Rooms: 1 cottage with 2 doubles with bath and shower ensuite.
Prices: Self-catering R480 pn. Bed and breakfast R570 pn.
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Meals: Full English breakfast, Continental by request. Meat “braai” packs in the freezer for guests who don’t want to go to a restaurant.
Directions: From Durban/Jo'Burg, take Mooi River Toll Plaza off N3. L onto R103 to Rosetta, then R onto Kamberg for 11km. R onto D450 for 1km. "Sandstone" is the first house on the L.
“Now, where are you headed next? I will work on a route and Sue can be your tour guide”, insisted Graham. I had met my surrogate SA parents! While Graham retrieved his maps, Sue led me to Sandstone Cottage, set on the grounds of the Armstrongs’ home and sharing the same beautiful view overlooking trout-filled dams and beyond to the foothills of the Drakensberg. We'd only made it as far as the stoep when I found a quirky item of interest – a lion's paw-print ashtray. This sort of unusual detail is typical. See the stuffed otter from their previous home in Ireland that sits proudly above the open fire. And the historic Gaelic fishing boat on the wall. And the massive brown trout trophy on the mantelpiece. We shared many enthusiasms, so the tour took quite a while. “Everything is reclaimed,” Sue explained. The sash windows, for example, came from a cattle shed. When I admired the material in the bedrooms, Sue educated me on two English fabrics, Jane Churchill and Crowson, and I later learned that Sue is a textile designer by trade. We were soon joined by Graham, a farmer born and bred, who led us to his pride and joy, the wine cellar where bottles are strategically stacked in mangers. “Do guests have access to this?” I asked, to which he replied, “I would love the company!” As well as accommodating guests, the Armstrongs have retired champion thoroughbreds at livery. Sandstone offers hiking and fishing... but this is just a great place to relax, safe in the strong arms of the Armstrongs.