01 April 2019
We had the most amazing time at River Cottages. My family and I loved every minute of our stay there, so much so that we were gutted to have to return home. We stayed in River Cottage 1 which was perfect for our needs and wants. The cottage was spotless and had everything we needed for our weekend. The view from the patio was amazing and perfectly situated to watch the kids play in the pool and to see what was going on at the river. The cottage is roughly 40m from the pool and about 60m from the river's edge. What more could one ask for?
There aren't any play ground facilities for the kids, but this didn't stop our children from having a blast. Perhaps that could be a future addition which would be a big win.
Then I need to thank Marianca for making the entire reservation process so simple and pain free. I asked a multitude of questions and favours and there was nothing that she wasn't prepared to accommodate me with (within reason of course).
Our host, Marlouise, was amazing too. She made us feel so welcome on arrival and again attended to all of our needs. There was nothing too big nor small that she wasn't prepared to help us with. She made us feel like we were part of an extended family and encouraged us to let our hair down and relax.
I would highly recommend River Cottages to anyone whom is seeking a peaceful and relaxing weekend away.
For the fishermen/fisherwomen - we didn't catch any record breaking fish, but we had a very successful fishing experience. Our first day was very quiet and we wondered if there were any fish in the river. However, after some advice from the local fishing store in Parys and some recommended bait, we were kept busy all day and night. Don't try anything fancy - worms, banana and pineapple mielies and some "Superman" dip, worked a charm. We didn't have any luck with specimen rigs and boilies, but it is not to say that it won't work.
On the whole, we would return without a shadow of a doubt - in fact, we are planning our next trip already.