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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Accommodation – Self Catering
Category: Service Excellence

Motivation for award: We always try and keep up with the latest trends that people are looking for. We endeavor to make the guests’ stay more comfortable and convenient, by having a self-check-in service with key lockboxes. We have decided to install the key lockboxes, to make it easier for guests coming back late from a wedding or the airport. We have also installed water-saving showerheads and solar geysers. After the load-shedding that our country experienced recently, we have also installed automatic lights that go on as soon as the power goes out and thereby not leaving our guests in the dark. We are promoting the local industries i.e honey from the local Honey Factory, olive oil and olives from Oakhurst Olives in Tulbagh, rusks & chili sauce from our neighboring Hillbilly Farm. We provide their products for our guests to purchase in the cottages. We believe to try and keep the guests in our area for as long as possible, so we have a well-detailed room folder with maps of all the nearby towns, such as Wolseley, Ceres, Tulbagh, the Breede Valley, and Worcester. We also offer a “Best for the Guest” discount system that our guests can enjoy when visiting the area, such as discounts from Ceres Zipline, Horse About, local restaurants, and more. We’ve won numerous awards in the last two years of being open. • We’ve won the provincial and national Lilizela Tourism Award in 2017 for the Best 3-star Self- Catering Exclusive Accommodation establishment. This has increased awareness of our business and region and already we have seen an increase in our bookings since then. • In 2018 we won the runner-up Mayoral Award for service excellence and we hope that we’ll receive another award this year. • We have also won the provincial 2018 Provincial Lilizela Tourism Award again. • We were awarded the winner of our region on for maintaining an overall rating of 9.5/10 in 2017 & 2018. • 2018 Certificate of Excellence Award from Tripadvisor and Afristay. • We won the Service Excellence award for the best S/C Accommodation in the CWD Mayoral Award Ceremony. • We were a finalist in the 2019 Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards. We receive very positive feedback from our guests after their stay and all our reviews since we’ve opened. Guests are very pleased to have visited us and can’t wait to return again.

Region: Western Cape / Witzenberg

Big Sky Cottages

Self-Catering Accommodation

Big Sky Cottages is 3-star graded and consists of 10 semi-detached cottages with one bedroom and one bathroom each. Our farm is 67ha in size and the cottages are situated high on the slopes of the Mostertshoek Mountain overlooking the Valley. We have 1ha of buchu growing on the farm and we have a small herd of Springbok around the main house behind 2ha game fencing. They are visible as you drive up to your cottage. Each cottage is self-catering and you can enjoy the peace and quietness of farm lifestyle. Our self-catering units are all equipped with queen extra length beds, en-suite (showers only) bathroom, TV with DSTV (hospitality bouquet), free Wi-Fi, indoor fireplace, heaters for the cold winter nights and air-conditioning for the hot summers days. Each cottage has a private stoep and braai with a magical view. The kitchen is fully equipped for self- catering. Next to each cottage is an under-cover parking space. We have a communal swimming pool and boma area as well as a boules court for guests to enjoy some leisure time. Guests can enjoy sundowners and stunning sunsets on the deck or take a walk up the mountain. Bird life is abundant. It’s the perfect place to take in some clean air, relax, unwind and it’s within easy reach of restaurants and the local attractions of the surrounding towns. We are within 2km to 5km from three wedding venues around Wolseley and 130km from Cape Town.

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Tshegofatso Nyalungu – 02.05.2022
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