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Prince Albert – an historical time capsule.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Driving into Prince Albert (from the Oudtshoorn side), you’re struck by the amount of activity near such a famously tiny town. My remembrance of Prince Albert as a child is the Hotel and the dry farmland. But I was told, while staying there recently, that a lot of foreign investment has revived this beautiful town to some of it’s former glory.

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of Studebakers and old cars …

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 | 0 comments

I love Vintage vehicles.As the proud owner of a 1958 Volkswagen and belonging to the local Old Car Club, I am forever encouraging guests to visit the local Railway Museum just up the road, where private vintage car owners can display/store their vehicles amongst the Railway exhibitions. I chanced upon the following passage in the delightful book by Victor Smith called ‘Open Cockpit over Africa’ in which he tells of his adventures flying more than 13 000 miles from George to London and back. Arriving back in George he was welcomed back as a hero by the locals. (Fairview is of course the Mayoral home mentioned…)

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A walk through George Botanical Gardens…

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 | 0 comments

The Garden Route, in the Southern Cape Province of South Africa, is one of the most spectacular scenic areas in the world, with its huge diversity of plants, beautiful beaches and lagoons, dark foreboding forests, and majestic mountains with ravines and buttresses through which historic passes and hiking trails meander.

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Lord’s, McGregor – Scottish highlands in the South African winelands

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 | 0 comments

The Trossachs Manor House – location for the restaurant, reception and a few of the rooms.

I spent this past weekend attending a wedding at Lord’s Guest Lodge. They are situated on one of the roads between Robertson and McGregor, perched on a hilltop, overlooking the vineyards. Although not an authentic historical place for accommodation, which is what the Greendoor Collection is all about, Lord’s is worth a mention given it’s medieval theme.

Made up of numerous genuine stone buildings, each building is fitted with Oregon pine doors, window frames and other fittings – such as staircases. All crafted in a medieval style and ordered from Scotland (where craftmanship for castles is still available). The authenticity is then finished off with antique furniture and memorabilia.

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Oupa Attie’s, Wellington, South Africa (circa 1900′s)

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 | 0 comments

To be honest, I was in a hurry for accommodation and did a Google search for “Accommodation Wellington South Africa”. And I was on a tight budget. So many of the first options were a bit too expensive for me. After some digging I found Oupa Attie’s Guesthouse – an old railway residence dating back to the early 1900′s. Driving up to the gate it was quite unassuming. But for 450 ZAR per night for both my wife and I, it was an absolute treat.

Oupa Attie’s dining area

Firstly, the sheer size of the place is quite surprising. For that price I was expecting a neat and modest place to stay. However, guesthouse accommodation being what it is, we got a room, an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian-style bath, and because the other room was not occupied, we had the entire lounge and kitchen area to ourselves, which is set up to handle a family of about 6.

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18th Century Stellenberg and its gardens (Kenilworth, Cape Town)

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 | 0 comments

In upper Kenilworth stands the beautiful Stellenberg, a Cape Dutch property dating back to original Van Der Stel ownership. Fortunately it has been blessed with sensible and caring owners – starting with the Felthams, who required Stellenberg in 1878, who did not succumb to the fashion of the times by removing gables, replacing thatch with corrugated iron or to tamper with the Cape Dutch windows and shutters.

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Die Gewels, Mossel Bay

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 | 0 comments

This beautiful gabled neo-Cape Dutch style house provides rooms with en-suite bathrooms and incredible views of the Mossel Bay harbour. This is a family run B&B – Pieter and Anne-Marie are ready to assist you in any way possible to make your stay memorable.

Visit the pristine Mossel Bay beaches (200m away), dine at some excellent restaurants, or simply stay in, enjoying the terraced garden or the comfort and “old world” charm of your room. The guest house is situated in the centre of town so everything you need is just a stone’s throw away – visit the Bartholomeu Dias Museum , go shark cage diving or take a seal island trip on board the Romanza. The Romanza is the only boat based permit holder to do whale watching during the whale season (June to October) You could also book a game drive at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve & Safari Park.

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Fairview Historic Homestead (circa 1861), guest house + garden

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 | 0 comments

In 1996 the Benkensteins took up the challenge to rescue this historic George landmark – always bearing in mind that the challenge in restoring and maintaining any old building remains staying true to the authenticity of the structure. Polished wooden floors, brass and iron four-poster beds, antique furniture and working fireplaces lend warmth and character to the spacious bedrooms. Explore Desmond’s well-landscaped garden  –  including a kitchen garden, a small orchard and even a few chickens – only the best homemade jams and fresh eggs for breakfast at Fairview! Philda runs the Guesthouse and the kitchen, with open hearth and bakoond, is also her domain.

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LOCATION: Garden Route, George.  ACCOMMODATION: 5 bedrooms. B&B from R440-00 per night per person sharing, from R575-00 single occupancy (Prices may vary, confirmation should be obtained upon booking)   ENQUIRIES: +27 (0)82 226 9466 | info@fairviewhomestead.com | www.fairviewhomestead.com FEATURES: Accommodation and garden.  GARDEN OPEN: by appointment

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Langverwagt (Circa 1740), Kuilsrivier

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Langverwagt offers two units, located within the historic walls of the oldest building on the farm. These two spacious self-contained units, each with the capacity of accommodating up to 4 people, contain many of the building’s original features, dating back to 1740.
Each has its own secure parking, a private entrance, separate en-suite facilities and spacious rooms ( bedroom, bathroom and lounge) A fully-equipped kitchenette with coffee/tea facilities, colour TV and M-Net.

Each morning, a sumptuous, farm breakfast is served within view of the splendid garden. (When we stayed breakfast was brought up to our open plan kitchen / lounge : freshly squeesed orange juice, fruit, maize porridge and to top all that – a fully cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs,mushrooms and tomato!)

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LOCATION: Off Langverwagt Road, Kuilsrivier.   ACCOMMODATION: 2 bedrooms. B&B from R400 per person sharing, from R500 single (Prices may vary, confirmation should be obtained upon booking)      ENQUIRIES: tel.+27(0)21 903 1203 | www.langverwagt.co.za   FEATURES: Large Country garden, Working Farm, Wedding venue, Accommodation.  GARDEN OPEN: only to guests

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Malans Guest House (circa 1937), Stellenbosch

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 | 0 comments

You may be surprised that I would add this particular B&B – Malans Guest House is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the historic centre of Stellenbosch, surrounded by far more historic and grander looking guest houses. Throughout my children’s studies at Stellenbosch I have stayed at Malans, where Leatitia and her staff will treat you to the essence of South African hospitality. In this solid 1937 built house there are five double bedrooms, lounge with fireplace, reading room, and breakfast room filled with antiques and Persian carpets on lovely oak floors. Modern facilities like internet access is also available.
The parking area is off-street and secure. The bedrooms are all en-suite, and have private entrances leading to patios and the swimming pool area. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the rooms, as well as a microwave oven and a small fridge. The rooms all have a desk for those who want to work, and TV for those who want to relax with a glass of port wine put out during the evening servicing of the rooms. Special care is taken to start the day off well with a full and interesting breakfast that includes a fruit platter and a traditional porridge. A number of good restaurants are within easy, and safe, walking distance, but best of all : the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden is just up the street.

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LOCATION: Stellenbosch, Western Cape.   ACCOMMODATION:From R420-00 per night per person sharing, R520-00 single occupancy (Prices may vary, confirmation should be obtained upon booking)  +27(0)83 6641517 | malansgh@gmail.com  |  www.malansgh.de FEATURES: Accommodation. (Leatitia also has an interesting collection of Voortrekker kappies / bonnets)

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Babylonstoren (circa 1690), Franschoek

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 | 0 comments

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant (called Babel) Guests staying at an exclusive farm hotel enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like a spa and gym. Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically possible. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in the restaurant. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into waterways from stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.

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Greendoor Collection

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 | 0 comments

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