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A self-catering getaway in the country…

Want to get away but still a little nervous of hotels. A self-catering option is the way to go.

Covid-19 and lock downs have brought about many changes to be sure!  After months of being cooped up at home, we’re wanting to experience something different  – a change from working from home, a change of environment, a chance to unwind and relax. If you are in search of accommodation for a getaway where you can comply with all the Covid protocols – isolating, social distancing and avoiding crowds, but still have a great time, then the self-catering route is the way to go.

Choosing self-catering accommodation, be it a luxury seaside apartment, house or villa, a unit in a historical town, a budget-wise cottage in a nature reserve or a luxury game lodge out in the bush means that you can avoid confined, enclosed spaces, close-contact settings and crowded places – you can eat, sleep and relax in your own ‘bubble’ – all the while enjoying the fresh air, the peace and quiet, soaking up the sun surrounded by the stunning beauty of the mountains, hills, rivers and the sea.

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One of our favourite spots is the exclusive five-star Walkersons Hotel & Spa, which has five fully furnished, self-catering cottages. If you’ve a large family, or are travelling with friends, the Waterfall House would be perfect … with five en suite bedrooms, a spacious entertainment area, fully equipped kitchen, pool table, fireplace and a bar, it’s lovely a spacious, and sits on top of a hill overlooking a waterfall. Bit big? The Riverview Cottage is a double storey with four en-suite bedrooms, with spectacular panoramic views from an upstairs balcony and braai area overlooking the river. There’s also a three-bedroomed Hillside Cottage and sweet picturesque two-bedroomed Hansel and Gretel cottages.

In the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga highlands, the hotel’s in the picturesque hamlet of Dullstroom .. well worth exploring (always love a good shop!),  while at the hotel there are stocked trout dams, two great restaurants if you’re wanting a night off from cooking, a spa, mountain biking and walks.  A distinctive feature of Walkersons is its seclusion – here you are free to roam, breath in the fresh air and explore the surroundings. Rates for self-catering options are dependent on length of stay. Details: 013-253-7000, walkersons.co.za

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