Mosaic Farm is ideal for those who seek luxury in a beautiful, peaceful, rural setting with the bonus of having multiple things to do and see on your doorstep (ish).
We stayed during the Spring and to say the setting is spectacular would be doing it an injustice: The flowers stretched out in front of the milkwood covered lodges all the way to the flamingo filled lagoon (with the odd blue crane), which was in turn was backed by steep rising mountains that ran all the way to the horizon and sea. It really made us feel like we were staying in true wilderness, yet in reality we were 10 minutes away from the pretty village of Stanford and then another 15 minutes onto Hermanus – this means this really is perfectly situated accommodation.
We stayed in a Lagoon Lodge Suite that was made to the highest standards out of purely natural elements and has a genuine African feel. The suites are large with high airy ceilings and a cushioned chill out area that are nice aesthetic touches combined with a huge bed looking straight over the beautiful decking area, out to the lagoon and mountains. It is worth noting that because of the size and style of the accommodation it isn’t the warmest in the colder months, however don’t let this put you off as it just means you have to wear an extra layer.
Behind the bedding area is a dressing table (for the ladies) with hair dryer, plenty of hanging and storage space and the enormous bathroom with all the necessaries to get you ready for your evening in the restaurant. In particular, the bathroom is extremely luxurious with a huge bath set into stone and wood with taps made of copper piping – again nice quirky décor. The shower is outside and although a bit cold when initially getting out (in spring) is actually a really nice experience when under the nice hot water.
Cleanliness wise the chalets and indeed all communal areas are immaculate. Bedding is changed daily; your room will be tidied and cleaned every morning and then again in the evening.
The suites are linked to the reception area, restaurant and bar by a series of wooden walkways that weave their way through the milkwood grove and make for a real romantic air, particularly in the evening when everything is lit by a mixture of lanterns and cleverly placed spotlights. Similarly impressive was the restaurant which continued with the natural build of the rooms and is decorated to extremely high standards.
Aesthetically Mosaic Farm is 5 star all the way but this you can find in many places. What sets this place apart the food and service.
Every night we would go to the bar area for a drink before our meal and after having a banter with the guys working on the bar, Chef would come over, talk us through our menu choices and usually recommend the perfect wine to accompany it. Generally making us feel like we were the most important guests they’d ever had. It was incredible and never done in a smarmy, suck up fashion. We had a genuinely great experience through fantastic food and easy conversation every evening and when the food came we were left for the rest of the night to enjoy each other’s (me & my wife) company. I have never experienced service like it, nothing was too much would be under selling Mosaic Farm.
Recommendations for things to do:
• In summer, I imagine just chilling out around the lodge or beach will satisfy most for at least a week. Just in case you’ll like me and need to do………
• Whale Watching (August – November) – This can be done from the beach nearby; even better from the Hermanus cliffs (Gearings Point etc) or the quieter De Kelders; and even better yet is with African Wings – a 30 minute flight over Walker bay will give you unforgettable views of countless whales (& their calves) and sharks. Evan is based in Stanford and his flights are a must for Wildlife lovers.
• Cage Diving with Great Whites. Best done in Gansbaai and is about 30 minutes drive down the coast. Is a bit of controversial activity In South Africa, however we found that the guys at White Shark Diving Company treated the animals with real respect and for such an adrenaline fueled sport we always felt safe. Get it done and remember this business ensures these Sharks are worth more alive than dead. Shame this isn’t the case for the Rhinos further north!!!
• Wine tasting. Loads of vineyards situated left and right on the beautiful R320 just out of Hermanus. For us the best were Ashbourne, Creation & Bouchard Finlayson (Pinot Noir) and for some lunch make sure you don’t miss out Heaven which is appropriately named (make sure you book) at the Newton Johnson estate.
• Quad Biking. It’s free so use it!!!! Great fun piling through the dunes and onto the beach with a chance to see the whales.
• Eating. Heaven as mentioned above is amazing as are the very popular Bs Steakhouse near Hermanus and Marianas in Stanford.
• Hermanus. Nice looking place in its own right and a lot of fun especially around the whale festival in September.
• Knitting!!!!! My wife enjoyed the knitting set in the room. If memory serves it was helping knit something for a good cause.
Hermaus and the outlying areas are a must see with all its beauty and fun things to do. So if you come here and stay somewhere else other than Mosaic Farm, quite simply you will ….. miss out !!!
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I am at a loss for words after reading your amazing review of Mosaic! We really cannot thank you enough for writing such a detailed account of your stay and how happy we are you enjoyed your time with us! I have to say, it is so awesome for all our team to know they succeeded in making you feel like our most important guests! We are also so glad you were able to spend long enough to do all the Mosaic activities plus what our surrounding area offers. There is so much to experience!
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THE GOOD NEWS...we have just purchased the coolest fireplaces for our Lagoon Lodge rooms, so when your return you will be so warm and toasty! They are pellet fireplaces; safe, environmentally friendly, use biomass pellets as fuel.
We hope you can return soon to Mosaic.
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