The SpaceBereaville is in fact a nearby suburb of Genadendal, SA's oldest mission station and home to a 'coloured' community. In times past, when wagons and hardened missionaries worked their cause, it was known as Poespasriver (ahem…), in reference to the little river running through the village in a vaguely north-south direction.
This typical Cape missionary cottage of old forms part of a larger property, with the main house nearby. It has all the makings of a gingerbread house: uneven mud walls, exposed timber beams, a cosy loft, splashes of happy colour, and dollops of creaky old world charm.
Bed-wise, you’ve got a double bedroom which leads off from the lounge, and a further two singles tucked in the loft. The lounge has a cosy fireplace and is open-plan to a kitchen with fridge and gas hob.
Now, onto the loo. It’s back to earthy basics here, with a compost toilet in the bathroom (yikes!), along with large shower. No need to panic though, there's also an "outhouse" with flush loo.
Staying outdoors, you’ve got a nice patio area shaded by vines, comfortable chairs and table, and a (uncultivated) lawned garden with barbeque and views stretching to the surrounding mountains.
An untrampled country hamlet, a character-packed organic cottage with a deliciously naughty name, oodles of local history, Poespasrivier Cottage is your time-travel ticket to the past.
Guest AccessBecause the cottage is a genuine 1865 missionary cottage space is limited. Guests are welcome to use the deep freeze and microwave in the main house kitchen or store their mountain bikes in the main house garage for safety. Washing of clothes may be arranged. Interaction with GuestsMy 27 years career in the travel industry as a Tour Manager/Guide are at your disposal for any detailed information or even help in putting together your South African tour itinerary. Please do contact me if you are in need of help. The owner lives right next door. The NeighborhoodNot much has changed in this neck of the woods; today the only traffic you’re likely to find are loping livestock, a few chickens, colourful local characters, and possibly an intrepid Airbnb explorer.
There’s loads to do in the area, from a platter of hiking trails, to miles of quiet gravel roads to explore by car or bike, to the Genadendal museum, to Greyton's varied pleasures. Your friendly host, Angora, is on hand to point you in the right direction. Getting AroundBereaville is just 9km west of Greyton (our nearest town) which, by the way, is famous for its international standard, mountain biking trails, but being in the country it is probably best if you rent a car in Cape Town. Airport transfers and a local taxi service are available on request only and may be booked via us but do bear in mind that this is a rural village.
Locally many of the villagers still use horse/donkey carts to get to town. If you would like to try this form of transport it is easily arranged. Other Things to NoteA gentle warning: Before you book, bear in mind that Bereaville (and Genadendal, for that matter) are rural 'coloured' villages - this is not Greyton - if it's dozy gentrification you want, then to Greyton you must go. But if you're open to a slightly different cultural experience, then Bereaville could be your kind of place. And Poespasrivier Cottage your kind of base to enjoy it from.
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