testimonials

“We have yet again enjoyed the tranquility and peace of staying in the `Crowned Eagle’, views are breathtaking and the rich birdlife truly beautiful!
You have such a gift of hospitality and your warm welcome touches one’s heart. I pray your daughter has a speedy recovery, we will be back, until then . . .(Number 6: 24 – 26).”
Jodi and Lee Lennox
10–12 February 2017
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for welcoming us with warm hands. Your hospitality made our weekend unforgettable. May the good Lord be with you and continue to bless you.”
Atang and Veronica
5 February 2017
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for being so warm, friendly and welcoming. From start to finish, we enjoyed every minute of this piece of paradise. The peacefulness and tranquility was food for the soul, and a lovely way to bring in the new year. We’ll be back again! God bless.”
Mike and Lynn May
2 January 2017
Crowned Eagle

“What a fantastic stay – the doxies loved it, as did we. Thank you Helen and Barend. All the best for this coming year.”
Natalie and Richard Winn
2 January 2017
Starred Robin

“We have truly enjoyed the time spent in the peace and tranquility of the forest. The amazing view and rich animal life is astounding. It has truly been food for the soul.”
Dennis and René Michas
21 December 2016
Crowned Eagle

“To say we had a lovely stay is putting it mildly! Thank you for your hospitality, your lovely smiles. We enjoyed every minute. The cottage so comfortable. The staff friendly and helpful. Adored the plants, trees, flowers and was reminded again that all things created by God are Good and Beautiful.
John 4 v 7: Let us practice loving each other for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are children of God.”
Drieka and Jan Meyer
31 December 2016
Wood Owl

“Thank you very much for the unusual experience we had here and supporting us with the country wedding in this beautiful part of South Africa. Sunshine when we arrived and left and in between all the seasons☺.”
Peter Svenja and Birgit Böttner
12 December 2-16
Wood Owl

“We could not have imagined a more perfect place to celebrate our wedding.
Everything about Crab Apple is amazing and magical.
We love it here and will come back every chance we get. Thank you for hosting us so beautifully, it means the world to us. A big thank you to Helen and Barend for sharing your beautiful piece of heaven with us.”
Chris and Farah
27 November 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you Barend and Helen for sharing an amazing place with us. Your cottage and garden are so beautiful. Love it and all the animals. We’ll definitely be back!”
Jan and Leana Hugo
11 November 2016
Crowned Eagle

"Many thanks for our short weekend stay. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Apart from the beautiful accommodation, the surroundings are spectacular. The weather thankfully played its part as well. We spent the whole of midday Saturday in the forest walking and then relaxing with a cheese and wine picnic feast. Linda actually slept for almost 45 minutes under the tree canopy with the beautiful sounds of birds singing. We had a shorter walk on Sunday morning up the hill past the hide. Returned in slight rain, but nothing that would dampen our spirits. Will plan another visit to Crowned Eagle, the view off the balcony must be spectacular."
Terry and Linda Goswell
4-6 November 2016
Wood Owl

"I would just like to thank you for your hospitality and making our weekend special. Crab apple is the perfect setting to unwind, relax and bask in nature. Serenity at its best. I will surely visit soon... Once again thank you from all of us"
Sameera
29 October 2016

“Thank you very much for the lovely time we had here, escaping the Durban noise and enjoying the fresh air, unique forest and your super hospitality. See you soon again!”
Arne and Anja
20 October 2016
Crowned Eagle

“This is our 2nd stay at Crab Apple, just what we needed. Such an amazing time we had again. Will be back for more time to chill. Thank you so, so much. Love our new home.”
Carel and Adele van Zyl
14-16 October 2016
Crowned Eagle

“What a magical place to re-invigorate one’s body, mind and soul! We spent much time in the forest, walking and quietly observing nature at its best. We saw (and heard) a multitude of birds, including the infamous crowned eagle. We also saw bushbuck, the dassies and a little mongoose.

Crab Apple was really a special place to celebrate our wedding anniversary away from all of the “noise” at home.

Thank you Barend and Helen for sharing your sanctuary with us! We will be back soon!”
Caryn and Ian Naudé
7–9 October 2016
Crowned Eagle

“What a warm welcome we received from Helen, Barend and the happy tail wagging fur-kids! Thank you for the card for Brazil! She was so chuffed! The attention to detail was appreciated and thank you for giving us a taste of heaven on earth. Looking forward to many visits here!!!”
Odel, Brazil and Attaf Adam
2 October 2016

“What a wonderful experience. Thank you Helen and Barend for making it special once again. Hope to be back very soon.”
Van Rensburg
1 October 2016
Starred Robin

“We arrived tired and tight strings and are leaving rested and refreshed – this is what your warm hospitality and this Garden of Eden does for body, mind and soul. Thank you for this amazing gift on our 46th anniversary.
Fondest love in Christ”
Colin and Pam Bishop
26-29 September 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you so much, once again, for your wonderful hospitality – we really feel like part of the family now! Barend’s culinary skills were really appreciated, and we go away with some new inspirational dishes to cook up in the English winter! I have also been inspired to get going with the design for our back garden in Ringshall – hopefully we can welcome you there one day? This is such a lovely, peaceful cottage, surrounded by light and birdsong – we enjoyed the dogs and chickens’ company in the mornings, but most of all the precious time spent with you both.”
Vijay and Peter Goatley
26-28 September 2016
Starred Robin

“One night is definitely too short, serene, peaceful, quaint and many other words can describe this gem. Thoroughly loved it and do plan to come back. Thank you.”
Michelle and Zane Dresner
25 September 2016
Wood Owl

“Thank you for a lovely night in your cottage – it has everything. So clean and comfortable – a beautiful setting, so much more to say. Thank you.”
Ray and Sandy Olivier
23 September 2016
Wood Owl

"Amazing Midlands Retreat - The Crab Apple Cottages are beautifully decorated and comfortable, with wonderful attention to detail. The cottage we stayed in was tastefully furnished, containing everything one needs for a weekend break. The cottage is private having an outlook of an indigenous forest on the one side and the beautiful gardens on the other. Self guided walks in the indigenous forest are a highlight, as are interacting with the horses and dogs and beautiful surroundings. The hosts, Helen and Barend, are friendly, welcoming, but respectful of one's privacy. The area is simply beautiful. For the adventurous there is lots to do. My wife and I would rate Crab Apple Cottages the best that we have experienced in the KZN Midlands. Everything is peaceful and tranquil and of a high standard."
Gavin
5 September 2016

“Thank you so much Helen and Barend for providing a most beautiful place where we could experience God’s best – His tender mercies, loving kindness, peace and love and realise again how all that He has made and done, is with perfection. Bless you and yours.”
Gavin and Kirsty
Assagay, KZN
4 September 2016
Wood Owl

“Cottage unbelievable, views awesome, walks outstanding, hosts fantastic. Thank you for sharing this “wonderland” of yours with us. We will be back.”
Brian and Jenny Hirst
21 August 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us . . . we really did feel like your family. Thank you for preserving this little piece of  heaven on earth! Our only suggestion would be more comfortable mattresses and couch. God bless you!”
Sprunts
14 August 2016
Crowned Eagle

“What a privilege to be able to spend time in your piece of paradise. Thank you for your hospitality. Till next time . . . . “
Van Rensburgs
07 August 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Wow! We couldn’t possibly have asked for a warmer welcome, a more beautiful setting or a more enjoyable stay! Thank you so much for a lovely weekend and making us feel like we were part of your family from the moment we arrived!!”
Eureka and Yolandi
5 – 8 August 2016
Starred Robin

“Thank you for a wonderful stay. We had a wonderful time here. Your cottage and hospitality is really awesome. Your special forest is magnificent. Thank you and wish to be back sometime.”
Shri and Neera Singh
25 July 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspiring place with us. We loved the forest walk, your warm hospitality and our fur child had more fun than we did. Woof woof ☺. We will be back! Wood Owl cottage is beautifully decorated and has everything your heart desires. We flet the love and care from the welcome note, beautiful rose, rusks, wood for the fire and Aston’s special bed. Thank you!”
Natasha and Warren Shaw
Fourways, Johannesburg
24 July 2016
Wood Owl

“We went away together for the first time as a couple to Crab Apple, the following year we got engaged there, and now we have returned for the last stop on our honeymoon road trip – as Mr and Mrs! Nothing has changed, and this will always be a most special place for us both. Thank you, Barend and Helen. See you again soon!
1 Corinthians 16: 13- “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith, be courageous; be strong.”
Oscar and Jov Anderson
14-16 July 2016
Starred Robin

“What a lovely stay!!
Thank you Barend and Helen for your hospitality and making us feel at home. Will be back soon. God bless.”
Dijon, Tanya, Jenna and Tayla
26 June 2016 
Starred Robin

"You have a little bit of heaven here. It is most precious and tranquil. Thank you. We will be back for a longer stay xx
God Bless.”
Natalie and Dot
11th May 2016
Crowned Eagle

“This has been such a huge blessing to me – finding a corner of heaven in the chaos of the world with angels (and their fur and feather kids) as hosts; Thank you Helen and Barend. Sitting in the quiet of Wood Owl cottage, surrounded by the smells and sounds of creation, so conducive to hearing our Saviour’s still, small voice and feeling His great big loving arms around us. God is good! Thank you for being such tremendous, gracious hosts. We will be back.”
Denzil and Jacqui Barnard
23rd April 2016
Wood Owl

“Thanks for a wonderful stay, your cottage and nature walks are really rejuvenating and really enjoyed every minute!”
Fred Carby-Bird
10th April 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you so much for an awesome weekend. This place is nothing short of beautiful. Your warm welcome and friendly smiles just made the entire weekend so memorable.
Riaan and Chantal
1st – 3rd April 2016
Starred Robin

“Thank you so much for your warm personal welcome. We are so blessed to have shared your wonderland for such a short time and looking forward to returning in the winter months.”
André and Lynette Grobler
1st – 3rd April 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you so much for letting us stay here Helen and Barend. We have loved swimming and playing with Daisy-May and Harley. What a lovely place you have here and it feels like home thank you so much for having us.”
Michelle, Zara, Storm, Nickel, Harley, Wasabi
1st April 2016
Wood Owl

“Such a pleasant place – especially the veranda view. Got to see the Starred Robin and Simango family. All the curses stop at the cross of Christ, and all the blessings flow. Galatians 3: 13; Isiah 53”
Nick and Liz Aldridge
30th March – 1st April 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for a wonderful stay in a little piece of heaven. The 4 legged darlings are an absolute bonus.”
Moel, Ingrid and Claudia Bakker and Richard
28th and 29th March 2016
Starred Robin

“Thank you Helen and Barend for a truly wonderful experience. Crowned Eagle and the whole of Crab Apple is a magnificent place to stay and visit. We feel privileged to find such a special and natural treasure.”
Dave and Daisy White
25th and 26th March 2016
Crowned Eagle

“We all had the greatest time here with you all. Abigail enjoyed the Forest, hiking and the hideout so much. It was her 1st time out hiking, it won’t be her last. She’ll miss the dogs the most. Thanks for everything.”
Marius, Vonique and Abigail Kruger
21st – 24th March 2016
Starred Robin

“Cannot even begin to describe the peace we have found at Crab Apple. From the boisterous welcome by the dogs to the warm and friendly hosts, the tranquil sounds of nature and the fresh, clean mountain air. We have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay. Helen and Barend, you have truly created a `home away from home’ feel, and we will definitely be coming back for another visit. May you be blessed and continue to bless others.”
Mark, Roz and Rhylee Williams
18th – 21st March, 2016
Starred Robin

“Thanks for a really rejuvenating weekend – just what we needed. Your attention to detail is so special and made us feel so spoilt. We loved the yellow route walk – beautiful!”
Russell and Meg James
4th – 6th March 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for such a special time. We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful little place.”
Elaine and Peter
28th February 2016
Wood Owl

“Helen and Barend thank you for sharing this heavenly place! A few days didn’t feel like enough but time passes slowly in the peace and beauty, and we leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and richer in our souls for having come. We will be back, but in the meantime have beautiful and divine memories to conjure up when London life gets too hectic J. We are blessed by your hospitality – beautiful cottage, so thoughtfully designed and decorated. When the mist rolled in one night we were on the edge of the world, touching heaven.”
Sian and Martin
24th February 2016
Crowned Eagle

“An amazing place to stay and relax. Thank you for your warm hospitality and great accommodation.
PS. She said YES!!”
Dean and Laken
21st February 2016
Crowned Eagle

“We love the warm, welcoming atmosphere and all the little touches that make Kilgobbin stand out – the welcoming card, the choccies on the pillow, the availability of every home comfort. We also love all of the animal clan – horses, dogs and roosters! The setting is so tranquil and beautiful, and the hosts make you feel personally welcomed. We love it here!
Filmer family
20th – 21st February 2016
Starred Robin

“The Divine is everywhere, but in some hearts and places that presence is so strong, the soul flows with ease into peace and bliss. Thank you Helen and Barend.”
Kerry and Siva
6th February 2016
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for a wonderful weekend and an `unusually’ beautiful cottage and scenery! This is truly one of SA’s jewels and you make it an absolute pleasure to visit! It was great to meet all of you, (horses, doggies, chickens all included).Thank you and one more big THANK YOU!”
Eric and Jani le Roux and baby AJ …
5th – 6th February 2016
Starred Robin

“Thank you for a wonderful weekend. We enjoyed the forest walk, your dogs were so well behaved and were a pleasure to have visiting. You have a stunning property and everything is absolutely perfect! We will be back!”
Natalie and Lexi Houdalakis
31st January 2016
Starred Robin

“What a heavenly little corner of creation. A place to refresh the soul. We have been wrapped in comfort here. Thank you so very much!”
Jean-Marc & Lucy Lalouette
24 January 2016
Wood Owl

“A most enchanting place where one can experience pristine nature in serene comfort. Barend and Helen, your hospitality is highly appreciated and adds to the fantastic experience we had. Thank you very, very much!”
Gawie & Petra Notnagel
16 January 2016
Wood Owl

“A truly wonderful place to 'charge your batteries'  and help start a new year in a calm, positive way! Thank you Helen & Barend for creating this piece of heaven!!”
Glenda & Johan
10 January 2016
Wood Owl

“No words would do justice to the amount of gratitude we both feel in our hearts for this place, and the whole Crab Apple crew. We feel blessed to have called this our home. The nights laying outside looking at the stars, hiking in the reserve, your lovely animals and your warmth and grace has really filled the both of us with so much happiness. Eternally grateful. Thank you. You will definitely be seeing more of us. Bless you all!
Natalie & Nic
10 January 2016
Crowned Eagle

“This is our Gods Window a picturesque valley. 3 Days of heaven. Helen, Barend you are truly blessed and thank you for sharing this with us. You both are amazing people. God bless.”
Corrie & Karin
03 January 2016
Crowned Eagle

“What an incredible place you have here. It is a perfect place where man and nature live peacefully and happily together. Thank you for your warm hospitality and friendliness shown towards us. We will be back for sure.”
Swazi, Piers & Ethan
28 December 2015
Starred Robin

“A wonderful peaceful relaxing stay, great welcome and hospitality.”
11 December 2015
Wayne & Marian Jayes
Starred Robin

“Almost storybook in its perfection — from the cosy cottage to the wandering forest trail, to the fantastic horses — who treated us with warmth and kindness that is all too uncommon nowadays. A wonderful stay for human and canine alike - Thank you!”
Margie, Dave, Greg Izzie and Nikki
27 November 2015
Starred Robin

“Thank you for a wonderful stay! The accommodation is spectacular, with so many extra’s that we never wanted to leave! We truly found peace in our little cottage, tucked away in this piece of “the garden of eden” Thank you for the hospitality and warm welcomes each time we arrived. We will definitely be back for an extended stay to connect with nature and get rest for our souls!”
Carin & Thomas Theron
22 November 2015
Wood Owl

“I really don’t want to leave, yet I know I have to go…. This time has been more special than you will ever know! So this is really not goodbye — a simple say adieu. Until we meet again — a special thanks to you! People like you are a special kind of wonderful. Hugs and Licks”
Carol & Roxy
22 November 2015
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you Helen & Barend for your warm hospitality, friendly attitudes and kindness. Helen your card was very “special," shows you’re someone with a compassionate & nurturing heart! It was such a treat for us to have spent our anniversary in such beautiful surroundings, and breathtaking views. I will remember the “cuddles” I received from Baloo! Just loved the pets & animals on your property & gardens. Such a romantic time for us, we go back refreshed from our time spent here and the walk in the forest. May God “shower” wondrous blessings over your family!”
Jodi & Lee Lennox
13 November 2015
Crowned Eagle

“A very special thank you to Andrew and Crystal Dekker for booking us at Crab Apple. Our host Barend gave us such a warm welcome. This place is out of the world, so much peace and tranquility and an absolute beautiful place. Got to meet Helen in the morning, such a warm person. Thank you Barend and Helen for such a warm welcome it was good to meet such pleasant and humble people. May the Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and keep you.”
Jordan & Joy David
07 November 2015
Wood Owl

“Once again we have had a blessed and peaceful rest in paradise!! Thanks to Helen & Barend for your friendship. God bless you!!”
Alta & Pieter
16 October 2015
Crowned Eagle

“First of all thank you for the most warming welcome into your slice of heaven, we felt as if it was home. We had the most amazing walks through the forest and the most amazing evenings light by fire. You both are truly amazing people”
Donovan & Kirsty
04 October 2015
Starred Robin

“Had a truly relaxing stay, your home is beautiful! Thank you Helen & Barend, we will come for sure!”
Cheryl & Craig
01 October 2015
Crowned Eagle

“Spent 5 wonderful, relaxing days here sharing your beautiful property with you. You are fantastic hosts and you made us all feel so welcome. Tell Harley that the Jo’burg gang will be back to play soon.”
Geoff, Theresa and 2 border collies Ben & Toby
19 September 2015
Wood Owl

“This place is a true gem. We had the most amazing stay. We enjoyed the rest, the quiet cottage, the farm animals, and most of all the attention to details. Thank you Helen & Barend for your hospitality — you guys are amazing. We will be back!”
17 August 2015
David, Liza & Abigail
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you Barend & Helen for a wonderful relaxed weekend. Every little detail was perfect. Crab Apple is the perfect romantic getaway. Thank you that our two little poms were just as welcome. All of us enjoyed our stay immensely!!”
Quentin & Marice & two poms (Dusty & Glitter)
14 August 2015
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for making this weekend so incredibly special for us! From the first time we arrived we knew that we had to come back here, not only for our anniversary weekend but now also for our engagement! We wouldn't have had it anywhere else!
Thank you, thank you!”
Oscar Anderson
14 August 2015
Starred Robin

“Words cannot describe how special our stay here was. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, attention to detail, thoughtfulness and kindness. What a privileged it was to be married in your beautiful chapel and to have you, Helen ride us in your carriage…it was a never to be forgotten time. We loved the view. The stillness of the forest and cosy nights by the fire. We will most definitely be back. Lots of love to you both!”
Matt & Julie Perks
8 August 2015
Crowned Eagle

“Had a wonderful time in this beautiful spot. Helen & Barend thank you for being so accommodating. We will be back!”
Arwel & Carol Morgan
7 August 2015
Starred Robin

“Staying in this beautiful cottage in ultimate luxury was a real treat. Thank you for your loving kindness. We thoroughly enjoyed the peace & quiet. Will definitely spread the word & tell everyone about this paradise. Keep up the good work!”
Isabelle Crowie
19 June 2015
Wood Owl

“Thanks you for your wonderful hospitality and warm manner. We felt very much at home and enjoyed every moment here! We will definitely be back! This will be a very special place for us as we celebrate our 1 year of marriage. xxx”
Ricardo & Inebelle Bexiga
16 June 2015
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you all for a wonderful break - for all your love & caring & kindness. This is most definitely a little slice of heaven!”
Tony & Mary Ritchie
16 June 2015
Wood Owl

“I had the most fun, I loved the horses and the dog the forest was beautiful. Thank you”
Emma
16 June 2015
Starred Robin

“I had lost of fun on the carriage. I also had fun in the forest”
Lucy
16 June 2015
Starred Robin

“Thank you so much for your kind hospitality during this much too short wintery weekend stay. It was the first holiday with Dog and she loved it as much as we did. We hope to be back soon!”
Anja, Anne & Rudi the fur child
07 June 2015
Crowned Eagle

“What a magical stay we had! Thank you for all the thoughtful extras. It is so easy to see the passion that was put into this beautiful place! Soul soothing! We will definitely be back! Much love”
Juliette & Tim
Wood Owl

“A warm welcome made us feel so good to be here. Helen and Barend, thank you for an excellent, well informed stay. A truly beautiful place you have here with every little detail taken care of! You will see us again!”
Douglas & Melissa & Ava Holder
Johannesburg
24 May 2015
Crowned Eagle

“We totally enjoyed our time here and are feeling renewed strength to continue on the journey God has given us for this season. We had prayed God would direct us to a place where we would rest. We are so thankful that He directed us here! Helen & Barend thank you for how you have loved our kids! There are many tears as we leave (a good thing) but we take with us many happy memories. Until we meet again.”
Conrad, Heidi, Alissa, Justin & Kayla Hertzler
20 May 2015
Starred Robin

“Pure bliss - beautiful, quiet, charming and way more than we expected! We will be back. Thank you.”
Gerald & Shirley
18 May 2015
Wood Owl

“Thanks you for a marvellous weekend. We have breathed in the Midlands air, soak up both the birdsong and the stillness, revelled in the magnificent view and renewed our minds and souls! Thank you for your attention to detail that has made this such a special corner of heaven. This was Nathan’s first holiday and will have a special page of memories in his memory book!”
Kim and Keith Walters and little Nathan (7months)
17 May 2015
Crowned Eagle

“We feel relaxed and revived after a wonderful long weekend on your delightful farm with such warm hospitality - Thanks you!!. We will be back.”
Patrick & sylvia Roux
10 May 2015
Starred Robin

“Your warm welcome, like greeting old friends was so dear. The cottage extremely cosy & you thought of absolutely everything. What a breathtaking view!! If this is how it feels to be in heaven - what a wonderful place to be! Thank you so very much.”
Faan & Christa Roos
27 April 2015
Crowned Eagle

“He makes me down to lie in pastures green, He leadeth me the quiet water, My soul He doth restore again…’ Psalm 23. These word so aptly describe the sense of welcome, rest, peace and beauty we have experienced on your farm. Thank you so very much for such a refreshing time. The cottage is so beautiful. Your little piece of heaven on earth was thoroughly enjoyed. God Bless you all (furry & feathered animal included)”
Cynthia Nel & Tilly Steynberg & The furry ones; Lollipop & Pepe
27 April 2015
Starred Robin

“It was such a privilege preparing for our wedding and spending our first night together at the most beautiful place on the planet! Thank you for your generous hospitality.”
Mr & Mrs Oberholzer
18 April 2015
Crowned Eagle

“Thank you for a perfect stay and for sharing so much with us and our Fairchild. Much love to you”
Floris & Heather Esterhuizen and Kegan
13 April 2015
Wood Owl

“Charming & unexpected - a cottage at the edge of the world”
Megan, Richard & Rachael Shorey
(Berry, Buttons & Max)
09 April 2015
Wood Owl

“We always love our stay here, this is where my heart is most happy. In June 2015 we will be celebrating our 1st year wedding anniversary where we got married at your beautiful chapel. Thank you Barend & Helen. See you soon. Much love xoxo”
Dale & Roxanne Harley
06 April 2015
Crowned Eagle

“What an amazing place! A real “Home from home” feel. Loved being here and spending time with my special family. Will be back…with my dogs!”
Carmen, Sam, Carl and Dove Jones
23 March 2015
Crowned Eagle

“These cottages ‘at the end of the road’ revealed forts with genuine hospitality and warmth and gave a father and 3 of his 6 children a perfect sanctuary to just simply ‘be together’. This was a special time in a special place. Thank you.”
Dave, Carmen, Carl & Samantha Jones
22 March 2015
Crowned Eagle

“One night is not enough - still a wonderful experience - thank you for your hospitality. And for looking after Eugene and Topsy. Best Wishes!”
Van Rensburg Family Jhb
13 March 2015
Crowned Eagle
Wood Owl

“Thank you Helen and Barend for your outstanding hospitality. Your cottages and garden are enchanting and your special forest – simply magical!”
Jo and Kevin Packer
28 January 2015

“I miss you guys already and certainly having withdrawal symptoms! All the labbies were such a delight and were wonderful company and yes I miss them too, it feels odd to open my back door and not to see 2 black heaps on my doorstep!
But it won't be long before we pay you a visit again... You are both amazing, special people and you had such a magical, positive effect on me for which I thank you. Take care.”
Kathryn and Mike.
26 January 2015

“...we just wanted to thank you both for an amazing time that we spent at Crab Apple! We appreciated all your extra little touches to make us feel at home, and Barend really went out of his way taking our sons fishing, collecting eggs and feeding Rafiki – Carlo and Matthew are still talking about it! We look forward to seeing you both again sometime.”
Jorge, Sharon, Carlo and Matthew
22 January 2015

“Utterly gorgeous in every way – a very special place filled with loving touches!!! Already booked to come back soon. This is a real gem!”
Lunne and Family
19 January 2015

“Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday. Everything was perfect and we even extended our stay. A little bit of paradise is so good for the soul! Helen and Barend are the most amazing, special people and we will miss the furry children! Much love and see you soon.”
Mike and Kathryn Brown
18 January 2015

“Even though only one night at this amazing spot. It was simply superb. It is peaceful and quiet. Thank you for having us. Thank you so much for the friendly welcome and the personal touches that made our stay so special. A wonderful cottage – Thank you! XOXO”
John and Sharon
10 January 2015

“Helen as you showed us to the cottage the absolute beauty that surrounded us nearly brought tears to my eyes! You made us and our little Jackson feel so welcome and part of this big happy land fur-filled family! My darling man proposed to me on this beautiful deck overlooking the misty valley…this will always be my favorite place! We will definitely be back. 1John 4 vs 17: As we live in God our love grows more perfect!”
James and Kerryn
05 January 2015

“What a beautiful cottage and peaceful place you have Helen and Barend. We thank you for your hospitality and for letting Rocky be part of your family. We have enjoyed every moment and have great memories here. We will be back soon with our daughters so that they can experience this paradise too!!”
Dominique and Marie-Françoise and Rocky our Lab
03 January 2015

“Thank you for your amazing hospitality. We had a wonderful time! We’ll be back to your little piece of heaven…”
The Nunes Family – Jorge, Sharon, Carlo and Matthew
02 January 2015

“Once again a wonderful stay. Thank you for your hospitality. Best Wishes.”
Van Rensburgs
02 January 2015

“We felt so ill and rushed but definitely got better here in this wonderful place. Thank you sooo much for all the homey touches. I loved all the animals especially the hen with the chick. I love the rose and dahlia garden – reminds me of my childhood in UK. Thank you Helen and Barend. Will be back and spreading the word back in Benoni”
Karen, Dino and Devin
01 January 2015