Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:09

Lake Pleasant Living

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The Garden Route, a panoramic region idyllically placed between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains, is home to Lake Pleasant Living Exclusive Holiday Suites in the Knysna district. This charming property, built on the edge of one of the few natural freshwater lakes in the southern hemisphere, is a serene retreat set in the picturesque Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve.Welcome to Lake Pleasant Living where the discerning traveler will find superb facilities in tranquil surrounds. Enjoy Lake Pleasant as a holiday destination to stay or a lifestyle investment to buy.

Price @ from R 1380 per Unit per Night

More than a hotel room, our spacious suites & villas are equipped with all the modern conveniences. Experience ‘lifestyle living’ and not merely just a room to overnight.


Luxury Suites

Spacious, well-appointed one and two bedroom suites overlook the lake and landscaped garden and are surrounded by natural splendour.

Open-plan living areas and en-suite bedrooms lead to private patios and balconies. Classic, up-market furnishings and finishes with original artwork define Lake Pleasant Living’s exclusivity.

More than just a room, our suites are equipped with all the modern conveniences.

Luxury Duplex Villas

Luxury Duplex Villas offer guests comfort & luxury in a relaxed environment. All duplex Villas are free-standing and consist of two en-suite bedrooms.

Villas have a sleeper couch and can sleep a maximum of four (4) adults sharing with two (2) children each. Suites are serviced daily.

Expect comfort & luxury in a relaxed environment when visiting us.

Suite Features

Standard Suite Features

• Equipped kitchenettes include microwave oven, hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
• Air-conditioning in all rooms
• Televisions and DVD player with access to DVD library
• Drinks cabinet with bar fridge
• Electronic safe
• Intercom system
• Bathroom amenities

Standard Villa Features

• Air conditioning in each bedroom and living areas
• En-suite bathrooms with separate shower in each bedroom
• Separate guest toilet
• Sleeper couch
• Bathroom amenities
• Open-plan living (kitchen, lounge and dining area)
• Open onto private furnished patio and balcony
• Original artwork, complemented by quality furnishings and finishes
• Televisions with local channels in each room
• DVD player
• DSTV modem (bring own card)
• Flue-less fireplace in living room
• Drinks cabinet and bar fridge (not stocked)
• Tea and coffee making facility
• Well-equipped kitchen
• Separate laundry with washing machine and tumble drier
• Built-in barbeque
• Private plunge pool
• Lock-up garage

Facilities at Lake Pleasant

• Undercover parking
• Jetty
• Rim-flow pool
• Kiddies pool and play area
• 24-Hour security

Kids at lake pleasant

Lake Pleasant Living is ideally placed for families to explore the Garden Route or enjoy the comfort & luxury of upmarket living in an incomparable, natural environment.

Facilities for Children

• Kiddies pool with water slide
• A play area, which includes a jungle gym and volleyball court.
• Child minders (by prior arrangement)


Tranquility and relaxation await you on the edge of Groenvlei freshwater lake, adjacent to the Goukamma Nature & Marine Reserve. Fill your days with swimming and sunbathing, fishing, bird-watching, boating, wining & dining, hiking and visits to the nearby pristine beaches. Lake Pleasant Living is surrounded by endless activities for the entire family, including many world-class golf courses. Whether it is eco & nature, culture & heritage, outdoor adventure, gourmet delights or spirit, mind & soul experiences you are after, our establishment is the ideal setting from where to explore all that the beautiful Garden Route has to offer!

Contact Details


Tel: +27 44 349 2400

Fax: 086 600 1937

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Website: www.lakepleasantliving.com

Groenvlei Road, Sedgefield, 5673












Saturday, 18 March 2017 15:09

Number Eleven

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Number Eleven offers 5 star  self catering accommodation in a gorgeous house with stunning views of the Knysna Lagoon.  Here you can enjoy luxury and space as well as direct beach access. This fabulous location is ideal as a base to explore the Garden Route or simply for a relaxing getaway. his 5 star self catering house has recently been fully refurbished to a very high standard as part of the well established Milkwood Resort Collection. Luxurious, expansive living with a stunning private pool and outdoor entertainment area. Free Wi-Fi Internet is available throughout the house.

Price @ from R 13 500 per Unit per Night



Number Eleven sleeps up to eight guests in four bedrooms. All bedrooms have a King-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower.

Some of the rooms have walk in wardrobes and one has a separate study and lounge area. Each room opens out onto either a balcony or out to the deck where you have access to the pool and garden.

There is a living room with a fireplace, TV and comfy seating and a separate TV room with an L shaped sofa. The kitchen and dining area has a large dining table and the kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances. There is a laundry area with a washer and dryer.

Outside Facilities

Outside there is a lovely deck area with a swimming pool, outdoor shower, sun beds, patio furniture as well as a charcoal and gas braai. The pizza oven is also popular.


• Free Wi-Fi Internet is available throughout the house
• Clearguard security screens and window bars in all bedrooms
• Secure electronic gated parking for two cars
• Daily cleaning service
• Complimentary use of kayaks at Under Milkwood

Contact Details


Phone: +27 (0) 44 384 0745

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Website: www.milkwood.co.za

13 George Rex Drive | Knysna | South Africa |

Latitude: -34.075832° & Longitude: 23.062929°











Saturday, 18 March 2017 13:48

Tulbagh Travellers Lodge

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Located on the first floor, (up a flight of steps), the Tulbagh Travellers Lodge offers guests spacious accommodation in clean, well-decorated bright and sunny apartments. For your convenience and pleasure, there is a large open-plan communal kitchen and lounge with sofas, satellite TV and CD/MP3 Player, as well as cards, board games and free wireless internet access.  The kitchen is equipped as self catering with a hot plate, fridge, microwave and all the other essentials. Tea, coffee, sugar and other basics are provided free of charge. Free wireless internet access.

Price @ from R 600 per Unit per Night



There are 3 colourful Art Deco style apartments. Each apartment is individually decorated, features en-suite bathrooms. Basic self-catering facilities are available in the shared kitchen and modern comforts like free Wi-Fi access are provided.

Apartment 1 and 2

Apartment 1 and 2 offers two bedrooms and one bathroom and features a double bed and a single bed.

Apartment 3

Apartment 3 is an open plan bedroom with a double bed and single bed, and has an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower.


A light self service and complimentary Continental breakfast is available in the lodge kitchen upstairs. The Continental breakfast consists of filter coffee, tea, toast, spreads, preserves, cereals, milk and fruit.

For an additional supplement, you can enjoy our famous 3-course breakfast downstairs in the grand dining room at the manor house. Please make arrangements on arrival.


• Aircon & fan
• Heaters & electric blankets in winter
• Satellite TV
• CD/MP3 Player
• Free wireless internet access.
• Mosquito nets
• Fynbos Therapy amenities, soaps & shampoos
• Bath- and pool towels
• Comfortable mattresses and good quality linen and bedding
• Hairdryer

Contact Details


Phone: +27 (0) 79 051 2059

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Website: www.cdq.co.za

33 Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa











Saturday, 18 March 2017 13:23

Reflections Guest Farm

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Reflections Guest Farm is a 70 hectare farm-resort getaway, directly off a tarred road, nestled in the beautiful and historic Tulbagh Valley. Stunning mountain and valley views and best of all the cottages overlook Reflections Dam. The farm is situated close to the foothills of the Winterhoek Mountains, with stunning views of Obiqua, Saronsburg and Witzenberg Mountains also. Sunrise and sunset colours play over the mountains giving many different gorgeous vistas. The night skies are so filled with stars with a beauty all of its own. Take a swim in the dam or a dip in the pool on warm days.

Price @ from R 720 per Unit per Night

Snow capped mountains in winter are delightful, especially when you can warm up by an open fire. This is a piece of heaven where you can relax and recharge your batteries, fish in Reflections Dam for bass, hike or enjoy many outdoor activities nearby; zip-sliding or golf in Ceres a mere 30 kilometres away or horse riding 1.5 kilometres past the farm. Wine tasting at the various renowned wine estates in the area. Theuniskraal is next door! 


Each cottage is fully kitted with bedding, towels, and kitchen necessities. A bouquet of channels are supplied on DStv including sports, Mnet and children’s programmes. The cottages are fully serviced except Wednesdays and Sundays. Each cottage also has its own braai and a crate of wood is supplied each day. Bring your own swimming towels and fishing rods, we have a few rods for hire if you just want to try! We have two rowing boats available to guests free of charge.

The Cottages

• Winterhoek Cottage situated next to the Olive Grove is a favourite for the romantic couple
• Witzenberg Cottage has a separate bedroom and a sleeper couch in the lounge for the kids
• Saronsburg Cottage is a luxury cottage for two, overlooking the lawns and the dam
• Cedaberg is a three bed roomed house which can sleep up to 11 people as it has two double bedrooms, a third single bedroom and two sleeper couches in the TV lounge. It also has a main lounge overlooking the dam
• Obiqua is a four double bed-roomed house with the emphasis on comfort. A patio has a lounge suit outside for those balmy evenings

The Cottages

Reflections Chapel with its stained glass windows depicting vineyard and mountain scenes can seat up to 120 guests for weddings.

The Boma

The Boma is available to guests for a larger group braai and has been fondly named 'Gat Inni Dak', never a dull evening!

Whether you plan a relaxing weekend for two, a family gathering or a group of friends Reflections is definitely your destination of choice. Children welcome under strict adult supervision. Pets welcome, by arrangement with management.

Contact Details

Phone: +27 83 252 6426

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Website: www.reflectionsguestfarm.co.za

1 Theuniskraal Road, Tulbagh, Western Cape South Africa

GPS Co-ords: -33.2353719, 19.1423927











Saturday, 18 March 2017 12:46

Tulbagh Hotel

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Tulbagh is located in one of the most scenic valleys of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by majestic mountains, snow capped in winter. Famous for its Cape Dutch architecture, the town features 32 National Monuments in one street alone, and the Tulbagh Hotel is fortunate to incorporate two of these properties as ‘heritage’ annexes to the main building, which was itself founded in 1859.  Our Honeymoon Suite is the jewel in our crown. Crafted from the old wagon shed, this suite oozes romantic charm with open thatch, two fireplaces, bath and shower for two.

Price @ from R 1300 per Unit per Night



The hotel has a total of 11 en-suite rooms, three of which are located in our heritage manor house, directly opposite the hotel.

The heritage rooms are named after the founding fathers of the town and the Western Cape. Each en suite room has been individually designed to offer an eclectic mix of old world charm and contemporary luxuries.

All of our 11 en-suite rooms incorporate air conditioning, double glazing, flat screen cable TVs, tea and coffee facilities, mini safes, mini bar and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Choose between our spacious Honeymoon suite, Saronsberg suite, 3 luxurious Protea rooms, old world charm in our 3 Heritage Rooms or affordable comfort in the 4 Fynbos rooms. Each room has an individual theme and décor representing the local environment and history.


The restaurant is open to residents and non residents; choose to dine in the restaurant or alfresco on the stoep / patio watching the world go by or in the secluded courtyard, which also features a spit braai / BBQ.

Our sparkling swimming pool is the ideal spot to cool off and relax on hot summers days whilst the roaring fireplace offers a cosy welcome on cold winters days.

Contact Details

Tel: +27 23 230 0071

Fax: +27 23 230 1411

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Website: www.tulbaghhotel.co.za

22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh, 6820 Cape Winelands










Saturday, 18 March 2017 12:06

Villa Tarentaal

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Villa Tarentaal is a combination of historic Cape Dutch architecture and romantic Italian villa, giving you a wine lands feel like no other. Dramatic views of the Witzenburg mountains, olive orchard and surrounding vineyards invite you to relax and renew.  Villa Tarentaal features 5 spacious guest rooms and bathrooms that combine comfort, style, elegance and the latest technology. These details transform Villa Tarentaal into an ideal place; both for leisure and business travellers. Service, privacy and outdoor indoor luxury are what sets us apart from the rest.

Price @ from R 1390 per Unit per Night



Fusing comfort and beauty our cottages provide a setting to linger and relax.

Blue Crane Cottage (sleeps 4)

Blue Crane cottage is a two bedroom cottage. The Italian style bathroom provides a separate shower and bath, wide mirror and basin. The master bedroom is outfitted with white washed french headboards and end tables, a personal vanity and ample cupboard space. The second bedroom has two single beds, storage space and personal vanity.

Fish Eagle Cottage (sleeps 4)

Cozy chairs provide the perfect reading spot or linger on the patio while enjoying some wine and a braai. Rich, antique dark woods and greens in the bedroom complete the "cottage-comfort" feel.

Egyptian Goose Cottage (sleeps 2)

Large windows provide excellent views of the gardens surrounding the cottage. Creamy tiles, a sparkling shower and an elegant basin define the bathroom. Curl up in the queen size bed or relax next to the fire on the welcoming couch.

Peacock Suite (sleeps 2)

Double doors lead to the pool area, beautiful mountain views from bed. Fireplace, King bed, flat screen full DStv, comfy sitting chairs, 5 star bathroom with double stone sinks, bath for two, double shower... the perfect space to really relax!

Swallow Suite (sleeps 2)

Extra length King bed, shower for two, dressing area, full dstv, and bar fridge are some of the amenities you will find. Swallow suite is both elegant and modern, with designer touches throughout.

Cottage Facilities

• Private verandas with garden or mountain views
• Open plan kitchenette, perfect for self catering
• Living area with full DStv, fireplace, A/C, ceiling fans
• Down duvets and soft sheets
• Fluffy towels and luxury bath products
• Assorted coffees, teas, sugars and special treats
• Hairdryers
• Digital safe
• Wood supplied for braais and fireplaces
• Cottages serviced daily
• Laundry service available


Breakfast is served on your veranda or in your cottage at the time you request. Start your day with fresh coffee, tea, juice and perhaps fresh tropical fruit salad with a yogurt parfait.. or a hot English style breakfast with rosemary potatoes and garlic mushrooms or decadent stuffed french toast with crisp bacon and fruit.


• Swimming pool and loungers, pool towels provided
• Massage room for aromatherapy massage and facials
• Meandering gardens, an array of bird life and wide open spaces.

Contact Details

Tel: +27 074 194 8202

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Website: www.villatarentaal.com

Extension Van Der Stel Street, Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa









Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:42

L'ermitage Franschhoek Chateau & Villas

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On the slopes of the Franschhoek Pass, admist sweeping tracts of fynbos lies the exclusive village of L'ermitage. Here you will find the stately five-star Chateau du Pré and 36 charming, private Villas all of which promise guests a warm welcome and a wonderful stay.  Also within the village is the fine-dining Sixteen-88 restaurant and for picnics or home entertaining you’ll be spoilt for choice at L’ermitage’s own sumptuous delicatessen. L’ermitage is a guest-focussed village. A sense of old-fashioned community abounds in this aptly named sanctuary offering weary city-dwellers the tranquillity and relaxation.

Price @ from R 3200 per Unit per Night

In the midst of this courteous and kindly village with its vibrant piazza and swimming pools are superior modern amenities and the unparalleled lifestyle you would expect in this the food and wine capital of South Africa.


Chateau Du Pre

This glorious chateau is a boutique hotel consisting of five superior bedrooms, each luxuriously furnished and all with breathtaking views of the majestic Franschhoek mountain range. Rooms are equipped with King size beds, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD players and even a small kitchenette.

All rooms have baths and showers, many also have private balconies along with other unexpected little luxuries. Guests can enjoy leisurely hours next to the heated swimming pool.

The Villas

Each villa is spacious, luxuriously furnished and no expense has been spared on the finest finishing touches. Guests are welcome to choose from 16 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom villas.

Each is fitted with a well-appointed, fully equipped kitchen especially designed for those who live to eat, rather than those who eat to live. And, to inspire the chef-in-you to try out new dishes, all sorts of surprises await you in the kitchen!


At this formal dining restaurant in L’ermitage village you can expect a gourmet-eating treat to tickle your taste buds and prime your palate. Dishes are inventive and fresh designed to enhance both alfresco or in-door dining.

Here in this very special restaurant you get to experience the chef’s specialties in an intimate and Provençal-style setting.ge of Elements bath and shower products

Activities Nearby

• Wine tasting at local wineries
• Wine tours of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch
• Olive oil and cheese tasting tours
• Chocolate making and factory tour
• Horse riding
• Walking / hiking and cycling

Contact Details

Tel: 021 876 9200
Fax: 086 543 1355

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Website: www.lermitage.co.za

Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape









Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:26

Maison d'Ail Guest House

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Escape to the tranquility of this newly established guesthouse, Maison d’Ail, owned and run by the Garlick family. Nestled under the Franschhoek mountains, this guesthouse will enable you to relax and unwind in the most tranquil surroundings. Spend your days relaxing at our pool or step out onto the bustling streets of Franschhoek and enjoy top class cuisine and wine at one of the many restaurants and wine farms in the valley.  Just an hour away from Cape Town's Waterfront and a beautiful hour’s drive from the coast, this spot of paradise is located in the most perfect position.

Price @ from R 1650 per Unit per Night



 Maison d'Ail Guest House is simply but elegantly decorated to add to the tranquil ambience of the surroundings and all the five rooms boast king size or twin beds made up with 100% cotton percale white linen.

Two Standard Rooms

King size bed or Twin bed configuration. En-suite bathroom with shower, underfloor heating and heated towel rail

Three Luxury Rooms

King size bed or Twin bed configuration. En-suite bathroom with twin basins, shower and / or bath. Private balcony / garden and stunning views of the valley

Room Amenities

• All non smoking
• Air conditioning
• Heater
• Satellite TV
• Coffee / tea-making facilities
• WiFi access throughout the house
• Private safe
• Exclusive range of Elements bath and shower products
• Bathrobes


Breakfast is served either on the verandah overlooking the pool area or in the elegant dining area with crisp table linen, cane chairs and great attention to detail. French doors open up the dining area in the summer while a crackling log fire awaits you during the winter months. Sumptuous breakfasts are served buffet style followed by a cooked breakfast made to order with freshly roasted ‘Deluxe’ coffee and home baked muffins and croissants to round it all off.


• Swimming pool
• WiFi access
• Lounge area with fireplace
• Reading area upstairs
• Off street parking
• Laundry service on request
• Transfer to airport can be arranged.

Activities Nearby

• Wine tasting at local wineries
• Wine tours of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch
• Olive oil and cheese tasting tours
• Chocolate making and factory tour
• Horse riding
• Walking / hiking and cycling

Contact Details

Phone:  +2721 8762130

Mobile: +27 82 7408895

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Website: www.maisondail.co.za

Reservoir Street,  Franschhoek, Western Cape









Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:03

Residence Vive La Vie

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Residence Vive La Vie offers luxury accommodation in the picturesque area of Franschhoek. From this great location you are close to fine dining restaurants, shopping centre a number of great attractions and outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing and horse back riding. The area is known for its fabulous wines and while here you can enjoy visiting many of the wine farms in the area. We offer you exclusive high end en-suite bedrooms with fresh and trendy artwork from local artists. Breakfast is also included.  Each room has a Nesspresso coffee machine and kettle for tea we provide.

Price @ from R 3250 per Unit per Night



Choose from our en-suite double or twin rooms all offered on a bed and breakfast basis. All rooms have their own lounge area and a private patio. In summer you can make use of the swimming pool or simply relax on the deck with a sundowner.

Room Facilities:

• Mini bar
• Nespresso machine including coffee pods
• Kettle for tea
• House wine (on arrival)
• TV with DStv
• Guest amenities
• European charge facility
• Hairdryer
• Air-conditioning

Please note there is secure parking, however this needs to be booked in advance.


Breakfast is served from 07h30 until 10h00.


• Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum
• Take a wine farm tour
• Do the Franschhoek Wine Valley Food and Wine Route
• Visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum
• Go to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
• Play a round of golf at the Pearl Valley Golf Estate
• Hike the Dutoitskop Trail
• Pop in at the Franschhoek Village Market

Contact Details

Harald & Johanna Neumann

Cell: 0720190422 / 0826255472

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Website: www.vivelavie.co.za

27 Uitkykstreet Franschhoek 7690









Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:40

Basse Provence Country House

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This historic property offers elegant winelands accommodation and Cape Dutch hospitality at its finest with a swimming pool and sunny garden patio from which to enjoy the tranquility of the vineyard setting and spectacular views set against the Franschhoek mountain backdrop. Set beneath 300 year old oak trees, this luxurious retreat on an historic Cape Dutch wine farm, offers a la carte breakfasts to be enjoyed on the vast lawns or at our neighbouring estate, Rickety Bridge and guarantees our guests a first hand taste of the gourmet capital of South Africa.

Price @ from R 1515 per Unit per Night



Basse Provence Country House offers nine spacious and tastefully decorated en-suite rooms all fully equipped with mini-bars, tea and coffee making facilities, DStv and air-conditioning.

The Manor and Elizabeth suites have the privacy of their own entrance with access to the guesthouse pool and sunny breakfast terrace.

A superbly refurbished, secluded cottage with a private garden and terrace is perfect as a honeymoon suite. This private two bedroom cottage with spacious en-suite facilities and adjoining lounge offers guaranteed privacy and use of the guest house pool and services.


Guests can enjoy a full, health or Continental breakfast on the sun drenched garden terrace or drinks from our honesty bar out on our extensive lawns bordering the vineyard and river.

Expanses of vines and unsurpassed mountain views, tranquility and luxury, personalised service and attention to detail are what bring guests back time and time again.

Contact Details

Tel: +27 (0) 21 876 2994

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Website: www.basseprovence.co.za

Basse Provence Country House | R45 into Franschhoek








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