“Escape the world for a while at this tranquil nature reserve, with luxe suites, budget self-catering and guided nature walks”
Mosaic Private Sanctuary offers 2 types of accommodation. The LAGOON LODGE is for guests staying on an all-inclusive basis, and located 3km from the main property in a secluded grove of milkwoods. There are 5 standalone Lagoon Lodge Suites (all with kingsized beds; the Lagoon Lodge Family Suite also has a raised platform which can fit 2 mattresses for children), and all are designed to melt into their surroundings. Luxurious yet with a down-to-earth feel thanks to the use of stone and wood, the décor is elegant but with nothing superfluous to interfere with the sense of space. In ours, a comfy bed with safari-style mosquito netting faced massive floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors, which opened onto a large wooden deck overlooking the lagoon and mountains (Room 3 overlooks fynbos instead). The bathrooms all have outdoor showers and large, deep tubs indoors. There is no A/C but ceiling fans help cut the heat and there are now fireplaces in each of these rooms for chillier nights.
All rooms are connected to the communal lapa via wooden boardwalks; this is where Lagoon Lodge guests eat their meals. Out front there's a gently heated plunge pool that overlooks the lagoon and mountains.
The 4 SELF-CATERING MOSAIC COTTAGES (Milkwood 1-3 and Duminy) are set near the 1892 Spookhuis, which houses the Mosaic Lagoon Café , conference centre and library. They are less stylised than the suites but priced accordingly, and a great option for families or groups with lots of space, modern furnishings, fully equipped kitchens and fans. Each cottage has a spacious outdoor area with a braai for barbecues (Milkwood 3's is an indoor braai). They vary in size: each has 1-3 double bedrooms, and can sleep an additional 1-5 guests in bunk rooms/rollaway beds/sofabeds. See Rates for details.
The rates for Lagoon Lodge guests are all-inclusive, and meals are served at the Lodge lapa. Dinner is a 3-course set meal, with a choice of only the main course, though special dietary requests can be accommodated. When we stayed, the menu was fresh, inventive and flavoursome with a salad of pine nuts, watermelon, pomegranates and feta stealing the show. The meat and vegetables are locally sourced with many herbs and vegetables coming from Mosaic Private Sanctuary’s organic garden. Regular features include chicken and beef with garden-fresh vegetables and homemade bread. The wine menu is large and reasonably priced with a focus on local wineries.
Breakfast was generous but standard. Eggs are made to order with sides of toast, mushrooms and tomatoes. Fruit cups and bran muffins sit on a side table for you to help yourselves to. Guest staying at the self-catering cottages can order breakfast, lunch and braai baskets to be delivered.
The Mosaic Lagoon Café at the 1892 Spookhuis is open from 11am-3pm daily, to all guests and the general public. Lagoon Lodge guests can be shuttled over. The small, fresh menu emphasises locally made cheese and charcuterie platters. Breakfast baskets, drinks and dinner dishes or braai platters can be delivered to the self-catering cottages, and homemade preserves, muffins, bread and desserts are sold at the cafe. Otherwise, the nearest place to buy food is a 15-minute drive away in Stanford. You'll need to buy everything, including salt, pepper, teabags etc as nothing is provided in the cottages. Each cottage has an oven, hob, microwave, fridge and braai.
If you want to eat out, you'll be spoilt for choice, though there's nothing within walking distance. Springfontein Eats at the winery of the same name 3km away is fantastic (its owners previously held a Michelin Star in Germany). Marianna’s and Mogg's Country Kitchen are local favourites. All 3 of these restaurants will require advance booking. Madre’s Kitchen in Stanford offers delicious, garden-fresh comfort food, but watch out for the resident cat, who tried to swipe a piece of fish off my plate! For dinner, it’s worth the drive to Hemel-en-Aarde where several wineries such as Newton Johnson have popular fine-dining restaurants.
Children of all ages are welcome, though kids aged 8+ will get the most out of the activities on offer. This is not a place to let young kids run around unobserved as the occasional snake has been known to make an appearance. Mosaic can provide a baby cot or extra bed in the Lagoon Lodge Suites, but most families opt for a cottage.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The self-catering cottages are perfect for families, with kitchens, living rooms and space outside. Milkwood 1 sleeps 3, Milkwood 2 sleeps 4 adults + 2 children, Milkwood 3 sleeps 4 adults + 4 children, and Duminy sleeps 9. There's also a Lagoon Lodge Family Suite with a double bed and space for 2 single matresses for children on a raised platform.
Child minding can be arranged for an additional fee