Straw Bale Cottages

Oudrif-077In keeping with the sense of peace and solitude at Oudrif, it was decided that we limit accommodation to a maximum of 10 guests at one time. This ensures peace and tranquillity and also limits the impact that people have on the sensitive environment.

Each cottage sleeps two guests. They are equipped with one or two beds, an en-suit shower and toilet, a sitting area and a veranda. There are fans for summer and gas heaters in winter.

The 200 year old building method of plastered straw bales as building blocks was used.

Greenhause Architects in Cape Town were closely involved in this project, which is one of the first of its kind in South Africa, and the results have been far beyond expectations! The cottages provide comfort, shelter and greater insulation by utilising the conditions to the utmost by way of their unique orientation and design. Power for lights and water is gathered from the abundant sunshine which is collected by way of solar panels, and water comes from the perennial river.

Fresh Café Style food and local drinks are served in the boma or dining room, all contained in an area that has been kept as natural as possible. All in all, a good time is guaranteed.


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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg

Oudrif is a fully catered lodge situated on the banks of the Doring River at the Northern foothills of the Cederberg. Providing stylish accommodation in 5 individual straw bale cottages, for people who relish peace and quiet. Winter rains bring the largest outdoor flower display in the world; the pristine river provides opportunity for paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing on secluded beaches. The area whispers of our past from Stone Age tools to San rock art. Our rates include - all meals, beer, wine and soft drinks served in the central boma; daily guided walks and excursions. You just need to jump in your car with your clothes and toothbrush, we provide everything else. Our eco-friendly lodge accommodates a maximum of ten guests. We are solar powered so you can turn off all your devices and enjoy true peace and quiet. The straw bale cottages are environmentally friendly, providing excellent insulation in both hot and cold weather thus reducing the need for conventional power; there are fans for summer and gas heaters in winter.
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, October 2nd, 2017 at 8:27pm
Fresh meals are served with greens and herbs from the garden. Home grown salad, baby tomatoes, peppers, spring onions and herbs to name a few. Love good fresh food.
Recipe for today: Broccoli salad with olive and feta. Steamed broccoli, tossed in a dressing made with a handful of your favourite olives, a small clove of garlic, your favourite feta crumbled, olive oil, juice of half a lemon, some chilli, a hand full of fresh herbs, dill, apple mint, lemon thyme, chopped spring onions and topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 10:07pm
Guided walks along the Doring River Valley, see rock art, medicinal plants and interesting reptiles like this gorgeous rock agama.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergSunday, September 24th, 2017 at 9:17pm
Days are warm and the river is running and cool. Time to catch some colour and refresh in the cool clear clean Doring River before the full blown summer kicks in.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 8:52pm
Need a much deserved break? Head to Oudrif where the sun shines and its warm and and peaceful. Escape, Retreat and Relax on the banks of the Doring River in splendid isolation,
Unique straw bale cottages with great meals provided. You can take it easy, chilling, sunbathing, swimming in rock pools, smelling the fynbos, reading a book, stargazing and feasting on delicious meals.
Just jump in your car with your clothes and your toothbrush, we provide the rest. Please visit our website for more information www.oudrif.co.za
Oudrif is an ideal escape from a busy life, Just relax.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:51pm
Need a much deserved break? Head to Oudrif where the sun shines and its warm and colourful. Escape, Retreat and Relax on the banks of the Doring River.
Unique straw bale cottages with great meals provided. You can take it easy, chilling, sunbathing, swimming in rock pools, smelling the flowers, reading a book, stargazing and feasting on delicious meals.
Just jump in your car with your clothes and your toothbrush, we provide the rest.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:16pm
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