I’ve had my eye on FamTin at The Riverstone House near Wolseley for ages. I just loved the look and feel of this private breakaway on a working berry farm. It’s designed inside a container (hence the name ‘Family Tin’) and the finishes are really thoughtful and luxurious. They welcome dogs (very rare these days) and even have a little dog yard out the back. But the most fabulous thing is that it’s completely private, being the only accommodation on this particular dam. (That may change in the future as they’re thinking of adding FamTin 2.0). But for now you have your own private view of the dam and across the valley.
The colour scheme is very ‘now’- in muted greys and blues. Very classic. There are two bedrooms (sleeps 4 in total) each with their own bathroom. The main bedroom has a slipper bath but we braved the outside shower that was steaming hot on the rather fresh cold mornings. The second bedroom (two single beds) has a shower so it would be easy enough to share if you wanted to.
The lounge/dining/kitchen space is beautifully equipped with SMEG kettle and toaster, a huge fridge and gas oven and really has all you need for some fancy self catering. We wanted for nothing. The inside fireplace keeps everything very warm and toasty when its freezing outside and there’s plenty of space.
The best part though is the deep patio with a braai and table on one end and a sitting area on the other – the perfect spot for a cup of coffee and a little read. Every time you lift your head the light on the mountains has changed and the view is just a little bit different. The winter sunset was rather spectacular especially when the wind dropped and the mountains were reflected in the water. You could just sit and look and sit some more. And you might be lucky enough to spot the pied kingfisher hunting for supper. There is a wooden jetty leading into the water and in summer it would be glorious to float along in the sun. But we weren’t nearly brave enough to try it this time!
If you need some activity to fill your days then there are many wine farms in the area (we visited Tulbagh and Robertson during our stay) and there are various activities in Ceres too. But I would happily just stay put and do nothing – my idea of ideal weekend getaway.
They do a self check-in and check-out which is completely effortless and our ‘booking fairy’ Candice was super efficient and only a what’s app away.
We love love loved our stay here and hope to be back soon. It gets quite booked up so keep your eye on their Instagram feed for last minute cancellations.