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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stoney Cottage

The Karoo is an area of South Africa that still offers that unspoilt magic that is becoming more and more rare in the fast-paced, high tech world we live in today. There are few places where you can really escape and find total tranquillity and this home is one of them.

Absolute privacy guaranteed, not a neighbour in sight, the home sits comfortably in its surroundings. Off the grid, solar power and gas provide all the electricity needs.

 Packed slate walls, big comfy sofa's, throws and rugs, wicker and wood, all combine to make a most inviting interior.

In the evenings, light candles and lanterns so as not to detract from the huge star filled Karoo sky.

The colours inside are suitably muted and subtle, perfectly echoing the surroundings.

Big wrap around decks with latte ceilings provide shelter from the hot Karoo sun.

The cottage is situated in a private nature reserve. You might well see buck, zebra and other wildlife whilst sipping your sundowner.

Bedrooms are simple, yet luxurious, perfect for a good night's sleep after a hard day doing....well...nothing!

You have the option of taking a bath here, or you might decide to take a dip in a small rock pool and river running next to the house.

So why don't you take some good food, good wine and good company and get away from the city in this perfect bush hideaway!
Till next time
Sharon x



  1. Oh it is absolutely divine! What a wonderful place - thanks so much for sharing and allowing me to dream and escape, if only for a short while. I feel more relaxed already! : - )

  2. What lovely timing. My dear friend Dorothy, (my matron of honor), and her husband are in a northern region of South Africa staying at a lodge on an animal reserve. As always, your images are beautiful, Sharon.

  3. Oh to click my heels and be there! Love the umbrella with the tassels most especially.

  4. Hi Sharon,
    This house goes on my all time favorites list! It's so beautiful, and so inviting! I love the textural combinations and the subtle color selections because they really do allow that amazing scenery to be the star. I hope I'll have a chance to see this part f the world some day.
    Thank you for sharing,

  5. Hi Sharon,
    We are thinking of purchasing a small, stone cottage in North Carolina to use as a retreat. This house has a lot of great ideas we could incorporate and are along the lines of what I was thinking. I especially like the kitchen layout, the french doors leading out to the lanai, the gravel deck, and the white headboards against the stone walls. I'm going to save these ideas to my portfolio.
    Thank you!


  6. Hi Sharon, thanks for posting this.
    Absolutely my kind of place. Love it!!!
    Ciao, Bette xx

  7. I love it,
    so warm and inviting
    and you say it has wildlife at the back? I'm in!

  8. oh sharon this is truly divine, a dream.......
    have never seen slate walls and just love the texture and colors