Sheltered Vale, Rosetta, KwaZulu-Natal
Sheltered Vale Country Estate can be found on a scenic, 1 000-acre beef and maize farm 6km from the village of Rosetta. The farm dates back to 1910 and I have the distinction of being the first resident to live in the converted milking shed, now a spacious three-bedroom, self-catering cottage.
Tastefully decorated and well appointed, tranquil Valley Cottage has scenic views over the paddocks and the dam. At the end of a short, wheelchair-friendly forest walk are three, wheelchair-friendly, two-bedroom cottages complete with everything needed for a night, a week, a month – or forever. And if you ever visit Sheltered Vale, this is where you’d like to be – forever.
Apart from endless space the farm offers free, catch-and-release bass fishing, tennis, rich bird life including Long-crested Eagles, owls, Fish Eagles, kites, cranes and Egyptian Geese. Then there’s the odd grey duiker and reedbuck ‘passerby’ and a game enclosure with zebra and blesbok. Scenic Sheltered Vale is 30 minutes’ drive from uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. – Olivia Schaffer
074 718 0003, www.shelteredvale.co.za