Escape the city at Fossil Hills Accommodation

BY JESICA SLABBERT - FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Situated in the peaceful Thornvilla Wine farm in Breede Valley between Robertson and McGregor is the Fossil Hills Wine farm Accommodation.

The location is perfect for guests looking to get away from the city and enjoy a simple romantic or family getaway.

Thornvilla has been producing wine since the 1950’s and has been run by the Naudé family for more than three generations to date. The wine farm forms part of the McGregor Winery. Besides grapes, Thornvilla produces plums, apricots and various vegetables for harvest.

This accommodation was bestowed the name Fossil Hills for the fossils that have been and are still being discovered on the farm. These fossils date back to more than 355 million years ago.

Take your pick at Fossil Hills

Fossil Hills has six self-catering cottages, one house and a guesthouse on offer for their guests.

The Lavender Cottage can sleep two guests, which makes it perfect for couples. The cottage is equipped with a bathroom with a shower, an indoor and outdoor braai/fireplace (firewood provided), air-con, coffee and tea-making facilities, and an outdoor hot tub.

The Fossil Hills Cottage sleeps four people, great for a family. The cottage is equipped with a bathroom with a bath and shower, an indoor and outdoor braai/fireplace (firewood provided), air-con, coffee and tea-making facilities, and an outdoor hot tub. Cats are welcome at the cottage and Springboks can be spotted in the fields.

The Aloe Cottage sleeps four people and can accommodate two in its Annex building. The main cottage is equipped with a bathroom with a bath and shower, an indoor and outdoor braai/fireplace (firewood provided), air-con, coffee and tea-making facilities, and an outdoor hot tub. The Annex is equipped with two single beds that can be converted to a King-sized bed en-suite.

The Lemon Tree Cottage can sleep four people and has its own private little picnic spot by the dam. The cottage is equipped with a double-room and a sharing en-suite bathroom, an air-con, coffee and tea-making facilities, and an outdoor hot tub.

The Pinotage House is able to sleep a maximum of 16 people, with five bedrooms in the main house and three in the Annex. It has four en-suite bedrooms with two extra big bathrooms.

This house is perfect for large families, reunions and wedding accommodation andis equipped for catering for 40 people. It has a big entertainment area, DStv, an indoor and outdoor braai/fireplace (firewood provided), swimming pool, air-con, an outdoor hot tub.

The Tango Guesthouse can sleep up to ten people; the main house can sleep four people while the Annex can sleep up to six people. The Guesthouse is equipped with a bathroom with a shower and bath, an indoor and outdoor braai/fireplace (firewood provided), air-con, coffee and tea-making facilities, and an outdoor hot tub. A fully equipped kitchen and sitting room are also available.

Fossil Hills has plenty of adventurous activities to enjoy

The cottages have two mountain bikes each and fishing rods for recreational use. At the dam is a kayak for use. A wide range of outdoor activities are available at Fossil Hills for guests to enjoy.

Nastassja Jane Potgieter paid a visit to Fossil Hills for a romantic getaway and was blown away by the experience. To quote her review from their Facebook page:

“My hubby and I got engaged on a weekend away at Fossils Hills in 2014. Needless to say it was such a blissful and happy stay. This was possible thanks to the fantastic location, accommodation and hospitality by the owners. Would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone! We will be back.”

Amelia Combrink enjoyed her stay in the Aloe Cottage at Fossil Hills with her family. To quote her review from their Facebook page:

“We had a wonderful and relaxing time at Aloe Cottage - a cosy cottage for a family break with everything you need for a retreat. A great place for a young family to rest and enjoy walks on the farm.”

A wide range of outdoor activities are available at Fossil Hills for guests to enjoy.

Activities include walking/hiking trails and mountain biking trails on the farm, bird-watching at the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve 1km away, and wine tasting/safaris at the nearby wine farms.

The historical town of McGregor is just 2km away and offers a pottery studio, an art gallery, cob house building, and visiting the famous ‘Eseltjiesrus’ donkey sanctuary.

To make a booking at Fossil Hills, contact 023 625 1743 or email thornvilla@breede.co.za or visit www.fossilhills.co.za.

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