Matjiesvlei Cottages

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow, Calitzdorp District, Klein & Groot Karoo, Western Cape

Matjiesvlei Cottages:

Die Bokwagtershuis
Die Bokwagtershuis, "Goat keeper's house", was originally built during the 19th century as accommodation for Matjiesvlei's goat keeper. His task was to tend to all the goats of the different farmers in the valley. The house has been authentically restored to maintain its atmosphere, with addition of modern amenities.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bath and shower
  • Electric geyser
  • Linen included
  • Washing machine
  • Air-conditioner in lounge
  • Wood burning closed system for heating in lounge
  • Built-in braai on covered stoep
  • Kitchen is fully equipped, including braai grid, tongs and swart potjie.

The history of the cottage on Middelplaas (Middle Farm) is unknown. It is the only house on Middelplaas and was probably many decades ago used as a residence for the people looking after the farm for the owners who lived elsewhere in the valley. Over the years it became very run down before it was renovated by the present owners into a cottage with the most beautiful view over the olive orchard, veld and mountains. It is a cosy 2 bed roomed self catering cottage, only 3 minutes walk from the private picnic site next to the river.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Shower
  • Gas geyser
  • Linen included
  • Air-conditioner in lounge
  • Fireplace in lounge for heating or to braai during winter
  • Outside built braai on grass
  • Kitchen is fully equipped, including braai grid, tongs and swart potjie.

Die Stalle
Die Stalle (The Stables) was originally built as the residences for two of the owners of undivided shares in the agricultural land bordering the Kleinrivier (Little River). Later owners turned the houses into stables. It has now been restored into a comfortable 3 bedroomed cottage with a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. It is next to the farm dam.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bath and shower
  • Linen included
  • Air-conditionerinmiddle bedroom
  • Queen anne coal stoves for heating in 2 of the bedrooms.
  • Built-in braai on covered stoep, which serves as lounge/dining room.
  • Kitchen is fully equipped, including braai grid, tongs and swart potjie.
  • No oven, 2-plate on counter stove.

Die Skuur
Die Skuur (The Shed) is the working shed which forms the heart of farming activities on Middelplaas. From Die Skuur there are beautiful views over the olive orchard down to the Gamka River and of the surrounding mountains.

  • Die Skuur offers basic self catering accommodation in 2 bedrooms.
  • The Alwyn room has 2 single beds and a bunk bed.
  • The Spekbos room has a double bed and a bunk bed.
  • Kindly note that you are required to provide your own bedding and towels when staying in Die Skuur.
  • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with toilet, basin and shower.
  • There is solar heating.
  • There is a kitchen/dining room area with cutlery; crockery; an on counter 2 plate stove; microwave oven; kettle; toaster and fridge.
  • You can enjoy your meals either outside at the braai, or in the kitchen area at the 8-seater table.
  • A braai grid and fire tongs are available.
  • On hot summer days you can cool off in the river at the nearby private picnic site.


To get there, you travel on the R62.

  • Coming from Ladismith, the turnoff to Matjiesvlei is 40km from Ladismith.
  • Coming from Oudtshoorn through Calitzdorp, the turnoff to Matjiesvlei is 5.6km from Calitzdorp.

The turnoff is clearly marked - GPS: S 33 29.767; E 21 38.925 - Once on the gravel road, you carry on for 7km untill you get to a T-junction. GPS: S 33 26.878; E 21 38.845

Once on the gravel road, switch off your cell phones, there is no reception.
Press in your speedometer button.

On 4,1 km you will find a big rock, with yellow wording, indicating a left turn. Do NOT turn left, that is not the road to Matjiesvlei Cottages. Continue until on 7 km you get 2 houses in front of you.

For Bokwagtershuis and Die Stalle:

  • Turn right. After 300 m you will find the gates to their entrances.
    - GPS: S 33 26.882; E 21 39.070.

  • Use the gate to the right of the sign for Die Bokwagtershuis
    - GPS: S 33 26.861; E 21 39.070,

  • and use the gate to the left of the sign for Die Stalle
    - GPS: S 33 26.820; E 21 29.105.

For Middelplaas and Die Skuur:

  • Turn left. After 3 km you will find Die Skuur on your right, and after another 100 m you will find Middelplaas on your left.
    - GPS: S 33 26.564; E 21 37.887

Location & Contact Details
Address: Matjiesvlei
Klein Karoo
Western Cape
South Africa
Contact :Marietjie Scannell Cell :082-7334556
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Matjiesvlei Cottages - Calitzdorp District Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow