Once upon a time, a lifetime ago, Heidi relates how her family discovered Driftwood Cottage in a magical spot on the edge of the Swartvlei Estuary.
By pure chance in the late 1980’s, a late cancellation found the family holidaying in a divine house on the edge of dune cliffs overlooking the ocean at Wilderness.
Enchanted by their Garden Route experience, they returned year after year, staying at various locations in the area which they had grown to love, culminating in several country-style holidays on a horsey smallholding on the shore of Swartvlei Lake.
They stayed in the “main house” while the owners willingly bedded down in their boathouse on the lake over the December season: early forerunners of the current “Air BnB” movement.
It became the family’s habit to spend the final day or two of their holiday looking at potential properties to purchase. Lakeside small holdings proved too costly so they came into Sedgefield to look at options there.
When a house situated back from Kingfisher Drive was pointed out them, Heidi recognised it from descriptions of an acquaintance in Gauteng as belonging to his mother.
She was a well-known ceramicist who taught the local Sedgefield children pottery at the house.
She had decided to re-join her family in Johannesburg and was keen to sell. A brief phone call later and Driftwood Cottage was secured on the basis of its location alone: the family bought Driftwood Cottage without even looking inside……….. knowing instinctively that the house and its location were ideal for them. “Serendipity”, Heidi calls it.
Several happy holidays followed over some years, with renovations designed to maximise the view and comfort of a holiday-home-from-home-by-the-sea.
Personal touches add to the sense of a much loved family home from home.
Nowadays, Driftwood Cottage hosts a whole new generation of holiday rental guests and their families, who delight in discovering Sedgefield and the Garden Route for themselves.
Heidi regularly visits with her own family, and continues to fall in love all over again….
Please be advised,
The turn-off to Driftwood Cottage onto the dirt road called Crane Walk from Kingfisher Drive is indicated by the tall landmark Gum Trees from where you are virtually opposite the entrance to the cottage.
There is a garage and convenient off-road parking. The cottage has good security and you will supplied with a remote on arrival.
The roomy and comfortable lounge has an open fireplace for those cooler days and nights. For DSTV, bring your own decoder and smart card & contact MultiChoice to activate “Holiday Switch”.
Alternatively ask us to activate ours at a small additional daily rate.
Sliding doors open up onto a large deck to enjoy sunset and lagoon views and for all-weather relaxing. A portable Weber braai is provided.
Just off the lounge is the open-plan Kitchen and Dining-room, which also has access through sliding doors out to the deck.
The well-equipped kitchen includes a full stove with oven, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine and sufficient crockery and cutlery for 4 people.
Pre-loaded electricity on a pay-as-you-go basis: additional units can be purchased from local Pick ‘n Pay.
The main bedroom has plenty of cupboard space for personal belongings and a full en-suite bathroom.
The second spacious bedroom has two single beds and good storage.
There is a second full bathroom right next door to it.
Please bring your own beach towels.
Daily cleaning can be arranged with the agent Suzette at Eden-on-Sea Rentals at an additional daily rate.
One of the garden's pleasures is its prolific bird life. Besides the small birds, Guinea fowl families are regular visitors and the Black-headed Oriole is a common sight.
Burchell's Coucals also come searching regularly for those pesky garden snails we're happy for them to eat.
In Summer we have several cuckoos, Didericks, African Emerald and Klaas's breeding in gardens along Crane Walk. There are also the Red-chested and the Black in the area.
If you are a keen birder know that visitors are always welcome to attend the Lakes Bird Club outings.