A Winter Weekend in a Shepherd’s Cottage

Going away camping or doing a hiking trail with friends was not always my idea of a relaxing weekend. But now that I spend many hours behind a computer, I often long to be somewhere with no cell phone signal or electricity, going “back to basics”. I crave nothing more than to sit around a fire, have a glass of red wine, enjoy the silence and end the night with a board game. This is exactly what we did on a recent visit to an old shepherd’s cottage, on Carla’s Family farm Tevrede, on the N2 between Riviersonderend and Swellendam. Christine and Iaan also came along, and Christine took these beautiful photos.

Spending a long weekend there with friends was just what the doctor ordered. The quaint little house is cosy and homely with handmade quilts and family heirlooms. There is no electricity, which I loved. It meant no computers or phones, and I could cook using my headlamp. My favourite feature of the cottage is the Dover oven, which we kept going the whole weekend.

After our three nights there, we realised how much there is to do in the area. Tevrede is 12 km from Riviersonderend, which means day trips to beautiful Greyton or Arniston is quite do-able. But for the most part we just wanted to stay put to relax, read and take an afternoon snooze and walk around on the farm. We did eventually make our way to Swellendam to have a peek at Rain’s new Forest Spa and to have lunch at Tredici (The Baker’s Dozen). A big thank you to Gerhard and Klara Solms, our gracious hosts, for their hospitality.

Sadly the cottage is no longer for rent, but you hope you feel inspired to plan a weekend away to unplug.