We stayed on a lovely private farm that hosts self-catering cottages with a swimming pool just minutes away from Church Street and the popular wineries of area.
Raptor Rise from what we saw has four similar Stable style “double” cottages all over look the meadow filled with fluffy cows grazing late into the evening.
There are two amazingly friendly dogs, we all know I how i feel about animals ‘home is where the pets are”
The rooms have great kitchens kitted with all you would need for making a bite to eat or a braai on the terrace as we did one evening (finding a dinner venue in Spring proved quite difficult)
We headed to the local super market which is just a street above the famed Chruch Street and used the fire wood supplied to make a fire and enjoy the setting sun and view of our friends the cows. The wood was a little wet and so we decided to “waste time” in the bath-there’s a shower too.
We love bathing when on holiday and our cottage bath tub was large enough for two and close enough to the bar fridge which meant chilled glasses of Saronsberg Sauvignon Blanc was always a hop, skip, drip away.
We didnt think as far as bubble bath and candles so maybe add this to your list when you head to the store for items to stock the fridge with and your braai goodies.
Waking up in the morning early to head to Riebeek Kasteel meant we skipped homemade breakfasts which can also easy be made in your cottage kitchen with a toaster, table top stove, and mini bar fridge all being supplied.
If you’re honestly not in the mood to cook and why would when on holiday? You can take a stroll to church street which is about 5-10km away, the walk is beautiful with small farm cottages along little dams as well as amazingly friendly locals.We spotted a mountain bike near the reception area, which also hosts a mini-gym and what looks like a lounge area and it seemed that Tulbagh was a much loved destination for mountain bike riders.Sadly there is only one bike on-site but I’m am sure there are some to hire in the town which would also make for an amazing way to explore the town of Tulbagh.
The road leading to the estate is a dust road but still flat so if you were to try the Tour de Tulbagh (I’m patenting that as we speak)I’m sure it would be easy enough for an amateur rider.
The rates are inexpensive and Raptor Rise often post specials on their Facebook page. Definetley recommended for a simple retreat in affordable Tulbagh.