Citrusdal Country Lodge is an ideal stopover for family breakaways

A kitchen dresser with many artifacts in the dining area of the Citrusdal country lodge- a place where home is!

On the spur of the moment our family decided to hit the road for an overnight. Since Levona had always wanted to visit Citrusdal, we agreed to travel to this sleepy town along the N7.

 

Travelling along the N7 with its sprawling farmlands provides its own unique vistas of the South African countryside. Now and then you will see a herd of cattle or shep in the distance after seeing nothing but grazing fields.The undulating autumn-hued landscape stretches for kilometers without any sign of buildings along the road. It is just you and nature, the silence and the long, long road winding Cape west coast road. Eventually after travelling along this road and its flat landscape for about 90 minutes, you travel through a beautiful mountain pass, the Piekernierskloof, to get to our destination, Citrusdal with its vistas of citrus farms.

 

After winding through Piekenierskloof, we arrived in Citrusdal and went straight to the Citrusdal Country Lodge. This hotel is definitely a wonderful stopover for families. We booked our two chalets, each one beautifully decorated in period furniture and spacious enough to have that homely feel. We settled in and then prepared our braai meat - compliments of the local Spar supermarket - under the lapa. The weather was perfect for a night outdoors. We played a bit of soccer with the kids on the lawn and then had our our supper right there on the stoep. Pure bliss!

 

Breakfast at the Citrusdal Country Lodge is served in the dining area which is reminiscent of a bygone era. Artifacts that include irons, prim us stoves, decorated plates and an assortment of cake tins form the stylish decor. This was our third visit to the country lodge and we have not been disappointed by the reception we received.

 

The staff is friendly and relaxed, greeting everybody warmly and making sure everyone is accommodated. In fact, the staff is so unobtrusive you almost feel as if you are at home. All the guests look equally relaxed and the chatter in the dining room sounds like any normal household. This is definitely one of the hallmarks of the Citrus Country Lodge - getting total strangers to adopt the friendly ambience of the lodge. And the price for bed and breakfast suits the pocket of budget travellers like our families!

At the rock pools at the Warm Baths

 

Soon after breakfast, we drove down to the Warm Baths, a mere 10 kilometers or so from the lodge and spent an hour or so exploring the rock pools set in a secluded forest-like setting. Then en route home, we popped in at Morreesburg to spend some time with family friends to round off our Freedom Day celebrations.

 

There are so many interesting places right here on our doorstep in South Africa. And now that we have celebrated our two decades of freedom in our amazing country, we can see that there is no other option for our rainbow nation. We have the most beautiful people, the most spectacular country in the world and all of us deserve to live fully and freely in this paradise of ours.

In the foyer at the Citrusdal Country Lodge

 

South Africa- our land.... And the Citrusdal Country Lodge is a worthy ambassador, for sure.

 

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