There's so much to see and do, but I had a hard time dragging myself away from our heavenly room at Sugarbird Manor! We looked out over the sparkling pool, gardens, a picture-perfect Jacaranda tree, and Helderberg Mountain. So stunning and peaceful, none of it even seemed real! Inside, every detail said, "Welcome--it's time to relax." Our bedding was cozy and luxurious, and the robes were so comfortable--exactly the right weight for the climate. The towels weren't "just" towels. They were extra-large, thick, soft, all-enveloping bath sheets. The bathroom was equally oversized, with a separate soaking tub, shower, and WC as well as two sinks and an assortment of amenities.
We had plenty of windows for a refreshing cross-breeze, but we could switch to air conditioning when we wanted it. We appreciated so many other details: a flat screen TV, free (and easy!) wifi access, tea and coffee service, and tasty baked treats left for us at turndown time.
In the mornings, the cozy dining room had a tempting selection of coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, cereal, fruit, and baked goods, along with a cooked breakfast. The weather was perfect, so we ate outside.
One afternoon, Ginny, the owner, took us for a tour of the farm and we enjoyed learning about the protea flower exports and her passion for her vineyards. Then I settled into one of the many comfortable nooks around the house and peacefully read a book.
Corne was my idea of the perfect manager: always there when we needed her, but never intrusive. One morning, I was drinking coffee outside, taking in the surroundings. Corne noticed me returning to the breakfast room for a refill; five minutes later, she came outside with a fresh pot of French Press just for my table! Another morning, she overheard us say that we were driving to Cape Town. She immediately appeared with a map.
Last but not least: Sugarbird Manor residents Gabby and Nacho must be two of the friendliest cats in the world. I swear they had a radar for guests (like me) who were homesick for their own pets. Their antics kept me smiling when I needed it most!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the picturesque Devon Valley, Sugarbird Manor is set on a tranquil 21-hectare protea farm. With expansive views across vineyards and valleys, this beautiful farm is the perfect base to relax in total peace and quiet. Stylish guest rooms with elegant and contemporary touches include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, DSTV, WiFi, telephone, safe and tea tray. One room is wheelchair friendly. Delicious breakfasts and lunches available on request. ... more less
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