About Karoo Cottage
Come and experience the real Karoo in the quaint village of Loxton
The tranquil, arboreal village of Loxton is a tiny settlement of sixty-five permanent residents living in the town itself, and is a destination that speaks of silence, sunsets and stars. Set in a landscape that offers natural beauty year-round, each season brings something - our streets are lined with pear trees and come springtime, they burst into snowy blossom transforming their surroundings into a fairytale picture.
Summer brings lush green growth, and in winter we even get snow on occasion. You’re more likely to hear the creaking of a wind pump and gentle coo-cooing of a dove, than traffic noises. Thanks to no light or air pollution, we have awesome night skies and can see up to twenty satellites within two hours. There are also lovely walks around the pretty village with its old vernacular architecture, and the perfect way to end a day is by climbing our koppies (rocky hills) for never-ending views across the plains.
Come and enjoy tranquility and our vast open spaces that allow one to relax, breathe deeply, and experience true peace of mind. Spend a few days, experience the pleasures of Karoo living, and discover why Lawrence Green called this ‘the land of the stoep’.
Karoo Cottage is a single-unit renovated cottage situated beneath a giant pine tree in the tranquil Great Karoo village of Loxton. It consists of one main living/bedroom that’s air-conditioned, and there’s an en suite bathroom and separate kitchen. The tiled bathroom comprises a basin, toilet, and shower plumbed with copper pipes.
Karoo Cottage is fully equipped for self-catering (fridge, microwave, 2-plate gas stove, sink, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils etc).
The large bedroom / living area is wall-to-wall carpeted and has one double bed, one single bed, a table & four chairs, and other small furnishings, which are in the most part in keeping with an ‘old Karoo’ atmosphere. The cottage has a TV.
In summer, a mosquito net, suspended above the double bed, keeps those Karoo mosquitoes away. Linen is pure cotton percale; duvets are down & feather; blankets are fleecy; wall heaters, electric blankets, and the split-unit air conditioner keeps you snug in winter. The air conditioner also keeps you cool in summer, but if you prefer more natural airflow, a mosquito screen-door allows breezes.
Due to popular demand, there is no TV in the cottage. This may be a culture shock to some, but once our guests spend their evenings stargazing and reading, they claim to relax more as they re-discover the simpler things in life. There is a selection of magazines in the cottage, and we have a good range of fiction available on loan for those spending a few days.
A large portfolio of travel articles on the Northern Cape and Greater Karoo region, amongst others, is available for those wanting to expand their knowledge on these lesser-known areas of South Africa. Both Brent and Steve (the owners) are fulltime photographer’s and writers and these are articles which have been published in various glossy publications.
Parking is alongside the cottage behind a lockable gate and beneath a shade-net carport.
At the rear of the cottage, a table and chairs are set out alongside a small stone braai area. We can supply wood and firelighters at a nominal fee. Braai packs can also be supplied by prior arrangement.
DINING & MEALS
As Loxton is somewhat isolated in terms of accessibility to shops, we request that all meals are arranged in advance. If you are self-catering, we suggest that you bring your food along. There are two tiny general dealers in Loxton but they sell only the barest of essentials and are closed from 13h00 Saturday until 08h30 Monday.
There are no restaurants to dine out at in the evening, but we do have a small coffee shop that’s open 9-5 Monday to Fridays, and 9-12 on Saturdays.
Please note that fuel is only available from the farmer’s co-op, which operates according to Karoo business hours i.e. 8-5 on weekdays, and 8-12 on Saturday. It is closed over weekends and on public holidays.
For those who enjoy beautiful sunsets overlooking never-ending plains, we direct our guests to various sites ideal for sundowners. Our village is full of interesting architecture and we can also supply a small map on which we point out buildings of interest.
We look forward to meeting you - travel safely!