Taking a break and getting away is not only one of life’s greatest pleasures, it is absolutely essential to your wellbeing. In an ideal world you could whizz off to an exotic location whenever you feel overworked and burned out, but because life is not that cool (unless you are the heir to an insane fortune), going for a short break is not so simple.
Or is it?
Getaways do not necessarily mean you have to go some place far away. We live in such an incredible part of the country that has great places to stay – all just a short drive away. One of these locations is Petersfield Farm in Citrusdal. With it raw agricultural landscapes it is the perfect place to escape the hectic city living, and it’s less than two hours away from Cape Town.
For the longest time, Citrusdal was just a place I passed on the N7 on my way to other (further) places, but recently I stopped there while checking out the new tourism routes in the West Coast. I always knew that area was pretty, but I never realised just how beautiful it truly is. It’s amazing how much you miss when you just drive by.
Petersfield Farm is situated right in the thick of this gorgeous landscape. It is on an export citrus and rooibos tea mountain estate that overlooks the mountains and orchards. There are four self-catering cottages in a 2000 hectare mountain wilderness area. They are more than a kilometer apart, so you are sure to have your privacy. All cottages have stunning views, are fully equipped and have their own private plunge pools. If you want to get away with your significant other or spend some quality time with friends/family, there is a cottage for you. Petersfield Farm is also pet-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your fluffy friends at home.
No matter the time of year, Citrusdal is spectacular. Summer is nice and hot for great outdoor adventures. There are natural hot springs you can enjoy in winter. In Autumn, the valleys are still lush, but if you want to see it in all its glory, it has to be in Spring. The Namaqualand flowers stretch to Citrusdal, which is an excellent location to view this beautiful phenomenon. The bet part, you don’t have to travel too far to see it.
Petersfield Farm can serve as base when exploring all the great things Citrusdal has to offer, or you can just stay there and unwind. One thing is for sure, the fresh mountain air, picturesque views and privacy is exactly what you need to relax on your break.