, and many of the buildings, cellars and water mill are still in tact.
Days can be spent wine tasting, taking a gentle stroll through the vineyard or trekking up onto the fynbos-rich mountain trails. There is no swimming pool, but a dip in the dam is a great way to cool down on a hot day, failing that, the dam jetty is a cracking spot for a sun-downer. If you fancy a day at the beach, you are only half an hour from the beaches of Hermanus and the whale coast.
This is down-to-earth self catering accommodation, suiting those wanting to scratch beneath the surface of the Overberg region. It would suit wine lovers and walkers alike and is very friendly on the budget. It is not for those looking for hotel-like amenities. There are several large but friendly dogs on site.
For families: Sebastian and Nikki Beaumont live with their own young children on the farm, so there is no stuffy vineyard atmosphere here. This is a fantastic value base for a family, and is one of the few vineyards offering family friendly accommodation with space for the children to run around in. There are two very family friendly restaurants in walking distance. The Whale Coast and Hermanus in particular are woefully short on good family friendly accommodation, making this a brilliant spot from which to explore the region. The larger cottage sleeps 6, larger groups can be accommodated on request.
- Excellent Sea Views
- Boutique Guest House
- 8 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool
- 9 comfortable rooms
- Tranquil guest house
- Sea, mountain or garden vistas
- Direct beach & cliff path access
- Contemporary coastal hotel
- Ocean views
- Restaurant, pool, & gardens
- Seasonal whale watching
- Contemporary boutique guesthouse
- Direct beach access, variety of water sports
- Ideal for whale watching (seasonal)
- 10 minute drive from downtown Hermanus
- 17 rooms & suites
- Attractive manor house & Villa in a garden setting
- Cliff path access & indigenous Fynbos
- Close to beaches, hiking trails, wine farms & whale watching boats (seasonal)
- Variety of activities available.
- Cozy cottages or luxury rooms
- Private 1000 hectare nature reserve
- Elegant guesthouse and historic wine estate
- Tranquil rural setting with lovely views
- Fine dining restaurant, pool, tennis courts
- Excellent provision for families
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019