22 Feb 2017

Thimble Cottage in Underberg

Thimble Cottage:  Is our much-loved family holiday cottage situated outside of Underberg on the road towards Drakensberg Gardens.  It has been in our family for over 30 years, and has kept all its charm and rustic appeal.  It is the perfect place to simply unwind and relax, get away from it all, write a book, be an artist, or go for long hikes, bicycle rides or tubing down the river.   
The cottage is a Self-catering Family holiday home set on a 10ha smallholding, with mountains and rivers as far as the eye can see.  Thimble is advertised by word of mouth mainly.  Please treat the cottage as you would your own home, with respect and love. 

Sleeps 4 adults comfortably, and a whole bunch of kids.
Thimble comprises of the Main cottage with a Loft and Thimblet.  (Let as one unit, not separately)
The Main Cottage:
~ Kitchen
~ Bathroom (bath, and a shower over the bath)
~ Bedroom with a double bed.  (sleeps 2).  
~ Lounge / dining with a sleeper couch (sleeps 2)
(there is an extra mattress under the double bed for a kid on the floor)
There is a small loft area which has access from outside and can sleep 2 kids in a bunk bed
(there are also 2 floor mattresses)  
Thimblet: (above the garage)
~ Kitchenette
~ Shower room
~ Bedroom with Queen size bed (sleeps 2)
~ and a double Sleeper couch (sleeps 2 kids)
(there is an extra mattress under the bed for a kid on the floor)
~ Your own Linen, Duvets, Pillows and Blankets.  (please refer to bed types above)
~ Your own Bath Towels and Swimming Towels
~ All your own food and beverages.   We have a few things in the cupboard in case you may forget something, you are welcome to use these, but please replace for the next guest.
~ your own Soaps and extra Toilet paper, and Mozzi spray in summer.
~ Charcoal for a braai (BBQ)
~ Wood for the fire area.   Or chop your own from dead trees in the pine forest.  (Axe in the garage)
~ Swimming gear.  The dam is great fun to swim in, and tubing down the river is fabulous fun (Tubes in the garage) – they may need patching and pumping – your cost.
~ Cold weather gear even in summer months.
~ Your own Flashlight (Torch).  We do have candles scattered around in case the electricity goes out.
~ Laundry hand wash powder if you would like Florina to do your Laundry
~ Hiking boots, fishing rods and bicycles if you are into that sort of thing.
~ Great books and a sketch book if this is more your scene.
~ Fully equipped kitchen for your self-catering needs
~ Spacious under cover veranda
~ Portable Braai (found in the garage)
~ Undercover lockable garage for 1 car
~ Children welcome
~ A house keeper – Cottage is serviced daily, see non-optional rate below.
~ Laundry Service (hand wash and dry only)
~ Our tap water is from a spring and is refreshing and safe to drink.  However, if you have only ever drunk town water, we suggest rather bringing bottled water with you, or boil the tap water first.
~ Big Truck Tubes for floating down the river or chilling on in the dam.  Please put back in garage after use.  Please don’t leave them outside in the sun, as the rubber will perish
~ Paddles for the boats on the dam.   Boats to be used on dam only.  Return paddles to garage after use.
~ Summer rainfall area, with not normally more than 2 days of rain at a time.  Afternoon thunder showers are a regular occurrence.  January, February and March are hottest months with days being in the 30's (Celsius).  Expect all seasons in one day.  It can go from a hot morning, to hail and cold, to a lovely evening.
~ Winter is cold, with frost.  Days are warm in the late teens and early 20's, nights can be very cold.  We have very little rain in winter.  July, August and September are our coldest months. Lovely for hiking.  Snow can occur occasionally at Thimble cottage, and regularly seen on the mountains.
ACTIVITIES (a brief overview)
~ Beautiful walks on the property and along the Umzimkulu River, look out for duiker, and porcupine quills.
~ Visit our very local Underberg Cheesery and the best Plant Nursery ever down Penny Lane.
~ The Old Duck for the best cappuccino in the Drakensberg or a delicious meal.   Fabulous fun for kids:  playground, chickens, bunnies, more.  Lovely gift shop “Vanilla Rose” also on the premises.
~ Tubing down the river in the summer months.  Start around the “Old Trout hatchery” or further upstream.
~ Loads of hiking trails from “Drakensberg Gardens Hotel”. “Cobham nature reserve” and more.
~ Fabulous selection of Mountain biking trails starting from The Old Duck.
~ A selection of restaurants around and about
~ 6km from Underberg village for shopping requirements
~ We suggest you visit http://www.drakensberg.org/ for a complete overview
There are also guides and brochures on the table in Thimble cottage once you get there
~ R500 per night for the entire Cottage – Valid till end December 2017
~ R60 per day for the housekeeper Florina.  This is not optional.  She has been with the cottage for at least 35 years.  This gets paid directly to her in CASH on your last day.   She’ll come in to clean in the morning and wash dishes, and then again to wash dishes after lunch.  Florina does not speak much English, but she can understand most things.  I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

E-mail:             fabulous.farmliving@gmail.com

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