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9 romantic bush and country getaway homes around SA

12 Feb 2016

A lot of couples go on a getaway at this time of the year to celebrate their love. Fortunately, indulging your partner and giving them your attention is something you can practise all year round.

Love is in the air – this makes it the perfect time to start planning your romantic break. And nothing is more romantic than the rustic charm of a country or bush getaway...

So whether you’d like to be together on the coast or go further inland, South Africa has so much to offer.

Here are nine romantic getaways to whet your appetite…

Situated in a nature reserve, this idyllic Kenton on Sea property is on the market for R3.5 million - click here to view.

1. Idyllic nature reserve property in Eastern Cape

Surrounded by lush vegetation, this Kenton on Sea estate is situated in a nature reserve. Populated with wildlife and birds, the property overlooks the Bushman’s River, which can be enjoyed from an enclosed patio.

Offering four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this spacious home boasts open-plan living areas that lead to the covered veranda. This space is characterised by stack away glass doors and a triangular skylight that let's in plenty of natural light.

This house has a fully fitted kitchen with modern appliances and undercounter room for a dishwasher and washing machine.

Romantic meals and family get-togethers can be enjoyed outside in the tiled courtyard. This neutrally coloured area features a built-in braai and enough room to house an outdoor dining table and chairs.

The property has an additional cottage and couples can take advantage of the estate’s private marina and boma.

The property is on the market for R3.5 million.

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This charming log cabin in Rheenendal, Western Cape, is selling for R2.7 million - click here to view.

2. Charming log home in Western Cape

Take a romantic break and enjoy the rustic charm of this Rheenendal home. Selling for R2.7 million, the cabin-style property is fronted by a dam, rolling lawns and a thicket of trees.

The large veranda leads into a two bathroom property which offers sleeping accommodation for four people.

Cosy and inviting, the log home has deep rooms with low ceilings, an all wood kitchen with fitted cabinets and a kitchen island, home office and a fireplace.

This smallholding is set on 2.98 hectares of land, which comes with rainwater storage facilities, two dams and a swimming pool in the backyard.

Love birds can have their share of country living 15 minutes away from Knysna.

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This private Sutherland farm is on the market for R1.42 million - click here to view.

3. Private country living in Northern Cape

There’s a smallholding up for grabs in Sutherland, Northern Cape. Close to town, this property is set against the mountains and is surrounded by trees, shrubs and low-growing plants.

Partially built with stone, the home is run on solar power and offers clean fountain water. Leading up to the property is a gravel road and white-painted rocks that run along the path, all the way up to the house.

The interiors sport natural floor and counter finishes, which complement the wooden cabinets in the kitchen. The rocks have also been used to create a boarder around the trees in the yard, which creates an interesting visual cue from afar.

This two bedroom farm property is private and quiet, which works well for couples who are looking for some ‘alone time’. It is on the market for R1.42 million.

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This luxury estate property syndicate in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, is currently selling for R850 000 - click here to view.

4. Luxury estate syndicate in Mpumalanga

If you’re thinking of escaping to Mpumalanga with your sweetheart, Dullstroom has a four bedroom, four bathroom home for sale.

Own a tenth share in this magnificent home in Walkersons Private Estate, which entitles you to five weeks' usage per year, selling at R850 000.

Combining natural colours, exposed beams, stone, concrete and wood, the house has a contemporary, organic and luxurious feel to it.

The inside of the home has an open-plan arrangement, with the living room, dining room and kitchen sharing the same space. Open and airy, this room gets a lot of natural light thanks to the lengthy glass doors.

This well-appointed home is fitted with lavish finishes and furnishings such as a built-in fireplace, modern kitchen appliances and attractive countertops, and standalone bathtubs and basins.

Additional features include open shelves, an overhead kitchen rack, skylights in one of the bathroom and a spacious veranda where you can enjoy each other’s company.

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Situated in Hartebeesport, North West, this hidden gem is currently on the market for R3.5 million - click here to view.

5. Beautiful hidden gem in North West

Spend time in Hartebbesport, North West, in this beautifully framed home. On the market for R3.5 million, this hidden gem offers 13.9 hectares of land populated with old trees and a thatch house.

The property has a stone façade and a second level where you can enjoy your surrounds from the balcony.

Accommodation on this farm includes two cosy bedroom, two bathrooms, two living spaces and a farmhouse kitchen. Painted in white, the kitchen offers built-in cabinets, a gas stove and break nook where you can indulge in a romantic breakfast.

This lovely hideaway has an additional flatlet, staff accommodation and an old watch tower, which adds to the scenery and romance.

Enjoy a day out at the pool where you can let the beauty of your surroundings wash over you.

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This Vaalwater retreat in Limpopo is on the market for R3.3 million - click here to view.

6. Lovely bushveld retreat in Limpopo

Romance and adventure await you at this stone clad property in Vaalwater, Limpopo. Boasting thatch roofs, the chalets offer beautiful views over the Waterburg bushveld, a range of tree species as well as birdlife.

Nestled in a nature reserve, this exclusive property has a lovely pool, stretches of lawn where you can lie out in the sun, and a pretty gravel courtyard.

Private yet welcoming, this charming property has a stone interior with open living areas and sliding doors that lead to a patio.

Incorporated in the setting is a built-in kitchen with enough room for a washing machine and dishwasher. Opposite this is a small bar with a sitting area.

Also on offer is an enclosed veranda and balcony on the second storey where couples can take in the views, catch a glimpse of the wildlife and enjoy a cocktail or two. 

You will have 16.5% shares of this 245ha piece of luxurious bushveld. The farm is on the market for R3.3 million.

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Nestled in a residential area in Randburg, Gauteng, this rustic and charming farm is selling for R3.75 million. Click here to view.

7. Unique bush getaway in Gauteng

Use this opportunity to spoil your loved one at this Randburg bush getaway in Gauteng.

The combination of exposed brick, wood, concrete and other natural finishes, gives this property a 'bush retreat' feel. This one-of-a-kind home blends modern facilities with organic furnishings to create a lavish holiday home.

In addition to three spacious bedrooms, the home includes a living area with a built-in fireplace and a dining room and kitchen which flow seamlessly into one another. 

The kitchen offers a charming atmosphere complemented by matt blue cabinets, built-in stove and unvarnished kitchen island.

The peaceful courtyard can be accessed through a set of foldaway doors through the dining room. It has been furnished with gravel and has a spot for a table and chairs. Next to the courtyard is an undercover patio with a built-in braai. From here, couples can enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars. This home is on the market for R3.75 million.

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This bush lodge share block property in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, is selling for R2.95 million - click here to view.

8. Gorgeous bush lodge in KwaZulu-Natal

A bush lodge adventure is on the cards in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal. Selling for R2.95 million, this private game reserve  share block property is situated in the Ubombo Mountains.

There are fifty share block units, each with the right to have its own lodge on a designated site for the owners permanent use along with rights of use over the entire 1 214 hectare reserve. 

Hluhluwe has a rich population of wildlife including the white rhino, nyala, bushbuck, zebra and more, and a thriving landscape which can be enjoyed from the elevated position of the farm.

Made from logs, stone and thatch, this property offers a double volume and open-plan living area. This space combines the living room with the kitchen, and is fitted with identical chandeliers.

In addition to that, the bathroom is a luxurious affair. Boasting his and hers basins, it has a stone clad sink, large mirror and glass doors that bring the outdoors inside.

Special features include a private outdoor shower, braai area, boma and jacuzzi. 

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This inviting three bedroom home in Clarens, Free State, is on the market for R5.5 million - click here to view.

9. Inviting haven in the Free State

There’s an opportunity to buy an inviting three bedroom home in Clarens, Free State.

Neat and well-maintained, the garden is characterised by rolling lawns, rose bushes, potted plants and a fountain. From here, couples can take in the panoramic views of the mountain while enjoying a quiet picnic for two.

The house has three bedrooms and three en suite bathrooms, a deep living and dining space, and a fireplace. The property offers a country-style kitchen which has been fitted with built-in cabinets, modern appliances, granite countertops and a gas stove. The offer also includes a scullery or laundry room which leads out onto a paved courtyard.

This R5.5 million house has special features like underfloor heating, solar heating, a balcony and two garages. 

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