“Friendly, comfortable and stylish lodge with delicious food, between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean”
There are 16 suites spread over half a dozen cottages around the grounds. All of them are decorated in African style: earthy hues, woven fabrics, wooden bedframes, mosaic shower-walls, cane partitions, ceiling fans, pictures of wildlife, stripy silk cushion covers, khaki curtains and blinds. There are no TVs to remind you of home. Outside on the wooden deck are chairs or a hammock - just in case you need a further excuse to lie and gaze at the view.
The 6 Garden Suites are arranged on one level, with kingsize or twin beds, an ensuite bathroom, a lounge, a fireplace and a private balcony with chairs.
The 3 Loft Suites are each spread over 2 floors. The downstairs lounge has a double sleeper couch and an ottoman which can be made up for children in the evening, and a private deck with a hammock. Upstairs, the bedroom has kingsize or twin beds with an ensuite bathroom.
The 6 large Forest Suites, which are further from the main building, are freestanding with a bedroom (kingsize/twin), an ensuite bathroom, a lounge, and French windows to a private deck with a hammock.
The Round House is a 2-storey 'honeymoon suite' converted from the circular water reservoir. It has an ensuite bedroom and a wooden balcony upstairs, and a winding staircase linking them to a downstairs sitting room.
All bathrooms have a shower and a bathtub, and most are spacious - one guest was heard to complain that they were too big!
Sitting indoors around a large rectangular table, chatting to the other guests, you can enjoy a set 3-course dinner with local ingredients and wines, with 3 main dishes to choose from. Carnivores will enjoy the smoked venison or the chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and feta, while fish-eaters can order the day’s catch, such as kingklip, elf (shad) or steenbras. The veg dishes are quite unusual - try their aubergine casserole or sweet potato and corn polenta. Dessert might be pears poached in red wine with cinnamon ice cream, beautifully presented with the thinnest lavender wafer and berries. With most dietary requirements catered for, dinner is excellent value and also one of the best we had along the Garden Route.
Breakfast is a full ‘farmhouse’ buffet of fruit salad, cereals, eggs, bacon, muffins, flapjacks, cold meats, cheeses, potato and leek patties and even fresh lychee juice - all included in the room price. If that didn't fill you up, light lunches such as salads or sandwiches can be taken on the panoramic wooden deck; picnics and lunch baskets can be made up on request.
Although children are welcome, bear in mind that most people come here for the tranquility and there are no TVs - it's just that kind of place. However, there is a communal television in the far lounge in the main house. Note that it's a long drive from Cape Town airport - you will want to stop enroute rather than drive straight here (or you could take an internal flight to land closer). That said, it's fab for families and the lodge welcomes them with open arms.
Under 2s go free; there's a supplement for those 2-12, which includes the early kiddies dinner. Children in their own room pay full rates.
The Loft Suites have a double sofabed and an ottoman which can be made up for children in the evening; they can sleep 2 adults and 2 children aged 12 and under.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children can have a separate earlier dinner, or can join parents at the later dinner if they want. The chef is also happy to prepare child-friendly meals and accommodate dietary requirements.
There are unfenced dams and a pool on the premises.