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As humankind has done for centuries, many of us have a drive to travel and explore new places. Discovering new towns and making new memories is of course best shared with friends and family, including your furry children. This International Pet Day we encourage you to show some love to your four-legged family members by taking them on an adventure!
One of the most diverse and beautiful areas in South Africa to explore is definitely the Overberg region. And when it comes to pet-friendly accommodation, the region definitely has you covered!
Weltevreden House in Greyton
This luxury house in the heart of Greyton allows you to escape to the countryside all year round. The residence can sleep 8 guests and is both family- and pet-friendly. This means that you can bring the whole family out for a memorable summer or winter break. The self-catering accommodation is ideal for large groups, big families and wedding guests to enjoy a comfortable stay. And of course, the spacious house with its pool and large lawn offers the perfect spot in which to unwind and recharge your batteries while exploring the village of Greyton.
The green village is no stranger to animals of any size with horses trotting through the streets and roaming the surrounding farmlands. Venture a visit to the Saturday Morning Market where you can buy delectable doggy treats or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village with the kids in tow on their bicycles.
Suggested for: the Happy-go-lucky Husky | the Relaxed Jack Russell
Driftwood Cottage in Napier
This quaint and cosy cottage, along with its sister Gumtree Cottage, offers you a relaxing getaway in the charming village of Napier, South Africa. The self-catering cottages cater for one to three people (extra fold-up bed available per request) and the fully fenced gardens hold braai facilities and a sundowner deck from which to enjoy the views over the town and surrounding farmlands. Fully equipped with a kitchenette, music, games and secure parking, this is the ultimate small family and pet-friendly getaway spot.
Centrally located, the cottage is the perfect base from which to discover not only Napier, but also the surrounding Cape Agulhas region. Fill your time with leisurely walks through the town, enjoy a quick visit to the weekly markets and soaking up the sun on a spacious verandas while enjoying a delicious meal.
Suggested for: the Laidback Labradoodle | the Daring Duchshund
White Water Farm in Stanford
Those looking to treat themselves and their furry family members to an elegant stay in the countryside, we suggest White Water Farm just outside of Stanford. This newly renovated retreat in the Klein River Valley offers guests and their companions bed and breakfast accommodation in a variety of beautifully decorated rooms, suites and cottages. Accentuated by large lawns and mountain backdrops, the farm offers delicious meals in their open restaurant, relaxation by the pool and excitement in the form of horse riding, hiking and mountain biking.
A short drive will take you to the quaint village of Stanford. Take the time to browse the gift and antique shops for unique trinkets, buy the freshest local produce at the weekly markets or gather at the village green for a social sunset.
Suggested for: the Pampered Poodle | the Manicured Maltese
Ottersdrift Farm Cottage in Bredasdorp
If you have a big family or large group of friends looking for a tranquil breakaway with ample opportunities to relax, unwind and explore, this one is for you. Located on the banks of the Kars River, the original farmhouse was renovated into two private cottages that is now Ottersdrift Farm Cottage. The two fully equipped units with their spacious rooms and en suite bathrooms can be rented as a whole or as single units. Each apartment has access to the garden, braai area and swimming pool, and holds an indoor fireplace for those winter nights to warm hands, toes and furry bellies.
Nestled between the towns of Napier and Bredasdorp, the Cottage allows for a quiet getaway while still being close to all the activities and amenities that the two towns offer. You can also pop in at the Napier farm stalls for home-made snacks and goodies or head to Bredasdorp for more specialised services.
Suggested for: the Bounding Boerboel | the Adventurous Australian Kelpie
Klein Paradijs in Gansbaai
In the fynbos-clad hills just outside of Gansbaai, you’ll find a little piece of paradise called Klein Paradijs. Nestled within a 140-hectare estate, you’ll find a collection of tastefully decorated self-catering cottages (two of them pet-friendly) and a five-room guest house waiting to welcome you home. Aimed at conserving water and the endemic (and rare) species found in the area as well as supporting sustainable fynbos harvesting, the farm offers a unique and distinctive stay.
The nearby towns of Pearly Beach and Gansbaai offer up a variety of activities and attractions like hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, stunning beaches and even more things to do like really feel the sand under your paws and the wind in your ears.
Suggested for: the Conscious Collie | the Sunshine Spaniel
These are but a few of the grrrreat furry friendly accommodations that will help you read more pages of the book of life, even if they get some paw prints on them! So whether you feel like treating your pampered pooch to a weekend away or taking the whole tribe on an adventure – the pet-friendly accommodation in the Overberg will get your tail wagging!
Be sure to book ahead and arrange for any specific needs your loving pet might have.
Have you stayed at any of these pet-friendly accommodations that get a solid two paws up? We’d love to hear about your pet-friendly experiences in the Overberg, please feel free to share your experiences with us on firstname.lastname@example.org