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 CederbergWednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 9:05pm
Need to relax, unwind and rejuvinate before 2019? Visit Oudrif for absolute peace an quite, good food and a refreshing river to revive tired bodies and minds
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 3:22am
It's warming up, beautiful evenings, hot days, cool river, outside dining and absolute peace and quiet
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 3:07am
Escape to Oudrif, disconnect from technology and relax in Splendid Isolation. October weather is warming up and the Doring River is refreshing #relax #escape #disconnect #refresh #retreat
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 2:47am
Rock pools to refresh
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, October 5th, 2018 at 7:50pm
Amazing to still see some flowers around. The weather is warming up and the river is cool, clean and refreshing
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergSaturday, September 29th, 2018 at 10:01pm
Morning flowers
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