Oom Barrie se Huisie (Uncle Barrie's Cabin)... a place of tranquility where shepherds of old would seek refuge against the elements. Sitting stoksiel-alleen in a rolling green ocean, several hundred meters off the visible Caledon - Greyton road (the R406), it is a refreshing reminder of yesteryear, and a place to unwind and get those cobwebs out of your head in true Overberg country style.
From the Swiss-style shutters to the smell of yesterday's fire and the early morning visiting sheep, the cottage gushes raw rustic charm. As in the old days, there is no Eskom - gas (stove and oven) and a big fireplace supply the heat, paraffin lamps the light, and the heavens the water.
A small stoep has recently been tacked onto the cottage, providing a good spot to braai and gaze upon the green mountains and distant BMW's racing to Greyton's all-frill-and-Maltese-poodle guest houses.
Oom Barrie can pack in six people, but for comfort sake, we suggest four: hosts in the main candle-lit bedroom, and two friends up the blue-gum staircase to the attic above. Definitely take some company, though, as the city-bred among us may get a touch lonely or paranoid in this remote setting - in fact, for some, packing in six friends might not be such a bad idea after all!
Days at Oom Barrie can either be spent idle at the nearby dam, or active, walking and cycling in the surrounding hills. If host Gielie can find a gap in his busy schedule, he'll load your kids onto the back of his bakkie and take them on a tour of the farm. The lamb orphanage appears to be the highlight!
Evenings around Oom Barrie's open hearth will hit home just how little you really need - or just how much you cannot do without! Either way, Oom Barrie will hit home!