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5 'winter-wonderful' getaway homes for under R1.2m

08 Apr 2016

What better way to spend winter than cuddling up in front of a fireplace in your very own getaway home? If you’re yearning for the ultimate, budget-friendly winter retreat, look no further.

South Africa boasts many wintry spots where you can soak up the best of winter and rest your weary soul, from dreamy Dullstroom to picturesque Clarens and serene Ceres, you can escape to your own winter haven this year.

Here are five 'winter-wonderful' getaway homes across South Africa on sale for under R1.2 million:

1. Historic charm in Dullstroom for R1.2 million

This charming historic one bedroom, one bathroom home for sale in Dullstroom can be yours for R1.2 million - click here to view.

Located about three hours from Johannesburg, Mpumalanga’s sleepy Dullstroom is the perfect winter escape for city dwellers.

Dating back to 1912, this one bedroom home is one of the oldest buildings in Dullstroom. Originally, the home was a barn on the rectory’s grounds, but has been extensively renovated to create a unique and welcoming space while preserving the essence of the original features.

The large living area features skylight windows, high ceilings, rough beams and a big stone fireplace to curl up in front of.

To ensure you stay toasty when it’s cold outside, the bedroom and bathroom have underfloor heating.

The property includes a double garage and garden with cherry, apple, apricot and peach trees.

This historic home can be yours for R1.2 million - click here to view.

2. Snowy retreat in Sutherland for R875 000

If you’re looking for a white winter, this two bedroom, one bathroom home in Sutherland can be yours for R875 000 - click here to view.

Nestled in the Karoo in the Northern Cape, Sutherland is known as South Africa’s coldest town. Famous for its starry nights and dramatic landscapes, Sutherland makes the perfect winter getaway spot - especially as snowfall is quite common here during the colder months.

This two bedroom, one bathroom home for sale in Sutherland oozes Karoo charm and character. During the snowy season you can snuggle up to the fireplace in the lounge.

Historically, the property was the first school in Sutherland, and features beautiful wooden window frames and ceilings.

If you’re looking for a white winter, this historic home can be yours for R875 000 - click here to view.

3. Cosy comfort in Clarens for R1.15 million

You can own this property comprising two sandstone houses in Clarens for R1.15 million - click here to view.

Situated in the scenic foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State, Clarens has become a haven for artists, boasting various art galleries, trinket shops and coffee spots -  the perfect exploration for wintry days.

This property includes two sandstone houses, characteristic of Clarens’ architecture - set on a 2 878sqm erf. The main home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well is a living area with fireplace to enjoy when it’s cold outdoors. The second home needs a bit of TLC, and comprises two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The homes are set in a park-like garden featuring various fruit trees and a borehole and windmill.

You can enjoy beautiful, sweeping views from this property located only a 10-minute walk from the centre of Clarens.

You can own this cosy home for R1.15 million - click here to view.

4. Scenic solitude in Ceres R1.2 million

You can find peace of mind in this two bedroom, two bathroom cottage in scenic Ceres for R1.2 million - click here to view.

Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands and only a 90-minute drive from Cape Town, Ceres forms the gateway to the Cederberg area and Route 62. Although Ceres enjoys warm summers, winters are chilly and characterised by snowfalls in its higher-lying surrounds.

This means you can soak up snow-capped mountain views and enjoy snow activities during the colder months.

This stone cottage for sale is located in a sectional title development about 45 minutes from Ceres, nestled among the Koue Bokkeveld mountains. The home offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and as the development has a resident manager, it is the perfect lock-up and go getaway spot.

From the home’s ‘stoep’ you can bask in endless mountain views across a small river - or you can snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a good book.

Whatever you prefer, you can find your peace of mind in this scenic spot for R1.2 million - click here to view.

5. Rural escape in Lady Grey R895 000

This two bedroom, one bathroom rural escape in Lady Grey can be your spot for R895 000 - click here to view.

Tucked away in a valley beneath the scenic Witteberg mountain range in the Eastern Cape, Lady Grey is a rural town with much to offer those seeking an escape.

From the abundant sandstone formations, fossil beds and rock art in the area to its various historical sites, there is much to explore and discover in Lady Grey. Nature lovers, star gazers, fly fishers and bird watchers especially are attracted to this tranquil town, boasting many hiking trails and an abundance of natural beauty.

This newly-built modern two bedroom, one bathroom home in Lady Grey offers you a place to soak up the quiet and laze in front of a coal stove fireplace.

You can enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountain from the home’s balcony. It features brick face and wood details throughout, including wooden window and door frames.

This rural escape can be yours for R895 000 - click here to view.

Now you can own your own 'winter-wonderful' getaway in scenic South Africa. - Ula van Zyl

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Ula van Zyl

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