One of the very best things we have done for our marriage is to prioritise regular romantic getaways as a couple. We aim for at least one weekend getaway a year (usually around our anniversary), but if we are able to make it happen then a second retreat is always a treat! Fortunately we live in the same city as grandparents who are prepared to help us out occasionally by having our kids and we have great friends who we have managed to farm our kids out to (together or separate) even for just one night.
I realise it’s not always possible to arrange childcare or finances, however I really feel it should be something you work towards, even if it’s for just one night. It’s amazing how much quality time you can enjoy if you leave early on a Sat am and return after lunch on Sunday. In fact you’ll be surprised at how relaxed you feel after time reconnecting without your kids constant demands, especially if you enjoy that time in nature!
In December last year, while on our annual camping trip, we spotted the brand new luxurious pod cabins at Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway and decided we needed to plan a visit. Fortunately the weekend near my birthday at the end of July was available and so we duly booked the Dragonfly (Water) Pod House.
This was to be our first visit to this beautiful part of the world during winter and we were not sure what to expect, but what we did know is that the pods each have their own private hot tub so that meant that whatever the weather we would be just fine!
We arrived after traffic on Friday evening to find that the hot tub had already been stoked and was ready for us to jump right in! What a win! This thoughtful gesture set the tone for the rest of our stay.
We were quick to unpack and soak in every aspect of this incredible space as much as possible. The first thing that strikes you is the amazing location of the pod. Each of the three pods is set amidst the farm’s fruit orchards with incredible views across to majestic mountains on every side. There was no reason to go anywhere with views like these and we decided that we would not be going anywhere for the foreseeable future. What bliss to park the car and not need it for 48 hours!
The pod itself is incredibly stylish, with a lounge area and galley kitchen forming the centre of the pod and a beautiful double bedroom and en-suite bathroom off on either side of the lounge. The Dragonfly pod is decorated in elements of blue and I loved the gorgeous artworks that they have selected to adorn the walls.
Each pod sleeps 4 comfortably (single beds are avail) and would be a great getaway for 2 couples or a family, but for us it was idyllic to be just the 2 of us! The pods offer privacy and peace – the perfect ingredients for a romantic retreat.
The pods are self-catering and the kitchen area comes equipped with a fridge, microwave and gas hob. There is also a fire pit and an indoor braai.
To ensure our weekend was as chilled as possible I opted to stock up on pre-made meals and salads before leaving Cape Town and so there was no pressure to make food from scratch which meant even more time to rest and read while enjoying sundowners on the patio! This particular time of the day – early evening – is one I vividly recall missing so much during the early stages of parenting and now I’m making up for it as much as possible every chance I can. No bath, supper, bed routine to oversee. BLISS!
The rooms themselves are gorgeous with plush king-sized beds, crisp Egyptian cotton linen and large blackout curtains across the huge picture windows that overlook the mountains. I loved waking up with the birds and then lounging about in bed reading and watching the sun slowly hit the mountain peak across the valley. Even the showers offer amazing views from the large windows!
A highlight of a stay in one of these unique pod houses is surely the wood fired hot-tub. Set just off the patio, the hot tub is the ideal place to relax while overlooking breathtaking mountain views and vineyards.
We got ours stoked up for the afternoon and kept it going into the evening with frequent dips throughout the day to let the warm water soak away our tensions and troubles. However, the very best way to enjoy the hot tub was by floating in the the piping hot water under the canopy of a pitch black night sky sprinkled with stars. The stars in this dark valley are magnificent and the Milky Way stretches across the vast expanse of sky overhead making the chance of spotting a shooting star excellent! We saw more than 1!
During our time at Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway we spent much of it in the hot tub or on the patio, but we also made time to enjoy the surrounding nature by going on beautiful walks (and even a run) around the farm to soak in the views of the Holsloot River, vineyards, orchards and wild fynbos.
There are a few maps available at reception to indicate some easy kid-friendly walks as well as mountain bike trails.
We also meandered down to the on-site kiosk for some farm essentials like rusks and jam. You can order picnic baskets from the farm shop and there is also a restaurant / bistro that operates on Saturdays that serves pizzas.
On our last morning we opted to check out and then enjoy one more hike in a part of the farm that we’ve never explored during the past 9 years!
We’ve hiked to the waterfall a few times however this time we opted to enjoy a scenic hike up to a lookout point high located past the pear orchards. This 1 hour hike took us through beautiful fynbos lined trails and over a few streams up a 600m incline to enjoy a panoramic vista of the entire valley as our reward! Well worth it and certainly a route we’ll take the (older) kids on next time we find ourselves spending time in this special spot.
These luxurious pods offer a beautiful hideaway with complete privacy and peace in the most romantic setting and I can highly recommend booking a weekend for you and your special person… Just be sure to do so in advance as they are getting very popular! We’ve already decided that this getaway is an essential line item in our annual budget!
Luxurious 4 sleeper pods with hot tubs
Water, Air & Fire
Weekends: (min 2 night stay)
R1040 per person per night (first 2 guests)
R930 per person per night (3rd & 4th guest)
Weekdays: (min 2 guests)
R800 per person per night
Seniors discount of 10% valid during the week.
Other accommodation options at Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway include cottages and camp sites which range in price from R220 pppn – R480 pppn. All weekend & school holiday stays are a minimum of 2 nights and 4 guests (cottages) and 6 guests (camp sites). Weekday stays are a minimum of 2 guests.
Tel: 023 349 191
Mon – Fri 08:00 – 17:00
Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays