Garden Route Accommodation at Joans Place Self Catering in Great Brak

Joan's Place

Self Catering at 51 The Island, Great Brak River, Garden Route, South Africa. Show on Map

About Joan's Place

Joan’s 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 minutes’ 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.

A holiday here is a real Garden Route experience. We are close to nine top class golf courses, as well as many Garden Route towns like Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay.

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

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.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Heater(s)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Pets allowed (by arrangement)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: none indoors

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee

Tonight From
per unit, per night

Contact: Glenda Laity

Tel: +27 (0)44 620-4083
Fax: +27 (0)86 689-5039
Mobile: +27 (0)83 681-4459
Skype: francolin211

Physical Address:
Joan's Place, 51 The Island, Great Brak River, Garden Route, South Africa

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -34.052427
Longitude: 22.238386

Closest airport(s)
George Airport - 18km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome - Joan’s Place is a haven for children, due to the safety of the Island and the freedom for children to explore this small area without danger. However, please note that the house is set in front of a tidal river. Children who cannot swim are thus required to wear protective garments or water wings at all times. We will take no responsibility for accidents in this regard.

Listed on
September 2013 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

Joan's Place is a well established abode revelling in family history and recorded testiments of the many people who have enjoyed their time staying at...

JOHN BRAISHER, Weymouth, UK Travellers' Rating


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