The Retreats East London
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The Retreats: A tranquil farm stay near East London, South Africa

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Retreats log cabin and let me tell you – it was really something special. It’s awesome because not only is it affordable and in such a beautiful location, itโ€™s also eco-friendly and only a 30 minute drive from the East London Airport.ย ย And the best part? It’s all for a good cause. All the proceeds help raise funds for Greensleeves Place of Safety, a childrenโ€™s home on the property.ย From its beautiful sunrises, to all the cute farm animals and eco-friendly vibes, this hidden gem is definitely one worth adding to the bucket list. Keep reading to hear about our stay and why you’ll love it too.

A warm welcome at the Retreats

When we arrived, Davin, our host, was there with a warm welcome and explained everything to us before we settled in. The cabin itself is a little gem, tucked about 300 meters away from the main farmhouse, overlooking a serene little dam. And here’s the kicker – it’s completely off the grid. No Wi-Fi, no TV. But honestly, that’s what made it perfect for us. We could finally unplug and unwind.

Cozy cabin comfort

inside the retreats log cabin
The Retreats inside

The cabin sleeps 5 in a fully self-catering open plan living room / kitchen area (with a gas stove). There’s a bathroom with toilet and basin inside the room, and a shower room just outside the cabin (see the small building to the right of the cabin in the picture above). It’s eco-friendly, so doesnโ€™t come with all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel (well, of course not) BUT what you get is far better – it feels like a home away from home and the quiet and relaxation is seriously rejuvenating!

Tranquil views

After checking in, we settled on the back porch, which has views over a small dam. It was so magical seeing the horses coming down to the water to drink – I found myself saying more than once ‘Now, this is definitely a place I could live”. We were also able to see so many bird species coming and going, too. If you enjoy fishing, be sure to pack your rod. The dam has some bass and tilapia, and they operate under a catch and release protocol, adding to the enjoyment of the eco-experience.

Exploring the Farm

The Retreats walking trail

Eventually, we pulled ourselves away from the back porch to take a wander through the farm. Just steps from the cabin, there’s a well maintained walking trail. It meanders through the farm, offering a lovely walk to soak in the peaceful atmosphere. Being a working farm, you’ll see lots of cute farm animals around, too, including pigs, horses and a donkey.

Relaxing evenings and curious visitors

After our farm adventure, we headed back to the cabin to start dinner. And guess what? We had some unexpected visitors knocking on our door! These little faces were just too cute to resist!

We decided to wind down the evening with a cozy fire in front of the cottage. It was the perfect end to a beautiful day on the farm.

Beautiful mornings and farewells to the Retreats

The next morning, we were treated to a stunning sunrise over the dam, a perfect end to our little farm retreat. Saying goodbye was tough, but hey, all good things must come to an end, right? So if you’re looking for a unique getaway that’s easy on the wallet and good for the soul, the Retreats is definitely worth checking out.

Important Information about the Retreats

  • Location: Farm G116, Brakfontein, East London
  • Cost: It’s R450 per night for the first person and R150 for each additional guest โ€“ excellent value for money in my opinion.
  • Contact: To make a reservation or for more information, contact the Retreats at +27 67 647 7452 or visit their Facebook Page.

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