Over the hill, down old Coach road, left at the sign and right, straight after the turn.
This is the route I jogged the morning I discovered Kings.
It was a Sunday.
I specifically remember this because the whole world was still asleep at 8 o’clock and the hills around the Letsitele valley were misty eyed.
The name plate is discreetly planted next to a big old tree and as curiosity got the better of me, I ran down the dirt avenue. It went on for a while and then I started seeing agapanthus. The dirt changed to cobbles and I still couldn’t make out the entrance to the estate... Little did I know, I was already in it.
A wooden door opened up this very secret home and it’s garden, and as I passed through it I was in awe. Being a very keen gardener myself, I had such appreciation and admiration for the hard work and sweat that had probably gone into landscaping this beautiful piece of land. After returning later and having breakfast there I decided this was definitely where I would like to get married one day.
A few months later I booked a weekend and took Mum there.
Just her and I.
To catch up.
She’s always saying we never get enough time to talk.
She loved it.
Even asked for seconds on the Saturday-evening pudding.
We got slightly tipsy on the great wine and finally got round to having that chat we always postpone.
Perhaps it was the fresh mountain air, perhaps it was the garden and all the lady-figures that live there or perhaps it was just the time we spent together, but the weekend at Kings is one the weekends I’ll remember with Mum long after she’s passed on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful mountain views and a romantic garden provide a charming backdrop for six luxury rooms at Kings Walden Garden Manor. Rooms that are made for romance and relaxation. Stretch out on extra-length, king size beds, relax in front of the fire with fine wine, good music and great company. Our decor is inspired by clean, elegant lines with modern European undertones - warm and earthy, velvet and leather, cream and black - and our bathrooms are spacious and sexy. The ideal 2-night stopover !!! ... more less