Recently headed into the hills of the Midlands for some time out – honestly it’s one of my best places to totally defrag and leave the pace of the city behind.
The team at Brahman Hills has recently launched Springholm, situated in the valley of the Blue Crane Nature Reserve, 4.5km from the hotel overlooking a tranquil dam next to the Reserve. Springholm currently has 3 waterfront cottages sleeping up to 4 people and 3 hillside cottages sleeping up to 6 people, all available on a self-catering basis, with breakfast included in the cottage rate. We were hosted in one of the waterfront cottages and despite the notorious Midlands mist rolling in across the lake in the afternoon obscuring the view, being so close to the water’s edge was such a lovely experience and the resident family of Egyptian geese swam by to say hello.
Pics of the Waterfront Cottage we stayed in – supplied by Springholm.
The cottages are designed to be subdivided if there are only 2 people staying in them – we stayed in the downstairs area which had a well appointed kitchenette, with a bar fridge, a seating area with TV and dstv channels, a little deck overlooking the dam and a bedroom at the back with an en suite bathroom fitted with a shower.
I did have a peek upstairs and if you are going to just book for 2 people, if you stay upstairs you have no deck or kitchen, but the bedroom is at the front and you have the most amazing view from your bed. Also the bathroom upstairs has a freestanding ball and claw bath so it’s a little more romantic. I’m not sure what the noise on the floor would be like if someone was staying upstairs, as these cottages are wooden – just something to be aware of if you book downstairs and are wanting to chill out – rather book the whole cottage.
Pics of the upstairs waterfront cottage – supplied by Springholm
The weather was miserable so it was perfect to just relax and we’d stopped off at the Piggly Wiggly en route to get some snacks, which we enjoyed with bubbles after spending a few hours at the Brahman Hills Spa. I wrote about my last visit to the spa in this post and it didn’t disappoint once again – an awesome massage followed by a full body scrub and a milk bath afterwards – bliss.
Sleep came very easy after all that relaxing and we woke up refreshed and ravenous – the perfect way to start a day when breakfast is being cooked by someone else ;)
Breakfast is served in the Springholm breakfast room, which is a short stroll from the cottages and includes a continental buffet and a cooked breakfast, with good coffee and tea. Best part is you overlook the dam toward rolling hills and all the doors of the breakfast room open up so you can take in the amazing view – it’s like a postcard.
Pics by me of the breakfast room, views on our walk and from inside our cottage
We enjoyed a brisk walk around the dam after breakfast and took in the view from the other side – this really is a very pretty valley and the bird life is great, with activity both on and off the dam. I could’ve stayed all week – but alas this was just a quick escape and it was time to pack our bags and head home.
But not before enjoying lunch at The Stables at Brahman Hills – which I’ll tell you all about in another post.