Rooms: 5: 4 rooms in the manor house: all king/twins, 2 en-suite shower, 1 bath, 1 shr & bath; 1 cottage has 1 twin & 1 double sharing bath & shower.
Prices: R750 – R950 pp sharing.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner and light lunches on request.
Directions: 8km from Bedford on the R63 towards Adelaide, turn left at the sign and follow the dirt road for 8km.
I can’t be the first to call Cavers an oasis, but it is irresistible. There in the distance a stand of tall oaks shimmers unconvincingly in the haze. And then suddenly you are among well-watered and mature gardens, an Eden of lawns and vivid flowers. The garden is one of only 20 to have been included in a beautiful coffee-table book, “Remarkable Gardens Of South Africa“. The fine stone, ivy-encased farmhouse was built in 1840 and has been in Ken’s family for four generations (now exclusively for guests). The bedrooms, with wooden floorboards, high ceilings and voluptuously draped windows, are refined and elegant. From one of the upstairs rooms I got an impression of living in the trees with an hadeda nesting at eye level and yellow orioles twittering and fluttering about. Two grand upstairs rooms with pressed-metal ceilings have balconies overlooking the profusion of flowers below. The thatched cottage also has long views over the lawns and up to the Winterberg Mountains. Rozanne is a maestro in the kitchen, cooking with fresh produce from the farm and the surrounding area and all her meals are mouth-watering feasts. The memory of that salmon cheesecake is even now a Pavlovian trigger that gets the mouth watering. There is a clay tennis court, hiking on rolling land inhabited with plains game, riding, cricket on the magnificent ground nearby; swimming is in the pool or a big round reservoir; and DSTV is on hand, should 'your team' be playing.