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.

The rooms are non-smoking; smokers are welcome to smoke outside only.


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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.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, January 21st, 2019 at 7:27pm
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 1:53am
Time for digital detox? The lack of constant distraction frees your mind to contemplate more important issues in life. Head to Oudrif, refreshing Spring fed pools in the River, real Peace and quiet. Relax in nature, eat real food, meet real people without devices to distract you.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, December 13th, 2018 at 8:29pm
Our eco-friendly lodge accommodates a maximum of ten guests. We are solar powered - no load shedding. 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.
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