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.
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, June 18th, 2018 at 9:51pm
The Doring River is flowing and the veld is beautiful after the rains
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 5:57am
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, May 7th, 2018 at 7:24pm
Waiting for rain, seeds are ready
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergWednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 7:13am
Winter Escape Special from 4 May to end July. Escape to Oudrif for a much deserved break, where the sun shines and the veld is a colourful display of happiness. Relax and unwind on the banks of the Doring River. SPECIAL RATES R850 per person per night, all inclusive until 31 July 2018.
Unique comfortable straw bale cottages and great meals provided. You can take it easy, chilling on the deck, rock jump around rock pools, smell the flowers and feast on delicious meals.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergWednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 1:06am
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, April 12th, 2018 at 8:51pm
More lillies emerging from the earth, we have been lucky enough to have had 36.5 mm of rain so far this year. Almost more than the total for 2017. The veld is looking good
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