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REVIEW: The new Springholm Cottages, Brahman Hills

If you’re looking for a weekend of peace and tranquility and to spend a little time in the country, then the new Springholm cottages owned by Brahman Hills is just the perfect place.

Our Durbanite family of 3 left Durban at 12pm and arrived at the front desk of the beautiful Brahman Hills for check-in at 2pm, where we were warmly welcomed and given our cottage keys.

After a quick drive down the road (roughly 4.5 km on a dirt road), we had arrived at Springholm. Right away we were greeted with amazing bird life all around the dam. As the sun began to set its way down, we were spoilt with a spectacular sunset over the dam, which is normally reserved for oil paintings. Next up dinner became our priority so we made our way back up the road to the Linga Lapa restaurant for a very quaint curry and rice while the fires roared.

Springholm offers you the perfect country retreat in a selection of self catering cottages and B&B suites. The accommodation is nestled around a large dam with birdlife like no other and wildlife roaming the hills of the neighbouring farms. We stayed in one of the Waterfront cottage, which we found a little cramped with a toddler. However, if you are booking for a party/ family of four, you can book the adjoining room upstairs to become a two-bedroom cottage.

The Waterfront Cottages (x3) offers elegant accommodation right on the water. This cottage can accommodate up to 4 people. Upstairs has standard bedroom and full bathroom. While downstairs includes an additional bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen and open plan living area with sundeck overlooking the dam. These units are separated into completely independent and private split level accommodation. Upstairs offers a standard room which sleeps up to 2 on a B&B basis. While downstairs is a self-catering 2-sleeper.

The Stone Cottages (x3) higher up on the hill overlooking the valley and the dam, includes a double bed in the one room and two single beds in the other. The lounge is equipped with a fireplace and a heater. The cottages are fully equipped for self-catering and there are braai facilities on the patio. These units can also be split into completely separate booked accommodation.

We had heard that there were trout in the dam and that it also had not been stocked for a while, so while mom and son had a sleep-in, I took my chances the first morning and was very very surprised to be greeted by a beautiful and very healthy male Rainbow trout after only 15 minutes of fishing up against the bank from the paddle boat provided. Then to my surprise another then another and another. It was at that point I that I realised, I had found heaven.

After the normal morning toddler tasks we set off to have breakfast. The breakfast spread that Brahman Hills put out was buffet / a-la carte breakfast in the beautiful dining hall with warm fires blazing. The staff were very friendly and loved entertaining our little boy.

With breakfast over and the day ahead of us we decided that a braai was on the cards so off we went to the Nottingham Road Spar to gather supplies. We made our way back to the cottage for some relaxing time on the lawn with cheese and wine in the warm winter sun. Cheese and wine with a toddler is more like cheese and run and catch and trampoline and swing and run and wine.

After a spot of evening fly fishing (another 4 healthy fish were fooled by my #8 Mrs Simpson fly) it was beer o’clock and time to braai. Braaing on the deck overlooking the trout dam that has no light pollution with the stars so close you could pluck them out the night sky is the kind of braai that will ruin all future braai settings.

After a brisk morning fly fish in -3°C it was time to pack up and head off to breakfast where once again we were spoilt for choice with a breakfast spread like no other! We opted to take the scenic route home with a spot of Midlands Meandering. Make sure to stop off at The Junction, Nottingham Road and Piggly Wiggly if its country shopping and endless kids entertainment you are after.

The location and flexibility to split the cottages to smaller self contained units lends itself to overflow for wedding accommodation. In summary Springholm is in a beautiful setting in the country. The proximity to all things the Midlands Meander has on offer makes the location perfect! Then couple that with a healthy trout stock and lovely cottages makes this the ultimate, tick all the boxes kind of Midlands getaway.

To book your next stay:
www.brahmanhills.co.za