PLEASE note we prefer not to do: non-simultaneous swaps or points swapping.
1. The house:
We live in an African inspired barn style house in the middle of an olive orchard on the world famous Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate - it is a secure estate, implying that your children can roam freely, exploring and adventuring in the magic forest, play in farm dams and indulge their imaginations....
The main guest bedroom (The Mountain View Room) has a king size bed.
The 2nd room (The Botanical Room) has a double bed
3. Room - There is an option to use our son's room which has a tri-bunk bed consisting of a double bed at bottom and single bed on top.
We also offer a camp-style baby cot - if you have a young baby.
Each room has an en-suite bathroom, with heated towel rails.
For the summer we have air con and in the winter the fireplace in the lounge ensures a cosy atmosphere for you to enjoy evenings with your glass of red wine.
The modern kitchen has everything you need.
We are privileged to enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
Our home has every modern amenity available for you.
We have large garden filled with lavender bushes and olive trees. The plunge pool to cool off in during the warm Summer months is called the "Martini Pool" - come and see for yourself why!.
Our house has 3 patios for you to enjoy at different times of the day. We generally entertain outdoors so you have access to both in- and outdoor living. Outside, we have a "Weber" barbeque facility!
If you have children, we have toys for children, a large trampoline, a beautiful play gym, a Tree house and... a zip line!!!
The estate has a number of dams that you can access for picnics and walks in a safe environment. See... it is heaven!
2. A day in your life as a guest in our home:
In the morning:
Wake up to the sounds of a working farm.
Prepare your own breakfast or enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the local restaurant called "Aan Tafel "- walking distance of 100m's from our home.
Late morning: you could chill out beside our "Martini plunge pool" with a good book or if you feel like exploring the estate how about some wine tasting? Diemersfontein Wine Estate is home to the iconic "coffee chocolate" Pinotage: www.diemersfontein.co.za.
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Ever tried horse trail riding whilst wine tasting? www.fynbostrails.com is right here on the farm - contact the owner of the horse trail and then just walk down to the stables and mount up to discover some of the area's hidden gems with an amazing tour guide who has lived her whole life in the area!
3. Lunch time:
Prepare your own meal in our open plan kitchen after shopping at our local grocer (Checkers, Woolworths. - just up the street at the local mall) or...visit local eateries such as:
Val du Charron (Steak house and kid friendly Pizza restaurant)
Dunstone Kitchen (Country cooking and kid friendly)
Aux D'Hex (a bit of France in the Boland - kid friendly)
Or take a drive to ... Paarl - the neighboring town - not too far away... We highly recommend (all kid friendly) restaurants and eateries in Paarl Main Road:
The Deck Restaurant at Ridgeback Wine Estate,
Blacksmith Kitchen at Retief Family Wine Estate,
Fairview Wine Estate,
Spice Route Destination.
4. High tea:
Late afternoon, we suggest you head over to the nearby Franschhoek valley:
Now let me tell you about:
Antonij Rupert Wine Estate! Here you will experience a high tea with Orange infused Koeksisters, Mini Chocolate And Hazelnut Mousse Pots, Cupcakes, Chocolate Salami, Red Berry Tarts, Smoked Salmon Blinis and Cucumber, Horseradish and Dill Sandwiches.
Or how about www.alleebleue.co.za with their French or South African or English versions of high tea! - too much to choose from!
www.babylonstoren.com is one of my alltime favourites!: www.babylonstoren.com - with its incredibly beautifully laid out organic gardens and tasty treats!
Or linger longer at www.boschendal.com Wine Estate!
5. Supper time:
If you are cooking in - you will experience the choir of crickets, frogs, egyptian geese and guinea fowl as you relax with a sundowner on our sundowner deck and enjoy the most magical of African sunsets. You may even experience a visit from the local Cape Mountain tortoises - quenching their thirst at our little pond and lately our a family of Cape Grey mountain buck have made there home in our garden.
Alternatively you could of course head down to the local eateries mentioned above or to Paarl for fine dining at the www.granderoche.co.za or with your children to www.underoaks.co.za for great Italian food - all of which offer an unbelievable view of the mountains and surrounding valley.
Your children will go to sleep exhausted with excitement, having experienced the cleanest country air. You will lay your very relaxed mind and body down to rest in the most comfortable and stylish bed south of the Equator dreaming of another African day to follow.
We are happy to discuss a vehicle exchange with you ( a 4x4 Toyota Fortuner) and would prefer that you have a car of similar quality and size to offer us
7. Domestic type arrangements:
If you need a cleaning and/or baby sitting service, we can arrange for one - all for a reasonable fee.
Our garden service comes once/ week - they know what to do - so no need to worry about that.
Our neighbors and the little community here on the farm are very helpful and friendly!
8. The Weather:
Spring time (Sept-Nov) is about 25 degrees Celcius and then the Summer (Dec - Feb) has temperatures ranging from 28 - 39 degrees Celcius. March - May is Autumn and Winter is from June - Aug and the temperatures vary from very cold 5degC to about 15-25 degC during the Autumn and Winter months.
We enjoy rustic tranquility here and the sunsets and sunrises from our patios make for intriguing photographic opportunities as the colors reflect on the surrounding mountains. The night sky, untainted by the city lights, explode every night with a myriad of stars, winking at us. But come and see for yourself!
9. The water crisis in the Western Cape:
Please do take note that we have experienced a drought of late which not only resulted in a water crisis, but also a keen appreciation and awareness for sustainable usage of scarce resources. Please use water sparingly. Even though we are lucky enough to have a borehole and a part of the house is connected to it - we still use our water responsibly and sparingly for showering, domestic and cooking purposes.
We also have a water savings plan for our house which includes using a bucket with grey water (shower water) to flush the toilets and we only wash clothing when really necessary.
Our water tank is used to fill our swimming pool, but request that no splashing is permitted.
NO bathing permitted please!