About Joan's Place
Joanís Place is a rustic beach house - so if you want luxury it's not for you, but it is very functional, with everything you need in a self catering vacation home.
Position is everything. The house has fantastic river frontage, is out of the wind, relaxing and peaceful; a complete haven for the outdoor person. We are five minutesí walk to the beach if you prefer the sea and there is food fishing in front of the house. The perfect place to kick back and relax is on the verandah with a cold one, whilst the barbeque fire is blazing in front of the river.
Self Catering Accommodation
The house sleeps up to nine in four bedrooms (five single beds, two double beds). The house has a family bathroom (with bath and toilet), a shower room and another two separate toilets. There are also servant facilities with an en suite bathroom. There is a lounge, dining room, kitchen, store room and games room. The kitchen is equipped with a kettle, toaster, iron, stove, microwave, two fridges, a freezer and a washing machine. Linen and towels are provided.
There is a large covered deck as well as a private garden and a braai facilities. Wood for one braai is provided. A DVD player is provided, as is a TV and a table tennis table. Satellite TV is available on request.
The house is perfect for children of all ages and is also suitable for people with minimal restricted mobility but not for people in wheelchairs as there are stairs to the bedrooms.
Off street parking outside the house is available and pets are allowed. Please make sure you smoke outside and definitely not in the upstairs rooms. We are only 500m from the beach and 5km to the Great Brak village.
Activities and Attractions
The Garden Route is world renowned as one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, offering magnificent views and warm water beaches, a mild climate, beautiful mountain ranges close by and natural charm. There is a local airport in George, but should you prefer to drive, the area is approximately four hours from Cape Town (on the west) and Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape).
The Garden Route offers the traveller experience of the real South Africa, and the many traditions and natural beauty that our country is known for. There is good fishing and sea angling on your doorstep, a tennis court over the road (we provide racquets and balls), whale watching in season and shark cave diving. The Knysna Elephant Park, Eden Bird Sanctuary and Monkeyland and many other wildlife attractions are close by.
For those adrenalin junkies there is parachuting in Mossel Bay, hang gliding in Sedgefield, excellent surfing spots and the famous Canopy tours in Tsitsikama, all an easy day trip away. Oudtshoorn, with the beautiful and unique Cango Caves, as well as their wildlife sanctuary with the famous cheetah as the main attraction, is an hour away, over a breath taking mountain pass.
Inland, experience Calitzdorp, famous for its excellent wineries and exquisite mountains, and the quaint old traditional towns of Ladysmith and Barrydale. Further away (approximately three hours drive) find the stunningly beautiful old towns of Montagu and Robertson on Route 62, famous countrywide for their excellent wines and eateries. Great Brak River is very central to a vast number of attractions and the perfect spot to base yourself when travelling the region.
Great Brak is centrally situated in the Garden Route, halfway between George and Mossel Bay. There are two parts to the town; the small village itself nestles in a valley surrounded by wooded hills, and consists of a single horseshoe road from which you can access everything you would need! The village has a basic supply store, several butcheries and some utterly charming lunch and tea venues, some displaying locally produced artworks and clothing. Great Brak is the centre of art in the Garden Route and there are four art galleries and an art school. Beautiful hikes and cycling trails abound, and of course one can take a canoe up the Great Brak River which flows through the town.
The other part is a unique Island, surrounded by the river, which flows to the sea on the south side. This island has been around for many years and has a colourful history going back to the 1800's. My grandmother had one of the first houses there - but in the old days they used to arrive by ox wagon and traverse the river by boat. Today the island is accessed by a very unique narrow little bridge, scary for some, but will just accommodate a car! - and has some permanent residents, but mostly holiday homes (approximately 78 in all) The Island has a traditional charm, and is a free and safe environment, with the luxury of the river and the sea on your doorstep.
Every moment can be packed with a variety of activities, but you can also just chill out on the verandah and take in the river view, backed by a large hill covered in indigenous bushland and hosting many beautiful birds, and enjoy the peace while your barbeque fire is burning on the river edge.